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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

April 11, 2019

Montana at 1:05 p.m.

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XGR-MEDICAID EXPANSION-MONTANA

HELENA _ The Montana Senate is expected to take up the bill to continue Montana’s Medicaid expansion program. By Amy Beth Hanson. UPCOMING: 350 words by 6 p.m.

INTERIOR SECRETARY

WASHINGTON _ The Senate on Thursday confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to lead the department on a permanent basis, despite complaints by Democrats that the former oil and gas lobbyist has used his federal position to benefit former industry clients. The Senate voted 56-41 to approve Bernhardt’s nomination to oversee the country’s public lands and resources. He succeeds Ryan Zinke, who resigned in January amid a series of ethics investigations. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 600 words, national lines. AP Photos.

ALSO OF MONTANA INTEREST:

SPRING BLIZZARD-ROCKIES

DENVER _ A “bomb cyclone” fizzled but a spring snowstorm that hit Colorado and Wyoming still created hazardous road conditions and snarled airport traffic. Blizzard conditions persisted Thursday in the northeast corner of Colorado but warnings were canceled for the rest of the state and Wyoming, where residents started digging out. SENT: 390 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

MURDER TRIAL-TESTER NEPHEW _ Trial has begun in Spokane for a man who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a nephew of Montana Sen. Jon Tester.

BUTTE-SUPERFUND _ U.S. environmental officials are taking comments from the public on a proposed final plan for the decades-long Butte Superfund cleanup.

IRS-DONOR DISCLOSURE-MONTANA _ U.S. government attorneys are asking a judge to throw out Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department.

TEEN KILLED-CHARGES _ A Montana man is charged with vehicular homicide in a traffic crash that killed a 16-year-old girl and injured another teen in North Dakota.

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