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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

December 22, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

HUNTING GRIZZLIES

BILLINGS _ U.S. government attorneys filed notice Friday that they are appealing a court ruling that blocked the first public hunts of grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies in decades. The appeal challenges a judge’s ruling that restored threatened species protections for more than 700 bears in and around Yellowstone National Park. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 580 words, photo.

RESERVATION-WOMAN BURNED

BILLINGS _ A federal judge on Friday sentenced a 21-year-old Montana man to life in federal prison for the murder of a woman who was beaten, strangled, lit on fire and left to die in a remote area of the Crow Indian Reservation. Attorneys for defendant Dimarzio Swade Sanchez said they would appeal the sentence from U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings. A jury last year found Sanchez guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Roylynn Rides Horse. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 510 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ BILLINGS OFFICERS SUSPENDED _ A judge has ordered a Montana city to pay a newspaper and TV station attorneys’ fees and court costs related to a lawsuit.

_ MONTANA MEDICAID _ Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is confident there will be a way to extend the life of the state’s Medicaid expansion program during the 2019 legislative session.

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