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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

April 11, 2019

Montana at 6:15 p.m.

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Editors: The story with the keyword BC-MT-XGR-Medicaid Expansion-Montana will not move this cycle because the Senate has postponed debate until Thursday.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

MEDICAID EXPANSION-MONTANA

HELENA _ The Montana Senate is expected to take up the bill to continue Montana’s Medicaid expansion program.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

ASBESTOS TOWN

HELENA _ U.S. officials on Wednesday removed part of a Montana asbestos cleanup site from its Superfund list in the latest sign that the 17-year cleanup is ending, though the asbestos-related health problems for thousands of people remain. The 45-acre (18-hectare) area is five miles (8 kilometers) north of downtown Libby and is the first of eight units of the Libby Asbestos Superfund site to be taken off the National Priorities List of sites nationwide contaminated by hazardous waste. By Matt Volz. SENT: 400 words, photo.

TRUMP

SAN ANTONIO _ President Donald Trump wants to make it harder for states to scuttle pipelines and other energy projects based on concerns about their impact on water quality. With an executive order expected to be announced during his visit Wednesday to Texas, the president is emphasizing his priority to expand energy development in the United States, in part by rolling back government regulations. By Darlene Superville and Kevin Freking. SENT: 350 words, photos.

SPRING BLIZZARD-ROCKIES

DENVER _ People in Colorado and Wyoming were urged to get home early Wednesday and stay there before increasingly heavy snow and wind from a powerful spring storm make travel all but impossible. The warning came less than a month after a blizzard stranded drivers while paralyzing parts of the two states. SENT: 400 words, photos.

With: SPRING BLIZZARD-ROCKIES-THE LATEST

AP APPOINTMENT-WEST DEPUTY DIRECTOR

NEW YORK — Brian Skoloff, an Associated Press video journalist who has covered numerous big stories across the United States while training many text reporters on visual storytelling, has been appointed West deputy news director for video. Skoloff will oversee and drive video coverage across 13 Western states from the regional hub in Phoenix, working closely with video journalists and contributing text reporters and photographers across the territory while collaborating with video editors in Washington and London. SENT: 360 words, photo.

DESTINED TO BURN-TREATING THE LANDSCAPE

CHICO, Calif. _ With nearly 40 million people living in California and development spreading into once-wild regions, some of the state’s best tools toward preventing wildfires can’t be widely used. Still, there is growing agreement that the state must step up its use of forest management through prescribed burns and vegetation removal in an attempt to lessen the impact of wildfires. By Steve Schoonover, Chico-Enterprise Record. SENT: 530 words, photos.

DESTINED TO BURN-HOUSING STOCK

PARADISE, Calif. _ The sky was turning orange and the embers were flying from the Camp Fire when Oney and Donna Carrell and Donna’s father sped away from their Paradise home. “I thought, ‘Oh, well, the house is done,’” Oney Carrell said. By Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese, The Sacramento Bee. SENT: 3,500 words, photos.

DESTINED TO BURN-WHO’S NEXT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Impoverished towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Rustic Gold Rush cities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. High-dollar resort communities on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ritzy Los Angeles County suburbs. They all could be the next Paradise. By Ryan Sabalow, Phillip Reese and Dale Kasler, The Sacramento Bee. SENT: 4,100 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MONTANA TROOPER SHOT _ Court documents indicate a man accused of killing one person and injuring three others, including a Montana Highway Patrol trooper, was armed with two assault weapons and a handgun.

_ TRIBAL FLAG GRIEVANCE _ The Montana High School Association’s executive board voted to allow tribal flags to be at midcourt during the national anthem at district, divisional and state basketball events. (Also moved on sports lines)

_ DUELING DINOSAURS _ A full panel of a federal appeals court will hear arguments in a case to determine whether dinosaur fossils are part of a property’s surface estate or mineral estate in the case of split ownership. (With AP Photos)

_ BORDER FENCE CONTRACTS _ The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded contracts, including one to a Montana company, totaling nearly $1 billion for removal and replacement of vehicle fencing with pedestrian fencing along two sections of the U.S.-Mexico border. (With AP Photos)

_ MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN _ A bill meant to help missing persons investigations in Montana has cleared a state Senate committee, which restored funding for a new missing persons specialist.

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