5 Things to Know in Montana for July 23
July 22, 2014
Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
JUDGE CENSURED OVER RAPE VICTIM COMMENTS:
The Montana Supreme Court censured District Judge G. Todd Baugh over comments suggesting a 14-year-old rape victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime. Baugh did not address the court after his reprimand, and he faces suspension in December before he retires from the bench.
VANDYKE CLEARED FOR BALLOT:
The Montana Supreme Court has ruled in a 4-3 decision that former state solicitor general Lawrence VanDyke is eligible as a candidate for the high court. The Supreme Court reversed a judge's ruling that VanDyke could not run because he had not actively practiced law in Montana for five years before announcing his candidacy.
SMALL PLANE CRASH KILLS 1:
A single-engine airplane crashed near the Russian Flat airstrip in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, killing the pilot. Judith Basin County Coroner Dick Brown identified the pilot as 46-year-old Brian Neal Handy of Bozeman. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
STUDY SAYS CHILDREN'S WELL-BEING SLIPPING IN MONTANA:
A new report says the overall well-being of children in Montana has slipped compared to other states. Montana ranked 31st in the annual Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, down from 28th last year. The report says Montana made improvements in preschool attendance, 8th-grade math proficiency and on-time graduation, but says more children live in poverty.
STATE OFFICIALS SAY HEALTH INSURANCE SUBSIDIES NOT IN JEOPARDY:
State officials say they don't believe Montanans receiving tax credits to buy health insurance are in danger of losing them. Two contradictory federal appeals court rulings Tuesday have called President Barack Obama's health-care law subsidies into question. Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen says one ruling against subsidies will be appealed and won't be decided anytime soon.