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News Minute: Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. MDT

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning along the Missouri River between Cascade and Great Falls. The river could match its historic crest of 17 feet at Ulm, depending on how much water pours into the Missouri from the Smith River at Ulm. The Smith does not have a gauge measuring its output.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to sage grouse protections in six Western states that call for eliminating special designations for crucial habitat as well as keeping areas open for mining. The agency, in documents made public Wednesday, also say restrictions on water development for livestock will be removed as will other requirements that could limit some livestock grazing.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Family members of a man killed by Montana police after a 10-hour standoff in which more than 100 shots were fired say the suspect's life could have been spared if authorities had worked harder to defuse the situation. Anita Little Head said Wednesday that her brother, suspect Frank Joe Half, Jr., was a Crow Indian who might have given himself up if police had brought in a relative from the tribe to reason with him.

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Kalispell Regional Healthcare is under federal investigation over physician pay and told employees it has set at $21.5 million for a potential settlement. Hospital officials deny any wrongdoing and say they are cooperating with the investigation. Officials with the hospital and the federal agency declined to provide details on the investigation.

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