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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Montana Republican businessman won the state's U.S. House seat after being charged with assaulting a reporter on the eve of the election, a victory that may temper Democrats' hopes for a massive anti-Trump wave next year. Greg Gianforte apologized Thursday for attacking a reporter. Yet his single-digit win paled to Donald Trump's 20-point romp in Montana in November.

(AP) - The case of a Montana congressional candidate accused of body-slamming a reporter is being blamed by some media watchers on a wave of hostility toward journalists that President Donald Trump helped generate. Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute think tank says the hostility started before Trump, but he definitely made it worse.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Fifty seven Native American tribes from six Western states have expressed outrage at President Trump's proposed budget cuts to federal programs and aid for American Indians. Members from tribes in Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, Idaho and Alaska called Thursday on Congress to restore funding to tribes during budget negotiations. They say the cuts ignore the treaty responsibilities to federally recognized tribes and will strangle programs that have been chronically underfunded.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - U.S. Census Bureau estimates show population in Bozeman and surrounding communities is growing faster than last year. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Thursday that officials estimate Bozeman added about 1,850 residents between 2015 and 2016, bringing the city to 45,250 people. Bozeman is the fastest growing municipality in Montana by a substantial margin, but is still the fourth largest city in the state; after Billings, Missoula and Great Falls.

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