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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 23, 2014

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CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING

HELENA — The latest Federal Election Commission fundraising reports show two Republican candidates for the U.S. House seat have made large personal loans to their campaign coffers. By Lisa Baumann. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4:30 p.m.

BLACKFEET CHILDREN-EMBEZZLEMENT

GREAT FALLS — A federal jury convicted a consultant for the Blackfeet Indian tribe of more than two dozen charges after prosecutors said he provided kickbacks to tribal leaders in a scheme to defraud a $9.3 million mental health program. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris set a Sept. 4 sentencing for Gary Conti. SENT:

MONTANA VA WAITS

MISSOULA — In a recent review, the Department of Veterans Affairs Montana Health Care System ranked higher in patient satisfaction and call responsiveness but came in near the bottom for patient wait times, employee satisfaction and nurse turnover. The Missoulian reports (http://bit.ly/1r0Ze5L) that in a March review by the VA inspector general, VA Montana scored 51st in patient satisfaction out of 128 facilities and came in 69th on call responsiveness. SENT: 310 words.

IN BRIEF:

HELENA FATAL; GLACIER-GRIZZLY BEAR DEATH; POLICE-ENCRYPTED RADIOS; MISSOULA-SPECIAL VICTIMS; BILLINGS BODY FOUND; BILLINGS-SUSPICIOUS DEATHS;

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