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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

October 5, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

TESTER-KAVANAUGH-FACT CHECK

BILLINGS — Republican Senate candidate Matt Rosendale accuses his Democratic opponent, Sen. Jon Tester, of obstructing the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by refusing to meet with him before deciding to vote against his nomination. The claim against the two-term incumbent feeds into State Auditor Rosendale’s narrative of Tester as hostile to the agenda of President Donald Trump, who won Montana by 20 percentage points in 2016. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 570 words, photos.

YELLOWSTONE MINING

BILLINGS — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has scheduled a visit next week to Montana, where he’s expected to finalize a proposal to block new mining claims on the forested public lands just outside Yellowstone National Park. Zinke, a former Montana congressman, plans to sign documents and make a “major announcement” about conservation on Monday in the Paradise Valley area, Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift said Thursday. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 450 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— DAINES-KAVANAUGH — Republican Sen. Steve Daines says he’s going to attend his daughter’s wedding back home in Montana on Saturday regardless of a possible weekend Senate vote on embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

— DUMAS BROTHEL-TAX SALE — The historic Dumas Brothel in Uptown Butte has been sold at a tax deed auction for $29,000.

— MONTANA CLUB WORKERS-LAWSUIT — A group of Jamaican citizens is suing a private ski and golf resort in Montana and a staffing agency, claiming they were “robbed of tips and service charges” while working there over the last year.

— HUMAN REMAINS-IDAHO — Authorities have identified the human remains discovered by a hunter in a remote area of north Idaho as a 27-year-old Montana woman who went missing last year.

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