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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

October 6, 2018

Montana at 2:45 p.m.

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ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-MONTANA

BILLINGS — Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte and Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams meet in their second debate on Saturday in Montana’s House race. UPCOMING: developing from 7 p.m. start time.

IN BRIEF:

CAMPUS CRIME — Campus safety reports show that students at Montana State University were arrested or cited last year for violating drug and alcohol laws 10 times more often than their counterparts at the University of Montana.

GLACIER PARK-BURNED CHALET — Contractors are wrapping up their work for the season on reconstructing the dormitory building and the roof of the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park.

ELK HABITAT CONSERVED — More than 2,300 acres (930 hectares) in central Colorado are being preserved for elk and other wildlife habitat. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation says the land involves two properties and is located in Fremont County, southwest of Colorado Springs and between Canon City and Salida.

FROM AP MEMBERS:

EXCHANGE CHAINSAW CARVING CHAMPIONSHIP

LIBBY, Mont. — Between the Kootenai Country Montana Chainsaw Carving Championship and the Ron Adamson’s “The Libby Chainsaw Event,” Libby was revved up for some world-class art and even international exchange in late September. Adrian “Bois” Cabrera said that he started as a toy maker in Argentina, and picked up chainsaw carving from talking to other artisans at craft fairs. By Benjamin Kibbey, The Western News. SENT: 900 words. AP Photos.

EXCHANGE ASBESTOS CLEANUP-LIBBY

LIBBY, Mont. — The houses and yards and businesses are cleaned up. The so-called stigma of Superfund designation is fast fading. The Cabinet Mountains and the crystalline waters of the Kootenai River beckon visitors and even new residents. And if not for the slow-motion horror of the plague on this place, Libby, self-titled City of Eagles, would be soaring. Instead, this beautiful town, doused every day for more than six decades with tons of asbestos-laden dust from a nearby vermiculite mine, still suffers the unthinkable — a steady stream of the sick and the dying. By David McCumber, The Montana Standard. SENT: 2,000 words. AP Photos.

SPORTS:

FBC--PORTLAND ST-MONTANA

MISSOULA, Mont. — Portland State plays Montana in Big Sky Conferenece action Saturday.

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ELECTION TESTING ADVISORY:

AP is moving election test reports for the November 6, (Montana) general election starting on Monday, October 8:

Mondays from 1-3 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT (two hours) and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-3 p.m. EDT, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT (four hours).

Last election test is on Monday, Nov. 5 from 11-3 p.m. EST, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. MST (four hours). No winners will be called during the last test.

These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory found in advisory queues: BC-MT— Montana General Election Testing, Advisory.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Montana and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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