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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

October 9, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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AP is moving election test reports for the November 6, (Montana) general election starting on Monday, October 8:

Mondays from 1-3 p.m. EDT, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT (two hours) and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11-3 p.m. EDT, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT (four hours).

Last election test is on Monday, Nov. 5 from 11-3 p.m. EST, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. MST (four hours). No winners will be called during the last test.

These tests are NOT for publication, broadcast or use online. Additional information is available in the election testing advisory found in advisory queues: BC-MT— Montana General Election Testing, Advisory.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

ELECTION 2018-MONTANA REFERENDUM

HELENA — Montana voters will decide a referendum passed by the Republican-led Legislature meant to stop “ballot harvesting,” or turning in another person’s early election ballot. Opponents say the measure would disenfranchise elderly and disabled voters by making it illegal for them to hand over their absentee ballot to anyone they don’t know.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

YELLOWSTONE MINING

EMIGRANT — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the towering mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday, after two proposed gold mines raised concerns that an area drawing tourists from the around the globe could be spoiled. As Zinke signed the mineral ban at an outdoor ceremony in Montana’s Paradise Valley, a bank of clouds behind him broke apart to reveal the snow-covered flank of Emigrant Peak. The picturesque, 10,915-foot (3,327-meter) mountain has been at the center of the debate over whether mining should be allowed. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 740 words, photos.

With: YELLOWSTONE MINING-THE LATEST

FISH DETECTIVE

KALISPELL — A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist who identified an innovative forensic sleuthing technique to investigate illegal fish introductions is having his research published in an international peer-reviewed scientific journal. Sam Bourret, a fisheries biologist based out of FWP’s Region 1 office in Kalispell, was the lead author of a manuscript titled, “Using forensic geochemistry via fish otoliths to investigate an illegal fish introduction.” By Tristan Scott, Flathead Beacon. An AP Member Exchange. SENT: 740 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

— MONTANA FATAL SHOOTING. — Authorities in northwestern Montana are searching for three people after a man was shot and killed in Agency.

— CHILD PORN-NURSE — A small Montana hospital is facing criticism from the community after announcing that it had re-hired a nurse who was convicted of receiving child pornography on her computer.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Montana and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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