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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

April 5, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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BILLINGS — Opponents of the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline asked a federal court Friday in a lawsuit to declare President Donald Trump acted illegally when he issued a new permit for the project in a bid to get around an earlier court ruling. In November, U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled that the Trump administration did not fully consider potential oil spills and other impacts when it approved the pipeline in 2017. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 665 words, photos.


HELENA _ Hours after a committee tabled a bill that would continue Montana’s Medicaid expansion program, the full Senate assigned it to another panel. Republican Rep. Ed Buttrey said Friday he expects the Senate Finance and Claims Committee will discuss the bill’s costs during a hearing on Monday. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 325 words.


BILLINGS _ Former state Rep. Kathleen Williams has launched a new campaign for Montana’s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, just five months after her loss to incumbent Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte. Williams told The Associated Press on Friday that she’s running on the same issues, including health care, protecting Montana’s outdoor heritage and rebuilding America’s place in the world order. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.



CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ Scientists have completed the most detailed map yet of one of North America’s most spectacular geologic faults with the hope of providing a better understanding of the earthquake risk at a popular vacation destination. Millions of tourists visit Jackson Hole, Wyoming, every year to sightsee, hike or ski the Teton Range, which was formed by the Teton fault. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 470 words, photo.


SPOKANE, Wash. _ A former NAACP leader in Washington state who was exposed in 2015 as a white woman pretending to be black has reached an agreement to avoid trial on charges of welfare fraud. Rachel Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo two years ago, was charged with two felonies last May.


PHYSICIAN AID-IN-DYING _ Montana’s Senate has rejected a bill that would make it illegal for physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill patients.

MONTANA PRISON-SECURITY _ Montana State Prison officials have placed the prison’s high-security compound on lockdown and canceled inmate visitation for the unit this weekend over an undisclosed security issue.

DOMESTIC SHOOTING-MONTANA _Authorities say a Bozeman man shot and killed a woman who was living with him because he was upset that she was seeing another man.

BEAR SAFETY STANDARDS _ Some Wyoming big-game outfitters and workforce safety regulators and working together to create guidelines for hunting in grizzly bear country after the fatal mauling of a hunting guide.

RENEWABLE ENERGY-LAWSUIT _ A Montana judge has ruled in favor of solar-power developers who accused regulators and the state’s largest utility of trying to kill renewable energy projects. The Billings Gazette reports District Judge James Manley’s ruling means the state Public Service Commission has 20 days to create a fair pricing scheme and contract terms.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA-REPORTING REQUIREMENT _ A University of Montana official says the umbrella organization for sororities is pushing back against a change at the institution that requires chapters to report sexual assaults to the campus. The Missoulian reported on Thursday that a new provision requires chapters to report significant incidents, including violent or sexual assaults, to the university’s fraternity and sorority office within 24 hours.

LETTERMAN PLOT-ARREST_ An Alaska man who was once imprisoned for plotting to kidnap David Letterman’s son has pleaded not guilty to new accusations of threatening to kill a person. Helena court records show Kelly Allen Frank appeared Friday and was released after entering his plea to the misdemeanor assault charge.


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