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HELENA — Montana lawmakers will consider changing how their pay is calculated when they meet in January, which would result in a 69 percent pay raise if approved. The Legislative Council last month voted to draft a bill to base legislative pay on the average salaries of lawmakers in Montana and four surrounding states starting in 2021. The Aug. 23 meeting in Lewistown was not broadcast live, but a recording shows legislative leaders from both parties saying they're underpaid, especially when compared to the executive and judicial branches of government. By Matt Volz. SENT: 400 words.


LEE ENTERPRISES-MISSOULA INDEPENDENT — Lee Enterprises has shut down the Missoula Independent nearly 1 ½ years after buying the alternative weekly newspaper.

MONTANA FIRES — An incident management team is being brought in to oversee a fire burning in southwestern Montana. Will be updated on merits.

MONTANA STATE PRISON-WARDEN — A former Idaho corrections official has been named the warden of the Montana State Prison.

GLACIER PARK VISITATION — Glacier National Park attendance fell significantly in August as wildfires forced the partial closure of the popular Going-to-the-Sun Road and prompted evacuations along a corridor that runs through the heart of the park.

BEAR ATTACK — A 48-year-old hiker from Minnesota has been injured in a bear encounter in northern Wyoming.


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