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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Wyoming officials say they're disappointed grizzly bears are again getting federal protections instead of being hunted in the state. A judge in Montana on Monday blocked hunts planned in Wyoming and Idaho and put Yellowstone-area grizzlies back on the threatened species list. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says the state has spent some $50 million on grizzly bear recovery and management and that grizzlies should be considered a conservation success.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Cascade County prosecutors have filed charges against 14 inmates for a July riot that damaged the regional detention center in Great Falls. Officials say no one was injured during the four-hour riot, but inmates caused about $22,000 in damages to the jail.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A southern Montana woman who caused a crash that killed a 31-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports 29-year-old Natasha Lopez was sentenced Monday for the May 21, 2017, death of Stefan St. Armand. She was previously convicted of negligent homicide. Prosecutors say she was driving drunk when her car drifted off the side of the road and rolled in Bozeman, but defense attorneys argued that St. Armand was driving.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the reinstatement of public participation opportunities in oil and gas lease sales in Western states that were largely eliminated by the Trump administration to speed up sales. U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush in a Friday ruling sided with environmentalists who sued in April out of concerns that upcoming sales could harm a struggling bird species. Sales are planned this December in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada and Utah.

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