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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

February 15, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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QUESTIONED FOR SPEAKING SPANISH

HELENA _ Two Montana women questioned by a U.S. border agent who overheard them speaking Spanish in a convenience store sued U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Thursday, saying the agent illegally detained them without reason. The agent held Ana Suda and Martha Hernandez for 40 minutes in a parking lot in the city of Havre in May 2018 without reasonable suspicion or probable cause, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Great Falls. By Matt Volz. SENT: 450 words, photo.

CHILD PROTECTION BILLS

HELENA — Montana lawmakers heard several bills seeking to make changes to the state’s child protection system, including reducing turnover of caseworkers, setting higher standards for removing children from their homes and increasing accountability. Republican Rep. Dennis Lenz presented three bills to the House Judiciary Committee Thursday, including one that would require children to be in danger of serious bodily injury or starvation before they could be placed in state care. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 640 words.

OIL TRAIN ACCIDENTS-RESPONSE

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Federal transportation officials are requiring railroads to establish regional response teams along oil train routes following a series of fiery derailments. The new rule announced Thursday is aimed at having crews and equipment ready in the event of an accident. It applies to oil trains in continuous blocks of 20 or more loaded tank cars and those having 35 loaded tank cars. By John Raby. SENT: 360 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ WINTER WEATHER-MONTANA _ Multiple avalanches and the threat of more slides have disrupted highway traffic in northwestern Montana near the Idaho border.

_ YELLOWSTONE BRIDGE _ The National Park Service is moving ahead with plans to replace a deteriorating bridge in Yellowstone National Park.

_ NORTHERN CHEYENNE RESERVATION-DEATH _ A Montana man has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of his half brother on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

_ LAND EXCHANGE _ The owners of the Red Lodge Mountain ski area and the U.S. Forest Service have filed the paperwork on a land exchange.

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