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HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock presents his last two-year budget plan before he is termed out of office.
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INTERNET TROLLING LAWSUIT
HELENA — The First Amendment’s free-speech protections do not shield a neo-Nazi website publisher from being sued for a “troll storm” by his readers that led to hundreds of anti-Semitic threats against a Jewish woman and her family, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen’s decision allows Tanya Gersh’s lawsuit against The Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin to proceed on claims that Anglin invaded her privacy, inflicted emotional distress on her and her family and violated Montana’s anti-intimidation law. By Matt Volz. SENT: 470 words.
HELENA — Montana Republicans on Wednesday picked their leaders for the upcoming legislative session with a focus on laying the groundwork to take back the governor’s office in 2020. Senate President Scott Sales of Bozeman will return to his position after fending off a challenge from his No. 2 in the 2017 legislative session, Senate Majority Leader Fred Thomas, R-Stevensville. By Matt Volz and Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 510 words, photos.
WILDFIRES-WHAT CAN BE DONE
BILLINGS — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce the growing death tolls from increasingly severe blazes in California and across the West. Western wildfires have grown ever more lethal, a grim reality that’s been driven by more and more housing developments sprawling into the most fire-prone grasslands and brushy canyons, experts say. Many of the ranchers and farmers who once managed those landscapes are gone, leaving neglected terrain that has grown thick with vegetation that can explode into flames when sparked. By Matthew Brown and Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,130 words, photos.
DEATH AND DISAPPEARANCE IN INDIAN COUNTRY-CITIES
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as concerns mount over the level of violence they often face, according to a study released by a Native American nonprofit Wednesday. The report from the Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute, the research arm of the Seattle Indian Health Board, was conducted over the past year amid worry in tribal communities and cities that Native American and Alaska Native women are vanishing in high numbers, despite a lack of available government data to identify the full scope of the problem. By Mary Hudetz. SENT: 860 words, photos.
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— MISSOULA DOUBLE HOMICIDE — A Montana man accused in the deadly shooting of a man and woman at a Missoula motel has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
— DEPUTY’S VEHICLE SHOT — Police say three men wanted after someone fired shots at a county deputy’s vehicle in Montana have been arrested in Idaho.
— FATHER KILLED-SON ARRESTED — A trial has been set for a Montana man who authorities say admitted to stabbing his father to death.
— MALMSTROM-COMMANDER REMOVED — The commander of the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base has been relieved of his command for maintaining an “unhealthy command climate.”
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