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Montana authorities arrest suspect in shooting

Aug. 6, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities in Montana's largest city advised residents to shelter in place and lock their doors Thursday as law enforcement officers searched for a pair of men allegedly involved in a shooting and stolen vehicle pursuit. A person who matched a description of one of the suspects was...

2 Keystone XL pipeline workers get virus, but work continues

Aug. 6, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont, (AP) — Two people working on the Keystone XL oil pipeline have tested positive for the coronavirus in northern Montana, but the company said Thursday that construction work on the disputed project will continue after a temporary shut down of a pipe storage yard. Calgary-based TC Energy says...

Montana coal-fired power plant starts partial demolition

Aug. 5, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's largest coal-fired power plant has begun demolishing equipment as part of a partial closure. The Colstrip Power Plant started dismantling its Unit 1 and 2 cooling towers in July, The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday. Units 1 and 2 of the facility built in the 1970s were...

Grizzly bear killed by wildlife officials after killing cow

Aug. 4, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say they have killed a grizzly bear after it killed a cow on private land in southwestern Montana outside Yellowstone National Park The adult male bear had killed a cow in Park County last week and was euthanized following consultations with the U.S. Fish and...

Billings shuts city hall, library after employees infected

Aug. 3, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Billings shut down city hall and the public library for cleaning after three public employees in Montana’s largest city tested positive for the coronavirus. City hall was scheduled to re-open to the public Thursday following cleaning work and then operate two days...

Montana firefighters wary of winds as evacuations lifted

Aug. 3, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A wildfire that prompted evacuations in southern Montana has been brought largely under control but officials are wary that forecast heavy winds could fan the blaze. Stillwater County Disaster and Emergency Services said Monday that the human-caused fire burning in grass and timber...

Big Horn County reports confirmed coronavirus cases in jail

Aug. 1, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Health officials in southern Montana have reported about 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, including several inmates at the Big Horn County jail. County Public Information Officer Rhonda Johnson said all of the inmates who tested positive are asymptomatic, and were moved into...

Teen parents plead not guilty in infant's death

Aug. 1, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two teenage parents are facing homicide charges in the death of their infant. Samantha May Hance, 19, and a 16-year-old boy pleaded not guilty to deliberate homicide in Yellowstone County District Court on Friday, The Billings Gazette reported. In both cases, Judge Ashley Harada...

FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore.. The Trump administration is moving to restrict what land and water can be declared as

US officials seek limits on "habitat" for imperiled species

Jul. 31, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to restrict what land and water areas can be declared as “habitat” for imperiled plants and animals — potentially excluding locations that species could use in the future as climate change upends ecosystems. An administration...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, oil pump jacks are seen in McKenzie County, in western North Dakota. The Trump administration is seeking to ease more rules for oil and gas drilling that were adopted under the Obama administration, with the latest changes projected to save energy companies almost $140 million over the next decade. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Trump administration easing more Obama-era oil and gas rules

Jul. 30, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is seeking to ease more rules for oil and gas drilling that were adopted under the Obama administration, with the latest changes projected to save energy companies more than $130 million over the next decade. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management proposal would...