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Posted on May 8, 2013 at 2:30 PM

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ASSISTED SUICIDE

HELENA — The fight over physician-assisted suicide in Montana is moving back to the courtroom. Montanans Against Assisted Suicide is trying to strike the state Board of Medical Examiners' policy that guides doctors in the matter. By Matt Gouras. Will be updated.

COAL EXPORTS-MINE SALE

BILLINGS — A proposed deal on a Montana coal mine that supporters said would boost Asian exports of the fuel via the West Coast has stalled, according to court documents that show the companies involved are renegotiating terms of the sale. Representatives of the two companies involved said Wednesday that a deal still was expected, but did not immediately address what prompted the renegotiation or what the new terms might be. By Matthew Brown.

AP Photo RPMB101.

NUCLEAR MISSTEPS

WASHINGTON — The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit's launch skills. The group's deputy commander said it is suffering "rot" within its ranks. "We are, in fact, in a crisis right now," the commander, Lt. Col. Jay Folds, wrote in an internal email obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by the Air Force. By National Security Writer Robert Burns.

AP Photos WX101, WX102.

SHEEP KILLED

BOZEMAN — A big game outfitter who shot and killed a collared wolf from Yellowstone National Park is intentionally luring the animals by leaving dead sheep carcasses in a pile, leaders of a wolf advocacy group said. "Make no mistake about that, it's definitely intentional baiting," Marc Cooke, president of Wolves of the Rockies, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

EXPANDED AIRSPACE

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — An Air Force decision on its plan to more than triple the airspace that can be used in training exercises for Dakotas-based B-1 and B-52 bombers is expected in March, Air Force chief of staff Gen. Mark Welsh said Wednesday. But the plan to expand the Powder River Training Complex, which has been in the works for more than six years, will then have go to the Federal Aviation Administration, Welsh told a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday. By Dirk Lammers.

Also:

— COAL MINE-TAX BREAKS — Yellowstone County gives tax breaks to coal mine.

— BOZEMAN CREEK-BODY FOUND — Man's body found in Bozeman Creek.

— COAL EXPORT TERMINAL — Energy company drops Columbia River coal terminal.

— PEDESTRIAN FATAL-NO CHARGES — No charges filed in death of Lockwood boy.

— ODD-SCRATCH-AND-SNIFF SCARE — Scratch-and-sniff cards prompt natural gas scare.

— EX-GOVERNOR-TAKEOVER BATTLE — Shareholders knock Stillwater compensation.

— MADE IN MONTANA SHOW — Made in Montana trade show moving to Helena.

— FLATHEAD EMBEZZLEMENT — Former sheriff's office worker charged with theft.

— DIVIDE FATAL-PLEA — Glasgow man pleads guilty in fatal crash.

— MISSOULA SCHOOL BOARD — Voters oust longtime Missoula school board members.

— BILLINGS-BODY FOUND — Man's body found in creek near Billings.

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