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Jackie Yamanaka

  Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump flew into Montana on the news he has sewn up the GOP nomination.

The New York businessman says he wanted to campaign in Montana, in part because his son is a regular visitor to go hunting. He used that news to affirm his support of gun rights.

“We’re going to protect your 2nd Amendment 100%,” he said.

Then he launched into the first of his attacks on Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Montana Department of Transportation

The Montana Department of Transportation reports that traffic fatalities are outpacing this same period last year. That’s even before the start to the traditional summer driving season which begins with the Memorial Day weekend.

MDT Director Mike Tooley says as of May 16, 2016, 61 people, or 19 ahead of the same period last year, have lost their lives in vehicle crashes in Montana.

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  About 400 people were packed into a Billings gymnasium  Friday night  to hear Bill Clinton deliver the campaign message for his wife’s presidential bid.

The former president spoke of Hillary Clinton’s  desire to build the economy and bring manufacturing back to the U.S.

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News that a subsidiary of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield will stop selling bronze-level health plans on the Virginia marketplace next year prompted speculation that it could signal a movement by insurers to drop that coverage level altogether.

The reality may be more complicated and interesting, some analysts said, based on a look at plan data.

Forty-one employees of the Secret Service have been disciplined for improperly accessing data about Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the secretary of Homeland Security said Thursday.

Secretary Jeh Johnson says the employee responsible for leaking that private information to the press has already resigned from the Secret Service.

The incident in question happened last year — one of a series of scandals that embarrassed the Secret Service, the agency charged with protecting the president, among other duties.

As we reported at the time:

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Senator Jon Tester introduced the water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes into Congress Thursday.

A judge has reinstated voter-approved contribution limits on Montana political parties after striking them down for individuals and political committees. 

On Monday the operator of the Colstrip power plant said it wants out of its contract to run the coal-burning facility. Pennsylvania-based Talen Energy owns part of the plant and operates the entire facility. The company says it is losing millions of dollars there. Governor Bullock talked with MTPR’s Corin Cates Carney Wednesday.

Senator Jon Tester Thursday introduced the Flathead water compact in Congress. This is Montana’s final tribal water rights agreement, and has proven the most contentious.