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Evening Newscast 07-12-16

Montana Public Radio Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham
MTPR Evening Newscast

The Colstrip coal-fired power plant has agreed to shut down two of its four units by 2022, and limit how much it pollutes in the meantime under a deal with environmentalists.

The number of people without health insurance in Montana has been cut in half over the past year.

Wildlife advocates say they'll sue in an attempt to force the U.S. government to designate Yellowstone National Park bison as a threatened or endangered species.

The University of Montana offered a $70,000 signing bonus to a vice president recently hired to increase the school's lagging enrollment.

The University of Montana is asking the state Board of Regents to approve spending up to $500,000 on new artificial turf for Washington Grizzly Stadium.

U.S. safety officials say they've seen slow progress in efforts to upgrade, or replace tens of thousands of rupture-prone rail cars used to transport oil and ethanol, despite a string of fiery accidents and spills.

The lightning-caused Harris Fire 26 miles south of Ashland is 3,500 acres in size, and is 50% contained.

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