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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

April 9, 2019

Montana at 1:10 p.m.

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XGR--RURAL SCHOOLS

HELENA _ Montana lawmakers are moving forward with bills to help rural schools recruit and retain teachers or hire school marshals. By Amy Beth Hanson. Developing.

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RETIRED PRIEST-CHILD PORN _ A retired Roman Catholic priest in Great Falls has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography. The Great Falls Tribune reports that 81-year-old Lothar Konrad Krauth changed his plea on Monday without an agreement with prosecutors.

OPEN MEETINGS _ Newspaper and public-information advocacy groups are objecting to what they see as the Montana Legislature failing to give the public proper notice of meetings. Attorney Mike Meloy’s letter Monday on behalf of the Montana Newspaper Association and the Montana Freedom of Information Hotline says the lack of notice “appears to be a serious pattern” this session.

LOGGING PROJECT _ After a quick fundraising effort, a conversation group has written a check to stop a logging project south of Bozeman.

INVASIVE MUSSELS _ A newly formed watchdog group says Montana’s aquatic invasive species prevention program has serious flaws.

MONTANA PRISON-LOCKDOWN LIFTED _ Officials have lifted a lockdown imposed last week at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

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