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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

January 9, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE

HELENA _ The U.S. government shutdown may prevent Justice Department attorneys from going before a Montana judge next week to ask him to lift his hold on Keystone XL oil pipeline construction. But the federal attorneys and the Canadian company that wants to build the pipeline say their absence shouldn’t delay Monday’s hearing on the matter in U.S. District Court in Great Falls. SENT: 410 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-GOVERNORS

Leaders of the nonpartisan National Governors Association are calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to end the partial government shutdown. In a letter sent late Monday, they said that the shutdown is impacting residents and state governments. The letter was signed by the organization’s chairman, Montana Democrat Steve Bullock, and vice-chairman, Maryland Republican Larry Hogan. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 270 words.

SUPREME COURT-CROW TRIBE HUNTING

WASHINGTON — Clayvin Herrera wound up with a fine of more than $8,000 for hunting elk in Wyoming’s Bighorn National Forest after he posted photos online of his kill, showing off the way showing off often happens these days. The Crow tribe member’s defense, however, in a case that has gotten all the way to the Supreme Court, is more than 150 years old: a treaty his tribe signed with the federal government in 1868. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 430 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ HIGHWAY DEATHS _ Preliminary data indicates the number of traffic fatalities on Montana roads last year was the lowest it’s been in nearly 70 years.

_ AVISTA SALE _ Regulators in Washington state declined to reconsider their rejection of the proposed sale of Avista Corp. to a Canadian utility that also does business in Montana.

_ BOZEMAN-OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING _ Montana police have released the name of the Bozeman police officer who shot and killed a man last week after responding to an assault call.

_ BILLINGS HIT-AND-RUN _ A woman accused of drunkenly hitting and killing a pedestrian has pleaded guilty to the crime.

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