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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

July 11, 2018

Montana at 6:30 p.m.

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BILLINGS — A Montana man is scheduled to be re-sentenced next month in a 2003 murder case after a judge vacated a portion of his conviction based on a Supreme Court ruling that limits prosecutors’ ability to pursue stiffer sentences for certain crimes. Judge Susan Watters says the shooting death of a man on the Crow Reservation by Quinton Birdinground did not meet the definition of a “crime of violence.”



MISSOULA — A faint whimper in the darkness was all it took. Missoula County Sheriff’s Deputy Ross Jessop and U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer Nick Scholz rushed toward the sound after hours spent searching the Montana woods for a missing infant. Jessop was about to take another step when he heard a stick crack underfoot. He looked down to find a cold, wet, soiled 5-month-old boy face-down under a pile of debris. By Matt Volz. SENT: 800 words, photos.



BILLINGS — The Trump administration is advancing a proposal that would replace President Barack Obama’s principal attempt to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions with a new rule expected to go easier on the ailing coal industry. The Environmental Protection Agency disclosed Tuesday that it sent the new rule to the White House for review. The document itself was not released, but President Donald Trump has been outspoken in his desire to prop up coal by rolling back what he considers burdensome regulations. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 620 words, photos.


PLENTYWOOD — A northeastern Montana family took shelter under a pickup truck in their shop while strong winds accompanying a severe thunderstorm destroyed their nearby trailer house, the Sheridan County sheriff said. Chase Anderson, his wife and their two children were in their shop in Plentywood on Monday evening when the wind started shaking the building, Sheriff Heidi Williamson said. SENT: 270 words, photos.



HELENA — A judge ordered the Montana Green Party be removed from the ballot this fall because it did not submit enough valid signatures to qualify. Helena District Court Judge James Reynolds directed Secretary of State Corey Stapleton to remove the party from the ballot after invalidating nearly 80 signatures gathered through a petition process, Lee Newspapers reported. A Green Party candidate could have siphoned votes from Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in his race against Republican state Auditor Matt Rosendale. SENT: 370 words late Monday.


— WHITEFISH STABBING DEATH — A 65-year-old Whitefish man was stabbed to death and Flathead County officers have arrested his son.

— ROCKY BOY-MURDER INVESTIGATION — The FBI is conducting a murder investigation after a woman was found dead on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in north-central Montana.

— YELLOWSTONE-MOUNT WASHBURN — The Mount Washburn trails and trailhead parking areas in Yellowstone National Park will be closed for the summer, beginning Thursday.

— FATAL ATV CRASH — A teenager from Texas was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in northwest Wyoming.


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