- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.


A 56-year-old Polson man is charged with trying to hire someone to kill his ex-girlfriend to prevent her from testifying against him at his rape trial. Lake County prosecutors say Dennis Hobbs is being held on $5 million bail and is due in court Wednesday on charges of solicitation of deliberate homicide, stalking and tampering with a witness. Charging documents allege Hobbs asked the nephew of Ronan’s former police chief if he knew anyone who could kill his former girlfriend.


A trial is under way in Butte in the case of a man charged with killing his infant daughter by beating her and failing to seek medical help. Attorneys for Matthew Blaz told jurors in opening arguments that a neighborhood boy dropped 8-week-old Mattisyn Blaz. Prosecutors say Blaz didn’t seek medical help for his daughter for several hours. The trial is expected to last for about a week.


State and federal agencies plan to start pushing bison into Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday in an annual event meant to keep the migrating animals away from cattle in southwestern Montana. State Department of Livestock Executive Officer Christian Mackay said workers on horseback and ATVs plan to drive about 300 bison in the West Yellowstone are roughly 7 miles back into the park. There are no plans to use a helicopter to assist in this year’s efforts.


Representatives of a private corrections company from Louisiana say they’ve started training guards but still don’t have any inmates for their jail in Hardin. Emerald Correctional Management says training began Monday for about 30 guards. The company intends to solicit inmates from American Indian tribes.


The University of Montana is looking for a new men’s basketball coach after Wayne Tinkle was named the head coach at Oregon State on Monday night. Tinkle coached the Griz for eight seasons. His teams posted a 158-91 record and advanced to the NCAA tournament three times in the past five years, something OSU hasn’t done since 1990. Tinkle takes over for Craig Robinson, the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, who was fired earlier this month.

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