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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure is entering a new phase as officials begin crafting ways to keep residents safe over the long term. They will work with environmental agencies to come up with ways to prevent further exposure to asbestos that remains beneath the soil and in the walls of many houses in the small towns of Libby and Troy.

(AP) - A state judge has ordered the town of Browning to turn over most of its assets to the Blackfeet Tribe to settle lawsuits between the two governments. The settlement agreement approved by District Judge James Reynolds is part of Browning's efforts to disincorporate. Glacier County and the tribe will take over municipal services for Browning residents.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Montana climate study found the state's average temperature continues to increase, winter snowpack is decreasing and while both the fire and growing seasons are lasting longer, not as much water will be available late in the summer. The Montana Climate Assessment suggests Montana may need to start storing more water and farmers and ranchers may need to switch to crops that do better in drought conditions.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court has ordered the attorney general to rewrite ballot language for an initiative that would require people to use public restrooms designated for their gender at birth. The court ruled Tuesday in an ACLU challenge, saying the language in the initiative didn't include a specific definition of "sex" and was otherwise vague.

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