BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Documents released Friday show a Montana congressman misled investigators about his assault on a reporter and claimed that the "liberal media" was "trying to make a story" out of it. They say Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte told an officer after the attack that Guardian newspaper reporter Ben Jacobs had grabbed him by the wrist and pulled both of them to the floor. Multiple witnesses contradicted that account, and Gianforte later pleaded guilty to assault.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana U.S. Senate hopeful Troy Downing has been receiving tax exemptions for claiming a California house as his primary residence. San Diego County property assessment chief Jeffrey Olson says the Republican candidate and his wife have received a tax break worth about $76 annually since buying a house in Fallbrook, California in 2005. Downing's campaign manager says he's been a full-time Montana resident since 2009 and any California tax breaks since then would be repaid.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester says he's donating money his campaign received from Sen. Al Franken to a sexual violence prevention organization. Tester denounced Franken and said that the Minnesota senator had donated $25,000 to Tester's campaigns. Tester will donate $25,000 to the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Tester is up for re-election in 2018.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent in October, maintaining the level it has been for most of this year. Montana added 1,300 payroll jobs over the last month, with gains in construction and leisure services. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says in a statement that Montana businesses, workers and communities continue to reap the benefits of a strong economy.
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