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The state of Montana sued Wyoming in 2007, claiming that it violated the Yellowstone River Compact of 1950 by withholding too much water for irrigation and coal bed methane production. But at the end of December, the eight-year-long U.S. Supreme court case concerning the water flows of the Tongue River was finally settled.

In a press conference Thursday, Governor Matt Mead says he’s instructed the Attorney General to remove the sheriff of Campbell County from office. County commissioners submitted a complaint last week saying Sheriff Pownall tampered with drunk driving charges against his son, Seth. The sheriff is accused of coercing his deputies into changing it to a pedestrian under the influence charge.

Governor Mead says he was troubled by the report since he recently supported Pownall’s nomination for legislature.

Ben Neary / Associated Press

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has chosen Pete Michael to be Wyoming’s new Attorney General. 

Michael is viewed as an expert in water law and has worked in the attorney general’s office for seven years.  He says there is a lot of legal activity taking place in Wyoming and he’s excited to lead that effort.