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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Each of the four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Montana's U.S. Senate election this fall says he has the best shot of ousting Democratic incumbent Jon Tester this fall. Businessman Troy Downing, former judge Russell Fagg, state Sen. Al Olszewski and State Auditor Matt Rosendale met in their first debate Thursday night at Montana State University.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The American Prairie Reserve has asked for permission from the Bureau of Land Management to expand bison grazing on public lands in Fergus, Petroleum, Phillips, Valley and Chouteau counties. The Great Falls Tribune reports that the reserve seeks 17 more grazing allotments totaling 369 square miles.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Child and Family Services caseworkers have a new resource to access expert advice in cases where children have experienced extreme trauma. The health department is partnering with Billings Clinic and a program within the University of Montana School of Social Work to offer monthly video conferences offering education and feedback from national experts on child trauma. The training sessions will include a discussion of at least one case.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A $1.3 trillion spending bill moving through Congress contains long-sought-after funding to build a veterans' nursing home in Butte. Veterans groups have been seeking money for more than a decade to build a veterans home to serve southwestern Montana, in addition to homes in Columbia Falls and Glendive.

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