Wednesday Buffet: Flood Waters Recede, Hot Springs Mayor Resigns, Airborne Fish

By Beacon Staff

Good morning; today is the anniversary of the founding of the American Red Cross.

On the Beacon this morning, we look at the final days of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination and how the campaigns of Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are planning to handle the home stretch. Interviews with many Flathead residents attending former President Bill Clinton’s speech in Kalispell last week shows that the large crowd he drew does not necessarily equal widespread support for Hillary. After some flooding Monday, water levels began to drop in rivers throughout Western Montana Tuesday, though flood warnings still exist for the Flathead River, and its Middle and North Fork. And business columnist Mark Riffey wraps up his critique of the Web sites of local businesses with advice on how to get the most bang for your buck out of a basic site.

After a bizarre series of events in Hot Springs, the mayor there has said she plans to resign. A Billings woman whose infant son was found dead in a trash can near a university in Los Angeles has pleaded no contest to child endangerment. Montana has support from the Northern Cheyenne tribe and the U.S. Solicitor General in its legal fight against Wyoming over water in the Tongue and Powder rivers. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., received high marks in an ethics review conducted by a retired Montana Supreme Court justice, though Republicans dismissed the report and a government watchdog group said it would take more than one person to thoroughly vet the ethics of the freshman senator after his first year in office.

And finally, Japanese scientists caught unbelievable video of a gliding fish that remains airborne for 45 seconds. Have a great day.

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