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TOBACCO TAX INITIATIVE
HELENA — The $26.1 million campaign over whether to keep Montana’s Medicaid expansion program alive by hiking the state’s tobacco taxes was the most expensive ballot issue in Montana since at least 2002, and likely in state history, according to reports. The hefty price tag was driven by one tobacco company that spent heavily in Montana and in South Dakota to successfully defeat tobacco tax ballot measures earlier this month, campaign finance reports filed Monday with Montana’s political practices commissioner show. By Matt Volz. SENT: 590 words, photo.
— MOVING HELP BURGLARY — A Montana man who rented a moving truck and tricked some friends into helping him steal nearly $40,000 in property from a Great Falls home has been sentenced to three years in prison.
— UNIVERSITY-SEX LAWSUIT — Montana State University has agreed to pay $175,000 to a former student who filed a civil lawsuit alleging the school was negligent in hiring a convicted sex offender as a music teacher.
— GRIZZLY KILLED — Officials say a hunter killed a grizzly bear in Montana, south of Gibson Dam.
— MONTANA HIGHWAYS-HOLIDAY DEATHS — Authorities say 12 people died in eight separate crashes on Montana highways over a five-day stretch during Thanksgiving week.
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