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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

October 13, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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ELECTION 2018-MONTANA-WOMEN

HELENA — A key factor in deciding the outcome of Montana’s high-profile Senate race will be whether independent women who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 will stick with the president and Republicans again this year, political observers said. Hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots were mailed Friday in Montana, where U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is fighting to keep his seat. Tester is one of 10 Democratic senators up for re-election in states won by Trump in 2016. The Montana race has tightened in recent weeks after a half-dozen rallies by the president, his eldest son and Vice President Mike Pence in support of the Republican candidate, Matt Rosendale. By Matt Volz. SENT: 810 words, photos.

MONTANA VOTER PAMPHLET

HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Secretary of State’s office has mailed out an addendum to the voter information pamphlet at a total cost of over $265,000. SENT: 159 words.

IN BRIEF:

GUN IN SCHOOL — A former high school art teacher has been convicted of hiding a gun that a student brought to school.

FATAL CRASH-YELLOWSTONE PARK — Body found in a river in Yellowstone National Park has been identified.

GRIZZLY BEAR-CENTRAL MONTANA — Wildlife officials say a grizzly bear killed a calf on a ranch north of the Montana town of Two Dot.

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK-VISITATION — Visitation to Glacier National Park increased last month despite wildfire-related closures and travel restrictions on its main thoroughfare.

RESERVATION DEATH — A woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for running over a man with her minivan on Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation.

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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These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online.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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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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