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BILLINGS — Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit Billings to campaign on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.



HELENA — Montana's governor and the state Department of Revenue filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury Tuesday over a recent decision to end the requirement that some tax-exempt groups disclose the identities of their major donors. The lawsuit seeks to block policy changes that benefit social welfare, unions and business associations that spend millions of dollars on political ads. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 590 words, photo.


HELENA — The Montana Health Care Association said Tuesday that state health officials are defying a court order by once again cutting the reimbursement rates paid to nursing homes and assisted-living facilities that care for Medicaid patients. But state officials have said they are complying, and the contradiction appears to stem from confusion about whether District Judge James Reynolds' order blocking the rate cut expired on July 1. By Matt Volz. SENT: 390 words.


DENVER — A federal judge rejected claims that a long-stalled irrigation dam in Montana would doom a primitive, endangered fish species, prompting U.S. officials to say Tuesday that a contract for the project will be awarded by the end of the year. Judge Brian Morris ruled last week that environmental groups failed to prove there were practical alternatives to the Yellowstone River dam that will serve about 400 farmers in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 360 words, photo.


BOISE, Idaho — Fire-lookout towers perched atop remote, craggy peaks across the U.S. West may seem like quaint reminders of an era before satellites, smartphones and jet-propelled air tankers. Indeed, some of the structures are more than 100 years old. But with their lofty views and good old-fashioned human observation, fire lookouts play a crucial role in the nation's front-line efforts to stop wildfires. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 912 words, photos, video.


MISSOULA — A Montana judge is allowing a Soviet immigrant to withdraw his guilty plea to a 1995 felony charge that left him in danger of being deported. District Judge Leslie Halligan ruled earlier this month that Vitaliy Kadoshnikov, who was then 18, likely didn't understand the deportation consequences of a felony conviction, the Missoulian reports. SENT: 310 words.



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It's being billed as a landmark ruling that could reshape New Mexico's education system and how it gets funded. Some advocates and policy experts say Native American students are among those who could benefit the most as the state has been tasked by a district judge to follow through with promises made years ago under New Mexico's Indian Education Act. By Susan Montoya Bryan. SENT: 700 words, photo.


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will provide $12 billion in emergency relief to ease the pain of American farmers slammed by President Donald Trump's escalating trade disputes with China and other countries. However, some farm-state Republicans quickly dismissed the plan, declaring that farmers want markets for their crops, not payoffs for lost sales and lower prices. By Ken Thomas, Paul Wiseman and Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


— MONTANA SENATE-PENCE — Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Montana to help Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale raise money for his campaign to oust Democratic incumbent Jon Tester.

— HEALTH ALERT-MEAT — Montana Department of Livestock officials have issued a public health alert urging people in the Missoula area to throw out or return meat products produced by K&C Foods after April 5.

— MONTANA-TOBACCO SETTLEMENT — Montana and a group of tobacco companies have reached an agreement that allows the state to collect its full share of $27 million in tobacco settlement payments from 2004.

— MONTANA SENATE-PENCE — Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Montana to help Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale raise money for his campaign to oust Democratic incumbent Jon Tester.

— CASCADE COUNTY-JAIL CROWDING — The Cascade County sheriff says the jail is so overcrowded he is no longer booking people charged with misdemeanors or non-violent offenses.

— POLICE CHASE-FATAL CRASH — A suspected intoxicated driver and her passenger died in a rollover crash on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation while fleeing Bureau of Indian Affairs officers.

— YELLOWSTONE-FIRE DANGER — Yellowstone National Park's fire danger has reached a high ranking for the first time this year following several of weeks of sunny weather and curing vegetation.


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