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BC-MT--Montana News Coverage,ADVISORY, MT

August 15, 2014

Good morning. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Montana. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome at 800-221-0094 or 406-442-7440 or apmontana@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TODAY:

EX-GOVERNOR-MINE CLAIM

BILLINGS — A federal judge says an expert commission will have to decide on a $10 million compensation claim from former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer and other investors in a mining dispute. Schweitzer is a director in Optima Inc., a company whose mining rights stand in the way of Mines Management Inc.’s proposed silver and copper mine near Libby. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by noon.

MONTANA ELECTIONS

HELENA — The commissioner of political practices is removing five legislative and local candidates from the ballot for failing to file campaign finance reports. Commissioner Jonathan Motl says in his Thursday decision that another 34 candidates who filed their reports late are subject to sanctions, but will remain on the ballot. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by noon.

CAMPAIGN WATCH

HELENA — This week in the race to November’s elections in Montana. By Lisa Baumann. UPCOMING: 500 words by 10:30 a.m.

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TRIBAL CORRUPTION

GREAT FALLS — A federal judge sentenced a former state legislator to 7 1/2 years in prison on theft, bribery and tax-evasion charges for embezzling federal money meant for construction projects on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation. SENT: 630 words.

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SPORTS:

CHARGERS-SEAHAWKS

SEATTLE — Brock Coyle isn’t likely to be a starter in the NFL anytime soon. But he’s getting every chance to earn a spot on the Seattle Seahawks roster. By Tim Booth. SENT: 700 words.

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