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  • HELENA, Mont.— A Helena judge has blocked a legislative measure that cut retired teachers' annual inflationary pension increases, saying it violates the contracts clauses in the Montana and U.S. constitutions. District Judge Mike Menahan ruled Tuesday that the Legislature's cost-saving measure that was part of a larger 2013 pension overhaul goes against...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Two years after New York socialite Brooke Astor died in 2007, her son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of bilking her of millions of dollars. Three states, most recently Missouri, have enacted laws that allow retail brokers to help curb scams against people with dementia. More than five million Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's disease,...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Two years after New York socialite Brooke Astor died in 2007, her son, Anthony Marshall, was convicted of bilking her of millions of dollars. Three states, most recently Missouri, have enacted laws that allow retail brokers to help curb scams against people with dementia. More than five million Americans over the age of 65 have Alzheimer's disease,...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- With four kids between the ages of 1 and 12, Loralee Leavitt is a cost-savings ninja when she hits the road. Leavitt, who hails from Kirkland, Washington, estimates that she has gone on more than 30 road trips with her growing family, logging over 60,000 miles, to places like Utah, Colorado, Arizona and California. Their piece de resistance: A trip to...

  • The rule— a response to calls from the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress for the EPA to clarify which smaller waterways are protected— was published in the Federal Register on Monday and takes effect Aug. 28. The EPA did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press. The other states involved are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri,...

  • But he said Colstrip for now remains a solid performer that delivers a profit for the Pennsylvania- based company that assumed operations of Colstrip earlier this month, prompting speculation about its intentions for the 360- worker plant. But we still have Colstrip as part of our plan going forward. " The fate of Colstrip carries symbolic weight because of its...

  • GOP measure would permit longer tandem trucks Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 2:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Over the objections of safety advocates, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a trucking industry bid to allow longer tandem trucks on the nation's highways. But the bill faces a White House veto threat and a probable filibuster if GOP leaders try to bring it to the Senate floor. Richard Shelby, R- Ala. The committee chairman, Sen.

  • Audit: 125 errors in Montana's financial reporting Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 6:40 PM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— An analysis of Montana's finances last year revealed 125 errors and a lack of internal controls that could have brought the inaccuracies to light earlier. Tori Hunthausen of the Legislative Audit Division told lawmakers Wednesday that an audit of the Department of Administration found financial misstatements and omissions that have the...

  • Board urged to adopt buffers between homes, oil drilling Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 5:50 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Farmers and environmentalists urged Montana regulators on Wednesday to establish buffer zones around homes to protect them from oil and gas drilling. North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado require companies to keep drilling activities at least 500 feet from occupied dwellings. Montana has no such rule.

  • Despite calls for her ouster, the director of the Office of Personnel Management said if anyone is responsible for the breaches, it's the hackers. Katherine Archuleta told a Senate hearing that old computer networks were to blame for the cyberbreak-ins that exposed private information on nearly every federal employee and personal histories of millions...

  • The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general's office recommended the Federal Emergency Management Agency deny the tribe's $3.9 million claim for the clinic's demolition, and the auditors now plan to examine all $31.6 million FEMA awarded the tribe after the flooding. The auditors also recommended that FEMA label the Chippewa as a high-risk...

  • Battle over proposed Yellowstone River dam ramps up Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 12:05 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— An escalating legal fight over a $59 million federal dam project on Montana's lower Yellowstone River could decide the fate of an endangered, dinosaur-like fish population that has been blocked from its spawning grounds for decades. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Interior Department say the two-mile channel would allow sturgeon to...

  • WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates rose in 25 U.S. states last month, driven higher in many cases by more people who began looking for work but didn't immediately find jobs. Rates fell in 9 states and Washington, D.C., and were unchanged in 16 states, the Labor Department said Friday. Hiring in Montana was flat.

  • Both Montana and Massachusetts are suing the SEC after the agency voted in March to greatly scale back states' rights to police Regulation A deals before they are sold to the public. As part of that effort, Montana had asked the SEC to stay the rule until a federal appeals court could decide the merits of the case. In 2012, Congress required the SEC to boost the...

  • WASHINGTON, June 12- The U.S. oil pipeline safety office on Friday denied a request by Exxon Mobil Corp to reconsider a $1 million penalty for an oil spill into the Yellowstone River in 2011..

  • June 8- The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on Monday launched a search for a "strategic thought leader" to replace current president Narayana Kocherlakota, who is returning to academia after years of failing to persuade colleagues in the U.S. central bank to support more accommodative monetary policy. Kocherlakota, a university professor before...

  • June 8- Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Narayana Kocherlakota said on Monday he was returning to academia, after years of failing to persuade colleagues in the U.S. central bank to support more accommodative monetary policy. Kocherlakota said in a statement he had accepted a job as a professor of economics at the University of Rochester, in New York...

  • NEW YORK, June 1- Medicare, the government-run health insurance program for elderly and disabled Americans, paid physicians $90 billion in 2013, up 17 percent from $77 billion in 2012, U.S. healthcare officials reported on Monday. Physician payments accounted for less than one-fifth of Medicare's 2013 net outlays of $492 billion, which rose from $466 billion...

  • ABOARD THE EMPIRE BUILDER, May 28- Its passengers are mostly silver-haired retirees, oil-field workers and a few young families gazing out the windows of Amtrak's least-profitable and third-longest line, rumbling from Chicago through eight states and on to the American West Coast. A coach ticket between Spokane, Washington and Williston, capital of North...

  • May 26- Delta Air Lines Inc on Tuesday announced new flights from Seattle to five destinations in its latest move to strip market share from Alaska Air Group Inc, which is based in that city. Investors worry that overlaps with the airport's larger operator Alaska Airlines could lead to lower ticket prices and revenue from Seattle. Delta said it would begin...