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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

August 9, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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BILLINGS — Departing Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk is scheduled to speak about his last days overseeing the world’s first national park, after previously saying he was forced out by the Trump administration following disagreements with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over how many bison the park can sustain, a longstanding source of conflict between park officials and ranchers.


HELENA — Montana wildlife officials are proposing to maintain the largest population grizzly bears in the Lower 48 at current levels — about 1,000 bears. The state wants to demonstrate it will conserve bears across the northwest portion of the state so federal officials will lift the animals’ designation as a protected threatened species.



HELENA — “Superman” actress Margot Kidder’s death has been ruled a suicide, and her daughter said Wednesday it’s a relief to finally have the truth out. Kidder, who played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman in her most famous role, was found by a friend in her Montana home on May 13. At the time, Kidder’s manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines, said Kidder died peacefully in her sleep. By Matt Volz. SENT: 550 words, photo.


HELENA — Montana voters can take “ballot selfies” at polling places on Election Day as long as they aren’t being disruptive or are coerced into doing so, the state’s campaign and elections regulator has ruled. The advisory opinion by the state Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices aims to clear up confusion among county election officials as to whether people can share photographs of their marked ballots taken at the voting booth. By Matt Volz. SENT: 460 words.


YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — An Oregon man who was arrested following disturbances in three national parks, including one in which a bison was harassed in Yellowstone, will remain jailed until his trial later this month, a judge ruled Wednesday. The decision came as Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon, pleaded not guilty to five charges stemming from citations issued in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks in late July. SENT: 330 words.



WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump Jr. is worried, he sure doesn’t show it. His father, the president, is reported to be fretting about his eldest son’s entanglement in the Russia investigation. And Don Jr.’s role in the special counsel’s probe continues to throw off headlines. But the 40-year-old son is hardly ducking his head. By Jonathan Lemire and Catherine Lucey. SENT: 1,200 words, photo.


— MONTANA-BODY FOUND — Authorities in south-central Montana have released the name of a man whose body was found by hikers last month near the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness Area north of Helena.

— MONTANA ATTORNEY-BAR ASSOCIATION — A Montana attorney has become the new president of the American Bar Association.

— MONTANA FIRE RESTRICTIONS — Campfires, smoking and off-road driving will be prohibited in west-central Montana, beginning at noon Friday, due to the wildfire danger.

— WYOMING WILDFIRES — Two small wildfires are burning in Yellowstone National Park, but officials say they are in areas that do not pose a threat to tourists or park facilities.

— MONTANA SCHOOL-POLICE CHASE — The Montana school resource officer who fired upon a fleeing student’s car has returned to work following investigations by the state and Missoula police.

— ROBOCALLS-WYOMING — A federal judge has ruled unconstitutional a Wyoming law that bans the use of robocalls by political organizations.


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