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BILLINGS — A Montana man faces resentencing next month in the 2003 murder of his uncle after a judge said the shooting did not meet the definition of a violent crime. Quinton Birdinground Jr., 38, is scheduled to appear Aug. 23 before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings. Federal Defender David Ness said Wednesday he expects to ask for a sentence of time served — meaning Birdinground would be released — but has not made a final decision. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 370 words.


BOZEMAN — Environmental groups seeking to block a Canadian company's search effort for gold on private land near Yellowstone National Park face a setback after a judge found they didn't follow procedural rules in challenging a state law. The Park County Environmental Council and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition argue a 2011 law violates Montana's constitutional right to a clean and healthful environment. The law prevents a judge from blocking exploration work while state-issued permits are being challenged. SENT: 200 words.


BOZEMAN — The state health department plans to close the Child and Family Services office in Livingston, transferring those cases to the Bozeman office while reallocating the five caseworker jobs to Billings to help with a large caseload there. The announcement of the Aug. 6 closure raised concerns among numerous people including caseworkers, child advocates and law enforcement and lawmakers, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports. SENT: 550 words.


BOZEMAN — Local, state and federal law enforcement officers are searching in the mountains of southwestern Montana Wednesday for an armed man who fired shots at officers who tried to pull him over on suspicion of driving under the influence. The pursuit began when someone reported a possible drunk driver on Interstate 90 east of Livingston, Park County Undersheriff Clay Herbst said. SENT: 280 words.




CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on Wednesday approved a wolf hunting season this fall that allows for hunters to take up to 58 wolves, which is up from the 44 wolves that were allowed to be hunted last year. There are about 350 wolves roaming Wyoming, including about 210 in areas where the state manages their numbers with hunting. By Bob Moen. SENT: 350 words, photo.


— TRUMP VISIT-COST — Cascade County officials say the total cost of President Donald Trump's recent visit to Great Falls is estimated at almost $40,000.

— YELLOWSTONE VISITORS — Nearly 810,900 people visited Yellowstone National Park in June.

— MONTANA-SENATE-FUNDRAISING — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale says he raised $700,000 over the three weeks following his Republican primary victory on June 5.

— GRAND TETON-HIDDEN FALLS — Grand Teton National Park has closed the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point tourist attractions because of concerns that a fissuring rock wall could pose a danger.

— BKH-LAME DEER COACH-DEATH — Allen Fisher, the Lame Deer boys' basketball coach, has died in a swimming accident.


— BKH-LAME DEER COACH-DEATH — Allen Fisher, the Lame Deer boys' basketball coach, has died in a swimming accident.

— MONTANA ST-QUARTERBACK — Chris Murray, Montana State's starting quarterback for the past two seasons, will miss the 2018 season to focus on academics.


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