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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

June 7, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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HELENA — The ACLU of Montana and the state Department of Corrections are asking a judge to approve a proposed settlement of a 24-year-old lawsuit over conditions at the Montana State Prison for inmates with disabilities. The agreement requires all prison programs be made available to inmates with disabilities and that they be given reasonable accommodations to participate in vocational training, prison jobs and education programs.



HELENA — He might not have been their first choice, but Republicans are all in on Montana’s Matt Rosendale as they look to defeat Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, the incumbent who has drawn President Donald Trump’s ire. State party leaders, national Republicans and conservative donors began rallying around the state auditor and insurance commissioner Wednesday, a day after he won a heated GOP Senate primary. Rosendale said he received a congratulatory call from Donald Trump Jr. and that he hopes the president will campaign with him in Montana during the general election. By Matt Volz. SENT: 770 words, photos.


BILLINGS — Democrat Kathleen Williams got a late start and was outspent by her opponents but pulled off an upset in Montana’s crowded U.S. House primary to cap a big day in several states for women seeking elected office. Williams topped Billings attorney John Heenan in a tight race called after 3 a.m. Wednesday. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 630 words, photos.


Montana voters picked State Auditor Matt Rosendale to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and former lawmaker Kathleen Williams of Bozeman to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte in Tuesday’s primary election. Voters also nominated candidates to run in the general election for 38 contested legislative races, two Public Service Commission primaries and two district judge races. SENT: 600 words.


HELENA — Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in November as Republicans look to take back Tester’s seat and complete a sweep of Montana’s congressional delegation. In Montana’s other top primary, former state legislator Kathleen Williams defeated four other candidates to win the Democratic nomination for the state’s U.S. House seat and take on Republican incumbent Greg Gianforte. Her win punctuated a big night for women running for office in the eight states that held primaries on Tuesday. By Matt Volz. SENT: 930 words, photos. With Rosendale and Williams bio boxes.



SPOKANE, Wash. — A court hearing was postponed Wednesday for a former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black. Nkechi Diallo, formerly known as Rachel Dolezal, pleaded not guilty last week through her attorney to charges including welfare fraud, perjury and false verification for public assistance. Her next court date is now set for June 20. SENT: 360 words, photos.


RENO, Nev. — The company that operates the Dotty’s casino chain in Nevada and Montana has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a disability discrimination suit, lawyers for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday. The EEOC filed the lawsuit earlier this year accusing the Las Vegas-based Nevada Restaurant Services Inc. of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 380 words, photos.


— MONTANA COPPER MINE — State regulators say an underground copper mine in central Montana would emit up to 340 tons a year of dust and other small particles.

— CHILD PORNOGRAPHY SENTENCE — A 46-year-old Dearborn woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for producing child pornography with her common-law husband.

— MONTANA PRIMARY-VOTER TURNOUT — Just over 41 percent of Montana’s registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary election.

— TRIPLE FATAL — Three people were killed in a head-on crash south of Grass Range in central Montana.

— PAIN DOCTOR-OVERDOSE DEATHS — A pain doctor who was convicted in the overdose deaths of two patients has been released from jail after the Montana Supreme Court granted him additional time to appeal his case to the proper venue.

— NATIONAL PARKS-CONSTRUCTION — The Department of the Interior has announced $33.4 million in funding for national park projects in Montana and Wyoming.


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