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MONTANA BUDGET

HELENA — There's a "strong possibility" the state will have to call another special session of the Legislature to address a potential budget shortfall resulting from changes to federal tax laws, according to Montana's revenue chief. SENT: 390 words.

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AP EXPLAINS-STATES RIGHTS

Lawmakers and others in Democratic-leaning states have been howling over the past year about actions by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans that they say have undermined states' rights. That includes promoting concealed carry legislation and attacking sanctuary status for immigrants to this week's decisions on legalized marijuana and offshore oil drilling. By Ryan Foley and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 1,170 words, photos.

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HELENA MAYOR

GREAT FALLS — There's probably not a lot of elected officials in Montana who can say they got a congratulatory call from the president of Liberia's family a few days after an election win. But that's what happened to Wilmot Collins, a Liberian refugee who was elected mayor of Helena in November. By Phil Drake. SENT: 1,340 words, photos.

RECOVERED ADDICT GIVING BACK

BOZEMAN — It wasn't even 4 p.m., but the sun was well on its way down. So Teresa Scheie made sure to plug in the lights on the Christmas tree in the St. James Episcopal Church rectory to brighten the quickly dimming room. The 45-year-old has worked hard to recover from addictions that gripped her for years. By Whitney Bermes. SENT: 870 words.

IN BRIEF:

—DOG MAULS GIRL — Family members say the 3-year-old Montana girl who was attacked by a dog in Billings has been released from the hospital.

— HYPOTHERMIA DEATH — Authorities are investigating the death of a man on Montana's Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

—IMMIGRATION FACILITY-WYOMING — A private prison company is proposing to build an immigration detention facility in southwest Wyoming.

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