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(AP) - A Montana 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 dissolve itself as a town. 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) - Montana officials will ask those who receive a permit to float the Smith River to help record algae blooms on the water next year. The Independent Record reported on Thursday that the state Department of Environmental Quality and the Fish, Wildlife and Parks department are launching a project to collect data that's difficult for researchers to obtain from the remote river.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - State and local officials have begun preparations to take over management of the cleanup of a northwest Montana community where health officials say hundreds of people have been killed by asbestos exposure. The Libby Asbestos Superfund Advisory Team met for the first time Thursday after being established by the Montana Legislature earlier this year.

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