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Laramie's Grand Avenue reopens ahead of schedule

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Grand Avenue in Laramie has reopened in time for fall classes to start at the University of Wyoming.

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Official: Planned wind farm OK without tax credit

Official: Planned wind farm OK without tax credit

CASPER, Wyo. — The head of the company planning to build 1,000 turbines in Carbon County says the project will proceed with or without federal tax incentives.

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FWP seeks to poison brook trout in Yellowstone tributary

FWP seeks to poison brook trout in Yellowstone tributary

Concerned that 10 years of work to remove brook trout from Soda Butte Creek has been ineffective, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are considering poisoning about 12 miles of the stream just outside Yellowstone National Park to kill the nonnatives.

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Crescent Lake: Good fishing, goats found in Pioneers

Crescent Lake: Good fishing, goats found in Pioneers

MELROSE — Mountain goats, three crystal-clear lakes filled with trout, and a short side trip to see historic charcoal kilns are waiting for those willing to navigate a narrow mountain road into southwest Montana’s Pioneer Mountains.

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Wilks brothers take land exchange offer public on website

Wilks brothers take land exchange offer public on website

In an unusual tactic, Montana’s largest private landowners have taken their proposal for a land exchange with the Bureau of Land Management directly to the public via a website.

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Cody Wild West River Fest celebrates role of Shoshone River in local life

Cody Wild West River Fest celebrates role of Shoshone River in local life

CODY, Wyo. — After an inaugural 2013 program that organizers said was “wildly successful,” Cody’s Wild West River Fest returns this weekend with a wide range of family friendly events centered around the Shoshone River.

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Absentee voting closes, primary polls open in Wyoming

CASPER, Wyo. — More than 19,000 Wyomingites voted ahead of Tuesday’s Republican and Democratic primaries, which winnow down each party’s list of candidates for the Nov. 4 general election.

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State plans 2015 rate increases, benefit deductions to cover employee health plan losses

HELENA — The 16,000 state employees and retirees insured by the state health plan likely will face rate increases of 15 percent to 27 percent next year, and lower benefits, to cover higher-than-expected medical costs, state officials said Monday.

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Roadside Wanderings: Western Montana carved by ice

Roadside Wanderings: Western Montana carved by ice

Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was a lake. A large and deep lake, formed by an enormous glacier that crept down from the north and blocked an entire drainage of the Rocky Mountains. Periodically, the glacial dam would break up, triggering enormous floods of water rushing toward the …

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Supremacists' fliers appear in Havre neighborhoods

HAVRE — Leaflets purportedly from white supremacists promoting a neighborhood watch group appeared outside homes in Havre neighborhoods, including one where many Native Americans live, residents said.

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Butte duo jailed on deliberate homicide charges in Wise River killing

Butte duo jailed on deliberate homicide charges in Wise River killing

BUTTE — The two suspects in the Wise River killing are now in Dillon jail on deliberate homicide charges. Each is being held on more than $500,000 bond.

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Former prison museum worker guilty of embezzlement

BUTTE — The former director of operations at the Old Prison Museums in Deer Lodge has pleaded guilty to embezzlement and forgery.

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Young girl who fell to death in Yellowstone was 8-year-old from California

Young girl who fell to death in Yellowstone was 8-year-old from California

A young girl who died Sunday morning after falling into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone has been identified.

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Walsh giving $180,000 in campaign funds to Democratic party; can't give it to Curtis

Walsh giving $180,000 in campaign funds to Democratic party; can't give it to Curtis

HELENA — Sen. John Walsh, who withdrew Aug. 7 as a candidate for his U.S. Senate seat, is distributing nearly $180,000 of his leftover campaign funds to other Democratic candidates and state party groups.

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Wyoming primary election is state's real contest

Wyoming primary election is state's real contest

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming increasingly has become a one-party state in recent years, and the Republican primaries for governor and two of the state’s congressional seats Tuesday could well prove to be the definitive contests.

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Sheridan grandma will buy first lottery ticket

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A 67-year-old grandmother from Sheridan who doesn’t normally enter games of chance will be the first person to buy a lottery ticket sold in Wyoming next weekend when the state joins the nationwide jackpot frenzy.

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5 things to know about Wyoming's primary

5 things to know about Wyoming's primary

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Tuesday's primary will decide how Wyoming voters rate Gov. Matt Mead's first term in office and whether his two challengers have gained traction within the state Republican Party. Here are five things to know about the vote:

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Many boats in Jackson Hole miss mandatory checks

JACKSON, Wyo. — Boaters in the Jackson Hole region often disregard Wyoming’s requirement that they have their watercraft inspected for aquatic invasive species, a state Game and Fish Department report says.

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Butte police search for armed robber

Butte police search for armed robber

BUTTE — Police are searching for a man who pointed a handgun at a Safeway employee Sunday afternoon.

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Police investigate funds missing from youth group

CASPER, Wyo. — Police are investigating the disappearance of up to $50,000 from Casper Youth Baseball.

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Livingston woman dies in motorcycle crash

KALISPELL — A 59-year-old Livingston woman died when a car crossed U.S. Highway 2 in front of the motorcycle on which she was a passenger.

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Montana unemployment up slightly to 4.6%

HELENA — Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.6 percent in July.

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Road work this fall in Yellowstone Park

Road work this fall in Yellowstone Park

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is giving visitors to the park this fall a heads up on some significant road construction work that will result in long detours.

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Bail set at $2M for suspect in deputy's death

GREAT FALLS — Bail was set at $2 million for a Great Falls man suspected of killing a Cascade County sheriff’s deputy during a chase while the suspect was awaiting sentencing on a robbery case.

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Crews searching for man missing in Montana lake

MISSOULA — Officials in northwestern Montana say a 62-year-old Missoula man is missing and presumed drowned after falling off a boat in Middle Thompson Lake, about 45 miles southeast of Libby.

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