HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Veterans Affairs Montana Health Care System has announced plans for a major renovation of its hospital at Fort Harrison. The Independent Record reports work could begin as early as August on a new six-bed intensive care unit and same-day surgery unit. The project could take up to 18 months and cost between $5 million and $10 million.
SINGAPORE (AP) - The parents of a software engineer from Montana who believe their son was murdered last year in Singapore have withdrawn from the inquest, saying they have no confidence in Singapore's legal process. Shane Truman Todd's body was found in his Singapore apartment last June 24, and police have said he killed himself. But parents Rick and Mary Todd have said they consider the evidence fake.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are extending the comment period on proposed changes to a recovery plan for threatened grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park. The extension gives the public until June 20 to weigh in on a plan that calls for maintaining a minimum grizzly population of at least 500 animals. That compares to an estimated 600-700 bears currently in the area.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama opposes a House bill that would speed approval of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. The White House said yesterday that the bill "seeks to circumvent longstanding and proven processes" by removing a requirement for a presidential permit. A House vote is expected today.
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