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HELENA, Mont. — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester gave President Donald Trump a tongue-in-cheek welcome to Montana on Thursday by taking out a full-page ad in more than a dozen newspapers thanking him for signing 16 bills the Democrat sponsored or co-sponsored. Trump was scheduled to hold a rally in the city of Great Falls to campaign for Tester's Republican challenger, State Auditor Matt Rosendale. The president has made the Montana Senate race a priority after he blamed Tester for derailing the nomination of his Veterans Affairs nominee, White House physician Ronny Jackson. By Matt Volz. SENT: 570 words. Developing. AP Photos.

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. AP Photo.

IN BRIEF:

—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. Agency personnel captured the bear on Monday night with a culvert trap off Montana Highway 83 in Condon. The bear was estimated to be 3 years old and weighed 299 pounds.

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