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HELENA, Mont. _ A Montana lawmaker wants to require prosecutors to provide indisputable biological proof that a person committed a capital crime before that person can be sentenced to death. Rep. Brad Hamlett, D-Cascade, told a panel of lawmakers on Wednesday that his legislation would require DNA or other biological proof that a judge finds conclusively establishes guilt before the defendant can be sentenced to death. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 520 words, photo.
HELENA, Mont. _ Montana lawmakers will hear testimony on a bill that seeks to clarify that dinosaur fossils are part of a property’s surface estate and not its mineral estate. The bill is in response to a lawsuit over ownership of fossils found on an eastern Montana ranch. Hearing starts at 3 p.m. Developing from 3 p.m. hearing.
GLACIER PARK-VISITATION _ Glacier National Park recorded its second-busiest year in 2018 despite wildfires that closed popular areas of the park during the peak season. The Flathead Beacon reports that more than 2.9 million people visited Glacier last year. The data released by the National Park Service this week shows a 10.3 percent drop from 2017′s record 3.3 million visitors.
BABY DEATH-GUILTY PLEA _ A Poplar man has pleaded guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of a 6-month-old infant in his care. The Great Falls Tribune reports that 28-year-old Dennis Lloyd Red Boy will be sentenced on June 5 for the 2017 death of the baby girl. The maximum sentence he faces is eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
BLACKFEET HEAD START-EMBEZZLEMENT _ A former Blackfeet tribal chairman has pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing from the Montana tribe’s Head Start program. The Great Falls Tribune reports Willie Sharp is accused of illegally approving more than $232,000 in overtime pay for himself, his wife and others between April 2014 and July 2014.
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