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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 13, 2019

Montana at 1:15 p.m.

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ELECTION 2020-MONTANA-COLLINS

HELENA_ Wilmot Collins, a refugee from the African nation of Liberia who became the first black mayor of a Montana city, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Steve Daines. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 130 words. Will be expanded.

IN BRIEF:

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. The spending plan the Democratic governor signed Monday leaves a $210 million surplus in case of unexpected costs or another dip in tax collections.

YELLOWSTONE GEYSER _ A noisy geyser in Yellowstone National Park has roared back to life after three years of quiet. Ledge Geyser is one of the biggest in Yellowstone’s Norris Geyser Basin.

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. The Missoulian reports that the 75-year-old Dakota DC-3 known as Miss Montana flew over Missoula on a test flight Sunday. It was the first time it was airborne since arriving in 2001.

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