Top stories on KXLH for the evening of Friday, June 22, 2012.
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- Farm Bill: The largest piece of agriculture legislation is now headed to the U.S. House for a vote and U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg (R-MT) is hoping to put his fingerprints on it. On Thursday, Montana’s U.S. Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Jon Tester (D-MT) joined 62 other lawmakers in voting for the Farm Bill. The bill eliminates direct government payments for crops which aren’t planted and yet provides subsidies for farmers whose crops are facing tough times. However, the largest chunk of funding, about $80 billion a year, goes to fund the federal food stamp program. Now that the bill is headed to the House, Rehberg says he would like to see some things changed. Rehberg says he is working to include language which protects beet growers and the National Center for Appropriate Technology which is a Butte based resource center for farmers and ranchers.
- Change Of Plea: Roger Allen Roybal, a 41-year-old resident of Helena/Missoula, has pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. From approximately 2008 to December 2010, Roybal used his computer to knowingly receive images of prepubescent children or children under the age of 12; receive images that were sadistic or masochistic or depicted violence; and that he received more than 600 images. He also distributed the images to a minor that he sexually abused on repeated occasions. Roybal knew that the images and movies contained children engaged in sexually explicit conduct as defined in federal law. Roybal faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum five years in prison and could be sentenced to 20 years, a $250,000 fine, and lifetime supervision.
- Jail Suicide: State lawmakers are looking at ways to reduce suicide rates in Montana jails. The Law and Justice Interim Committee is considering three bill drafts which could potentially be brought before the 63rd Montana Legislature. The first bill would implement a toll free
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