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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

September 28, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES-CHILD ABUSE

HELENA — The Jehovah’s Witnesses must pay $35 million to a woman who says the church’s national organization ordered Montana clergy members not to report her sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a congregation member, a jury ruled in a verdict. A judge must review the penalty, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ national organization — Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York — plans to appeal. By Matt Volz. SENT: 600 words, photo.

PIPELINE PROTESTS

BISMARCK, N.D. — An American Indian tribe that has led opposition to the Dakota Access oil pipeline for more than two years has formally pledged its support for protests against three other pipeline projects. The Standing Rock Sioux Council approved resolutions this month supporting efforts by other tribes to oppose the Enbridge Line 3 project in Minnesota, the Keystone XL pipeline in Montana and South Dakota, and the Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana. The resolutions do not come with any promise of money or other aid but are a payback of sorts for other tribes’ support of Standing Rock’s struggle against Dakota Access. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 290 words.

IN BRIEF:

— GRIZZLY KILLED — Wildlife officials say a hunter along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front shot and killed a female grizzly bear and wounded a cub that was later euthanized.

— DEER CHASING-FATAL CRASH — A pickup truck reportedly chasing deer in a field in northeastern Montana overturned, killing an 18-year-old man and injuring three others.

— UNIVERSITY BUDGET-CUTS — University of Montana leaders announced budget cuts and reallocations as they work to match spending on instructors to total enrollment and interest in each area of study.

— ELECTION 2018-MONTANA-COUNTING BALLOTS — Yellowstone County elections officials say they expect a delay in counting mail-in ballots this year because the absentee ballot has two pages.

— JUDITH GAP-ATV FATAL — Officials in Wheatland County have released the name of a central Montana rancher who died in an all-terrain vehicle crash near Judith Gap.

— PRISON INFIRMARY MOVE — The state of Montana is closing a women’s pre-release treatment center in Boulder and retrofitting the building to house state prison inmates being held at an infirmary in Lewistown.

— COAL TRAIN DERAILMENT — Montana Rail Link officials say the main freight line across southern Montana has re-opened after a coal train derailment at Columbus.

— MONTANA POLICE CHASE — Bail was set at $1 million for a 41-year-old Wyoming man accused of breaking into buildings and stealing several vehicles during an hour-long police chase in Billings.

— KALISPELL REGIONAL-SETTLEMENT — A federal judge has dismissed a whistleblower lawsuit after a settlement was reached with the Montana hospital accused of paying some of its physicians at above-market rates in exchange for patient referrals to in-house services.

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