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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Environmental groups are asking a judge in Cheyenne to expand the scope of a lawsuit they’ve filed against the U.S. Forest Service over coal mining in northeast Wyoming. The groups are asking that their lawsuit over plans to mine 400 million tons of coal from the Thunder Basin National Grassland be expanded to include a separate proposal to mine another tract also located next to Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle Mine.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park’s chief scientist says seven gray wolves that were collared for research purposes have been shot by hunters in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Yellowstone Center for Resources Chief Dave Hallac says there’s been no indication any wolves were taken illegally.

LANDER, Wyo. (AP) — An air ambulance has made a hard landing in rural Fremont County after hitting power lines. Capt. Ryan Lee of the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says the craft was traveling from Casper to Riverton when it hit power lines about 43 miles east of Riverton yesterday. There were three people on board, none of them a medical patient. Only minor injuries were reported.

WIND RIVER INDIAN RESERVATION, Wyo. (AP) — The Northern Arapaho Tribe has postponed its general election in a dispute over the eligibility of a candidate for the tribe’s business council. The general election originally set for yesterday has been postponed until next month after some tribal members questioned the eligibility of Kim Harjo. Critics say she should have to wait six years to serve after being voted off the council in 2010.

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