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Published: Thursday, September 10, 2009, 12:01 a.m.

Nation briefly: Judge approves hunt for wolves in Rockies

BILLINGS, Mont. — A federal judge said gray wolf hunts can go on for the first time in decades in the Northern Rockies, just months after the animals were removed from the endangered species list. The U.S. District judge denied a request by environmentalists and animal welfare groups to stop the hunts in Idaho and Montana, saying plans to kill more than 20 percent of the estimated 1,350 wolves in the two states would not cause long-term harm to the species. The wolf population could sustain a hunting harvest in excess of 30 percent and still bounce back, the judge said in his ruling late Tuesday.
Utah: Moon rocket engines
A private company will try again to test fire the main part of NASA's powerful new moon rocket. Alliant Techsystems Inc. officials said they've identified the problem that forced them to call off a test last month with just 20 seconds until firing. The culprit was a component in the ground control unit that helps move nozzle controls, which steer a rocket in flight. The part was replaced. A new test on the ground is set for today in northern Utah.
Missionaries cost state a seat
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday the state is still “smarting” from missing out on a fourth House seat after the 2000 census. Utah missed qualifying for the seat, which was awarded to North Carolina, by just 857 people. State officials argued unsuccessfully that the government should have counted more than 11,000 Mormon missionaries living overseas, as federal employees and military personnel are.
Colorado: Truck reels in tickets
A single UPS delivery truck is the champion of Denver parking violations, racking up 196 tickets worth nearly $5,700 last year. The Denver Post reported the dubious achievement Wednesday. A UPS spokesman said parking tickets are a cost of doing business in some cities. City officials said they're not trying to drive up revenue. They said the increase is caused by more residential parking zones, more parking agents, replacement of faded no-parking signs and population growth.
Pennsylvania: Porn sentence
A home day care provider was sentenced to 25 years in prison for letting her ex-boyfriend sexually abuse and film children, some of them infants, in her care. Concetta Jackson, 47, of Collingdale, is the third and final person sentenced in what a federal judge in Philadelphia called a “sociopathic” child-pornography case. John Jackey Worman, 42, of Colwyn, sexually abused victims from infants to teens and captured more than 1 million images and 11,000 videos of child pornography, prosecutors said. Worman was sentenced to a life term in August.

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