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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The recent killing of a Yellowstone National Park wolf outside the park has generated hundreds of emails and phone calls to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials suggesting that the hunt wasn't lawful.

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a state-run program that gives tax credits to people who donate to private-school scholarships, saying the program violates a constitutional ban against giving state aid to religious organizations.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — City council members in Utah's largest city voted Tuesday night to raise their own salaries by nearly $10,000 in a move they argue will allow more people from all economic backgrounds to consider serving in the future.

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A recent report suggests regulators should consider raising required levels of bonding for oil and gas development to help assure funding is available to plug wells and reclaim pads when that responsibility falls to the state.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man accused of fatally shooting a city code enforcement officer after what he considered years of harassment over laws requiring cleanup of trash and weeds outside his home will stay behind bars after a judge on Tuesday refused to lift a no-bail order.

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife commissioners adopted a grizzly bear conservation plan Monday that would maintain the largest population of the bruins in the Lower 48 at roughly current numbers even if the species loses its federal protections.

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ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Legal brothel owners in northeastern Nevada are trying to beat back the city of Elko's proposal to double their license application fees and more than triple renewal fees at the regulated houses of prostitution.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A $450 million drinking water project that was first conceived decades ago is paying off as New Mexico's largest metro area has slashed its reliance on groundwater by almost 70 percent despite the arid state's struggles with drought.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state economists on Monday affirmed forecasts for a major financial windfall to state government linked to a booming oil sector despite recent fluctuations in energy prices, as the governor's office passes from Republican to Democratic control.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The four Native American tribes in the Dakotas that are fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in court are seeking to challenge the recent conclusion of federal officials that a spill would not greatly impact tribal populations.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018.

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