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News Minute: Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. MDT

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Outside groups and individual donors have poured more than $45 million into Montana's U.S. Senate race as President Donald Trump prepares a third trip to the Big Sky state in his crusade to unseat two-term Democratic Sen. Jon Tester. Republican challenger and Trump loyalist Matt Rosendale is far behind in fundraising. But he's stayed competitive with some $14 million spent by deep-pocketed conservative groups on his behalf, largely on ads attacking Tester on guns, immigration and taxes.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Office of Public Instruction and a rural Montana school district have agreed to a more than $1 million settlement to a student with disabilities. The Independent Record reports Disability Rights Montana filed a lawsuit on behalf of the family, claiming the teen had gone without formal education for years and was segregated from other students.

LAUREL, Mont. (AP) - A Montana high school resource officer has resigned after the city of Laurel learned he had exchanged inappropriate text messages with a 16-year-old student last spring. Officer Fred Gregory resigned from the Laurel Police Department on Tuesday. Gregory had been an officer for 11 years and was working as a school resource officer at Laurel High School.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The University of Montana says 22 faculty members have agreed to leave their jobs between the end of this school year and June 2021. The university asked for irrevocable departure pledges from faculty to determine how many layoffs will be needed to save $5 million in instructional costs. Last semester, President Seth Bodnar recommended cutting 50 faculty positions.

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