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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

September 22, 2018

Montana at 3 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

MORMON CHURCH-SEXUAL ABUSE LAWSUITS

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, a lawyer said. Allegations have been made against the church by more than a dozen tribal members from the Navajo Nation and Crow Tribe of Montana. Four cases recently were settled, three were settled last year and others reached agreements out of court. One case remains in Washington state. By Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 459 words, photo.

LAST DOOLITTLE RAIDER

CINCINNATI — The last surviving Doolittle Tokyo Raider is still telling his World War II stories, and he enjoys hearing new ones that have been passed down to younger generations. Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole recently celebrated his 103rd birthday. And he’s getting ready to attend another air show, this one in Hillsboro, Oregon, starting Sept. 28. The Comfort, Texas, resident attended one in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this summer. By Dan Sewell. SENT: 388 words, photo.

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EXCHANGE BEAR CAM

ST. IGNATIUS, Mont. — When Stacey Thoft-Plimmer has a rough day at work, she comes home and checks how many grizzly bears are hanging around her dad’s place. “It’s a stress-reliever,” Thoft-Plimmer said. “You go out and get the cameras and see what you got. It’s fun.” By Rob Chaney, The Missoulian. SENT: 732 words, photos.

EXCHANGE PERVIAN MIGRANT WORKER

LIVINGSTON, Mont. — Jose Luis Munoz Anco wears secondhand Wrangler jeans, which are too tight, so he leaves the button undone and the zipper about halfway and a belt keeps them up. He’s oblivious to his sacrifice for fashion. He wears a blue T-shirt from a college unknown to him, along with small, even stylish, rectangular framed glasses and a ball cap. Whatever labor is required, his shirt is tucked in. By Nate Howard, The Livingston Enterprise. SENT: 915 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ALUMINUM PLANT-CLEANUP — Officials say they have finished a significant part of the cleanup at a former aluminum company in northwest Montana.

— UNIVERSITY MONTANA-ENROLLMENT — Enrollment at the University of Montana has fallen more than seven percent in the last year, the eighth year in a row that it has declined.

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