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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

August 21, 2018

Montana at 5 p.m.

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BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge will hear arguments on a new trial requested by a man convicted of murdering a woman on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation by strangling her and lighting her on fire. Demarzio Swade Sanchez says the government delayed turning over a cellphone with text messages related to the killing until after his trial.



HELENA —Montana’s governor is standing by his recent comments that he’d support a ban on some semiautomatic weapons, saying Tuesday that it’s one of several measures that should be considered to curtail gun violence. The two-term Democratic governor, who is considering a 2020 presidential run, first voiced his support for a weapons ban Sunday in answer to a question posed during an interview on CNN. By Matt Volz. SENT: 453 words, photo.


MONTANA ELECTIONS-GREEN PARTY — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a state judge’s decision to remove Montana Green Party candidates from the general election ballot.

RED LODGE HOMICIDE — Prosecutors have filed additional charges against a Red Lodge man charged in a February killing.

ELECTION SECURITY-STATE GRANTS-MONTANA — Montana is receiving $3 million in federal grant money to improve election security.

MONTANA WILDFIRES — Unsettled weather, including strong winds from the northeast, caused growth on the southwestern flank of a fire burning in Glacier National Park.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING — Officials in north-central Montana have released the name of a man who was shot and killed by a Great Falls police officer.

WESTERN MONTANA DROWNING-ID — Authorities have identified the 28-year-old Florence woman who died after drowning in a lake in western Montana.

RABIES TREATMENT — Eight residents of a southwestern Montana county underwent precautionary treatment for rabies after being exposed to bats within the last three weeks.


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