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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 17, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

PARENTAL RIGHTS-MONTANA

HELENA _ The state failed to make a reasonable effort to reunite a woman with the son who was taken away from her after he was born with methamphetamine in his system, the Montana Supreme Court ruled. The justices unanimously overturned the July 2018 termination of the mother’s parental rights and ordered the Division of Child and Family Services to work to reunite the woman with her son, who has lived with foster parents in Billings since his birth in October 2016. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 720 words.

YELLOWSTONE SUPERINTENDENT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. _ From worker morale to preservation of the park’s natural wonders, new Yellowstone National Park superintendent Cam Sholly spoke with a singular philosophical theme. “We’re not just providing vacations,” he said. “We’re inspiring people.” Sholly took over as chief Yellowstone administrator last fall, but this week represented his first public sessions in Cody. By Lew Freedman, Cody Enterprise. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 950 words.

KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE-SOUTH DAKOTA

BISMARCK, N.D. _ Attorneys for oil pipeline opponents are fighting a South Dakota sheriff’s attempt to be dismissed as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging new state laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom should remain a defendant in the suit spearheaded by the American Civil Liberties Union because he will be enforcing law that amounts to an unconstitutional infringement on free speech, an attorney for the plaintiffs argued in a Tuesday court filing. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 420 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ MOSQUE ATTACKS-MONTANA ARREST _ A federal judge has ruled a New York man will remain in custody in Montana pending his June 24 trial over charges that he lied to authorities about discussions he had about joining the Islamic State group and attacking random people to avenge shootings at two New Zealand mosques. (With AP Photo)

_ CHILD ABUSE-SKULL FRACTURE _ A 37-year-old Butte man has pleaded guilty to felony assault on a minor for fracturing his infant son’s skull last May.

_ BITTERROOT ELK COUNT _ The number of new elk in a Montana valley has dropped due to lingering low-level snowpack and cold.

_ FRAUD SPREE-SENTENCE _ A 40-year-old Chicago woman faces nearly four years in federal prison for using fraudulent federal nutrition benefit checks to purchase nearly $220,000 worth of items at Kmart stores in 11 states during a four-month crime spree.

_ WEST GLACIER-DOUBLE FATAL _ Two 18-year-old Great Falls women were killed in a nearly head-on crash on U.S. Highway 2 near West Glacier.

_ KIDNAPPING TALE _ A Wyoming company has been cleared to sell a nearly $11 million Montana mansion.

_ ELECTION 2020-STEVE BULLOCK _ Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is announcing he’s been endorsed in the 2020 Democratic presidential race by Iowa’s attorney general.

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