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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

March 30, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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HELENA _ The Montana House endorsed a bill Friday to continue the state’s Medicaid expansion program while adding a work requirement. Nineteen Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the measure 61-39. The bill was scheduled to be heard by the House Appropriations Committee Friday and needs a final vote in the House before moving to the Senate by Monday’s deadline. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 480 words.


WASHINGTON — Moving defiantly to kick-start the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline, President Donald Trump on Friday issued a new presidential permit for the project — two years after he first approved it and more than a decade after it was first proposed. Trump said the permit issued Friday replaces one granted in March 2017. The order is intended to speed up development of the controversial pipeline, which would ship crude oil from tar sands in western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 700 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — New research released Friday captures a fossilized snapshot of the day nearly 66 million years ago when an asteroid smacked Earth, fire rained from the sky and the ground shook far worse than any modern earthquake. It was the day that nearly all life on Earth went extinct, including the dinosaurs. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 660 words, photo.


_ INFRASTRUCTURE BONDING _ The Montana House has passed a bill that would allow the state to borrow $80 million to pay for building and infrastructure projects.

_ MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN _ A stalled bill meant to help missing persons investigations in Montana has been revived.

_ SPORTS BETTING-MONTANA _ The Montana House has endorsed a bill that would legalize sports betting in the state.

_ GUN SAFETY _ The Montana House has passed an amended version of a gun safety bill championed by a Helena student group.

_ RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA _ A state House committee has rejected a bill that would have legalized recreational marijuana use in Montana.

_ DAY CARE COUPLE CHARGED _ A former Montana day care owner and her husband have been accused of abusing a child they adopted in 2013.

_ SHERIFF CAPTAIN-EMBEZZLEMENT _ A former member of a county sheriff’s department has been charged with embezzlement.


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