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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

March 22, 2019

Montana at 1:05 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

XGR--DUELING DINOSAURS

HELENA _ The Montana Senate is expected to pass a bill Friday stating that dinosaur fossils are part of a property’s surface estate. By Amy Hanson. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

MONTANA WEATHER _ A backcountry avalanche warning has been issued for several mountain ranges in northwestern Montana, while parts of central and northeastern Montana are under flood warnings and advisories.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE _ Montana’s unemployment rate remained 3.8 percent in February, matching the national rate.

BUTTE-SUPERFUND _ A top Environmental Protection Agency leader says the agency is targeting mid-August to deliver a signed agreement that aims to finish the decades-long Butte Superfund cleanup.

MONTANA-POWER GENERATION _ A Montana legislative committee has endorsed a bill that supporters hope will keep the Colstrip Power Plant operating.

COUPLE CHARGED-TODDLER DEATH _ A Montana couple has been accused of causing the death of their 17-month-old daughter.

FORMER UNDERSHERIFF-THEFT CHARGE _ A former undersheriff in northern Montana is accused of stealing firearms when he left his post for another job. AP Photos.

SPORTS:

BKC--NCAA-MONTANA-MICHIGAN

DES MOINES, Iowa _ Michigan coach John Beilein didn’t need to worry after all. Four days after his Wolverines’ disappointing loss in the Big Ten Tournament championship game, they did exactly what they were supposed to against 15th-seeded Montana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. By Eric Olson. Moved late Thursday. AP Photos.

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