- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

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BULLFROG INVASION SPREADS ALONG YELLOWSTONE RIVER:

An invasion of American bullfrogs that will eat just about anything - including each other - is spreading downstream along Montana’s Yellowstone River and poses a potential threat to native frogs, government scientists said. Bullfrogs were found in recent surveys along a 66-mile stretch of the river from the Laurel area downstream to Custer, said U.S. Geological Survey biologist Adam Sepulveda. The number of breeding sites for the animals almost quadrupled between 2010 and last year, to 45.

MISSOULA HOSPITAL ON EBOLA TRANSFER SHORTLIST:

The specialized training and equipment in a Missoula hospital puts it on the shortlist of places to transfer a patient with the Ebola virus, including a person diagnosed in another country in need a higher level of care, Montana’s communicable diseases chief said. St. Patrick Hospital is one of a very few medical facilities in the U.S. with the training and isolation procedures to handle Ebola patients, said Jim Murphy, communicable disease bureau chief for the state Department of Public Health and Human Services.

HELENA WOMAN ACCUSED OF STARVING BABY:

A Montana woman who was given a deferred sentence earlier this year for leaving her infant son alone in a car while she shopped is now charged with felony child endangerment for failing to adequately feed the child, who authorities say weighs just 8 pounds at 7 months old. Alisha Rose Guyaz made an initial appearance Tuesday in Lewis and Clark County Justice Court, where her bail was set at $25,000.

MAN SHOT TO DEATH IN BILLINGS:

Police are investigating after a 36-year-old man was found shot to death in the front yard of a residence in downtown Billings. Lt. Kevin Iffland says officers responded to a report of a man down in the front yard early Thursday. He had a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO RECEIVES FEDERAL PROTECTIONS:

The yellow-billed cuckoo has been disappearing from its home in the Western U.S., a decline that prompted the federal Fish and Wildlife Service to announce Thursday that the bird has been listed as a threatened species. There are about 350 to 495 pairs in the U.S., according to the American Bird Conservancy, which says none has been spotted in Oregon, Washington, or Montana recently.

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