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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 15, 2019

Montana at 6:45 p.m.

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ELECTION 2020-BULLOCK

HELENA _ Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, distinguishing himself among nearly two dozen candidates as the field’s only statewide elected official to win a state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016. The 53-year-old governor is running as a centrist Democrat who has advanced party values while navigating a Republican legislature and a GOP-leaning electorate. Bullock made his candidacy official in a video that capped months of speculation fueled by his political activity in Iowa, which hosts the nation’s first presidential caucus next February. He plans to address supporters later Tuesday in the state capital, Helena, where he grew up not far from the governor’s mansion. By Bill Barrow and Matt Volz. SENT: 1025 words, photos. May be update.

MOSES LAKE-SILICON PLANT

MOSES LAKE, Wash. _ A factory that produces polysilicon for use in the manufacture of solar panels is shutting down because of the nation’s on-going trade dispute with China, the company said. REC Silicon announced it will halt production at its plant in the central Washington state community of Moses Lake on Wednesday and that its remaining 150 employees will be laid off at the end of June unless the dispute ends. SENT: 360 words.

IN BRIEF:

YELLOWSTONE-BEARS _ Yellowstone tells drivers to honk at bears that get too close.

METH OVERDOSE DEATHS-PLEA _ A 26-year-old Montana man has pleaded no contest to two counts of negligent homicide in the methamphetamine overdose deaths of his pregnant wife and his daughter, who was born prematurely via cesarean section.

GALLATIN HIGH-MASCOT _ The Bozeman school board has chosen the raptor as the mascot for Bozeman’s Gallatin High and black and royal blue as the school colors.

SHERIFF CAPTAIN-EMBEZZLEMENT _ A former Cascade County sheriff’s captain who was charged with misdemeanor embezzlement for taking a service firearm purchased with county funds has reached a six-month deferred prosecution agreement.

WHOOPING COUGH _ Missoula City-County Health Department officials say the number of cases of whooping cough in the Missoula area has topped 100, including many people who have been vaccinated.

APARTMENT COMPLEX FIRE _ Investigators are still working to determine the cause of a fire that razed an apartment complex that was under construction near downtown Bozeman.

MILITARY EXERCISE _ The Air Force is holding a training session this week in the massive Powder River Training Complex over the Northern Plains.

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