AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT
Aug. 24, 2018
Montana at 5 p.m.
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MONTANA TOBACCO TAX INITIATIVE
HELENA —A group funded by the tobacco industry has launched a massive ad blitz against a ballot initiative to fund Montana's Medicaid expansion program and other health programs by raising the cigarette tax by $2 per pack and taxing vaping products for the first time. Montanans Against Tax Hikes booked air time starting in mid-August on television stations in Billings, Missoula, Butte and Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena and Glendive, according to purchase orders filed with the Federal Communications Commission records. By Matt Volz. SENT: 631 words, photo.
CRIME LAB-METH CONVICTION OVERTURNED
GREAT FALLS —A Montana judge ordered a new trial for a man convicted of possessing methamphetamine after learning a state crime lab employee ingested meth before testifying to convict him. "The manifest hypocrisy in this situation — when a Montana Department of Justice Employee with meth in his system testified and helped secure another man's meth possession conviction — is abhorrent," District Judge John Parker wrote Thursday. SENT: 296 words.
ELDER EXPLOITATION-VAGUE LAW
MISSOULA — A state judge ruled that Montana's elder exploitation law is vague and doesn't require evidence of criminal intent to prosecute. The ruling came Tuesday in the case of an 80-year-old woman who is charged with taking money from an account for which she was a co-signor after the other co-signor, a man who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, gave her control of his finances in 2012. SENT: 209 words.
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TAX OVERHAUL-HIGH TAX STATES
WASHINGTON —The Trump administration has laid down rules aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action under the new Republican tax law pits the government against high-tax, heavily Democratic states in an election-year showdown. By Marcy Gordon and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,080 words, photos.
TAX OVERHAUL-HIGH TAX STATES-Q&A.
YELLOWSTONE BEAR ATTACK
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Officials in Yellowstone National Park say they don't plan to capture or kill a bear that injured a 10-year-old boy from Washington state. SENT: 130 words.
MONTANA WILDFIRES — A fast-growing wildfire just south of the U.S.-Canada border has led to evacuations of parts of Montana's Glacier and Canada's Waterton Lakes national parks.
BABY DEATH-SENTENCE — A 29-year-old Billings man who pleaded guilty to throwing his 7-month-old on the ground in May 2017, killing him, has been sentenced to 80 years in prison.
COAL EXPORT-WASHINGTON — Six states have lined up in support of Washington state in a legal battle over its decision to block a proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River.
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