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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

November 7, 2018

Montana at 5:45 p.m.

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HELENA — Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Republican challenger Matt Rosendale have made their last pitches to Montana voters, the celebrities and national politicians have left town, and now it comes down to which side best motivated their supporters to show up in force at the polls Tuesday. Election Day caps an extended 25-day voting period in Montana, with most people mailing in ballots starting in mid-October. But about a third of voters in the state’s midterm election are showing up at their polling places to help decide one of the most hotly contested Senate races in the nation, election officials estimated. By Matt Volz and Matthew Brown. SENT: 970 words, photos. AP Video planned. Will be updated.



HELENA — Republican Greg Gianforte defends the seat he won in last year’s special election against Democrat Kathleen Williams. By Matt Volz. Will move after the race is called.


Voters decide whether to raise the state’s tobacco tax, add new rules to mine cleanup plans, restrict who can turn in another person’s absentee ballot and extend a property tax collected to fund the university system. By Matt Volz. Developing Tuesday night, 600 words and photos. Will move after the races are called.


JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — Clara Swallows pulled herself out of bed. Her aching back made her want to stay put, but the 74-year-old in Indiana had somewhere she needed to be: the polls. Seven hundred miles away in Florida, Stephanie Kent suspended repairs to her home — flooded during Hurricane Michael — and drove 20 miles out of the way to circumvent a still-closed bridge just to cast her ballot, too. (Eds: includes comments from a Montana voter.) By Claire Galofaro and Martha Irvine. SENT: 1,150 words, photos. Will be updated.


WASHINGTON — Tweetstorms and a trade war. Kanye in the Oval Office. Kavanaugh in the hearing room. President Donald Trump’s presidency has been a wild, turbulent, two-year ride. Now it’s time for voters to weigh in how much they’re enjoying it. (Includes brief reference to Montana U.S. Senate race.) By Ken Thomas. SENT: 1,930 words.


— MISSOULA-CHILD STRUCK — A 6-year-old girl Missoula was injured when she was struck by a sport utility vehicle as she crossed the road to get to her bus stop west of Missoula.

— NURSE-FENTANYL THEFT — A former Billings nurse has been sentenced to five years on probation, including six months of house arrest, for stealing a powerful opioid from a hospital for his own use.

— FORT PECK RESERVATION-DEATH — A Montana man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the beating death of a man on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

— AIR AMBULANCE CLOSURE — Reach Air Medical Services has closed its Helena base, which was served with a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft.

— NEW HIGH SCHOOLS — The new high school district in East Helena plans to start freshman classes a year before the high school is built and the Lockwood school district in considering the same move.


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