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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 16, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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BILLINGS OFFICERS SUSPENDED

BILLINGS —Three Billings police officers who were suspended without pay for having sex on city property or while on duty identified themselves Tuesday and one has resigned. Attorney Vincent Salminen confirmed to The Billings Gazette that Paul LaMantia resigned. Officers Matt Edwards and Clint Anglin identified themselves in statements given to KULR-TV. SENT: 510 words.

With: BILLINGS OFFICERS SUSPENDED-THE LATEST

ENERGY LEASES

HELENA — Environmental groups and three Montana landowners sued Tuesday to cancel hundreds of recent oil and gas lease sales, saying the U.S. government’s leasing of public lands is skyrocketing without understanding how all that drilling will affect water quality and climate change. WildEarth Guardians, Montana Environmental Information Center and the three landowners filed their lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Great Falls over the 287 leases sold in December and March that cover nearly 234 square miles (606 square kilometers) across central and eastern Montana. By Matt Volz. SENT: 490 words, photo.

WSU WOLF RESEARCHER

PULLMAN, Wash. — A controversial wolf researcher will accept a $300,000 settlement to leave Washington State University, the school said. Robert Wielgus, director of the Carnivore Conservation Lab, sued the Pullman school for infringement of his academic freedom. Wielgus angered ranchers with his research of wolf behavior. He concluded the state’s policy of killing wolves that preyed on cattle was likely to increase cattle predation because it destabilized the structure of wolf packs. SENT: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

— INTERNET TROLLING LAWSUIT — Montana’s attorney general is defending the state’s anti-intimidation law against a neo-Nazi website publisher’s claims that the statute is unconstitutional.

— BEAR RESEARCH — Biologists will be conducting bear research in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks over the next couple of months.

— MONTANA DOUBLE FATAL — Two girls, ages 6 and 12, were killed and seven people were injured in a crash near Busby in southern Montana.

— WEST GLACIER-RV PARK — Montana regulators have approved water and wastewaters systems to support a planned recreational vehicle park near the entrance of Glacier National Park.

— HELENA HOMICIDE-TRIAL — A trial is underway in the case of a Helena man charged with killing his girlfriend last July.

— BOMBER TRAINING —The Air Force is holding another training session in the massive Powder River Training Complex over the Northern Plains.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Montana and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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