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BILLINGS — A U.S. judge on Monday ordered federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains, a move that blocks the first hunts planned for the animals in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades. The order came as Wyoming and Idaho were on the cusp of allowing up to 23 bears to be killed by hunters. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen had twice delayed the hunts, and his latest order blocking them was due to expire later this week. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 420 words.
LINCOLN, Neb. — The developer of the Keystone XL oil pipeline plans to start construction next year, after a U.S. State Department review ordered by a federal judge concluded that major environmental damage from a leak is unlikely and could quickly be mitigated, a company spokesman said Monday. TransCanada spokesman Matthew John said the company remains committed to moving ahead with the project following years of reviews from federal and state regulators. The company has already started preparing pipe yards, transporting pipe and mowing parts of the project’s right-of-way in Montana and South Dakota, but TransCanada said in court documents it doesn’t plan start construction in Nebraska in the first half of 2019. By Grant Schulte. SENT: 600 words.
— ELECTON 2018-MONTANA SENATE — Vice President Mike Pence is making a second trip to Montana to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.
— SAGE GROUSE-ENERGY LEASES — A federal judge has ordered the reinstatement of public participation opportunities in oil and gas lease sales in Western states that were largely eliminated by the Trump administration to speed up sales.
—CAMPER-BODIES FOUND-THE LATEST — Authorities in Cascade County say a couple whose bodies were found in a camper at a Missouri River fishing access site likely died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
— DUMAS BROTHEL-TAX SALE — The historic Dumas Brothel, the longest operating brothel in the United States when it was shut down in 1982, is again for sale.
— LEE ENTERPRISES-GULLEDGE — Mike Gulledge, publisher of The Billings Gazette and the Missoulian, is resigning from those positions and as vice president of publishing for Lee Enterprises.
— FATAL COLLISION-ID — Yellowstone County officials have released the name of a 20-year-old woman who died in a head-on crash in Billings.
— MONTANA STATE-ENROLLMENT — Montana State University continues to set enrollment records, with nearly 17,000 students this fall.
— ATV FATAL — A 23-year-old Montana man died in a weekend all-terrain vehicle crash near Livingston.
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