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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

March 27, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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MEDICAID EXPANSION-MONTANA

HELENA _ Republican Rep. Ed Buttrey is proposing changes to his Medicaid expansion bill to address concerns that its requirements could cause tens of thousands of Montanans to lose their coverage. Legislative lawyers also question the constitutionality of a provision requiring Hutterite colonies to pay the state’s share of Medicaid expansion cost for their members, but he is not proposing changes to that provision. A lobbyist for some Hutterite colonies said the colonies support the requirement. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 380 words.

OF MONTANA INTEREST:

PRUITT-ETHICS

WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is refusing to certify one of the final financial disclosure reports of ex-Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, citing the cut-rate $50-a-night deal Pruitt had for a luxury Washington condo. The ethics body said in a finding released Tuesday that federal authorities never resolved whether Pruitt’s condo deal with the wife of a lobbyist was a proper business arrangement or an improper gift linked to a lobbyist who did business with the EPA. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 420 words, photos on national lines.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN _ A bill meant to help missing persons investigations in Montana has stalled.

_ MONTANA FLOODING _ A 60-mile (96-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 90 in eastern Montana has reopened although water remains on the highway in some areas.

_ SEXUALLY EXPLICIT VIDEO-SENTENCE _ Officials say a Montana man who was convicted of creating a sexually explicit video of a minor has been sentenced to the minimum mandatory 15 years in prison.

_ PEDIATRICIAN-ABUSE CHARGES-TASK FORCE _ The Trump administration is creating a task force to investigate how an Indian Health Service doctor was able to sexually assault children in his care.

_ UNIVERSITY PRESCHOOL-ASBESTOS-CARE RESTART _ Child care service is expected to resume this summer in a University of Montana hall after an asbestos contamination is repaired.

_ SPRING FLOODING-OIL SPILL _ Floodwaters caused a small oil spill into the Yellowstone River in northwestern North Dakota.

SPORTS:

BKC-NAIA-CARROLL-GEORGETOWN

KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ Carroll College meets Georgetown for the NAIA championship on Tuesday night. For the first time in Carroll’s 107-year history that it will play for the national title. (Game starts at 6 p.m. MT)

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