Former Sen. Conrad Burns remembered as influential lawmaker

A photo of former Montana U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns and his wife, Phyllis, is displayed during a Friday, May 6, 2016, funeral service for the three-term lawmaker at the Metra Park Arena in Billings, Mont. Burns died last week at the age of 81. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Three-term Montana U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns was remembered Friday as an influential lawmaker skilled at connecting with people but unable to shake a penchant for stirring public controversy with politically incorrect comments.

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