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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Another grizzly bear has shown up in a part of Montana that hasn't seen grizzlies in as long as a century. Montana wildlife officials say that a trail camera captured a picture of a 3 ½ year old grizzly in the Big Belt Mountains west of White Sulphur Springs sometime this summer. There are approximately 1,000 bears in the Northern Continental Divide grizzly population. They are ranging farther east from the Rocky Mountain Front in search of food as their numbers rebound.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation to roll back the Endangered Species Act, amid complaints that the 44-year-old law hinders drilling, logging and other activities. House and Senate committees were holding simultaneous hearings Wednesday on bills to revise the law and limit lengthy and costly litigation associated with it.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates has officially launched his 2018 campaign for lieutenant governor. Yates says he will bring his business and public service experience to the elected position.

REXBURG, Idaho (AP) — A former Brigham Young University-Idaho professor says she was fired after posting a critical view of the Mormon church's policies against same-sex couples on Facebook. Former political science professor and LDS church member Ruthie Robertson made a lengthy post Facebook in favor of equal rights for the LGBT community during Pride Month in June.

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