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RASCALS-CORNISH

BILLINGS — Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Gene Cornish of The Rascals collapsed on stage while performing in Montana but is expected to recover, his publicist said Saturday. Cornish, 74, was still hospitalized but was resting comfortably after the Friday incident at the Alberta Bair Theater in Billings, Melissa Kucirek said. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 190 words by 4 p.m. MT.

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YELLOWSTONE GOLD — The Montana Attorney General's Office says it will defend a state law at the center of a dispute over a mining proposal in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park.

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STRONG HARVEST-HELENA

HELENA — Helena Valley farmer Joe Dooling steered his combine through the final rows of malt barley, capping off a solid growing season on his 300 acres of irrigated ground. "The early rains helped set the crop, and we have great irrigation out here but nothing beats rain," Dooling said. "I've seen some personal records this year," with some yields up 25 percent. Dooling has heard from farmers across the Helena area reporting a strong harvest. By Tom Kuglin, Independent Record. SENT: 610 words, photo.

BAREFOOT HIKER

MISSOULA — His trail name was "Barefoot," for obvious reasons. On Labor Day Monday, Ninemile resident Dave Murray completed the 3,100-mile Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada without the comfort or protection of boots. A records search hasn't been completed, but it appears he's the first person to bag the trail shoeless since the trail was congressionally designated in 1978. By Rob Chaney, Missoulian. SENT: 870 words.

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