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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A 27-year-old Missoula man has pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon after police said he attacked a Special Olympics athlete with a baseball bat, causing a severe head injury. Paul Ekstedt entered his plea Thursday. Prosecutors are recommending a 12-year prison sentence.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An Idaho woman has been sentenced to five years on federal probation in a sex trafficking case. Christina Ann Jackson of Boise was sentenced Friday. Two other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Prosecutors said Jackson transported three women from Boise to Montana and North Dakota for prostitution.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Coal production in Montana over the first half of 2018 was up 20 percent compared to two years ago. But a temporary partial shutdown of the coal-fired Colstrip power plant may affect production numbers for the rest of the year.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Wildlife managers are undertaking a project to eliminate nonnative fish from the upper Gibbon River drainage in Yellowstone National Park. Beginning Monday and continuing through the week, biologists will remove nonnative rainbow trout and brook trout using the fish toxin rotenone. The upper Gibbon River drainage is in the central portion of Yellowstone and includes streams that flow out of Grebe, Wolf and Ice lakes.

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