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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

July 6, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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TRUMP

HELENA — In a campaign stop that was both political and personal, President Donald Trump targeted Democrat Jon Tester on Thursday in a bid to get more Republicans elected to the Senate but also to punish the lawmaker he blames for derailing his nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. Appearing in a state he dominated in 2016, Trump cast Tester as a “liberal Democrat,” railing against his voting record on issues like abortion, immigration and taxes. While Tester opposed Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and the Republican tax bill, he also took flak from the left for a bill easing the rules on banks. By Catherine Lucey and Matt Volz. SENT: 860 words, photos.

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TRUMP-FOX NEWS

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s campaign-style rallies have found a receptive audience at Fox News Channel, which unlike the other cable news networks often carries his speeches live and in their entirety. Four times in the past few weeks, Fox has set aside its usual prime-time programming to air the president speaking live to supporters at events in South Carolina, Minnesota, North Dakota and West Virginia. The network also promised live coverage of a Trump rally Thursday in Montana, where Democratic Sen. Jon Tester faces a tough fight for re-election. By Media Writer David Bauder. SENT: 820 words, photo.

COLD CASE RAPE

BILLINGS — A man charged with raping an 8-year-old Billings girl after DNA evidence linked him to the 1987 case cannot be tried because the statute of limitations has run out, the Montana Supreme Court ruled in an opinion released Thursday. The court ordered charges dismissed against Ronald Dwight Tipton, the Billings Gazette reported. SENT: 280 words.

IN BRIEF:

— TRAIN FATAL — A 57-year-old woman has died after being struck by a train in western Montana.

— MEDICAID FRAUD — A 55-year-old Montana mental health counselor has been accused of fraudulently billing Medicaid about $73,500 for services she never provided and listed some recipients who were never her clients.

— GRIZZLY EUTHANIZED — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has captured and euthanized a male grizzly bear south of Condon because it was food conditioned and had a history of approaching residences.

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