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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

March 25, 2019

Montana at 1 p.m.

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MONTANA FLOODING

BILLINGS _ Flooding shut down a long stretch of Interstate 90 and covered other roadways across Montana on Monday with the still-frozen ground unable to absorb the rapidly melting snow and ice jams causing water to spill over river banks. The Crow Tribe set up a command center and the Red Cross opened a shelter after the Little Bighorn River flooded land and roads on the southeastern Montana reservation over the weekend. In Central Montana, a home near Vaughn was surrounded by water, but the family inside declined assistance. SENT: 333 words, photos.

MONTANA COLD CASE

BILLINGS _ A Montana sheriff says investigators have solved a 1973 double slaying using a genealogy database to match DNA from the crime scene with the genetic profile of the now-deceased killer. SENT: 130 words. Will be expanded.

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MONTANA FLOODING

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MSU ROOF COLLAPSE-DEMOLITION _ Crews have started demolishing part of a Montana State University gym complex where two roofs collapsed following heavy snowfall earlier this month. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the section of the university’s student fitness center that was built in 1973 will be torn down and rebuilt.

RIVER TEMPERATURES-ALGAE _ State officials say increased temperatures in a scenic Montana river have likely contributed to the growth of algae blooms considered a nuisance to recreation. The Independent Record reported Monday that the algae species Cladophora has reached nuisance levels in the Smith River, where thousands of people enter a lottery each year for a chance to float down it.

MONTANA PEDESTRIAN FATAL _ Authorities say a man waving a realistic-looking toy rifle on a road in northwestern Montana died after being struck by a vehicle. Lake County Sheriff Donald Bell said in a statement Monday 35-year-old Aaron Thiel of Ronan was airlifted to a hospital Friday and died the next day.

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