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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 18, 2019

Montana at 6 p.m.

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ELECTION 2020-STEVE BULLOCK

NEWTON, Iowa — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock waited until May to declare his candidacy for president, but he’s wasting no time getting to the point. Bullock launched his first full day of campaigning Friday in Newton, Iowa, a town where union manufacturing jobs have vanished in the past 15 years. In doing so, he is underscoring his argument that his party can win in 2020 only if it shows voters who supported Donald Trump — especially those in Middle America — that Democrats understand their economic concerns. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 630 words, photos.

DRIVING-TEXTING BAN

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ Florida will become one of the last states to make texting while driving a primary traffic offense under a bill signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. The new law will also ban the use of any handheld wireless communications devices in school and construction zones. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 340 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ MONTANA DOUBLE HOMICIDE _ Jurors have convicted a man charged in a double slaying at a rural home in western Montana.

_ MONTANA DEPUTY KILLED-TRIAL _ Defense attorneys for a man charged with his alleged role in the shooting death of a Montana sheriff’s deputy are appealing a judge’s order that he be forcibly medicated so he is fit to stand trial.

_ MONTANA DEPUTY KILLED _ A stretch of Montana highway has been dedicated to a deputy who was killed in the line of duty.

_ CROW RESERVATION-BOIL ORDER _ The Crow Tribe’s Water Resource Department has issued a boil order for the Pryor water system due to possible contamination.

_ MONTANA FLOODING _ Officials have issued a flood warning for Missoula as snowmelt and rain causes the Clark Fork River to rise.

_ BEARTOOTH PASS _ Montana Highway crews have been working for more than a month to clear snow from the Beartooth Highway south of Red Lodge.

_ MONTANA UNEMPLOYMENT _ Montana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage points in April to 3.6%, which is the same as the national unemployment rate.

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