Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
Baugh to be suspended: The Montana Supreme Court will censure a state judge and suspend him without pay for 31 days for saying a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age." Justices said in today's opinion that Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings eroded confidence in the court system with his actions in the case of convicted rapist and former teacher Stacey Dean Rambold. Baugh, 72, was ordered to appear before the court July 1 for the public censure.
Coal becomes a campaign issue: President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide pollution has opened a new front in Montana's U.S. Senate race as the general election campaign kicks off between Democratic Sen. John Walsh and Republican Rep. Steve Daines. Daines traveled to Colstrip, home of the second largest coal-fired power plant west of the Mississippi River, which figures to be a likely target in federal calls for reducing emissions.
November campaigning begins: The campaign for control of the Montana Legislature got underway Wednesday with 125 House and Senate seats up for grabs in November's general election. Republicans have controlled both the Montana House and Senate for the past two legislative sessions. But a redrawn legislative map based on the U.S. Census has thrown incumbents and candidates into new, sometimes unfamiliar campaign territories this year.
Bear attack victim hospitalized: A hunter who was attacked by a grizzly bear in southwestern Montana over the weekend is hospitalized in serious condition but didn't suffer life-threatening injuries. Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokeswoman Andrea Jones says the victim remained in a Seattle hospital Wednesday in serious but stable condition. His name hasn't been released
Wyoming to pay for education: The state of Wyoming will pay a Montana school district nearly $500,000 for educating students who live in Yellowstone National Park. Gov. Matt Mead says state emergency funds will be used to pay the 2013-14 tuition of about 40 students living in Mammoth Hot Springs, which is inside Yellowstone on the Wyoming side. The closest school is in Gardiner.