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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

December 19, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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INTERNET TROLLING LAWSUIT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. _ An internet troll who harassed a black college student with racist messages on social media has agreed to a court settlement requiring him to get “anti-hate training,” apologize in writing and on video and publicly renounce white supremacy. Tuesday’s settlement agreement would resolve Taylor Dumpson’s claims against one of the defendants she sued in April over an online harassment campaign orchestrated by a neo-Nazi website publisher. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 800 words, photos

IN BRIEF:

_ PEDIATRICIAN-ABUSE CHARGES _ A former Indian Health Service pediatrician convicted of sexually abusing young boys on Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation two decades ago will be sentenced in January.

_ MONTANA-COMMERCE DIRECTOR _ Montana Gov. Steve Bullock’s commerce director is leaving her cabinet post after less than two years to become U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s state director.

_ YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK VISITATION _ Figures show that November was not an abnormally busy month for Yellowstone National Park.

_ DEAD WOMAN-TRIAL CANCELED _ A jury trial for one of the people allegedly involved in the death of a Montana woman has been called off.

_ MONTANA SCHOOL-SEX ABUSE _ More former high school students are joining a lawsuit accusing an athletic trainer of sexual abuse and an eastern Montana school district of failing to protect them.

_ KIDNAPPING TALE-THE LATEST _ A businessman accused of fabricating a story that he was kidnapped by a biker gang in Virginia has pleaded guilty in a Montana court of bilking investors of more than $20 million.

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