Worker hit, killed in construction zone on Interstate 90
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a worker was hit and killed by a vehicle in a construction zone on Interstate 90 in southern Montana.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the woman, whose name and age have not been released, was run over near Livingston on Monday afternoon. She died at the scene.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol are investigating.
Authorities have not released any details about the driver or how the woman was hit.
Montana lawmakers push bills on health costs, transparency
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Congress may not know what to do about former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, but Montana lawmakers are pushing through legislation they believe will bring down health care costs and increase price transparency regardless of what happens in Washington.
A half-dozen measures are still alive as the 2017 legislative session enters its final days. One would allow the state insurance commissioner to draw up plans for a high-risk insurance pool and another would authorize out-of-state insurers to sell policies in Montana.
Two bills are meant to better inform patients about prices for health care services, and know what their insurers will and won’t cover.
Another bill would give tax credits to small companies that offer high-deductible health insurance plans to their employees. The sixth measure calls for a study on health care price transparency.
Bernie Sanders to campaign for Rob Quist in US House race
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is expected to campaign on behalf of Rob Quist as he seeks Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House in a special election next month.
Quist’s campaign spokeswoman Tina Olechowski said Monday that Sanders is expected to be in the state next month, but the dates and locations of the campaign stops haven’t been determined. Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination for president over Sanders.
Quist, a Democrat, is running against Republican Greg Gianforte and Libertarian Mark Wicks for the seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke when he became Interior Secretary.
Donald Trump Jr. is scheduled to make campaign stops Friday and Saturday on behalf of Gianforte, who lost the 2016 gubernatorial race to incumbent Steve Bullock.
Absentee ballots will be mailed out April 28. The election is set for May 25.
King to calling for VA reform with Maine veterans
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Sen. Angus King says he will meet with veterans to call for an overhaul of the way the federal Department of Veterans Affairs handles appeals.
King, an independent, is set to gather with veterans caught up in the red tape of the process at an American Legion post in Auburn on Tuesday afternoon.
King is joining Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Jon Tester of Montana on legislation to overall the appeals process. The senators say more than 450,000 appeals are pending before the VA and the system needs updating.
The senators say redundancies and inefficiencies in the process mean many veterans wait years before getting a decision on their appeals.
King says the process hasn’t been updated since 1933.
Man in custody after jumping in river during police pursuit
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A northwestern Montana man faces felony charges after jumping into a river to avoid deputies who were pursuing a vehicle that had been reported stolen.
Flathead County officials say 44-year-old Dominic Lee jumped into the Flathead River on Sunday after a sheriff’s vehicle forced the stolen pickup to stop at a campground east of Kalispell.
Authorities in a rescue boat pulled Lee from the 40-degree (4.4 degrees Celsius) water. He was treated for hypothermia.
Lee was later jailed on suspicion of theft, criminal endangerment and other charges. His passenger, 34-year-old Amanda Brandt, was jailed on suspicion of theft.
Police say the owner of the pickup spotted it at about 4 p.m. Sunday in Columbia Falls and followed it until officers took up the pursuit, which reached speeds of up to 80 mph.
Authorities identify Canadian man killed in crash with semi
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Cascade County authorities have identified a Canadian man who was killed after his minivan struck a tractor-trailer that left the scene of the crash on Interstate 15 in northern Montana.
Sheriff Bob Edwards says 72-year-old Marvin Knutson of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, died late Saturday when his van hit a truck as it used an “authorized vehicle only” area to cross the median to enter a weigh station near Great Falls.
Investigators with the Montana Highway Patrol say the truck driver stopped briefly near the weigh station and then continued north on I-15.
The Great Falls Tribune reports (gftrib.com/2oPBbL7) officers are searching for the driver of the truck. The truck was hauling two-by-four lumber and should have damage on the right rear side of the trailer.