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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

April 5, 2019

Montana at 1 p.m.

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MEDICAID EXPANSION

HELENA, Mont. _ A legislative committee has tabled a bill to continue Montana’s Medicaid expansion program, but supporters planned to ask the full Senate to bring the bill to the floor for debate and a vote. The program funded mostly by federal money provides health care insurance for about 96,000 low-income residents. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 130 words. Will be expanded.

ALSO OF MONTANA INTEREST:

TETON FAULT MAP

CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ Scientists have completed the most detailed map yet of the geologic fault at the foot of the Teton Range, one of the most visually striking and potentially dangerous seismic areas in North America. They’re hopeful the map can improve understanding of the earthquake risk in and around Jackson Hole in western Wyoming. Millions of tourists visit the vacation spot every year. SENT: 130 words. Will be expanded.

FORMER NAACP LEADER-WELFARE FRAUD

SPOKANE, Wash. _ A former NAACP leader in Washington state who was exposed in 2015 as a white woman pretending to be black has reached an agreement to avoid trial on charges of welfare fraud. Rachel Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo two years ago, was charged with two felonies last May.

IN BRIEF:

DOMESTIC SHOOTING-MONTANA _ Authorities say a Bozeman man shot and killed a woman who was living with him because he was upset that she was seeing another man. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that 56-year-old William Fredrick Bailey is scheduled to appear in court on Friday on a deliberate homicide charge.

BEAR SAFETY STANDARDS _ Some Wyoming big-game outfitters and workforce safety regulators and working together to create guidelines for hunting in grizzly bear country after the fatal mauling of a hunting guide.

RENEWABLE ENERGY-LAWSUIT _ A Montana judge has ruled in favor of solar-power developers who accused regulators and the state’s largest utility of trying to kill renewable energy projects. The Billings Gazette reports District Judge James Manley’s ruling means the state Public Service Commission has 20 days to create a fair pricing scheme and contract terms.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA-REPORTING REQUIREMENT _ A University of Montana official says the umbrella organization for sororities is pushing back against a change at the institution that requires chapters to report sexual assaults to the campus. The Missoulian reported on Thursday that a new provision requires chapters to report significant incidents, including violent or sexual assaults, to the university’s fraternity and sorority office within 24 hours.

LETTERMAN PLOT-ARREST_ An Alaska man who was once imprisoned for plotting to kidnap David Letterman’s son has pleaded not guilty to new accusations of threatening to kill a person. Helena court records show Kelly Allen Frank appeared Friday and was released after entering his plea to the misdemeanor assault charge.

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