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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department has scrapped a rule aimed at ensuring that coal companies don't shortchange taxpayers on huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the West. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the repeal of the Obama-era rule "provides a clean slate to create workable regulations" to value coal and provide revenue to states, the federal government and Indian tribes. The repeal takes effect Sept. 6.
POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — A northern Wyoming man apparently shot and killed his longtime partner before turning the gun on himself. Investigators believe 74-year-old John Bright killed 64-year-old Mary Ann Bier at the home the couple shared west of Powell on Monday. Lance Mathess, a spokesman for the Park County Sheriff's Office, says Bright and Bier weren't married but were in a long-term relationship. The relationship had recently soured, and Bright became despondent when he found out Bier was planning to leave him.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming mother is charged with misdemeanor child endangering for the death of her 4-month-old baby, who was left in a car seat for about 10 hours while the mother worked. An investigation determined 38-year-old Kristie Dixon of Laramie forgot to drop her baby off at daycare before going to work on July 27. An autopsy found the baby died due to extreme dehydration and heat stroke.
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — A team of experts is poised to start exhuming three American Indian children who died more than a century ago while attending a government-run school in Pennsylvania. The disinterment process will start Tuesday morning at a prim military cemetery on the grounds of the Carlisle Barracks. The federal government is paying to dig up the remains of Little Plume, Horse and Little Chief and return them to Fremont County, Wyoming.
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