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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

February 5, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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WINTER WEATHER

SEATTLE _ Winter weather pounded a swath of the U.S. West on Monday, closing schools, snarling traffic and turning coastal cities like Seattle that rarely get much snow unusually white, while the Midwest warmed up from a dangerous blast of cold last week. It comes as parts of California and Montana brace for the threat of mudslides and avalanches and the middle of the country grapples with the fallout from the polar vortex. The weather was warmer near Yellowstone National Park, but the fresh snow that fell on the weak snowpack in the mountains near the park led to avalanche warnings. SENT: 660 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ PRESS ASSAULT BILL _ A Bozeman lawmaker has introduced a bill to increase the penalties for assaulting journalists just hours before U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is scheduled to address the Montana House.

_ MONTANA COUNTY ATTORNEY-TEXAS SHOOTING _ Police in Texas say a former Montana county attorney shot and wounded her husband.

_ FATAL SHOOTING-MUSHROOMS _ Montana authorities say a Billings man shot and killed a friend and wounded himself with a military-style AR-15 carbine while they were tripping on mushrooms last fall.

_ FLATHEAD NATIONAL FOREST-DECISION _ The federal government has released a signed Record of Decision for the new Flathead National Forest plan.

_ MONTANA WEATHER _ Weather officials are warning of dangerous wind chills dropping below minus 30 degrees across much of Montana and avalanche threats in the southwestern part of the state.

SPORTS:

BKC-MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN

Montana State plays Northern Colorado at Bank of Colorado Arena at Butler-Hancock Athletic Center.

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