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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

November 9, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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ELECTION 2018-SENATE-MONTANA

HELENA — Democratic Sen. Jon Tester overcame President Donald Trump’s personal interest in his defeat to win a third term by holding on to his base and poaching voters who gave Trump a landslide victory in Montana in 2016. Tester beat Republican Matt Rosendale this week in a close race highlighted by Trump’s four rallies in support of Rosendale. The president acknowledged at his last rally that his interest in the race stemmed from anger at Tester, whom he blames for the withdrawal of his first nominee to head the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, White House physician Ronny Jackson. By Matt Volz. SENT: 490 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ELECTION 2018-MONTANA-SUPREME COURT — Voters returned a pair of incumbents to Montana’s Supreme Court and elected a former head of the state Republican Party as the high court’s clerk.

— UM BUDGET CUTS — The University of Montana is planning to reduce its faculty by 58 members and cut its budget by $5 million by 2021.

— DEER-CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE — State wildlife officials say deer harvested in northern and southern Montana this fall tested positive for a brain wasting disease.

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