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Child falls to death in Yellowstone canyon

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - A young girl has died after falling about 550 feet while hiking in Yellowstone National Park.

The National Park Service says the accident occurred Sunday morning in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The victim's name, age and hometown have not been released.

According to the Park Service, the girl and members of her family were hiking down a trail on the north side of the canyon to the Brink of the Lower Falls overlook. The agency says the child apparently stepped off the trail and lost her footing.

Her body was retrieved around noon Sunday.

The incident remains under investigation.


Officials identify victim of Billings cliff fall

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Officials in Yellowstone County have released the name of a man who fell to his death from the Rimrocks in Billings last week.

Deputy Coroner Chad Fehr says it appears 22-year-old Scott Harrington of Billings died in an accidental fall late Thursday.

Harrington's body was found at the base of the Rims shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday. Fehr says Harrington died of head injuries.

Police say someone called 911 at about 9:45 p.m. to report they saw someone walking on the Rims and then heard a thud.


Crews searching for man missing in Montana lake

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Officials in northwestern Montana say a 62-year-old Missoula man is missing and presumed drowned after falling off a boat in Middle Thompson Lake, about 45 miles southeast of Libby.

The Lincoln County sheriff's office tells KECI-TV that Anthony Joseph Bachmann fell off the bow of a moving pontoon boat at about 6 p.m. Saturday.

Others on the boat tried to rescue Bachmann, but were unsuccessful. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Sheriff Roby Bowe says efforts to recover Bachmann's body continued Monday. The lake is about 160 feet deep on the spot where Bachmann fell into the water.


Bail set at $2M for suspect in deputy's death

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Bail was set at $2 million for a 40-year-old Great Falls man suspected of killing a Cascade County sheriff's deputy during a chase.

Adam Sanchez Jr. has not been charged in the Aug. 14 death of Deputy Joe Dunn.

The Great Falls Tribune reports Sanchez made an initial court appearance Saturday in his room at Benefis Healthcare, where District Judge Greg Pinski also ordered that Sanchez be booked into the Chouteau County jail in Fort Benton upon his release from the hospital.

Prosecutors moved to revoke Sanchez's release while he awaited sentencing for an armed robbery and chase last November.

Public defender Matt McKittrick requested bail be set at $150,000, but County Attorney John Parker argued that Sanchez was a suspect in Dunn's death and was a danger to the public.


Montana unemployment up slightly to 4.6 percent

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.6 percent in July.

The state Labor Department says the national unemployment rate also increased by 0.1 percentage points last month, to 6.2 percent.

More than 12,000 jobs have been created in Montana since the beginning of 2014 and the unemployment rate has fallen by 0.7 percentage points over the same time.

Labor Commissioner Pam Bucy says strong job creation and more Montanans returning to the workforce shows increasing optimism about the state's economy.

Officials say payroll employment estimates suggest Montana added 3,100 jobs in July, but total employment - including agricultural jobs and the self-employed - left that increase at 159 jobs. State officials say 577 people joined the workforce last month.


Curtis starts from scratch to raise campaign cash

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. candidate Amanda Curtis won't benefit from the $713,000 left in Sen. John Walsh's campaign bank account.

Walsh can only give the legal limit of $2,000 to the Butte candidate's new campaign.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Walsh can donate the money to charity, multicandidate committees or transfer it to local, state or national parties.

Walsh's donors also can ask for a refund since he dropped out of the race over plagiarism allegations that he said had become too much of a distraction.

That means Curtis will have to start from scratch in raising funds for the race against Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines and the $1.7 million he has in his campaign account.

She can ask Walsh donors to give to her campaign.


South Carolina man dies in Montana crash

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A 19-year-old man died in a one-vehicle crash in southwestern Montana over the weekend.

The Montana Highway Patrol says the man from Taylors, South Carolina, was eastbound on Montana Highway 200 northwest of Missoula at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday when his car crossed the center line, went off the road and hit a guardrail. The car slid along the rail for about 50 feet before spinning and coming to rest in a ditch.

The Missoulian reports the victim was the only person in the car. He died at the scene.

His name was being withheld until family members could be notified.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Dakota Prokup named Montana State starting QB

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Montana State football coach Rob Ash has named Dakota Prokup the team's starting quarterback.

The sophomore from Austin, Texas, beat out last year's backup, junior Jake Bleskin of Great Falls, in the battle to take over for four-year starter DeNarius McGhee.

Ash released the depth chart for MSU's Aug. 30 season opener at Arkansas State on Tuesday. He says he'll name his starting punter and place kicker on Thursday.

During Saturday's scrimmage, Prokup completed 8 of 9 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown, while Bleskin went 8-of-10 for 72 yards and a score. Redshirt freshman Quinn McQueary completed all 13 of his passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns, including a 68-yarder. He also scored on a 9-yard run.

Two freshmen earned starting spots - defensive end Garrett Marino and long snapper Rocky Hogue.

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