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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

September 7, 2018

Montana at 1:05 p.m.

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MONTANA-SUPERFUND

BILLINGS, Mont. — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was scheduled to visit two contaminated mining industry sites in Montana on Friday as the agency faces pressure to speed cleanup work that’s dragged on for more than three decades. Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler planned to visit Butte and Anaconda with Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines. SENT: 350 words. AP Photo.

TRUMP

FARGO, N.D. — President Donald Trump said Friday that the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential is not only bad for the country, “it’s really unfair for our midterms.” Trump also said special counsel Robert Mueller should have wrapped up the inquiry a “long time ago.” By Ken Thomas And Darlene Superville. The president addressed reporters in the midst of a two-day campaign swing through Montana and North Dakota. SENT: 730 words. AP Photos.

In BRIEF:

PEDIATRICIAN-ABUSE CHARGES— A Montana jury has found a former Browning pediatrician guilty on four of five counts in a 25-year-old sexual abuse case. The Great Falls Tribune reports that the jury returned the verdict in the trial of Stanley P. Weber after nearly four hours of deliberation Thursday.

TRAINING COMPLEX — A large military training complex over the Northern Plains is increasing the maximum altitude allowed for flight crews. The 35,000-square-mile (90,650-square-kilometer) Powder River Training Complex will now have higher maximum altitudes over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming.

BUDGET AGENCY-LIVERS — Gov. Steve Bullock has named the director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to lead the state budget office. Environmental Quality Director Tom Livers will replace Dan Villa, who is leaving the Office of Budget and Program Planning to take the helm of the Montana Board of Investments.

ELKO CRASH-RESTITUTION — A 24-year-old Montana man has been placed on five years’ probation and ordered to pay more than $71,000 in restitution to two passengers who were ejected from his car when he crashed in northeast Nevada three years ago.

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