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Virus spread forces lockdown on another tribal reservation

Aug. 7, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Crow Tribe in Montana ordered its members to lock down for two weeks beginning Friday as tribal leaders moved to slow a sharp spike in coronavirus cases and deaths on yet another reservation in the country. Crow Tribe Chairman Alvin Not Afraid said the lockdown is necessary because...

Judge removes Green Party candidates from Montana ballot

Aug. 7, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered Green Party of Montana candidates removed from the November ballot after finding the secretary of state improperly rejected requests by voters to have their signatures removed from petitions that qualified the party for the races. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit...

Big Sky Conference postpones football season to spring

Aug. 7, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

The Big Sky Conference postponed its football season to the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well. The Big Sky’s decision, announced Friday, all but officially ends any chance of the FCS playoffs, which are an NCAA-sponsored...

Frontier moves volleyball to spring, affirms fall football

Aug. 7, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Frontier Conference is moving its volleyball schedule to the spring, the league's Council of Presidents announced Friday, while reaffirming plans for its NAIA schools in Montana to play football this fall. Moving volleyball to the spring will accommodate all schools and match up...

Western Montana woman drowns in Bitterroot River

Aug. 7, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — A western Montana woman drowned while floating in the Bitterroot River, Ravalli County officials said. The 66-year-old woman from Victor was using an inflatable plastic flotation device to float down the river with a group of people on Wednesday evening when she was sucked into a log...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....

Montana authorities arrest suspect in shooting

Aug. 6, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities in Montana's largest city advised residents to shelter in place and lock their doors Thursday as law enforcement officers searched for a pair of men allegedly involved in a shooting and stolen vehicle pursuit. A person who matched a description of one of the suspects was...

Montana allows counties to hold all-mail voting in November

Aug. 6, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana will allow counties to hold all-mail voting in November to limit the spread of the coronavirus, said Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, who is running for the U.S. Senate. The order was issued in a response to a request from the Montana Association of Clerks and Recorders and the...

2 Keystone XL pipeline workers get virus, but work continues

Aug. 6, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont, (AP) — Two people working on the Keystone XL oil pipeline have tested positive for the coronavirus in northern Montana, but the company said Thursday that construction work on the disputed project will continue after a temporary shut down of a pipe storage yard. Calgary-based TC Energy says...

GOP wants Democratic attorney general candidate off ballot

Aug. 5, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Republican Party is asking the state Supreme Court to rule that the Democratic candidate for attorney general does not meet the qualifications for the office and should not appear on the ballot for November's general election. The party filed the complaint on Monday....