BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - State wildlife officials aren't sure what killed three bison that were found dead in the Yellowstone River, but they know it wasn't a virus spread by domestic sheep. The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced today that tests on two more bison turned up negative for malignant catarrhal fever. The first negative test was announced late last month.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Defense attorneys are seeking to avoid the death penalty for 1 of 2 men charged in the killing of a Montana high school teacher because they say the suspect is mentally disabled. Twenty-4-year-old Michael Spell of Colorado faces charges including deliberate homicide for the alleged January 2012 kidnapping and murder of Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold.
LEWISTOWN, Mont. (AP) - Fergus County officials say a 37-year-old Lewistown woman drowned at a fishing access on Big Spring Creek. Coroner Dick Brown said Michele Marlene Hope was being swept away by high water at about 5:30 p.m. yesterday. Lewistown Fire/Rescue says Hope was found within 10 minutes of the first 911 call, but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Interior Department says it is ready to start a program to help Native American tribes buy parcels of reservation land that have accumulated multiple owners. The purchases announced today are part of the settlement of the Cobell lawsuit over government mismanagement of Indian land royalties. Outgoing Interior deputy secretary David Hayes says purchase offers should begin at the end of the year and speed up in coming years.
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