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News Minute: Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. MDT

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A man accused of walking dangerously close to Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park faces additional charges after a police chase in Cheyenne. Police said Thursday they arrested 27-year-old Gabriel Villalva, of Greeley, Colorado, after he drove recklessly around Wyoming's capital city.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Yellowstone National Park official says a thermal spring near Old Faithful is erupting for the first time in 14 years. Park spokesman Neal Herbert said Thursday that Ear Spring's eruption is only the fourth one recorded in more than 60 years. It last erupted in 2004.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Storms dumping rain across Montana are bringing the state closer to the end of a fire season that's been much smaller and much less expensive than 2017's record-setting year. Fires this year have burned 143 square miles acres across Montana, which is about 7 percent of the record 2,134 square miles that burned in 2017. The cost to the state is also a fraction of last year's budget-busting $70 million.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana has created a bipartisan working group to develop plan to reduce premiums for people who buy health insurance on the federal marketplace. Officials are taking a look at the possibility of creating a re-insurance pool, which would protect insurers from high claims and thus reduce premiums. The state insurance commissioner's office said the governor vetoed a similar bill passed by the 2017 Legislature.

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