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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

April 10, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

MEDICAID EXPANSION-MONTANA

HELENA _ The Montana Senate is expected to take up a bill to continue Montana’s Medicaid expansion program.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

RURAL SCHOOLS

HELENA _ A measure that gives rural schools the option of hiring armed marshals is part of a package of education proposals moving through the Legislature. Along with improving school safety, the bills seek to help rural schools attract and retain teachers and hire retired teachers for difficult-to-fill slots. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 750 words.

INTERNET TROLLING LAWSUIT

A neo-Nazi website operator said Tuesday that he refuses to be present in the U.S. for questioning under oath in a lawsuit that accuses him of unleashing an anti-Semitic “troll storm” against a Montana real estate agent’s family. The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin says he lives abroad and claims it’s too dangerous for him to travel to the U.S. But a federal magistrate judge ruled Friday that Anglin must be present in the U.S. for a deposition by Tanya Gersh’s attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center. By Michael Kunzelman. SENT: 610 words, photo.

MONTANA EARTHQUAKE

HELENA — An earthquake that struck Tuesday in a rural area near the Idaho-Montana border was felt as far away as Helena and was followed by multiple aftershocks, but no damage was immediately reported. The main quake struck just after noon Tuesday 4 miles (7 kilometers) northeast of Lima, Montana, a town of about 230 people along Interstate 15 in the southwestern corner of the state. It had a preliminary magnitude of 4.4 and was about 6 miles (10 kilometers) deep, U.S. Geological Survey research geophysicist William Yeck said. By Matt Volz. SENT: 330 words.

OF MONTANA INTEREST:

SPRING FLOODING-MIDWEST

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, one of the poorest areas in the nation, is bracing for another major winter storm and the prospect of renewed flooding that is also forecast to hit a wide swath of the Plains and Midwest just a month after the last weather blast. March’s “bomb cyclone” — an unusual weather phenomenon in which air pressure drops rapidly and a storm strengthens explosively — dumped heavy snow on Pine Ridge that led to severe flooding. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN _ State officials say a bill that was intended to help missing persons investigations in Montana is now toothless after lawmakers stripped funding and other requirements.

_ RETIRED PRIEST-CHILD PORN _ A retired Roman Catholic priest in Great Falls has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography.

_ OPEN MEETINGS _ Newspaper and public-information advocacy groups are objecting to what they see as the Montana Legislature failing to give the public proper notice of meetings.

_ LOGGING PROJECT _ After a quick fundraising effort, a conversation group has written a check to stop a logging project south of Bozeman.

_ INVASIVE MUSSELS _ A newly formed watchdog group says Montana’s aquatic invasive species prevention program has serious flaws.

_ MONTANA PRISON-LOCKDOWN LIFTED _ Officials have lifted a lockdown imposed last week at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge.

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