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  • District Judge Sam Haddon for not turning over details of a $13.8 million property sale in Mexico. The Yellowstone Club went bankrupt in 2008— right after Blixseth gave up control of the private ski and golf resort near Big Sky that boasts a $300,000 entry fee. Those judgments, which Blixseth has so far avoided paying, include the proceeds from the Mexico property,...

  • A documentary chronicling the lives of residents and workers in the oil-rich region of North Dakota and Montana that has created a modern-day gold rush will start airing Sunday on the Smithsonian Channel. The series focuses on several people including a judge whose caseload has soared, a Phoenix- native trucker who hauls oil across the region, and an oil field...

  • *Minnesota is second U.S. state to declare emergency over bird flu. *National Guard will be called up if needed- Minnesota governor. CHICAGO, April 23- Minnesota declared a state of emergency on Thursday over a fast-spreading strain of avian flu that has led to the extermination of more than 7.3 million birds in the country.

  • Glacier Bancorp misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:57 PM ET

    KALISPELL, Mont. _ Glacier Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $27.7 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 38 cents per share. Glacier Bancorp shares have dropped roughly 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Two different strains have been discovered in the United States this year. The H5N2 strain is in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows.

  • April 21- Discovery of a strain of deadly avian influenza in a large egg-laying facility in Iowa this week was the latest outbreak of the disease in the United States. The H5N2 strain has been discovered in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Missouri. Following are facts about the U.S. poultry...

  • MEXICO CITY, April 21- Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday. Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top...

  • Biggest US outbreak of bird flu in poultry hits Iowa Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 7:05 AM ET
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    Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in a flock of millions of hens at an egg-laying facility.

  • HELENA, Mont.— Attorneys for the founder of a luxury Montana club planned Tuesday to file an emergency request with a federal appeals court seeking to free him after he was jailed for failing to disclose what happened to $13.8 million from the sale of a Mexican resort. The case emerged from the 2008 bankruptcy of the Yellowstone Club, a private ski and golf resort...

  • CHICAGO, April 20- Wisconsin has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that is infecting U.S. poultry and Governor Scott Walker said on Monday he has authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the disease. Since the beginning of the year, the H5N2 flu has been found in poultry in 12 states, including Wisconsin. Other states with infected...

  • HELENA, Mont.— A federal judge ordered the founder of a luxury Montana mountain resort back to jail Monday, saying he failed to disclose what happened to $13.8 million from the sale of a resort in Mexico. The case stems from the bankruptcy of the Yellowstone Club near Big Sky, a private ski and golf resort, which boasts a $300,000 entry fee. Authorities say Blixseth...

  • NY comptroller approves Medicaid contract for Xerox Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 2:44 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— New York's comptroller on Friday approved a $565 million contract award to Xerox to redesign and operate the information management system for the state's Medicaid program. The comptroller's office said its review found insufficient grounds in the protests by Computer Sciences Corp. and Hewlett-Packard to overturn the award.

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration took a first step Friday toward a possible increase in fees charged for oil and gas companies to drill on federal lands. The Bureau of Land Management issued a notice seeking public comment on whether regulations are needed to give the government more flexibility in setting its fees. The Government Accountability Office...

  • SIDNEY, Mont.— A man was sentenced to 100 years in prison Friday in a Montana teacher's murder— a case that local officials say robbed the victim's rural hometown of its innocence amid an oil boom that's swept across the Northern Plains. Michael Keith Spell, 25, of Parachute, Colorado, was sentenced following a hearing before state District Judge Richard Simonton...

  • West Yellowstone, Montana, to get jet service in June Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:05 PM ET

    WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont.— SkyWest Airlines has announced it will soon offer jet flights between West Yellowstone, Montana, and Salt Lake City to connect passengers with Delta flights. SkyWest already operates flights on propeller planes for Delta Connection to and from West Yellowstone. SkyWest spokeswoman McKinnley Mattson says the flights on the 50- seat...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back. Maggie Hassan, also a Democrat, pointed to efforts there, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas...

  • Northwest lawmakers seek talks on river treaty with Canada Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— The entire congressional delegation from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana is demanding that the Obama administration begin negotiations with Canada to update a landmark treaty that governs the operation of dams on North America's fourth-largest river. "Given the 2024 deadline for certain aspects of the treaty, we... urge you to initiate...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A bird-flu strain that has already led to the deaths of nearly 2 million turkeys nationwide spread to an Iowa turkey farm, authorities said on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of states hit with the outbreak that was also confirmed at eight more farms in Minnesota. The Iowa farm is in Buena Vista County housing some 27,000 turkeys, said Iowa...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- Five Republican state governors say they will not rescue a crucial part of Obamacare if it is struck down by the Supreme Court, underlining the prospect for a chaotic aftermath to a ruling that could force millions of Americans to pay much more for coverage or lose their health insurance. In response to Reuters' queries, spokespeople for the...

  • Feb 13- United Airlines will outsource about 1,150 positions at 16 airports across the country, but reached tentative agreements with its union to keep another 800 jobs in-house that also had been under scrutiny, a company spokesman said on Friday. Before taking effect, the agreement must be approved by a vote of the affected workers, who are located in or near...