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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

June 6, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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HELENA — Montana voters went to the polls Tuesday to pick a challenger to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester after an expensive primary election campaign marked by attack ads, big spending by outside groups and President Donald Trump inserting himself in the race. Voters also were deciding on a Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte nearly a year after the Republican was sworn in to fill the term of Ryan Zinke, who resigned to become Trump’s Interior secretary. By Matt Volz. SENT: 900 words, photos.



LOS ANGELES — For all their talk of a “blue wave,” Democrats need a good day Tuesday in California to have much hope of seizing the House majority this fall. No state will play a more significant role in the fight for control of Congress. And with primary elections across California and seven other states on Tuesday, the political battlefield will soon be set for the first midterm elections of Donald Trump’s presidency. By Steve Peoples and Michael Blood. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.



Eight states are casting midterm primary ballots Tuesday, with implications for control of the House and Senate and for several governor’s races. Primaries are being held in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 900 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — An independent watchdog has cleared Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of wrongdoing when he gave a speech to a National Hockey League team owned by a campaign contributor. The Office of Special Counsel said Zinke’s June 2017 speech to the Vegas Golden Knights did not violate the Hatch Act, a federal law that prohibits executive branch officials from engaging in political activities. The team’s owner, Bill Foley, contributed to Zinke’s Republican congressional campaigns and to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 630 words, photo.



WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he was canceling most of the Senate’s time-honored August recess, an election-year move that could help lawmakers clear extra work while keeping vulnerable Democratic senators off the campaign trail. McConnell, R-Ky., said he decided to shorten the usual summer getaway “due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees.” By Alan Fram. SENT: 450 words.


WASHINGTON — Democrats are trying to make an anti-corruption case ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, accusing Republicans of allowing themselves to become beholden to corporate interests during the Trump presidency. The message, articulated Tuesday in speeches from two potential 2020 presidential candidates, aims to undercut President Donald Trump’s argument that he has taken steps to “drain the swamp” in Washington and rein in the influence of lobbyists. By Ken Thomas. SENT: 720 words, photo.


— YELLOWSTONE-ELK ATTACK — For the second time in three days, an elk has attacked someone in Yellowstone National Park.

— POLICE CAR-FATAL — Lake County officials have released the name of a 17-year-old girl who died in a weekend collision with a law enforcement vehicle.

— GRIZZLY BEAR RELOCATED — Montana wildlife officials have captured and relocated a 3-year-old grizzly bear that prompted a call for a refund at a small-town golf course.

— RUNWAY LIGHTS-FLIGHT DIVERTED — An Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Billings was unable to land early Sunday because of a power failure at Billings Logan International Airport.



SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Dwight Clark will forever be remembered for one iconic moment, his leap in the back of the end zone to make a fingertip grab of a game-winning touchdown that launched the San Francisco 49ers dynasty and is one of the most indelible images in NFL history. Clark, the author of one play simply known as “The Catch,” died Monday just more than one year after revealing he had ALS. He was 61. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 1,210 words, photos.


— BIG SKY CONFERENCE-CONDUCT — The Big Sky Conference has adopted a rule that would ban student-athletes with convictions for violent crimes from participating in sports or receiving athletic scholarships at league schools.


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