HELENA, Mont. -

Beset by plagiarism allegations and ranking last in Senate seniority, U.S. Sen. John Walsh still retains hope of advancing legislation through Congress before his brief tenure in Washington ends.
    
Walsh said Wednesday bills he backs that address veteran suicide and land conservation in Montana have the best chance to pass before his term ends in January.
    
The Democrat last week abruptly dropped his senate campaign against U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, citing the "distraction" over reports Walsh plagiarized a paper while at the Army War College.
    
The college's formal investigation opens Friday. Walsh says he's undecided on whether he'll appear in person.
    
Walsh held a field hearing on Alzheimer's disease Wednesday in Billings. He said his goal was to help raise awareness about 18,000 Montanans afflicted with the disease.