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Tom Lutey

Agriculture and Politics Reporter

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Politics and agriculture reporter for The Billings Gazette.

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Brutal drought conditions covered 83% of Montana just three months ago, but now a full 56% of the state is currently normal to abnormally dry. Winter wheat farmers doing better. 

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With a vote expected Thursday, Montana’s senators are divided on a bipartisan bill to address mass shootings by tightening gun laws while expanding mental health programs and school security.

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FEMA Administrator and U.S. Senator Jon Tester toured the Billings water treatment plant Friday following impacts from massive flooding from the Yellowstone River this week. Tester said possible increased capacity and resilience of the system could come from FEMA funding. 

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It was welcome news for Montana solar installers earlier in the week when President Joe Biden announced the U.S. would stop expanding tariffs on solar imports, which meant more affordable, foreign produced materials would remain in play, as installers struggle to meet demand.

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Tom Lutey commented on Gianforte: Rally around Colstrip

Spelling out numbers at the beginning of a sentence is AP style, Farmerjo. Beginning a sentence with numbers is best avoided, but the sentence to which you refer is a quote. Seventy-one hundred is exactly how Mr. Gianforte put it.

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