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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 14, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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ELECTION 2020-MONTANA-COLLINS

HELENA _ Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins, a refugee from Liberia who became the first black mayor in the state, announced Monday he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Steve Daines. Collins and his wife Maddie moved to Helena in the early 1990s to escape civil war in the African nation — she with a scholarship to study nursing at Carroll College and he a few years later after going through the refugee process. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 470 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ GRIZZLY EUTHANIZED _ Montana wildlife officials euthanized a young male grizzly bear after it repeatedly broke into a barn in the Blackfoot Valley to access grain.

_ TOXIC MINE WATER _ Treated water that was contaminated by toxic mining waste is being pumped out of Butte’s Berkeley Pit.

_ MONTANA BUDGET _ Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a two-year, $10.3 billion state budget that restored many of the cuts made in 2017 amid a revenue slump.

_ YELLOWSTONE GEYSER _ A noisy geyser in Yellowstone National Park has roared back to life after three years of quiet. (With AP Photo)

_ CENSUS-MONTANA _ Montana Republicans and Democrats are divided over a possible citizenship question on the 2020 census.

_ MISS MONTANA-D-DAY _ A vintage plane restored by volunteers in Montana has lifted off for the first time in nearly 20 years.

_ AVISTA-CEO _ The chairman and chief executive officer of Spokane-based Avista Corp. says he will retire early next year.

_ BUTTE MOTORCYCLE FATAL-ID _ The Butte-Silver Bow County coroner’s office has released the name of a motorcycle rider who died in a hit-and-run crash last week.

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