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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017 file photo, Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk speaks at an event marking a conservation agreement for a former mining site just north of the park in Jardine, Mont. Democrats are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to explain the reassignment of dozens of senior agency officials including Wenk. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Democrats want US Interior Department staff moves explained

- Associated Press

Democrats in Congress pressed U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday to explain the reassignments of dozens of senior agency officials, most recently Yellowstone National Park's superintendent, who was offered an unwanted transfer and then told he'd be gone in August.

N Carolina regulators deny Duke Energy rate increase request

Associated Press

North Carolina regulators denied on Friday a request from Duke Energy to raise electric rates, ordered the utility to refund $60 million in deferred taxes to customers and fined it $70 million for the way it handled coal ash.

Vermont budget vote delayed for last minute changes

- Associated Press

The Vermont House repeatedly delayed a vote on its $5.8 billion budget bill Friday while Democratic leaders held closed door meetings and negotiations with Republican Gov. Phil Scott.

Kansas chooses 3 companies to manage Medicaid

Associated Press

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has awarded new contracts to three insurance companies to manage the state's privatized Medicaid program.

Governor to sign utility-backed measure drawing criticism

Associated Press

Gov. Tom Wolf will sign legislation that Pennsylvania's electric and gas utilities say will help them recoup costs in a more timely fashion, but consumer advocates warn that it erodes protections for residents and businesses.

From boat makers to farmers, US-led tariff war inflicts pain

- Associated Press

A Florida boat builder absorbs $4 million in lost business and expects more pain. An Ohio pork producer is losing access to a vital export market and fears the damage will last years. A motorcycle shop near Cologne, Germany, wonders if it even has a future.