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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Republican leaders in the Montana legislature are rejecting a proposal by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock to raise taxes on tobacco, liquor, rental cars and hotel rooms to help pay for state programs. Senate Majority Leader Fred Thomas says there's enough money coming into state coffers to take care of state government needs without raising taxes. Republicans also pushed back against continuing Medicaid expansion.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Wildlife officials are investigating after someone shot and killed dozens of snow geese in northern Montana. Game Warden Brady Murphy with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says at least 86 geese were shot with what's believed to be a .22-caliber long rifle and a shotgun and left near Augusta either Monday night or Tuesday morning. The geese were killed in the Elk Creek Colony area.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Authorities have identified the victim of a Nov. 5 mobile home fire in southcentral Montana as the 58-year-old homeowner. Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said Thursday that the body of Floyd Hynek was identified through dental records. No cause has been determined and the blaze remains under investigation. Linder says there's no evidence of foul play.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A former Billings police officer who resigned after it was learned he had sex with a city employee at City Hall has lost his police certification. Paul LaMantia did not contest the Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Council's decision. LaMantia had previous disciplinary issues including driving two intoxicated people who were causing trouble in downtown Billings outside the city limits and leaving them on the side of the road as temperatures fell to 20 degrees.

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