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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

October 6, 2018

Montana at 6:10 p.m.

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SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-DAINES

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Steve Daines will take a private jet back to Washington D.C. on his daughter’s wedding day if Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court comes down to his vote, the Montana Republican said Friday. Daines still plans to attend his daughter’s wedding back home in Montana on Saturday regardless of when the Senate schedules what is expected to be a very close final vote on Kavanaugh. By Matt Volz. SENT: 560 words, photos.

WITH:

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-MONTANA PROTEST — Police have ticketed seven people for trespassing after a small group of protesters occupied the offices of the Missoula County Republican Central Committee and refused to leave.

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON —After weeks of shocking accusations, hardball politics and rowdy Capitol protests, a pair of wavering senators declared Friday they will back Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, all but guaranteeing the deeply riven Senate will elevate the conservative jurist to the nation’s highest court on Saturday. By Alan Fram and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1070 words, photos.

CROW TRIBE-INVESTIGATION

BILLINGS —Crow Indian leaders blamed U.S. officials for “gross mismanagement” of tribal money after investigators said the Montana tribe couldn’t account for almost $13 million intended for water system improvements. Crow Chairman Alvin “A.J.” Not Afraid said in a Thursday statement that he was working to change a system that allows federal and tribal officials to “squander” the tribe’s money. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 530 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

METH DEALER SENTENCED — A 63-year-old Montana woman with previous drug convictions has been sentenced to nearly eight years in federal prison for selling methamphetamine.

MONTANA-BODIES IN BASEMENT — A trial is set to begin Jan. 4 in the case of a western Montana man charged with killing and dismembering two people and trying to dissolve their bodies in plastic tubs of acid.

FATAL FARM ACCIDENT — A 10-year-old boy has died in an accident on a southwestern Montana farm.

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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.

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