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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Multiple rivers are expected to flood in eastern and central Montana in coming days, even as water levels fall in western portions of the state after hitting the highest mark in a century. National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Taser says the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone near Edgar is expected to crest late Thursday at its highest level ever recorded. Records for the river date to the 1920s. The almost-identically named Clark Fork River in Missoula has seen floodwaters recede.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A wildlife worker who recently landed her dream job researching grizzly bears in Montana is recovering from a surprise bear attack that left her with a fractured skull and other serious injuries. Officials say U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service field assistant Amber Kornak was attacked May 17 while working near a stream in the Cabinet Mountains. Agency spokeswoman Jennifer Strickland said Tuesday that Kornak managed to reach a canister of Mace-like bear spray to end the attack.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A 19-year-old Montana man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for raping a 5-year-old girl in Helena. James Blake Conn, of Missoula, pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual intercourse without consent. Conn was originally charged with three felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent with three different girls, ages 3, 5 and 17.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana judge soon will decide on issues in a case against a proposed anti-transgender bathroom initiative. The Great Falls Tribune reports an injunction to block a ballot initiative that would require people to use the bathrooms for the gender on their birth certificate was filed in Cascade County District Court and arguments were heard Monday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana sued the state and Secretary of State Corey Stapleton last October, requesting the injunction.

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