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Sep 7, 2017 From wire reports

More joining bear lawsuits

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Three more conservation groups are suing to restore federal protections to grizzly bears living in and around Yellowstone National Park.

The complaint filed Wednesday by Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Western Watersheds Project and Native Ecosystems Council brings the total number of lawsuits to at least five opposed to the U.S. government's decision to remove grizzlies from the threatened species list.

Most include similar claims that the 700 Yellowstone bears are still threatened because climate change has made traditional food sources scarce and because of increasing conflicts with humans.

ESPN host apologizes for arrest

JACKSON (AP) -- ESPN Radio host Ryen Russillo has publicly apologized on his show for his arrest in Wyoming on Aug. 23.

Russillo told his listeners Tuesday during "The Ryen Russillo Show" that he drank too much and was arrested in Jackson Hole when he mistakenly went to someone's condominium rather than his hotel room.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reported that officers arrested the 42-year-old Russillo around 3:30 a.m. after being called about a drunken man who was refusing to leave.

Russillo was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass and suspended from his radio show.

Russillo told listeners that he deserved the suspension and apologized to family and friends.

Russillo was vacationing in Montana and Wyoming before his arrest.

Man sentenced for assaulting child

CASPER (AP) -- A Wyoming man has been sentenced to 30 to 35 years in prison for raping a 12-year-old girl and possessing child pornography.

Aaron Rushing was sentenced Wednesday by state District Judge Daniel Forgey.

Rushing pleaded guilty in May to three counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of possession of child pornography.

Public Defender Robert Oldham had asked the judge to suspend Rushing's sentences on the first-degree sexual abuse charges and serve five to 12 years on the child porn charge.

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