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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

October 8, 2018

Montana at 1:05 p.m.

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YELLOWSTONE MINING

EMIGRANT, Mont. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the towering mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday, after two proposed gold mines raised concerns that an area that draws tourists from the around the globe could be spoiled. As Zinke signed the mineral ban at an outdoors ceremony in Montana’s Paradise Valley, a bank of clouds behind him broke apart to reveal the snow-covered sides of Emigrant Peak. The picturesque, 10,915-foot (3,327-meter) mountain has been at the center of the debate over whether mining should be allowed. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 680 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MONTANA FATAL SHOOTING. — Authorities in northwestern Montana are searching for three people after a man was shot and killed in Agency. Sanders County Sheriff Tom Rummel said in a statement that Sanders and Lake county authorities and tribal officers responded to a 911 call Friday night and found William Conco Camel dead at the scene.

— CHILD PORN-NURSE — A small Montana hospital is facing criticism from the community after announcing that it had re-hired a nurse who was convicted of receiving child pornography on her computer. The Billings Gazette reports the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson announced in a post last month on its Facebook page that it had hired Denise Carlson, who was released from federal prison in 2016 after admitting to downloading sexually explicit images and videos of minors and serving more than six years.

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These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online.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