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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A campaign finance watchdog group and a gun-safety advocacy organization have filed a complaint against U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale of Montana and the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm. Campaign Legal Center and Giffords allege in the Federal Election Commission complaint filed Monday that the Montana Republican and the gun-rights group illegally coordinated an NRA ad buy this month.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Backers of a Montana ballot initiative aimed at reducing mining pollution say water quality problems and cleanup costs borne by taxpayers show existing regulations on the industry aren't enough. Montana Trout Unlimited and Earthworks say 11 of 12 mines they examined caused water pollution not anticipated by regulators. Costs at three sites exceeded cleanup bond amounts by $70 million. Montana Mining Association executive director Tammy Johnson says the report ignores recent industry advances.

COLUMBUS, Mont. (AP) - A former Montana man has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide in the death of a man who was run over in an alley in the south-central Montana town of Absarokee. Michael Thomas Holtz had been charged before in the July 2013 death of Forrest Dana, but the charges were dropped because county prosecutors said there was some question whether Holtz or his twin brother was driving the car that hit Dana. The state is now prosecuting the case.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A school resource officer is on leave after she reportedly briefly left her duty weapon in a faculty bathroom at an elementary school in Missoula County. The Missoula County sheriff's office announced the leave, but did not name the officer or say which school the officer worked at. The gun was found in a faculty bathroom on Friday. No one was hurt.

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