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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Utility Rocky Mountain Power intends to expand in four Wyoming counties, growing its wind development in the state by 60 percent. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the Salt Lake City-based utility said it's pushing wind development and transmission in Wyoming ahead of a 2020 deadline in order to take advantage of federal tax credits.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the state of Wyoming to pay Montana over $38,000 in damages and interest and $67,000 in court costs in a long-running dispute over state water rights that affect farmers and ranchers on both sides of the border. Attorneys general for the two states say Tuesday's decree provides more clarity and certainty regarding implementation of the Yellowstone River Compact, as it applies to the Tongue River, discouraging future disputes.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming legislative committee has endorsed a bill that would offer protection against both criminal charges and civil lawsuits for people who defend themselves against an attacker. The House Judiciary Committee voted 8-1 Tuesday in favor of the so-called "stand your ground" bill.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 53-year-old Illinois man who fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year was looking for a supposed cache of gold and jewels hidden by an antiquities dealer and author. The investigation by Yellowstone officials into Jeff Murphy's death was kept private, but a Montana television station obtained it through a Freedom of Information Act request. The report ruled the death an accident.

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