These are AP Montana's story plans for the weekend of Dec. 22-23:
DEATH ROW CANADIAN
HELENA — Gov. Brian Schweitzer isn't disclosing what his plans are for the pending request for clemency for a Canadian on death row. Earlier this year, the Montana Parole Board on Monday recommended to the governor that Ronald A. Smith be denied clemency. Schweitzer can accept that recommendation, reject it and offer clemency or do nothing at all. By Matt Gouras.
HAMILTON — Mountain lions in the southern reaches of the Bitterroot Valley will soon be donating their DNA for the cause of science. Most of the big cats involved in the new study won't feel much more than a temporary sting to their thick hide as a result. By Perry Backus of the Ravalli Republic.
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SAM RIDDLE-COUNTRY SINGER
LAS VEGAS — If all goes according to plan, sometime between spring and summer Sam Riddle — the same Sam Riddle who a few years ago would tickle fans and sometimes irritate his coaches on basketball courts in Missoula — will release a country song or three to radio stations across the country. He just needs them to be the right songs. By Vince Devlin of the Missoulian.
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