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HELENA — Montana officials restored $30.5 million that had been cut from the state health department's budget after a projected revenue shortfall turned out smaller than anticipated. The money is part of $45.7 million that's being restored out of the $76 million lawmakers slashed from agencies' budgets during a special legislative session last year, Lee Newspapers of Montana reported Thursday. SENT: 310 words.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday named the superintendent of Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park to head the National Park Service, a job that has been filled on an acting basis for nearly 20 months. If confirmed by the Senate, David Vela would become the first Hispanic to lead the agency. Vela is a 28-year career veteran who has worked at parks across the country and was director of the Southeast region for four years. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 290 words.


— HUNTING GRIZZLIES — Wildlife officials in Wyoming and Idaho say they've been contacting hunters licensed to kill a grizzly bears to tell them their hunts are on hold following a judge's ruling.

— GREAT FALLS-SUSPICIOUS DEATH — A man who pleaded no contest in the beating death of another Montana man has been sentenced to 40 years in jail.

— YELLOWSTONE OVERLOOK — Overlook at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park reopens after two years of repair work.

— VAPE BAN REMOVED — Ravalli County officials have decided to remove a ban on the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices in indoor public places after it received conflicting data on the pros and cons of the health impacts of vaping.


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