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MISSOULA — A judge has blocked the opening of the first grizzly bear hunts to be held in the Rocky Mountains in more than 40 years. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen's Thursday order comes as Idaho and Wyoming prepared to open the first grizzly bear hunting seasons in the Lower 48 states since 1974 on Saturday. By Matt Volz. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow, photo. Will be expanded.




COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio-based energy company said Wednesday it is closing its last coal-fired power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, a move decried by the coal industry and called inevitable by environmentalists. FirstEnergy Solutions said it plans to shut down its remaining four coal plants by 2022. The three Ohio plants are on the Ohio River in Stratton. Its last Pennsylvania coal plant is in Shippingport. The plants employ a combined 550 people. By Julie Carr Smyth. SENT: 560 words on national lines.


— MONTANA FLOOD DISASTER — President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for flooding this spring in parts of Montana.

— BILLINGS THEATRE-DONATION — Billings' Alberta Bair Theater has received a $1 million gift from two private donors that it will use to renovate its aging facility.

— STABBING-BILLINGS — Police in Billings say a 31-year-old man died after being stabbed in the upper body during a disturbance in a restaurant parking lot.


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