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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

February 20, 2019

Montana at 1 p.m.

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HAZARDOUS MINES

RIMINI, Mont. _ Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 1,300 words. AP Photos.

MONTANA SCHOOL-SEX ABUSE-LAWMAKER

HELENA, Mont. _ A Montana legislator is resisting pressure from the leader of the Republican Party in his home county to resign over his past role as principal of a high school when an athletic trainer was accused of sexually abusing students. Rep. Fred Anderson, R-Great Falls, has refused to step down over the allegations that ex-trainer James Jensen abused students at Custer County District High School in Miles City while Anderson was principal in the 1990s. SENT: 525 words.

IN BRIEF:

DEATH PENALTY-MONTANA _ A legislative committee has rejected bills that sought to limit or overturn the death penalty in Montana. The House Judiciary Committee voted 11-8 Wednesday against abolishing capital punishment.

MONTANA BUDGET-PRESCHOOL _ The first draft of Montana’s 2020-2021 state budget won’t include the $22 million Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock requested to expand publicly funded preschool.

LOGGING PROJECT _ Attorneys for a group of logging opponents have pushed for an injunction against a timber sale southeast of Bozeman, arguing the state set unfair terms for the auction.

B-47 RIDGE _ Montana’s congressional delegation is making another attempt to name a ridge in the mountains east of the Paradise Valley for an Air Force crew that died in 1962 when their plane crashed into the mountain.

FATAL SHOOTING-CORAM _ Court records say a fatal shooting in Coram followed an argument about methamphetamine.

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