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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 3, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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EMT-HEALTH SERVICES

HELENA _ Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill allowing emergency care providers to offer non-emergency medical assistance in their communities to reduce noncritical calls to 911, especially in rural areas. The providers could fill gaps in the current medical system by helping people manage their medicine or chronic illnesses, giving them a ride to their doctor’s office or home from a hospital, or connecting them with other medical or mental health services, supporters said. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 470 words.

YELLOWSTONE CLUB-LIQUOR LICENSES

HELENA — Members like Bill Gates and Justin Timberlake might find it difficult to get a drink the next time they go skiing at the exclusive Yellowstone Club if state regulators follow through on their threat to pull several liquor licenses from the Montana resort. State Department of Revenue officials have sent notice that they plan to revoke four licenses issued for facilities on the Yellowstone Club’s sprawling mountainside property for allegedly serving drinks in an unlicensed location and hiding the evidence from inspectors. By Matt Volz. SENT: 560 words.

NEO-NAZI WEBSITE SUED

A Muslim-American radio host can recover monetary damages against a neo-Nazi website operator who falsely accused him of terrorism, a federal judge ruled without deciding on a dollar amount. SiriusXM Radio show host Dean Obeidallah is seeking more than $1 million in damages against The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin, who hasn’t responded to Obeidallah’s libel lawsuit. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 810 words.AP Photos.

KEYSTONE XL PIPLINE-SOUTH DAKOTA

A Native American tribe has told South Dakota’s Republican Gov. Kristi Noem she’s not welcome on one of largest reservations in the country after she led efforts to pass a state law targeting demonstrations such as those in neighboring North Dakota that plagued the Dakota Access oil pipeline. “I am hereby notifying you that you are not welcome to visit our homelands,” Oglala Sioux President Julian Bear Runner said in a letter to Noem following a 17-0 Tribal Council vote on Wednesday approving the action. He told Noem that if she ignores the directive “we will have no choice but to banish you” from the reservation that’s one of the nation’s largest. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 590 words.

PIPELINE-EMINENT DOMAIN

FALLS CHURCH, Va. _ Much to Gary Erb’s chagrin, a natural gas pipeline now cuts across his 72-acre homestead in Conestoga Township, Pennsylvania. To his even greater chagrin, he remains unpaid for the 6 acres (2.4 hectares) of land that were taken from him under eminent domain to build the pipeline. There have been more than 200 instances of courts, including in Montana, granting pipeline companies immediate possession of land, while at the same time deferring the issue of how much the property owners will be paid for it. By Matthew Barakat. SENT: 860 words. AP Photos.

SHEEP STATION-LAWSUIT

BOISE, Idaho _ A federally-run sheep research facility long targeted by environmental groups concerned about potential harm to wildlife is facing another legal challenge. The Justice Department in court documents filed Monday in response to a lawsuit says the Department of Agriculture’s Sheep Experiment Station in eastern Idaho correctly followed environmental laws in authorizing sheep grazing. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 330 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ GRIZZLY BEAR EUTHANIZED _ Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has euthanized a young male grizzly in the western part of the state for killing livestock.

_ MONTANA-FED LAWSUIT _ The federal labor department is suing a Montana contractor for what it says was the wrongful firing of a whistleblower.

_ MONTANA-INDIAN GRANTS _ A Montana organization that provides health services to Native Americans has received $1.65 million in federal grants.

_ PLEA AGREEMENT REJECTED _ A Montana judge has rejected a plea agreement that called for a man who was charged with raping a 6-year-old girl to be sentenced to five years with the Department of Corrections — a sentence that would not guarantee prison time or sexual offender treatment.

_ BUSINESS FRAUD-STOLEN VALOR _ A jury has awarded $1.7 million in damages to a former Marine in a stolen valor and fraud case.

_ SEXUAL EXPLOITATION-SENTENCE _ A 23-year-old Montana man has been sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for what a judge called the “horrific” sexual exploitation of young girls via social media.

_ HAMILTON-ATV FATAL _ A 72-year-old western Montana man has died in an all-terrain vehicle crash.

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