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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

HUNTING GRIZZLIES

HELENA — Wildlife advocates and Native American tribes will urge a federal judge on Thursday to reinstate federal protections on grizzly bears living around Yellowstone National Park and block hunting seasons in Wyoming and Idaho that are scheduled to open on Saturday.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

WILDERNESS MINES

BILLINGS — U.S. officials on Tuesday announced approval of the first phase of a silver and copper mine beneath a northwestern Montana wilderness area, yet it's uncertain when work could begin because of a legal dispute over pollution at other sites. Kootenai National Forest officials announced their approval of plans by Hecla Mining Co. to begin exploration work for the Rock Creek Mine near Noxon. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 310 words.

FATHER KILLED-SON CHARGED

BILLINGS — A Montana man is seeking to dismiss charges that he killed his disabled elderly father, saying a sheriff's deputy who had the crime scene professionally cleaned was a beneficiary in the victim's will and stood to profit by destroying evidence in the case. Dawson County Chief Deputy Brett Hoagland was a friend and neighbor of Wilbur Fisher, 80, who was missing both legs and could use just one arm. SENT: 460 words, photo.

BLM RELOCATION-UTAH

OGDEN, Utah — A high-ranking U.S. Interior Department official on Thursday reiterated the agency's strong interest in moving its Bureau of Land Management headquarters to the American West. The move isn't a done deal, Susan Combs, an assistant secretary at Interior, said as she visited a northern Utah city that is among those under consideration for the new location. But she spoke passionately during a round table in Ogden about the need to bridge the gap between bureaucrats and the people affected by their decisions. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 520 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING — A Montana sheriff's deputy who killed a suicidal man in February has been cleared.

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