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Oct 5, 2017 From wire reports

Falling rock kills road worker

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A worker at a highway project in northern Wyoming has died from injuries he received when a falling rock hit him in the head.

The Wyoming Transportation Department reported that the incident occurred Sept. 14 just west of the tunnels outside Cody.

The victim was taken to a hospital in Billings, where he died last week.

The worker was wearing his hard hat at the time.

The project will continue into November and seeks to remove rock that poses a danger of falling on the roadway.

Bison removal could be limited to 1,250

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- A recently released Yellowstone National Park bison status report says officials are looking to cap this winter's cull of bison at 1,250.

The recommendations also include banning bison hunting the West Yellowstone area because the officials have noticed the portion of the herd that migrates there has been decreasing.

Park biologists counted 4,816 Yellowstone bison during aerial surveys in August.

Last year, park officials removed more than 1,200 bison last winter through managed hunts and ship-to-slaughter operations.

According to the park's status report, officials plan to trap bison so they can be shipped to slaughter again this year despite protests from bison advocates.

Various state, federal and tribal officials are expected to finalize winter cull details as early as November.

Jackson to get Dallas flight

JACKSON (AP) -- American Airlines has announced that starting next spring it will be offering a direct flight to Dallas from the Jackson Hole Airport during the offseason.

Currently, the airport only has two direct connections to Denver and Salt Lake City during the slow shoulder seasons.

With the American Airlines announcement, the Jackson Hole Airport will now have three carriers throughout the year, making more international destinations reachable with only one layover for area residents.

Officials say American Airlines made its decision to service the airport during the spring and fall without any financial incentives.

The American Airlines aircraft will seat 68 passengers and will offer once-daily flights to and from Dallas.

Prices for flights have yet to be announced.

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