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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

October 11, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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AP is moving election test reports for the November 6, (Montana) general election:

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These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online.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

TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2018-MONTANA-REFERENDUM

HELENA — Montana voters will decide whether to make it illegal for one person to turn in another’s absentee ballot unless they have a personal relationship with each other, a measure opponents say would make it more difficult for the elderly and disabled to vote. The Republican-led Legislature put the question on the Nov. 6 ballot as an anti-fraud measure meant to prevent tampering, though there has been no evidence of tampering in past elections. The legislative referendum would allow only caregivers, relatives or acquaintances to turn in another person’s ballot, which supporters say would reduce the chance of voters being bullied into handing over their ballots to strangers who could change them or throw them away. By Matt Volz. SENT: 600 words.

MEDICAID-WORK REQUIREMENT

HELENA — Republican lawmakers want Montana to require able-bodied adults to work or do volunteer work to qualify for health insurance under Medicaid expansion. However, a report commissioned by the Montana Healthcare Foundation indicates only about 4 percent of able-bodied adult recipients aren’t working. SENT: 380 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FLOODING-TRANSMISSION LINES — NorthWestern Energy is looking to move six towers that support a key 210,000-volt transmission line over Clark Fork River after seeing floodwater push three power poles over last spring.

— CHILD PORN-NURSE — A small eastern Montana hospital has fired a nurse it recently hired even though she had a child pornography conviction.

— SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-MONTANA PROTEST — Seven people who held a sit-in at the Missoula County Republican Central Committee offices last week to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court have pleaded guilty to criminal trespass.

— GLACIER NATIONAL PARK-ROAD CLOSURE — Glacier National Park has closed for the season the alpine sections of its main thoroughfare following continued winter weather.

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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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