Wednesday Buffet: Local Tennis Preview, Commodities Rise, McCain vs. Letterman

By Beacon Staff

Good morning and happy birthday Hans Christian Andersen.

It’s a sunny morning in the Flathead and the new Beacons are on the stands. Our top story this week looks at the reaction of the local branch of the United Church of Christ to the controversy surrounding comments by the pastor of another branch of its church in Chicago, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Myers Reece rounds up the tennis prospects for high school teams around the valley. Business columnist Mark Riffey advises on how to use Google Alerts to conduct market research in your industry.

President Bill Clinton made his way around the state yesterday, stumping for his wife. Gov. Brian Schweitzer visited the empty jail in Hardin, and defended himself against accusations that he hasn’t done enough to help the jail open. The Montana Board of Realty Regulation has voted to allow real estate brokers to offer rebates and incentives to customers. Montana’s commodity exports rose nearly 35 percent in 2007, to a record $1.74 billion. U.S. senators vowed yesterday to oppose deep budget cuts to the U.S. Forest Service, and are toying with moving the agency from the Agriculture to the Interior Department.

And finally, check out John McCain and Dave Letterman trading insults on the Late Show last night. Have a great day.

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