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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

January 11, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

BORDER WALL-STATES

HELENA _ A Republican lawmaker in Montana is proposing to give more than $8 million to help build President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border, while South Dakota senators voted Thursday to endorse the president’s plans. As Trump traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday to make his case for $5.7 billion to build the wall in the government shutdown’s 20th day, state lawmakers in some parts of Trump Country are backing him up with their own legislation. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 460 words, photos.

With: BORDER WALL-STATES-THE LATEST

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-IMMIGRATION COURTS

The partial government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demand for a border wall is playing havoc with the nation’s already backlogged immigration courts, forcing the postponement of hearings for thousands of immigrants. For some of those asking for asylum in the U.S., the impasse could mean years more of waiting — and prolonged separation from loved ones overseas — until they get a new court date. By Amy Taxin. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOUSE RULES _ The Montana House has passed a compromise rules package aimed at preventing Republican infighting and ensuring all bills assigned to committees are heard.

_ BOZEMAN RAPE-PLEA _ A Montana man has pleaded guilty to raping a 12-year-old girl.

_ COLD CASE RAPE _ The attorney for a 58-year-old Montana man has told the U.S. Supreme Court that its earlier rulings prevent him from being tried in a 1987 child rape case.

_ TRIBAL RECOGNITION _ Montana’s congressional delegation has re-introduced legislation that would grant federal recognition to the state’s Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

SPORTS:

BKC-MONTANA-EASTERN WASHINGTON

CHENEY, Wash. _ Montana travels to Eastern Washington for a Big Sky Conference matchup Thursday night. (Game starts at 7 p.m. MT)

BKC-MONTANA ST-IDAHO

MOSCOW, Idaho _ Montana State is on the road Thursday night against Idaho in Big Sky Conference play. (Game starts at 8 p.m. MT)

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