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BC-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

May 18, 2019

Montana at 3:10 p.m.

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TOP STORIES:

METH SEIZURE

BILLINGS _ A U.S. judge has sentenced a Mexican citizen to almost five years in federal prison after prosecutors say he brought 34 pounds (15.4 kilograms) of methamphetamine from Arizona to Montana. Montana law enforcement has struggled to contain a surge in violent crime over the past several years that officials say is being driven largely by methamphetamine trafficking and abuse. SENT: 300 words.

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 FLOODING _ Montana’s Clark Fork River is causing minor flooding in the Missoula area as rain and snowmelt swell rivers and streams across parts of the state.

_ YELLOWSTONE HOUSING _Yellowstone National Park is proposing to add more housing for seasonal workers employed by private companies operating inside the park.

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EXCHANGE-SHED HUNTING

AUGUSTA _ Crested by limestone reefs of the Rocky Mountain Front, the gates of the Sun River Wildlife Management Area flew open at noon Wednesday and a wave of antler pickers poured through. By Tom Kuglin, Independent Record. SENT: 812 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-MONTANA MILLER

CHOTEAU _ Farming is a 23,000-year-old experiment, so it’s only suitable that Judy Cornell’s Conservation Grains is experimental in spirit and practice, too. By Kristen Inbody, Great Falls Tribune. SENT: 791 words, AP Photos.

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