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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

September 21, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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YELLOWSTONE-THERMAL ACTIVITY

BOZEMAN — A thermal spring near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park has erupted for the fourth time in the last 60 years, a park official said Thursday. Ear Spring on Yellowstone’s Geyser Hill went from being dormant on Saturday to spewing steam and water between 20 and 30 feet (6 and 9 meters) high, a height not recorded since 1957, said park spokesman Neal Herbert. It has since continued to erupt at a near-constant height of about 2 feet (0.6 meters), he said. By Matt Volz. SENT: 340 words, photos.

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MONTANA WILDFIRES

HELENA — Storms dumped rain across Montana this week and brought the state closer to the end of a fire season that’s been much smaller and much less expensive than 2017′s record-setting year. Fires so far this year have burned 143 square miles (370 square kilometers) in the state, which is about 7 percent of the record 2,134 square miles (5,527 square kilometers) that burned in 2017, according to data from the Northern Rockies Coordination Center. SENT: 330 words.

SENATE-CYBERSECURITY-SENATORS TARGETED

Attempts by foreign government hackers to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides persist — yet the Senate’s security office is refusing to defend them, a lawmaker says. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that “at least one major technology company” has warned an unspecified number of senators and aides that their personal email accounts were “targeted by foreign government hackers.” By Frank Bajak and Raphael Satter. SENT: 870 words on financial lines. (Eds: Story mentions previous attempts to target congressional aides’ email accounts, including that of Jason Thielman, chief of staff to Sen. Steve Daines.)

IN BRIEF:

— YELLOWSTONE-GEYSER TRESPASS — A man accused of walking dangerously close to Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park faces additional charges after a police chase in Cheyenne.

— MARIJUANA LICENSE REVOKED — A judge reinstated a Billings medical marijuana provider’s license after questioning whether the state health department violated the owner’s right to due process in revoking the license without giving the owner a chance to respond to the allegations.

— FATAL BEAR ATTACK — Forensic testing has confirmed that the grizzly bears killed by Wyoming wildlife managers are the ones involved in the mauling death of a hunting guide last week.

— HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS — The state of Montana has created a bipartisan working group with the goal of finding a way to stabilize premiums for health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act.

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