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Evening Newscast 01-31-19

Montana Public Radio Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

One day after details of the Republican plan for Medicaid expansion in Montana were revealed, Democrats in the state legislature reacted coldly.

A 62-year-old northwestern Montana man who a federal judge once said was "dangerous to the money and property of others" faces more than a decade in federal prison for running a Ponzi scheme and illegally possessing firearms.

The body of a 29-year-old man who was reported missing on Jan. 24 has been found in northwest Montana.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality estimates that cleaning up three coal ash ponds at the Colstrip power plant will cost as much as $700 million.

A pair of bills under consideration by Montana lawmakers would make changes in a $6 fee used to help fund state parks and trails.

A bill in the Montana Legislature would mean voters would no longer be asked every 10 years to reauthorize the six-mill levy - a property tax for higher education that has been on the ballot every decade since 1948.

Montana authorities are deciding on charges against a 52-year-old Washington state man who they say hijacked a bus and forced a nearly 10-hour standoff with police.

Administrators at the private University of Providence in Great Falls say several academic and athletic programs soon will be gone.

Asbestos test results prompted University of Montana officials to abruptly close an entire campus building this morning.

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