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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

March 4, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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COAL COMPANY BANKRUPTCY

BILLINGS _ One of the oldest coal companies in the U.S. said Monday it expects to emerge from bankruptcy in coming weeks after a judge approved a plan that will keep its mines running in Montana, New Mexico and several other states and Canadian provinces. Westmoreland Coal Co. will keep its name but get new leadership as creditors take control a firm that fell more than $1.4 billion into debt amid declining coal markets. SENT: 360 words.

IN BRIEF:

MONTANA SCHOOL-SEX ABUSE _ A hearing for a former Montana high school trainer accused of sexually abusing dozens of students has been delayed after the defendant asked to enter his guilty plea before a different judge. James “Doc” Jensen, Jr. of Miles City had been scheduled to appear Monday before Magistrate Judge Timothy Cavan to plead guilty to coercion and enticement.

MONTANA WEATHER _ Montana is slowly warming up from a deep freeze that broke records over the weekend with temperatures dropping to minus 30 degrees (minus 34 Celsius) and colder in spots. Parts of western Montana were under an extreme cold warning Monday morning, while the start of school in Billings was delayed because of dangerously cold wind chills.

WOLVES AND DEER _ A new study shows that different types of deer react differently when approached by hungry wolves. Researchers at the University of Washington recently studied how wolves are interacting with two species of deer in the state: white-tailed and mule deer.

DEVILS TOWER SUPERINTENDENT _ First national monument in US getting a new superintendent.

BLM-NEVADA DIRECTOR _ The new state director for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Nevada has spent more than two decades working for federal land management agencies in Washington D.C. and the West.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA-ECONOMIC GRANT _ The University of Montana has been awarded a grant that will help the state’s rural and tribal areas grow their economies. The Missoulian reports the five-year, $730,000 federal grant will be used to fund efforts to help the distressed communities develop sustainable, high-growth entrepreneurial activity.

ALSO OF MONTANA INTEREST:

ELECTION 2020-BILL CLINTON

WASHINGTON _ Nearly 20 years after he left the White House, Bill Clinton is still sought after for advice by some Democrats running for president. But the names on his dance card in recent months underscore how much his standing in the party has changed. So far, none of the party’s early front-runners has had a formal meeting with Clinton. Instead, Clinton has spoken mostly with male candidates who are considered longshots for the Democratic nomination, including Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former Housing secretary Julian Castro and former Maryland Rep. John Delaney. By Julie Pace. SENT: 1,080 words.

SPORTS:

BKC--NORTHERN ARIZONA-MONTANA

Northern Arizona plays Montana at Dahlberg Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits from 7 p.m. game.

BKC--SOUTHERN UTAH-MONTANA STATE

Northern Arizona plays Montana at Dahlberg Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits from 7 p.m. game.

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