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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

February 6, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

DINOSAUR FOSSILS-OWNERSHIP

HELENA _ Montana lawmakers will hear testimony on a bill that seeks to clarify that dinosaur fossils are part of a property’s surface estate and not its mineral estate. The bill is in response to a lawsuit over ownership of fossils found on an eastern Montana ranch. (Hearing starts at 3 p.m. MT)

DEATH PENALTY

HELENA _ Montana lawmakers consider a bill requiring DNA or other biological evidence before a defendant can be given the death penalty. (Hearing starts at 8 a.m. MT)

TOP STORIES TODAY:

WINTER WEATHER

PORTLAND, Ore. — Snow, ice and shivering cold blasted normally mild cities from Seattle to Las Vegas to San Francisco on Tuesday as the winter weather sweeping across the U.S. West shuttered schools, made travel treacherous and closed all roads in Yosemite National Park. Winter storms have been hitting the West for several days and brought a surprise dusting to peaks overlooking San Francisco — the city’s first notable snow in eight years. By Gillian Flaccus. SENT: 630 words, photos and video.

With: WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST

DEMOCRATS-ZERO TOLERANCE

The pressure to resign facing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is highlighting the Democratic Party’s insistence on policing its own when it comes to wrongdoing related to race and, in some cases, sexual misconduct. On Saturday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, another possible Democratic contender, apologized for not stopping a staffer he fired for sexual harassment from landing a job in the New York mayor’s office. By Nicholas Riccardi. SENT: 1,100 words, photo.

HARVESTING ICE

HOLDERNESS, N.H. _ Modern refrigerators have little appeal for summer guests at a rustic New Hampshire resort who prefer cooling their bottles of water, soda and beer the old-fashioned way. The preparation begins five months ahead of time, when resort staffers and volunteers gather to harvest ice from nearby Squam Lake. The January ritual dates back to 1897, when Rockywold-Deephaven Camps first opened in the town of Holderness, and is practiced for commercial purposes only at a handful of other places in the country. By Michael Casey. SENT: 930 words, photos and video.

IN BRIEF:

_ MONTANA RIVER RESCUE _ A Montana firefighter plunged into an icy river to help a dog safely reach the shore in a dramatic rescue that was captured on video. (With AP Video)

_ TAX INCREASES _ The Montana House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed at making it harder for state lawmakers to raise taxes.

_ PRESCHOOL FUNDING _ Gov. Steve Bullock is proposing the state spend nearly $20 million over the next two years to expand a pilot program for public preschool.

_ SHELTER FUNDING _ The city of Missoula soon will have a new, $10.9 million YWCA homeless and domestic violence shelter.

_ OIL AND GAS LEASES _ Officials say oil and gas leasing on more than 20 square miles (about 52 square kilometers) of land in Beaverhead and Madison counties has been deferred indefinitely.

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