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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

February 15, 2019

Montana at 1:10 p.m.

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HELENA _ Montana lawmakers heard testimony Friday on a bill to incorporate into state law a US Supreme Court ruling that found it unconstitutional to sentence most youth offenders to life in prison without the possibility of parole. By Amy Hanson. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.

WESTERN STORMS

SAUSALITO, Calif. _ California turned to cleanup and damage assessment Friday as a powerful storm that drenched the state brought flood dangers to Arizona, and other parts of the West dealt with impacts from a blitz of winter weather. Firefighters rescued a motorist who called 911 to report his car was being swept down a wash in Tucson, Arizona, by runoff from the storm, which passed through overnight. Road crews in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming worked to clear avalanches that had closed mountain highways and to mitigate potential avalanche threats. By Terence Chea and John Antczak. SENT: 630 words. AP Photos.

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ROCKIES AVALANCHES _ Road crews in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming worked Friday to clear avalanches that had closed mountain highways and to mitigate potential avalanche threats.

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GUN SAFETY-MONTANA _ A gun safety bill championed by a Helena student advocacy group was introduced in the Montana Legislature on the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting in a high school in Parkland, Florida. The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Moffie Funk of Helena and developed by Helena Youth Against Gun Violence would fine a person who failed to secure a gun that is used in an act of violence.

COLUMBUS DAY _ The Montana House has approved a proposal to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. The bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Shane Morigeau of Missoula passed a final House vote 62-35 on Thursday.

SYMPHONY CONDUCTOR RESIGNS _ The conductor of the Bozeman Symphony has resigned amid an investigation into allegations that he bullied and harassed musicians, staff and patrons.

UNIVERSITY CUTS_ University of Providence officials say the Great Falls school plans to close 11 academic programs.

FORMER DEPUTY ARRESTED _ Montana authorities say they have arrested a former sheriff’s deputy on suspicion of sexually abusing children. The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page Thursday that Virgil Wolfe is being charged with 80 counts of sexual abuse of children.

FATAL POLICE SHOOTING _ A Montana police officer has been cleared in the deadly shooting of a man who had claimed he was armed with hostages at a casino.

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