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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

January 19, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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INTERNET TROLLING LAWSUIT

HELENA — A judge has ordered the publisher of a neo-Nazi website to reveal his net worth and identify any phone numbers, email addresses, social media accounts and devices he used when he called for his readers to unleash a “troll storm” on a Montana woman. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch on Friday ordered The Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin to comply with most of the requests made by Tanya Gersh in her lawsuit against him. The real-estate agent says Anglin is responsible for the hundreds of harassing and anti-Semitic messages she received starting in late 2016. By Matt Volz. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be expanded.

MONTANA-POWER GENERATION

HELENA — Renewable energy and fossil fuel advocates made their case to Montana regulators Friday for how to boost the state’s electricity generation to make up for an expected drop in the region’s power supply as coal-fired plants are shut down in the coming years. The Montana Public Service Commission held a crowded public hearing in the state Capitol and heard the state’s largest electricity supplier say it plans to add 725 megawatts of power generation by 2025. By Matt Volz. SENT: 570 words.

LIQUOR LICENSES

HELENA _ Montana would switch permanently to an auction system to award liquor licenses under a bill proposed Thursday. The state used to hold lotteries for liquor licenses but during a special session in November 2017 called to fix a revenue shortage, lawmakers changed to a competitive bidding process. That way of distributing licenses was meant to increase money for the state’s coffers. By Holly K. Michels, Lee Newspapers. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 450 words.

EDUCATION FUNDING

HELENA _ Republicans gathered Thursday in support of a bill they said would bring opportunities to Montana by revising school funding and making inflationary adjustments. Democrats said the bill provided the “bare minimum” and ignored students with special needs and said they have a much more comprehensive package, the Great Falls Tribune reported . By Phil Drake, Great Falls Tribune. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 630 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ WOLVES-COOKE CITY _ Montana wildlife managers are monitoring a pack of wolves that’s been seen around Cooke City in recent weeks.

_ UNEMPLOYMENT RATE _ Montana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent in December with the state adding about 1,100 jobs over the month. Montana’s jobless rate is lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent.

_ STATE PRISON OFFICERS _ Nine Montana State Prison correctional officers were decertified in 2018 because of various conduct violations.

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