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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

December 6, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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2020 ELECTION-BULLOCK

HELENA _ U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s staff on Wednesday walked back comments made by the Montana Democrat that appeared to confirm Gov. Steve Bullock plans to run for U.S. Senate. Tester chief of staff Aaron Murphy said Tester thought the question that prompted his comments was about Bullock’s 2020 presidential plans. By Matt Volz. SENT: 350 words, photos.

AVISTA-HYDRO ONE SALE

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state utility regulators on Wednesday denied the proposed $5.3 billion sale of Spokane-based Avista Corp. to a Canadian utility. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission said the proposed merger with Toronto-based Hydro One Ltd. doesn’t adequately protect Avista or the utility’s customers from political or financial risk, and that isn’t in the public’s interest. SENT: 370 words.

GRAND TETON-MOUNTAIN GOATS

MOOSE, Wyo. _ Spotting a mountain goat perched high on a cliff might thrill many of the millions of tourists who visit Grand Teton National Park every year, but park officials say it might be time for the agile, bearded animals to go. Park officials announced Tuesday they’re taking public comment on a plan to kill or relocate the mountain goats. The problem, according to the park, is Grand Teton’s 100 or so mountain goats threaten a herd of about 80 bighorn sheep. The bighorn sheep numbered as many as 125 animals just a few years ago. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 400 words, photo.

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