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HELENA — Health care and social service providers and recipients made their cases Wednesday for where the state health department should allocate $30.5 million in funding that had been cut because of a budget shortfall. The agency plans to reverse Medicaid provider rate cuts starting on Sept. 1, which will account for about $4 million, state Budget Director Dan Villa said. Some of the restored money will qualify for federal matching funds, he said. By Amy Beth Hanson. SENT: 500 words, photo.


— WYOMING GRIZZLY HUNTING — At least two of the 10 people who drew tags to hunt grizzly bears in Wyoming this fall have no intention of shooting bears other than with a camera.

— BODY IN POND — Montana authorities say the body of a Whitefish woman reported missing last month was found in a vehicle that was submerged in a pond.

— GLACIER PARK-FALLING DEATH — Glacier National Park officials say an Idaho teenager fell to his death while exploring a culvert beneath a steep mountain roadway.

— FATAL HOUSE FIRE — Cascade County authorities say the cause of a trailer home fire that killed a 53-year-old man appears to be electrical.

— FATAL FALL-GRAND TETON PARK — Investigators believe an improperly rigged belay device likely caused the 300-foot (91-meter) fall that killed a New York professor on a popular Grand Teton National Park climbing route in northwest Wyoming.


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