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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Pearl Jam's bassist is unapologetic for a concert poster that has Republicans crying foul. Jeff Ament said in a statement Wednesday that he was the "sole conceptualist" for the poster depicting a burning White House and what appears to be President Donald Trump's skeleton. Ament says the role of an artist is to make people think and feel, and the current administration has people thinking and feeling.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A unanimous Montana Supreme Court has rejected a tobacco-industry funded group's request to rewrite the ballot statement of a citizen's initiative to raise the state's tobacco taxes. The opinion by Chief Justice Mike McGrath Wednesday says the statement written by the state attorney general's office meets the legal standards and will appear as is before voters in November.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana authorities are warning residents they may have to leave their homes because of a fire burning near the southern border of Glacier National Park. The Flathead County Office of Emergency Services says Wednesday's evacuation warning affects a small number of homes threatened by the fire burning about 2 miles (5 kilometers) from the community of Essex.

HAVRE, Mont. (AP) - A 35-year-old Rocky Boy man is charged with aggravated assault after prosecutors say he jumped on another man's chest, breaking his ribs. Elias Stump was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted deliberate homicide and held on $250,000 bail. He has not entered a plea. His bail was reduced to $50,000.

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