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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

July 31, 2018

Montana at 1:15 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

BABY IN WOODS

MISSOULA, Mont. — A 32-year-old man has denied charges that he abandoned a 5-month-old baby in the woods of western Montana after a car crash. Francis Carlton Crowley of Portland, Oregon, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in District Court to assault on a minor and criminal endangerment. He remains jailed in Missoula County with his bail set at $200,000. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.

TRUMP-KOCH

NEW YORK — The war of words intensified between two titans in Republican politics on Tuesday as President Donald Trump trashed the conservative billionaire Koch brothers as a “total joke in real Republican circles.” The Kochs’ political advocacy network announced it would not back the GOP candidate in the North Dakota Senate race. The Kochs have not ruled out similar moves in top-tier Senate races in Indiana, Missouri, Montana, and West Virginia, although they are actively working to help elect Republican Senate candidates in Florida, Tennessee and Wisconsin. By Steve Peoples And Anne Flaherty. SENT: 560 words, national lines. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CHURCH ABUSE-MONTANA — Victims of sexual abuse by former members of the clergy in Montana’s Diocese of Great Falls-Billings are voting on a proposed $20 million settlement. AP Photo.

— FORT PECK HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION — The FBI and Fort Peck Tribal Police are investigating a July 27 death on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation as a possible homicide. Officials have not identified the 45-year-old man or said how he died.

— BILLINGS PEDESTRIAN FATAL — Authorities have identified the woman killed in a weekend hit-and-run crash on the north side of Billings.

— HUNTHAUSEN-FUNERAL — A funeral is planned Wednesday for retired Seattle Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen, who served as the bishop of Helena, Montana, from 1962 to 1975 and as archbishop of Seattle from 1975 to 1991. The Seattle Archdiocese says a funeral mass is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. The 96-year-old died July 22 at his home in Helena.

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