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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

November 25, 2018

Montana at 3 p.m.

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OBIT-MADISON BISHOP

Madison Bishop Robert C. Morlino, whose backing of conservative Catholic Church teachings often put him at odds with liberal members of his Wisconsin diocese, has died. He was 71. Pope John Paul II appointed him the Ninth Bishop of Helena, Montana, in 1999. SENT: 312 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

ANIMAL CRUELTY-COSTS — Montana counties plan to try again to pass a law to shift the burden of paying for the care of animals seized in animal cruelty cases to their owners.

BICYCLIST KILLED— Two people are dead in two separate vehicle crashes in Billings. Police say a 64-year-old man riding a bicycle was struck and killed around 11 p.m. Saturday while riding the wrong way on the King Avenue overpass.

MISSING FAMILY-MONTANA CRASH — The Grand Forks Air Force Base says the North Dakota family killed in a crash in Montana was a U.S. Air Force family. The air base says 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Anthony James Dean was assigned to the 69th Maintenance Squadron. Authorities say Dean, his 25-year-old wife Chelsi Dean and their two daughters, 5-year-old Kaytlin and 20-month-old Avri, were killed in the Thanksgiving crash.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

FEDERAL PROSECUTIONS-NATIVE AMERICANS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Justice Department’s track record for prosecuting Indian Country crimes has not significantly changed in recent years, even amid programs and attempts to boost both public safety and prosecutions on tribal lands, according to federal figures released Wednesday. In an annual report prepared for Congress, the department’s statistics showed U.S. attorneys’ offices declined to prosecute 37 percent of Indian Country cases they deemed resolved in 2017, usually citing insufficient evidence. The percentage of cases dropped by prosecutors or sent to other courts was up three points from 2016. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 620 words, photos.

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