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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

November 29, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

NORTHWESTERN ENERGY-TAX CUTS

HELENA — NorthWestern Energy customers will soon be seeing a credit on their bills due to the utility’s savings under the federal tax cut enacted last December. The Montana Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved an agreement reached between NorthWestern and consumer groups that calls for a total one-time credit of $20.5 million. SENT: 340 words.

PATAGONIA-ENVIRONMENTAL DONATION

VENTURA, Calif. — Patagonia, the outdoor gear company, is passing along the $10 million it saved from tax cuts to non-profit environmental groups. Corporations received a windfall from the GOP’s sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code last year, which slashed corporate rates from 35 percent, to 21 percent. SENT: 300 words.

CALIFORNIA ASSISTED DEATH-LAWSUIT

LOS ANGELES — A California appeals court overturned a ruling that had imperiled the state’s assisted suicide law, but a longer legal fight may loom because it skirted the larger issue of whether the legislation was unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeals in the city of Riverside on Tuesday said doctors opposed to the law who brought the case did not show they were harmed because they could choose not to help terminally ill patients die. By Brian Melley. SENT: 760 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE — A Montana judge says a Canadian company may continue preliminary work on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline while his order blocking construction is in effect.

— OFFICER PURSUIT-FATAL CRASH — An 18-year-old Box Elder man driving a stolen pickup truck died of injuries suffered in a rollover crash while fleeing from a northern Montana sheriff’s deputy.

— DINOSAUR SKULL-LAWSUIT — A Texas physician can keep his 70 million-year-old dinosaur skull fossil in an ownership fight with the U.S. government.

— GERMANY-WOLF ATTACK — Police in northern Germany say a wolf has attacked a man at a cemetery.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— NORTH DAKOTA-MONTANA STATE — Keljin Blevins scooped up a loose ball, ran the length of the floor and slammed home a dunk in the final seconds to give Montana State enough cushion to hold off North Dakota 81-76 on Tuesday night and halt a four-game skid.

— MONTANA-CREIGHTON PREVIEW — Montana (4-1) vs. Creighton (5-1) Omaha, Nebraska; Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. MT

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