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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - U.S. wildlife officials have released a recovery plan for an estimated 1,000 grizzly bears in Montana _ the largest grizzly population in the lower 48 _ as they lay the groundwork to potentially lift protections for the animals. The habitat plan released Thursday includes limits on motorized travel, recreational sites and livestock grazing. The document is meant to protect bears in an area encompassing 9,000 square miles along the U.S.-Canada border, including Glacier National Park.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The head of the Montana Democratic Party is asking for a congressional ethics investigation into whether Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte lied when he assaulted a reporter last year. The request comes exactly one year after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs said Gianforte "body-slammed" him for asking him a question before he won a special election for Montana's U.S. House seat. Gianforte initially told police Jacobs was the instigator, but later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Attorneys for the Trump administration have asked a judge to let TransCanada Corporation move forward with the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. Environmentalists and Native American groups on Thursday asked U.S. District Judge Brian Morris to halt the project. Morris did not immediately rule.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The Bozeman and Montana State University police departments have created a Special Victims Unit to investigate sex crimes and help victims connect to the resources they need. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports officials from both departments announced Wednesday that the unit includes four detectives from the Bozeman department and one detective from the university's force who will work together on cases both in the city and on campus.

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