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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

June 9, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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HELENA — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a first-of-its-kind executive order Friday to require many state government contractors to report their political contributions, even those to so-called “dark money” groups that don’t have to disclose donors under federal law. Bullock said the measure is an example of how states can bring transparency to spending by groups classified as social welfare organizations under the federal tax code. Those dark money groups’ influence increased dramatically after the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling that allowed unlimited corporate election spending. By Matt Volz. SENT: 630 words, photos.


CINCINNATI — Do you have to vote even if you don’t want to? Not doing so could put you on the path to losing your vote in some states. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on a lawsuit filed against Ohio’s secretary of state over the practice of flagging registered voters after they’ve missed one federal general election. They get a mailed notification asking them to confirm their address. If they don’t respond and don’t vote during the next two federal general elections, they could be purged. By Dan Sewell and John Seewer. SENT: 1300 words, photos.


— TRIPLE FATAL-ID — Fergus County officials have released the name of the third person who died in a head-on crash in central Montana earlier this week.

— YELLOWSTONE-BUSY MAY — A record number of people visited Yellowstone National Park in May.

— SCHOOL BUSES-METH — officials say buses for a northwestern Montana school district have tested positive for methamphetamine and will be cleaned for the safety of the students.

— SCHOOL LUNCH-COLLECTIONS — The Helena School District changing a policy that allows the district to use collection agencies to recover school lunch debt.

— BODY FOUND-MISSOURI RIVER — A body recovered from the Missouri River in northern Montana is that of a woman who had been missing since April.


— MONTANA-TRANSFER QUARTERBACK — A former redshirt quarterback at Boise State has committed to transferring to the University of Montana.


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