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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

August 4, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

YELLOWSTONE-BISON HARASSMENT

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. — An Oregon man who was caught on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park was arrested in Glacier National Park in the third disturbance in less than a week at a national park, officials said Friday. Rangers looking for Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon, found him causing a disturbance Thursday evening at the historic Many Glacier Hotel in the popular Montana park, the National Park Service said. SENT: 280 words, photo.

RAILWAY-SETTLEMENT

BILLINGS — BNSF Railway has agreed to pay the U.S. government $200,000 and spend up to $750,000 on road repairs to settle claims that the company failed to pay for damages caused by a 2011 train derailment in northwestern Montana, government prosecutors and a railroad representative said Friday. The settlement resolves a lawsuit brought against the Fort Worth, Texas, railway last year over a derailment of 18 cars from a train hauling wheat about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Whitefish. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

— MONTANA ELECTIONS-REPUBLICANS — Democrats are accusing the Montana Republican Party of violating state campaign law by failing to report work done on behalf of candidates during the 2016 election.

— GRAIN CARS DERAIL — Rail traffic has resumed across northern Montana after a dozen loaded grain cars derailed just east of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, but the track closure caused issues for Amtrak’s Empire Builder.

— CAMPAIGN FINANCE-LOAN DISPUTE — A Montana legislative candidate is disputing a determination by the state’s campaign regulator that a $3,000 loan is an illegal campaign contribution that must be returned.

— CONSTRUCTION ZONE FATAL — A Colorado man was killed and four others were injured in a crash in a western Montana construction zone.

— BILLINGS-SHOOTING — Police in Billings say an 18-year-old man has been shot in an early morning incident on the city’s south side.

— MUSIC TEACHER CHARGES — A Montana high school music teacher accused of molesting two female students received a one-year suspended jail sentence following his no-contest plea to two misdemeanors.

SPORTS IN BRIEF:

— JETS-DONAHUE-DUI — New York Jets linebacker Dylan Donahue received a three-month suspended sentence and was fined $1,000 for a DUI crash in his hometown of Billings, Montana. With photo.

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