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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

July 14, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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LIVINGSTON — Bail was set at over $5 million Friday for a man charged with shooting at a Park County sheriff’s deputy while fleeing a traffic stop, prompting a 36-hour manhunt in the mountains west of Bozeman. Shaunesy Cole, 36, made an initial appearance in Justice Court Friday on a charge of attempted deliberate homicide as well as charges related to two earlier thefts. He appeared without an attorney and did not enter pleas to any of the charges. SENT: 300 words, photo.



PIERRE, S.D. — The Keystone XL oil pipeline developer said in a letter this week to a Native American tribal chairman that the company will start moving materials and preparing construction sites for the project in Montana and South Dakota. TransCanada Corp. said in the letter to Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier, of South Dakota, that the work would start in July and go through the fall. The chairman on Thursday tweeted copies of TransCanada’s message and his response on the tribe’s letterhead: “We will be waiting.” SENT: 310 words.


LARAMIE — When the University of Wyoming decided on a new marketing slogan — one element of a $500,000 campaign to boost enrollment — it hoped to reach potential students across the country and inspire them to ask questions about UW. On that front, the campaign succeeded beyond its wildest expectations. During the Board of Trustees’ meeting Thursday, the board voted to roll out the campaign ahead of schedule to capitalize on the national attention it was already gaining. By Jeff Victor, Laramie Boomerang. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 930 words.


— MONTANA-SENATE-FUNDRAISING — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester brought in a personal record $3 million in the latest fundraising quarter, yet saw his cash reserves drop as the Montana Democrat spends heavily to counter President Donald Trump’s push to oust him.

— YELLOWSTONE RIVER-MISSING RAFTER — Officials in southern Montana say a rafter who was reported missing on the Yellowstone River has been found dead.

— TREATMENT CENTER-NEGLIGENCE LAWSUIT — A mother is seeking damages from a Billings youth treatment center where she claims her son was sexually assaulted by other residents.

— PENCE VISIT-BILLINGS — Vice President Mike Pence is planning a visit to southern Montana to campaign on behalf of a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

— PARASITIC ILLNESS-MCDONALD’S — McDonald’s is stopping the sale of salads at 3,000 restaurants after people became sick from a parasite causing intestinal illness.


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