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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Wyoming mining company has reached a tentative deal to mine an estimated 1.4 billion tons of coal on southeastern Montana’s Crow Indian Reservation. Cloud Peak Energy says it will pay the tribe up to $10 million if the deal is approved by the tribal legislature and the Department of Interior. Agreements between the parties cover three coal deposits near Cloud Peak’s existing Spring Creek mine.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State Forester Bill Crapser says after a busy June and July it appears that fire activity has settled down to what the state would normally see at this time of year. But he expects more fires as the summer wears on. The most active fire now is the Seminoe Fire north of Seminoe Reservoir in Carbon County. The fire has burned about 5 square miles and is 37 percent contained.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso both voted against a bill sponsored by Senate Democrats to extend tax cuts for all but the highest-earning Americans. The two Republicans said the Democratic measure would hurt the ailing U.S. economy and actually would increase taxes on small business owners. The bill passed yesterday on a near party-line 51-48 vote.

DENVER (AP) — Amtrak train service is being restored after a track washed out in the Colorado mountains, forcing trains to be routed through Wyoming. The washout near Glenwood Springs on Tuesday caused one train in each direction to be rerouted. An Amtrak spokesman says regular service will resume today.

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