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  • Conservationists sue over federal coal program Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 3:27 PM ET

    The lawsuit from Friends of the Earth and the Western Organization of Resource Councils is being paid for by the philanthropic foundation of Microsoft founder Paul Allen. More than 40 percent of the roughly one billion tons of coal that is mined annually in the U.S. comes from beneath federal lands in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Montana and other Western states.

  • Editor arrested at crash wants charges dropped Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 9:46 AM ET

    MISSOULA, Mont.— A northwestern Montana newspaper editor who was arrested at the scene of a highway accident says he was covering the news and is asking a court to dismiss charges that he interfered with a crash investigation and resisted arrest. Lake County prosecutors say officers had probable cause to arrest Lovato on Oct. 1 after he ignored an order to move...

  • Bill Weir's new CNN series to begin in 2015 Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Bill Weir's new series on CNN will entail a lot of travel. Weir said the series will examine the reasons for that and also take viewers to places like the Dead Sea; Venice, Italy; and Africa. CNN is a division of Time Warner Inc..

  • Salmonella in 10 states linked to raw sprouts Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts from a supplier in New York City. The CDC said the supplier, Wonton Food Inc. of Brooklyn, has agreed to stop production for now. "The conditions for growing sprouts are perfect for growing bacteria and that's...

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:39 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3- mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects. Such opposition could be bolstered by Friday's U.S. Geological Survey report. Now state and federal officials are scrambling to...

  • 21 Indian reservations joining buyback program Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Federal officials on Thursday doubled the number of American Indian communities involved in a $1.9 billion government effort to return lands on reservations to tribal ownership. Twenty-one Indian communities in 12 states will join the land buyback program by 2017, said Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor. The buyback program was a...

  • Researcher who found cause of Lyme disease dies Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    HAMILTON, Mont.— The Swiss-born researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease has died in western Montana. A spokesman at the Daly-Leach Chapel said Wilhelm "Willy" Burgdorfer died from complications of Parkinson's disease Monday in Hamilton. He went to the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton as a...

  • Nebraska landowners hope for pipeline decision Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— While a proposed oil pipeline linking Canadian producers to the U.S. Gulf Coast is still in limbo, Nebraska landowners who signed deals with the company that would build it are free to spend what they received— no matter what happens. Roughly 400 of the 515 Nebraska landowners along the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have signed easement...

  • Low grades for Montana infrastructure Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— A group of professional engineers say in a report slated for release Tuesday that Montana schools, wastewater treatment facilities and other infrastructure have slid into disrepair and are in need of investment. The "report card" on the state's infrastructure comes from the state chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

  • Bullock budget pushes for Medicaid expansion Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    Steve Bullock released a two-year budget proposal Monday that pushes for Medicaid expansion and water, sewer and road projects as well as money for pre-kindergarten programs and increased funding for mental health services. "I believe those values and priorities also reflect what Montana families hold dear," Bullock said. Incoming Senate President Debby...

  • Early tests don't find tainted water from oil boom Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 11:19 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Random testing of shallow groundwater in the Northern Plains oil patch found no early evidence of contamination from an energy boom that's already seen more than 8,500 wells drilled, federal scientists said Monday. However, the U.S. Geological Survey cautioned that the tests could have missed contamination from surface spills or leaking well...

  • Keystone XL work already completed in Oklahoma Sunday, 16 Nov 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    The current debate in Congress is centered on the proposed northern leg, which would run from Hardesty in Alberta, Canada, through Montana and South Dakota to Steele City, Nebraska. The Gulf Coast segment of the project began carrying oil earlier this year from the northern Oklahoma town of Cushing to refineries in the Gulf Coast. "The Gulf Coast segment helps...

  • Trouble already? Obamacare costs to surge in '15 Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 4:58 PM ET
    A woman speaks with a health insurance agent regarding the Affordable Care Act.

    Although consumers will often be able to find new health plans with prices comparable to those they now pay, the situation varies from state to state.

  • Senate to get House bill approving oil pipeline Saturday, 15 Nov 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    Supporters in the Democratic-run Senate predicted they will get the 60 votes needed to pass it next week. Should the Senate send the bill to Obama for his signature, he would face a decision that pits some of his environmental concerns about the pipeline, mainly its consequences for global warming, against potentially helping a fellow Democrat making a...

  • Nov 12- Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto did not admit liability, but agreed to pay $250,000 to wheat growers' associations, including $100,000 to the...

  • Nov 10- Continental Resources Chief Executive Officer Harold Hamm has been ordered to pay nearly $1 billion to his ex-wife in one of the largest-ever U.S. divorce judgments, according to a court filing on Monday. Although the award could make Sue Ann Hamm, 58, one of the 100 wealthiest women in the United States, according to Forbes' rankings, it is far smaller than...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- The Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday could lead to new legislative measures that directly effect the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Iowa, North Carolina, Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South Dakota and Arkansas, more than the six gains...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- With Congressional election results so far confirming expectations, a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate will likely deal investors a result that could have a direct effect on the energy sector and other slices of the equities market. Republican Senate candidates picked up formerly Democratic seats in Montana, Colorado, West Virginia, South...

  • But a Reuters investigation found in 2012 that coal companies were using affiliated brokers to settle royalty payments on exports to Asia at much lower domestic prices. The findings prompted Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, to call on the U.S. Interior Department early last year to investigate the practice. While that review continues, the U.S. Office...