Wednesday: Griz Euthanized, Vaccine Anxiety, Baucus AARP

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; on the Beacon today, Flathead High School is seeing a rebirth of enthusiasm and optimism this year, three years after splitting off from Glacier High. The Flathead County prosecutor says he is awaiting evidence from the boat crash that injured U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg and four others before deciding whether to file charges against the vessel’s driver, state Sen. Greg Barkus. Crowds of people gathered behind the KGEZ radio building on Highway 93 South for a four-day rally last week to rail against vaccinations, with a focus on swine flu. Wildlife officials have captured and euthanized an older male grizzly bear with a history of breaking into cabins in the Swan Valley.

The Montana Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments this morning in the state’s appeal of a lower court ruling that Montanans have a constitutionally protected right to physician-assisted suicide. Sen. Max Baucus held a telephone town hall with nearly 10,000 AARP members yesterday, many of whom were concerned health care reform could harm Medicare. And workplace deaths decreased by 28 percent in Montana last year, compared to 2007.

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