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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

January 8, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

MONTANA LEGISLATURE-SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

HELENA _ A state Senate committee is scheduled to vote on new rules that prohibit discrimination, harassment and retaliation and set a confidential process to report and investigate complaints.

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MONTANA LEGISLATURE

HELENA _ Republican lawmakers in the Montana House struck a deal meant to head off a potential rift between the majority party’s conservative and moderate factions as the legislative session opened Monday with contentious debates looming over the budget and the future of Medicaid expansion. “On Day 1, Republicans are united and ready to get to work,” said House Speaker Greg Hertz, R-Polson. “We’ve heard from Montanans that we should find ways to come together, and we’ve done that.” By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 460 words, photos.

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IN BRIEF:

_ ENDANGERED CHILDREN _ A Department of Justice review suggests the state could prevent child deaths with public campaigns about reporting child abuse and safe sleep practices for newborns.

_ DEADLY AVALANCHE _ A man who died in an avalanche in northwest Montana over the weekend has been identified as 35-year-old Eric S. Greyn, of Choteau.

_ FATAL RANCH ACCIDENT _ A 30-year-old Montana ranch worker has died in an accident involving a hay bale.

_ CONVICTION OVERTURNED-LAWSUIT _ A former Missoula resident whose rape conviction was overturned after he spent years in prison has filed a lawsuit alleging Missoula County mishandled the case.

_ POLICE PURSUIT-FATAL _ A 17-year-old Montana boy died when the car he was riding in crashed while being pursued by a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer on the Crow Indian Reservation.

_ DRUG COURTS _ A new report touts the effectiveness of drug treatment courts but says most Montanans with a drug conviction don’t have access to them.

_ FORMER NAACP LEADER-WELFARE FRAUD _ A March 4 trial date has been set in a welfare fraud case involving a former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled in 2015 after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black.

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