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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

September 22, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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MONTANA SCHOOL-SEX ABUSE

BILLINGS — An athletic trainer at a Montana high school sexually abused at least 18 student athletes decades ago under the guise of boosting their athletic performance, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. The deception was aided by the team winning five state football championships in 16 years, the lawsuit states. It alleges that James E. “Doc” Jensen of Miles City performed nude massages and sexual acts on boys as part of what he called “The Program” to enhance their strength and testosterone levels. SENT: 680 words.

With: MONTANA SCHOOL-SEX ABUSE-THE LATEST

YELLOWSTONE MINING

BILLINGS — U.S. officials recommended approval on Friday of a plan to block new mining claims for 20 years on the forested public lands that make up Yellowstone National Park’s mountainous northern boundary. Regional Forester Leanne Marten submitted a letter to the Bureau of Land Management endorsing the plan to withdraw 30,000 acres (12,140 hectares) in Montana’s Paradise Valley and the Gardiner Basin from new claims for gold, silver, platinum and other minerals, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Marna Daley said. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 570 words, photo.

ELECTION 2018-EARLY VOTING

MINNEAPOLIS — Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding international trade war and President Donald Trump’s social media posts. Yet in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 midterm elections are being cast. Voting machines are set up inside city buildings. A series of get-out-the-vote rallies is scheduled. And each party is spending millions of dollars to push its supporters to the polls. By Steve Peoples and Steve Karnowski. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ENTANGLED ELK — Two bull elk fighting for herd dominance in southern Wyoming got more than they bargained for when their antlers became entwined. (With AP Video)

— ATTORNEY GENERAL-COLON CANCER — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says there’s no sign of cancer in his body after four chemotheraphy treatments and the removal of part of his colon.

— MONTANA VOTER REGISTRATION — Montana plans to upgrade the hardware and software used in the state’s voter registration system using just over $2 million of a $3 million federal grant.

— UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA-BUDGET — The University of Montana aims to bring down roughly half of its $10 million budget shortfall this fiscal year.

— BOZEMAN BLACK BEAR — A black bear, apparently sleeping off a honey binge, was removed from a Bozeman yard and released out of town. With photo.

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