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By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 24, 2017 at 9:43 p.m.

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is delaying a proposal to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill. Newly-sworn-in EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the four-month delay announced Friday would give more opportunity for public comment. The rule has been fiercely opposed by mining companies and an environmentalist says Pruitt's move suggests he's lining up on the side of industry.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Washington D.C. man has been ticketed for flying a drone over a heard of elk in western Wyoming, frightening 1,500 of the animals into a stampede. Officials at the National Elk Refuge near Jackson Hole the elk are already stressed out due to a harsh, snowy winter.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming House and Senate will consider a compromise supplemental budget bill next Monday that could cut $45 million from public education over the next two years. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the budget agreement was reached Friday by a committee of lawmakers from both chambers.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate has voted to tell Wyoming and federal wildlife officials to stop feeding elk outside Yellowstone National Park. The resolution passed 50-0 Friday over concerns that the feeding grounds increase the spread of chronic wasting disease and other diseases that can be spread north into Montana.

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