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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

December 15, 2018

Montana at 3:10 p.m.

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TRUMP-INTERIOR SECRETARY

WASHINGTON _ Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will be leaving the administration at year’s end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. In his resignation letter, obtained by The Associated Press, Zinke said “vicious and politically motivated attacks” against him had “created an unfortunate distraction” in fulfilling the agency’s mission. By Ellen Knickmeyer, Matthew Brown And Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,400 words, national lines. AP Photos.

IDAHO TEST REACTOR

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho _ A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants. The reactor at the U.S. Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory has performed 10 tests on nuclear fuel since late last year. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 870 words. AP Photos.

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CHRISTMAS TRAIN

BOZEMAN, Mont. _ Dashing through the snow, on a Montana Rail Link train, through the tunnel we go, laughing all the way. That’s what 30 students from the Livingston School District did Friday as part of the company’s first ever “MRL Christmas Express.” By Freddy Monares, Bozeman Chronicle.

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HELICOPTER RESCUES-DETECTION DEVICE

KALISPELL, Mont. _ The crew with Two Bear Air search and rescue has added a rarefied new tool to its quiver of cutting-edge technology that will aid in the hundreds of helicopter rescue missions it performs each year. The critical helicopter search-and-rescue system is called the RECCO SAR detector, and its recent deployment here marks the device’s debut in the western hemisphere. By Tristan Scott, Flathead Beacon. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

FAKE MONEY _ A 32-year-old Great Falls man has been sentenced to nine months in prison, two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $1,485 restitution for making fake money.

YELLOWSTONE WINTER _ Select roads in Yellowstone National Park have opened to the public for motorized oversnow travel. Visitors on Saturday morning were able to travel the park’s interior roads on commercially-guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches from the West and South Entrances.

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