HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the state of Wyoming to pay Montana over $38,000 in damages and $67,000 in court costs in a long-running dispute over state water rights that affect farmers and ranchers on both sides of the border. Attorneys general for the two states say Tuesday's decree provides more clarity and certainty regarding implementation of the Yellowstone River Compact, as it applies to the Tongue River.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - At least 96 migrating bison from Yellowstone National Park have been captured for potential slaughter under a program meant to shield Montana livestock from disease. Park officials said Tuesday the animals were captured under an effort to cull up to 900 of Yellowstone's 4,800 bison this winter. The population reduction program is intended to stop transmissions of brucellosis, a disease that can cause infected pregnant animals to abort their young.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - An employee of the Billings Police Department has been fired after drug evidence went missing from nearly 140 cases. Police Chief Rich St. John said Tuesday that 38-year-old Rawlin Strizich told her supervisor that she had been taking prescription opiates from the evidence room for her own use. Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito says the missing evidence could affect 40 cases in his office, including some where charges have yet to be filed.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada are asking a judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails and other documents related to President Donald Trump's approval of the project. Environmentalists who have sued to stop the pipeline say the documents could bolster their case that Trump's decision was arbitrary and should be overturned. Government attorneys say the documents include internal deliberations that don't have to be made public.
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