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Kids can rock, bounce, pedal and recline in class

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

In Jennifer Watson’s and Kayla Ryan’s third-grade classrooms at Muldown Elementary in Kalispell, Montana, students are encouraged to rock, recline, bounce, swing, swivel, wobble and even pedal.

Trump administration blocks changes on coal mining royalties

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal court.

Ammon Bundy, leader of refuge standoff, returns to Oregon

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 2:03 p.m.

This Jan. 27, 2016 photo  shows Ammon Bundy. A jury found brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy not guilty a firearm in a federal facility and conspiring to impede federal workers from their jobs at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 300 miles southeast of Portland where the trial took place. (File/Multnomah County Sheriff via Associated Press)
Ammon Bundy, the leader of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover, is back in Oregon. Bundy was transferred from custody in Las Vegas, where he’s been held on charges from a different standoff with government agents, to the Multnomah County Jail on Friday night.

Some say police deadly force bill not out of sight yet

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 10:05 p.m.

A bill that would have lowered the bar for prosecuting police who use deadly force didn’t make it out of a key committee Friday, but a proponent in the House says the issue is still alive this legislative session.

Bill would allow Native graduates to wear regalia

Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

Aspen Many Hides recalled being in tears as she stood in line five years ago waiting to receive her high school diploma in Polson. Her mother was frantically trying to remove the beads she had sewn into her cap as a sign of accomplishment and to show her pride in her Native American heritage.

Government wants appeal of travel ban put on hold

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:23 p.m.

The Justice Department wants a federal appeals court to put President Trump’s travel ban case on hold until he issues a new order, but the states who sued to stop the ban want the case to move forward.

EPA delays rule for miners to give cleanup assurances

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

Facing pushback from industry and Republicans in Congress, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency delayed on Friday a proposal that would require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren’t stuck footing the bill.

Montana abortion bill would make doctors try to save fetus

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

Montana lawmakers pushed forward with a measure that would effectively ban all abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy, regardless of the medical risks to a woman, by requiring doctors to deliver the fetus and try to save it.

Recovering trumpeter swan dies in surgery, hunter charged

Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:57 a.m.

A young trumpeter swan died while undergoing a second surgery after being shot by a hunter in Lake County. The Bend Bulletin reports that the bird named Hope had been rehabilitating broken wing bones at Native Bird Care of Sisters.

Hanford pumps out contents of leaking nuclear waste tank

Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:34 a.m.

In this July 9, 2014, file photo, a sign informs visitors of prohibited items on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
A leaking radioactive waste storage tank on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has been pumped of its contents. The Department of Energy says Tank AY-102 was pumped “to the limits” of current technologies.

Yakama tribal casino opens 200-room hotel

Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:06 a.m.

The Yakama Nation is opening a 200-room hotel at its Legends Casino near the town of Toppenish. The Yakima Herald-Republic says the hotel opens to the public on Saturday.

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