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BILLINGS — Montana's first psychiatry residency program will launch at Billings Clinic, bringing trained psychiatric medical professionals to rural eastern Montana. Operational costs for the program will be paid for in part by the Helmsley Charitable Trust, which is funding the program's first three years at Billings Clinic with a $3 million grant. By Rob Rogers, Billings Gazette. SENT: 640 words, photos.


MISSOULA — There's a largely hidden epidemic in Montana, and the United States overall, of babies coming into this world addicted to powerful drugs such as opioids and methamphetamine because their mothers used the substances during pregnancy. Dr. Deborah Reed-Thurston, the neonatologist at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, has seen these babies convulse so badly they shake their entire crib. They cry inconsolably, their arms are often stiff and they don't sleep or feed well. They're also prone to seizures and weight loss and are at risk for behavioral and neurological problems later in life, she said. By David Erickson, Missoulian. SENT: 860 words.


NETFLIX LAWSUIT — A Montana photographer is suing Netflix, alleging the company violated copyright law by using one of his photos without permission to create storm images for the series "Stranger Things" and the movie "How It Ends."

POSTAGE STAMP-EMERGENCY RESPONDERS — The U.S. Postal Service has released a new stamp in Montana that honors emergency responders.

WASTING DISEASE — Montana officials will resume testing of wildlife killed by hunters in parts of the state this fall to see if the animals have a brain wasting disease.


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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Montana and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click "All" or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.