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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

October 4, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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ELECTION 2018-MONTANA INITIATIVES

HELENA — Industry-funded opponents of Montana citizen’s initiatives to raise the state’s tobacco tax and add new mining regulations are vastly outspending the measures’ supporters to put their messages in front of voters about a month before Election Day, according to campaign finance reports. One ballot initiative would raise taxes on cigarettes and snuff for the first time since 2005, and tax vaping products for the first time ever. One tobacco giant in particular, Altria, is spending millions of dollars to flood the state’s airwaves with ads to defeat the initiative after successfully lobbying against a similar measure killed by the Montana Legislature in 2017. By Matt Volz. SENT: 660 words, photo.

COLD CASE RAPE

HELENA — Montana’s attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a 2003 ruling that says it’s unconstitutional to bring new charges after a state’s statute of limitations for the crime has expired. Attorney General Tim Fox said Wednesday a man whose DNA matched evidence left after the rape of an 8-year-old Billings girl should still be brought to justice, even if the match wasn’t made for nearly three decades. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be expanded.

SALON KILLINGS-DRUG SENTENCE

GREAT FALLS — A man who is still considered a “prime suspect” in a 2001 triple homicide at a western Montana beauty parlor was sentenced last week to 15 years in federal prison for distributing heroin and methamphetamine in Great Falls, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Brian Weber, 42, was sentenced on Sept. 27 by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Great Falls. SENT: 200 words, photo.

GRIZZLY KILLED-WYOMING

CODY — Wildlife managers in Wyoming are investigating the shooting of a grizzly bear by a hunting guide as the animals become more active searching for food before the harsh winter sets in and as more bears are roaming the landscape. The bear was shot Tuesday in the upper South Fork of the Shoshone River after charging three guides and their horses, according to Park County commissioner and outfitter Lee Livingston. SENT: 410 words, photo.

CENSUS NOMINATION

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s nominee to oversee the Census Bureau rebuffed lawmakers’ efforts Wednesday to get his opinion on the administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. If confirmed, Steven Dillingham would oversee the once-a-decade census that will determine how many seats in Congress each state receives and how hundreds of billions in tax dollars are distributed. Dillingham appeared before a Senate panel Wednesday. By Kevin Freking. SENT: 420 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— MARIJUANA LICENSE REVOKED — A Montana district judge has ruled that the state improperly revoked a Billings medical marijuana provider’s license by not giving the dispensary owner time to correct violations before revoking the license and effectively shutting down the business.

— BUTTE CENTRAL THREAT-ARREST — A Butte juvenile has been arrested for allegedly making emailed threats to Butte Central Catholic Schools, leading to classes being canceled for the lower grades on Tuesday.

— FATAL CRASH-KALISPELL — Authorities have released the name of an elderly man who was hit and killed by a car in northwestern Montana.

— MISSING WOMAN-REMAINS FOUND — Investigators say they’re developing leads, but still have no answers about the death of a missing Montana woman whose remains were found in western North Dakota.

— EGG RECALL-ILLNESSES — The government says 38 people in seven states have gotten sick from eggs produced by an Alabama poultry farm.

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