• Cuts to food stamps will only hit 4 states Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it's unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP had advertised.

  • US senator to ask Congress to suspend coal sales Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 2:05 PM ET

    Ed Markey said the Interior Department moved too slowly on promised reforms since the Democrat raised concerns earlier this year that "bargain-basement" lease sales to a handful of mining companies might have cost taxpayers $200 million or more.

  • Bill Barrett to sell some properties, pay debt Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:58 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Bill Barrett Corp. announced several deals on Tuesday that will net it about $568 million in cash and help lower its debt. The Denver- based oil and gas company said it is selling properties in the Powder River Basin, which is located in Montana and Wyoming, and the Piceance Basin in Colorado.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Sept 15- The cost of the South Dakota portion of TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline has more than doubled to $1.974 billion in the last four years the project has awaited federal approval, the company said in a petition filed with the state Public Utilities Commission on Monday.

  • Corps halts review of Oregon coal export terminal Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 4:40 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has brought its review of a proposed coal export terminal to an immediate halt, a blow to the Australian company that's trying to get coal from the Northern Rockies to a hungry Asian market.

  • Montana coal mine deal aims to boost Asian exports Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Coal companies have finalized a deal that consolidates ownership of a Montana mine and gives a Wyoming company an option to export coal through Washington state. Ambre Energy and Cloud Peak Energy announced in a joint statement Monday that the deal involving the 120- worker Decker mine closed Sept. 12.

  • Keystone XL operator seeks South Dakota approval Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 1:55 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— The operator of the long-delayed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline on Monday formally asked South Dakota's utility regulators to recertify the portion of the project that runs through the state.

  • WSU regents approve plan for new medical school Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:29 PM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash.— Washington State University's board of regents on Friday unanimously approved the administration's controversial effort to start a new medical school in Spokane, citing the "dire need" for more doctors in the state.

  • Groups sue over oil shipments in older rail cars Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 3:32 PM ET

    SEATTLE— Environmental groups sued the U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars. That petition sought an emergency order to prohibit crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana and elsewhere from being carried in older tank cars, known as DOT-111s.

  • Montana coal railroad told to turn over documents Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    The 42- mile line would cost an estimated $400 million and provide access to the proposed Otter Creek coal mine near the Wyoming- Montana border. The Tongue River Railroad is co-owned by Otter Creek developer Arch Coal Inc. of St. Louis, BNSF Railway of Fort Worth, Texas, and candy-industry billionaire Forrest Mars Jr..

  • Security clearance contractor to lose gov't work Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor that was targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials said Tuesday.

  • Court blocks pollution rules for Wyoming plants Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    Wyoming has proposed less stringent pollution controls on coal-fired power plants than those the EPA says are required to reduce regional haze in national parks and wilderness areas.

  • $28.4M verdict in bus software lawsuit upheld Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 10:12 AM ET

    MISSOULA, Mont.— An appeals court has upheld the entire $28.4 million jury award in a lawsuit filed by a Missoula software company against the largest school bus company in North America.

  • HELENA, Mont., Sept 4- A top Federal Reserve official on Thursday said he believes U.S. interest rates are too high, and had no "good answer" when asked why the Fed is reducing its efforts to push borrowing costs down.

  • Keystone XL operator to seek PUC's recertification Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 7:38 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— The operator of the long-delayed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline said Thursday it will ask South Dakota's utility regulators to recertify the portion of the project that runs through the state before the end of the month.

  • Regulators approve $900 million dam purchase Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— The Montana Public Service Commission approved NorthWestern Energy's $900 million plan Thursday to buy 11 hydroelectric dams and charge the cost to its electricity customers. "I'm very pleased to have made the motion and support it," commission Chairman Bill Gallagher said.

  • Montana coal mine deal aims to boost Asian exports Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 9:14 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Coal companies announced an agreement Thursday to consolidate ownership of a Montana mine in a deal aimed at boosting exports of the fuel to Asia through ports on the U.S. West Coast. Under terms of the deal, Wyoming- based Cloud Peak Energy would give up its 50 percent stake in the Decker Mine to co-owner Ambre Energy of Australia.

  • Farm real estate values, which includes land and buildings, averaged $2,950 per acre in 2014, up 8.1 percent from 2013, the USDA said in its annual report based on surveys of 11,000 land parcels and taken during the first two weeks of June.

  • The train originated in North Dakota and was bound for Tesoro Corp's 120,000 barrel-per-day Anacortes oil refinery, 80 miles north of the city, Tesoro confirmed.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday proposed new safety rules for hauling crude oil by rail after a string of explosive accidents, in a move that could impact railroads, drillers, refiners and railcar makers amid an energy boom.