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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

September 18, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MONTANA

HELENA — A campaign finance watchdog and a gun-safety advocacy group on Monday asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate allegations of illegal campaign coordination between Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale of Montana and the National Rifle Association. The Campaign Legal Center and the group Giffords say in their FEC complaint that Rosendale knew about and agreed to the NRA lobbying arm’s plans to buy $404,496 in ads to criticize the last three Supreme Court confirmation votes cast by Rosendale’s opponent, incumbent U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana. By Matt Volz. SENT: 530 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-INITIATIVES-MONTANA

BILLINGS — Backers of a Montana initiative aimed at reducing mining pollution said Monday that water quality problems and cleanup costs borne by taxpayers demonstrate current regulations that govern the industry aren’t enough. Montana Trout Unlimited and Earthworks sought to bolster their case for the November ballot initiative with a report documenting pollution and costs from mines operating since 1980. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 450 words.

FATAL BEAR ATTACK

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Grizzly bears aren’t docile animals, but an especially aggressive attack that killed a hunting guide and injured his client is puzzling wildlife officials. A female bear that was with its cub killed Mark Uptain of Jackson Hole and injured Corey Chubon of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, after they went to cut up an elk that Chubon shot with an arrow a day earlier. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 570 words, photo.

With: FATAL BEAR ATTACK-GLANCE

YELLOWSTONE-GEYSER TRESPASS

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park officials have ticketed a man caught on video wandering close to Old Faithful geyser, where he risked burns from the boiling-hot water that erupts every hour or so. The man’s actions between eruptions startled a crowd of a couple hundred people at the park’s most famous attraction. At one point, he lay on the ground near the gurgling hole. “A bunch of the crowd thought he was going to jump. We didn’t know what was going to happen,” said Ashley Lemanski of Harbor Beach, Michigan, who shot the video Friday. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

— ABSOROKEE-NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE — A former Montana man has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide in the death of a man who was run over in an alley in the south-central Montana town of Absarokee.

— RESOURCE OFFICER ON LEAVE — A school resource officer is on administrative leave after she reportedly briefly left her duty weapon in the faculty bathroom at an elementary school in Missoula County.

— ELK FEEDGROUND — A federal judge has invalidated a 2015 U.S. Forest Service decision that reauthorized a state of Wyoming elk feedground permit in the Jackson Hole area.

— GLACIER PARK-ROAD — Officials in Glacier National Park have re-opened the full length of the Going-to-the-Sun Road to private vehicle traffic as crews work to contain the fire that forced the closure.

— YELLOWSTONE-BISON NUMBERS — Yellowstone park officials say bison numbers are down from last year, but still remain in a healthy range.

— AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES — The Montana Environmental Quality Council is proposing legislation that would drop hydroelectric power fees as a funding source for aquatic invasive species prevention program.

— MILITARY TRAINING — The Air Force is planning another training session next month in the massive Powder River Training Complex over the Northern Plains.

SPORTS:

NAIA HALL-VAN DIEST

HELENA — Carroll College football coach Mike Van Diest and former Carroll and Rocky Mountain College athletic director Bruce Parker have been named to the NAIA Hall of Fame. Van Diest’s teams have posted a 201-49 record and won six national championships since 1999. He was named the NAIA national coach of the year in 2003 and 2005. SENT: 200 words.

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