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A film that’s showing in select cities across the country, including this week in 4 Montana cities, documents how undisclosed political campaign contributions, attack mailers against targeted candidates and secret documents have infiltrated our political campaigns.

Kay Erickson

At the age of 5, Trent Ayers noticed there were people in need.

He wanted to help. So he came up with this idea: ask people for donations of household items and then give them away. That was the start for this community philanthropist.

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The  Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about salmonella infections linked to several multi-state outbreaks, including Montana and Wyoming. The infections are linked to live poultry in backyard flocks.

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Vice President Mike Pence was the latest to rail against Montana’s Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester who faces re-election in November.

Over the past 4 ½ weeks President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and now Pence have traveled to Montana to campaign on behalf of Republican challenger Matt Rosendale.

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Laurel and Big Timber are among the communities across Montana struggling to provide clean drinking water, deal with storm runoff, and maintain roads and bridges.  They are also scratching their heads over how to pay for these multi-million dollar projects with their small tax or rate base.

Rebecca Ayler

Three Montana high school science teachers could give cutting edge “how I spent my summer” reports to their students this fall.

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A campaign finance reform group has called out a move by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale for allegedly moving money around to skirt campaign finance laws. They said it’s another sign Rosendale is trying to hide who is donating to his campaign.

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Editors note:  this story was updated to reflect comments from Matt Rosendale that were emailed after this story was published.

Vice President Mike Pence rescheduled his visit to Billings, Montana.  He’s now to speak Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the MetraPark Montana Pavilion’s large bay room.  Originally he was to scheduled for Tuesday.

For the first time Montana will be host to some of the best junior golfers in the region. The American Junior Golf Association calls it an event to highlight young golfers from an underserved area for national junior golf.

To Aaron Pohle, the golf coach at Rocky Mountain College, the AJGA Junior tournament at Big Sky Resort is a huge opportunity not only for Montana golf but for young Montana golfers who don’t always get to showcase their skills to college golf coaches.

Montana will be the target of a deliberate hacking campaign over the next two weeks and computer users are urged to be very vigilant. The publically announced effort zeroing in on   Montana has been declared for July 1 through July 15, 2018... State officials have determined the threat is legitimate and should be taken very seriously.

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