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By Austin Amestoy
UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism 

Montana Lawmakers Focus in on Capturing Film Industry Dollars

Montana 67th Legislative Session


For two whole days in October, the sounds of shattering glass and blood-scrubbing brushes rocked Ruby’s Cafe in Missoula -- a charming, 40s-style diner owned by Brenda Hallas. She spent the days in her basement office, listening to the chaos without a worry in her mind. In fact, given the chance, she said she’d invite the noisemakers back for another round.

“I really hope if something comes up again, and they need a diner again, they’re going to call us,” Hallas said in a phone call. “I want to have a rapport with these people.”

When the crew moved out, Ruby’s looked just as...

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