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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Solar energy advocates have filed a lawsuit against a Montana utilities regulator, claiming its decision to reduce the price of electricity generated by small plants has undercut renewable energy development. The petition for judicial review filed Thursday is seeking to overturn the Montana Public Service Commission's decision that cut the rates paid to small solar projects from $66 per megawatt hour to $31.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Members of Congress from Washington state are praising the decision to start negotiations early next year over the future of the Columbia River Treaty. The 1964 treaty between the United States and Canada governs hydropower and flood control operations along the Columbia, which starts in British Columbia and flows through the U.S. to the Pacific Ocean.

DETROIT (AP) - Authorities say it could be months before DNA from the remains of three children found in Montana can be compared with DNA in the 2010 disappearance of three Michigan brothers. Michigan state police detective Lt. Jeremy Brewer says there's a backlog of cases awaiting DNA testing. Brewer says once available, results will be compared with DNA collected in the case of Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton. The boys were 9, 7 and 5 when they were last seen at their father's Michigan home in 2010.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Mineral County has named a new sheriff and is working toward re-opening its jail. County commissioners closed the jail in November due to a lack of qualified jailers. The sheriff soon resigned over a lack of monetary support for the sheriff's office and jail.

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