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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

September 20, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS-CHILD ABUSE

HELENA — Two women who say they were sexually abused as children have alleged that the Jehovah’s Witnesses failed to report their abuser to authorities in Montana and instead punished him internally by expelling him from the congregation until he repented the following year. A trial begins Monday in the tiny city of Thompson Falls for one of dozens of lawsuits filed nationwide in the last decade over claims of child sexual abuse in Jehovah’s Witness congregations. By Matt Volz. SENT: 730 words, photo.

MONTANA MAGAZINE FOLDS

HELENA — Montana Magazine is folding after nearly 50 years of publishing stories and stunning images of the state’s people, geography, history and culture, owner Lee Enterprises announced. “Unfortunately, the dynamics of the publishing business have changed and the magazine has reached the end of its distinguished run,” general manager Matt Gibson wrote to subscribers on Tuesday. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 550 words.

OF MONTANA INTEREST:

DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE-NATIVE AMERICANS

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it gives tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it tries to tackle the high rates of violence against Native American women, a top official said. The department’s third-highest ranking official said more than $113 million in public safety funding will be doled out to 133 tribes and Alaska Native villages to try to address the issue. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 750 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BILLINGS FIRE-BOY ARRESTED — Billings police say they have arrested a 12-year-old boy they suspect intentionally started a house fire that hospitalized six people.

— ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MONTANA — U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale’s campaign is seeking a new venue for a Bozeman rally after a restaurant manager said he didn’t know about the booking and wants to stay politically neutral.

— LAME DEER-BEATING DEATH — A federal judge has dismissed a second-degree murder charge filed against a Lame Deer man after he alleged investigators destroyed evidence that could have implicated another suspect.

— MISSING WOMAN-REMAINS FOUND — Sheriff’s officials say remains found in western North Dakota earlier this month are those of a missing Montana woman.

— CRIME LAB-METH THEFT — Prosecutors in Montana have asked for the arrest of a former state crime lab analyst who stole methamphetamine from the facility’s evidence supply, saying he tested positive for the drug while he was out on pre-trial release.

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