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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

August 8, 2018

Montana at 1:15 p.m.

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BALLOT SELFIES-MONTANA

HELENA, Mont. — Montana’s commissioner of political practices says state law allows voters to take “ballot selfies” in polling places on Election Day. Commissioner’s attorney Jaime MacNaughton said Wednesday the advisory opinion was requested by Lewis and Clark County Elections Supervisor Audrey McCue because some counties were allowing the practice and others were not. By Matt Volz. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— MONTANA ATTORNEY-BAR ASSOCIATION — A Montana attorney has become the new president of the American Bar Association. The Montana Standard reports Butte attorney Bob Carlson is the second person from Montana to lead the professional association of lawyers in the country.

— MONTANA FIRE RESTRICTIONS — Campfires, smoking and off-road driving will be prohibited in west-central Montana, beginning at noon Friday, due to the wildfire danger. The Stage II restrictions will cover forest land, fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in Missoula, Ravalli, Mineral and Sanders counties and the Flathead Indian Reservation.

— WYOMING WILDFIRES — Two small wildfires are burning in Yellowstone National Park, but officials say they are in areas that do not pose a threat to tourists or park facilities.

— MONTANA SCHOOL-POLICE CHASE — The Montana school resource officer who fired upon a fleeing student’s car has returned to work following investigations by the state and Missoula police.

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