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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

October 7, 2018

Montana at 4 p.m.

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ELECTION TESTING ADVISORY:

AP is moving election test reports for the November 6, (Montana) general election starting on Monday, October 8:

Mondays from 1-3 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT (two hours) and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-3 p.m. EDT, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT (four hours).

Last election test is on Monday, Nov. 5 from 11-3 p.m. EST, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. MST (four hours). No winners will be called during the last test.

These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory found in advisory queues: BC-MT— Montana General Election Testing, Advisory.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

YELLOWSTONE MINING

LIVINGSTON, Mont. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visits Montana on Monday to extend for another 20 years a ban on new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park that was first imposed under President Barack Obama. The ban has attracted rare bipartisan agreement after Republicans and Democrats alike declared the 30,000-acre area worthy of special protections.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

ELECTION 2018-MONTANA HOUSE

BILLINGS — U.S. House candidate Kathleen Williams said Rep. Greg Gianforte was distorting her record on guns and immigration to scare Montana voters into re-electing the first-term Republican. Gianforte countered during a contentious Saturday night debate that if elected, Williams would fall into line with Democrats to oppose President Donald Trump and threaten gun rights. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 570 words, photos.

MONTANA HEMP GROW

HELENA — Kim Phillips, the Helena Valley hemp farmer who battled for the right to use federally controlled water for irrigation, has harvested her first crop. Phillips is licensed under the Montana Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. The Helena Valley Irrigation District denied Phillips access to irrigation water from Canyon Ferry Reservoir in 2017, as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation prohibits the use of federally controlled water to irrigate controlled substances such as hemp and marijuana. She said she lost her entire crop last year because she could not access the water she needed to irrigate it. UPCOMING

IN BRIEF:

— BEARTOOTH HIGHWAY — The Beartooth Highway near Yellowstone National Park has closed for the winter season.

SPORTS:

OBIT-GAGLIARDI

MINNEAPOLIS — John Gagliardi was ahead of his time as a football coach, believing he did not need to make his players suffer for them to succeed. Using unconventional methods at a small private university in Minnesota, Gagliardi won more football games than anybody who has ever coached in college. Gagliardi died Sunday at the age of 91, according to St. John’s University. By Dave Campbell. SENT: 1,050 words, photo.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Montana and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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