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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how it values coal extracted from public lands after mining companies sued in federal court to challenge the rules. Interior officials say in a Federal Register announcement due to be published Monday that current rules will remain in place pending a court decision. The changes, crafted under the administration of President Barack Obama, were aimed at ensuring companies don't shortchange taxpayers on coal sales to Asia and other markets.
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — New guidelines have been developed for the popular summertime Cody gunfight shows in response to an accident that left three spectators wounded during a performance last year. The new guidelines developed by Cody Police Chief Chuck Baker require a site safety manager, who will be responsible for all weapons and blank ammunition used during performances.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration has delayed consideration of a proposal to require companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up polluted mining sites after a pushback from industry. Companies have avoided cleanup costs in many cases by declaring bankruptcy and a rule drafted by the Obama administration would prevent taxpayers from getting stuck with the bill. But newly sworn-in EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says he wants more public input.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers have defeated a proposal to let school districts eliminate their teacher tenure programs. The House Education Committee rejected the bill on a 9-0 vote after it had had passed the Senate earlier this month. Casper Democrat Rep. Debbie Bovee says the measure was unfair to educators at a time when the Legislature is considering deep cuts to education.
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