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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Interior denies any wrongdoing after documents surfaced showing government staffers were forced to scramble to accommodate requests from Secretary Ryan Zinke's wife as she accompanied him on trips outside of Washington D.C. The documents include travel manifests and staff emails about trips to California and Alaska. They were released Monday by left-leaning, Montana-based Western Values Project.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Montana athletics director Ken Haslam says he's not renewing the contract of football coach Bob Stitt for the 2018 season. Haslam called it a difficult decision and said he appreciated Stitt's contributions to the university and its football team. Haslam said he will move quickly to hire a new coach and said he wanted to make it clear he hadn't had any conversations with any potential candidates.

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - A western Montana pain doctor plans to appeal his convictions on 22 felonies, including two counts of negligent homicide for the overdose deaths of two of his patients. Defense attorney Josh Van de Wetering argues that even if Chris Christensen's prescriptions were misguided, that doesn't constitute a crime or make him responsible for anyone's death. Prosecutors said he should have known his prescribing practices put patients at risk after the overdose deaths of five patients in Idaho.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana State Fund has filed a complaint against the state arguing legislation passed last week to temporarily charge the fund a 3 percent management fee on assets above $1 billion is unconstitutional. A judge denied a request for a temporary restraining order and said he wasn't sure if the state fund had established a 'legitimate cause of action.'

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