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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Commissioner of Political Practices has accepted a complaint directed at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The tribes are accused of accepting "dark money" supporting the tribal water compact during the current legislative session. The Flathead Beacon reports that Flathead County Republican leader Jayson Peters filed the complaint claiming the Tribes did not disclose lobbying efforts with pro-compact group Farmers and Ranchers for Montana. Lobbyists must register with the state.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A man died and two houses are destroyed after a weekend fire in Miles City. Fire officials say the blaze was reported at 3:40 p.m. yesterday. The Billings Gazette reports firefighters pulled a man from one of the houses, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital. The fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damages. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Highway Patrol has released the name of a Columbia Falls man who died in a weekend ATV crash near Eureka. The patrol says Andrew Mahncke was driving a four-wheeler at a high rate of speed early Saturday when he side-swiped another ATV. His ATV veered into a wooded area, where he plowed into several trees. The driver and passenger of the other ATV were not injured.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The largest wolf pack known to exist in the West roams in northwest Wyoming. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports 24 wolves in the Lava Mountain Pack. That is nine more than any other pack surveyed this year in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington or Oregon.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock and first lady Lisa Bullock reported just over $157,000 in total income in 2014 and paid $26,425 in federal and state income taxes. Lee Newspapers of Montana reports Bullock released copies of the couple's income tax returns on April 15.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A new law enacted this year by the Montana Legislature clarifies when hunters must tag animals they successfully take in the state. The bill clarifies that an animal must be tagged before the hunter leaves the site of the kill or before the animal is transported from the kill site. Previously, the law said the tag must be applied immediately.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana senators have endorsed a proposal to double DUI fines. The weekend vote reversed the Senate's Friday opinion against the bill. The Republican proposal would double minimum fines for DUI and clarify that the same penalties apply to people driving high on marijuana. It would also levy a $300 fine on anyone believed to be driving under the influence who refuses to submit to a drug test.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The BLM says it has seen a big response to its request for a volunteer resident at the Garnet Ghost Town near Missoula. A spokeswoman tells the Missoulian that it received inquiries from people from South Africa, China, the United Kingdom and Germany as well as all around the U.S. Garnet was founded in the 1860s by miners looking for gold and silver.

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