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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

September 6, 2018

Montana at 1:05 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

TRUMP

BILLINGS — President Donald Trump is taking the Washington debate over his Supreme Court nominee to the homes of two red-state Senate Democrats this week, elevating Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a political litmus test for voters. SENT: 820 words. UPCOMING: Developing from Montana events starting at 5:50 p.m. MT, 800 words by 8 p.m., photos.

FRATERNITY PLEDGE DEATH

BATON ROUGE, La. — Two young men pleaded no contest Thursday to misdemeanor hazing in the drinking death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge whose blood alcohol level was more than six times the legal limit for driving. Sean-Paul Gott, 22, of Lafayette, and Ryan Matthew Isto, 19, of Butte, Montana, weren’t immediately sentenced for their roles in the September 2017 death of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver. SENT: 410 words.

WILDLIFE MIGRATIONS

NEW YORK — Looking for the best place to eat? Ask a local. Now scientists say that same insider knowledge shapes the springtime migrations of moose and bighorn sheep. Animals learn from experienced members of the herd about where to find the best food, new research indicates. Researchers tracked the movements of 267 bighorn sheep and 189 moose in Wyoming, Idaho and South Dakota that wore GPS devices on collars. They used satellite data to track where and when vegetation along the migration routes reached the stage of growth that the animals prefer for eating. By Science Writer Malcolm Ritter. SENT: 560 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

MSU DRONE RESTRICTION — Montana State University officials are working on a policy that would restrict drones use on campus for hobbyists, researchers and commercial operators.

UM ENROLLMENT — The University of Montana is anticipating a roughly 5 percent drop in enrollment this fall. Students are still registering for classes, but Vice President for Enrollment Cathy Cole says a preliminary count puts the total to date at about 11,230 students.

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