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5 Things to Know in Montana for June 11

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 11, 2014 at 6:01 am •  Published: June 11, 2014
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BEACH DECISION ON CLEMENCY APPLICATION:

Montana's parole board will announce its decision on whether to accept convicted murderer Barry Beach's clemency application at the Deer Lodge Community Center at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Board chairman Mike McKee has said a full clemency hearing will be held if the parole board accepts Beach's application. Beach is serving a 100-year prison sentence for the 1979 beating death of classmate Kim Nees in Poplar.

CAUSE OF PLANT EXPLOSION UNKNOWN:

Authorities say no one was injured at a Columbia Falls, Montana, fiberboard plant after several explosions and a fire. A resident near the Plumb Creek Timber plant says two or three loud explosions shook her house. Company officials say they don't yet know the cause.

COLSTRIP INCLUDED IN PPL ASSET SPINOFF:

PPL Corporation is spinning off assets including its Montana power plants as the Pennsylvania company seeks to focus on other markets. The move will put the company's coal-fired plants in Colstrip and Billings under control of a new corporation, Talen Energy Corporation. PPL Montana spokesman David Hoffman says the Colstrip plant will continue operating

AGREEMENT IN MISSOULA SEX ASSAULT RESPONSE:

The Missoula County Attorney's office will change the way it responds to reports of sexual assaults after a federal investigation. A U.S. Justice Department investigation found evidence of gender bias and discrimination in the way county prosecutors handled sexual-assault complaints. The Montana attorney general's office will oversee the new procedures.

EPA TOUTS NEW POWER PLANT RULES:

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is promoting proposed clean power plant rules to western governors as a way to deal with wildfires and floods. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy met with western governors in Colorado and emphasized that states will have flexibility in developing plans to reduce carbon output.