Mar 5, 2013 8:33 PM by KXLH

KXLH Evening Top Stories - Tue Mar 5

Top stories on KXLH for the evening of Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

- Johnson Update: Just days after being acquitted on a rape charge, Jordan Johnson is back on the University of Montana football team. UM's Athletic Conduct Team announced on Monday that Jordan has been reinstated to the football team after hearing his appeal on Monday. Johnson appealed his suspension from the team over the weekend and according to a news release, he is back on the team effective immediately.

- Sex Ed: A MT Senate committee will be discussing legislation that would require parents and guardians in Montana to opt their child in to sex education. Right now, the protocol for sex education in Helena Public Schools is an opt-out situation. "If a parent doesn't want their child in, then they can write a note and then we offer an alternative pathway to meet the curriculum need, but they have to write a note to do that," said Helena Public Schools Superintendent Kent Kultgen.

- Centennial: It was 100 years ago that the Montana House of Representatives met for the first time in its current location. Reporter Marnee Banks takes us back in time for a glimpse of what it was like at the Capitol in 1913.

- Daines: U.S. Representative Steve Daines (R-MT) says Washington D.C. could learn a lot from Big Sky Country in dealing with the nation's budget woes. The freshman Representative said that a solution to the sequestration could come from taking common sense principles used in Montana.

- MT ANG: Sequestration so far isn't affecting the Montana Air National Guard, but it doesn't mean that it won't down in the months ahead. If less funding becomes available in the future, maintenance and the ability to train could slowly start to diminish. As of now, the cuts do not affect the federal mission that the MT ANG's F-15 fighter jets are currently supporting in Alaska. MT ANG public affairs officer Major Tim Crowe explained, "That is a mission that falls under the state funding, not necessarily the federal side. We bring federal assets to the fight, but the airmen and soldiers from the Montana Air National Guard are from the communities and they are ready to respond to the governor's needs."

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