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  • California delays decision on protecting gray wolf Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.— Advocates for the gray wolf in California will have to wait 90 days before learning if the animal will be listed as endangered, a state board decided Wednesday.

  • Hoeven: BNSF pledges to speed fertilizer delivery Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 10:29 AM ET

    The North Dakota Republican said BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose told him over the weekend that the railroad "will dedicate additional resources and crews to get fertilizer to North Dakota producers faster."

  • Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    NELIGH, Neb.— Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resistance into a Nebraska field that is in the project's path. It is the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed against TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

  • 11 Senate Democrats to Obama: Approve Keystone XL Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 2:57 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May.

  • Oil-by-rail terminal proposed for Washington state Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    SEATTLE— U.S. Development Group is seeking permits to build an oil terminal on the Washington coast that could handle about 45,000 barrels of crude oil a day. The $80 million proposal at the Port of Grays Harbor is one of several in Washington that together would bring millions of barrels of oil by train from the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana.

  • Judge awards fees to former trustee for co-op Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— A federal judge has awarded fees and costs to a former bankruptcy trustee and his lawyers who oversaw attempts to reorganize a Montana power cooperative. Bankruptcy Judge Ralph Kirscher said in a recent order that the fees sought by ex-trustee and Livingston attorney Lee Freeman were reasonable.

  • Organizers back out of Evel Knievel festival Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    Chad Harrington, executive director of Evel Knievel Week Inc., said the group decided Tuesday night to cut ties with the Evel Knievel Days event. Kelly Knievel, Evel's oldest son, said he was "committed to having another successful festival this July."

  • Dems to Obama: Get off the dime on Keystone! Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:36 AM ET
    President Barack Obama at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    Eleven Democratic senators urged Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone.

  • Democratic senators on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.

  • Hagel seeks to increase ties with Mongolia Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    ULAN BATOR, Mongolia— After days of high-profile, pressure-filled meetings, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got to horse around a bit during a short stop in Mongolia on Thursday. Hagel, who was wrapping up a 10- day trip to the Asia-Pacific region, named the horse Shamrock.

  • Feds say oil trains should have two-man crews Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    The Federal Railroad Administration had asked a freight rail industry advisory committee to make recommendations on whether two-man crews should be required, but the industry officials were unable to reach a consensus after working on the issue for months. The crew proposal was prompted by an accident last July in the town of Lac-Megantic in Quebec, Canada.

  • Judge upholds $41 million ruling against Blixseth Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Real-estate developer Tim Blixseth was ordered to pay $41 million to creditors of the luxury Montana resort he helped drive into bankruptcy, by a federal judge who slammed the one-time billionaire for distorting the facts in the case.

  • Correction: Gas Prices story Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 5:52 PM ET

    CAMARILLO, Calif.— In a story April 6 about gas prices, The Associated Press reported erroneously California's average statewide price for a gallon of regular gasoline. The average statewide price for a gallon of regular in California was $3.97, not $3.07.

  • Copper mine project backer drops plans for tunnel Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— A mining company dropped plans to dig a mile-long tunnel for a copper development project near the Smith River after two environmental organizations filed a lawsuit challenging the proposal, state environmental regulators said Monday.

  • Supreme Court rejects appeal over gay bias case Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a studio that refused to photograph a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony, letting stand a New Mexico high court ruling that helped spur a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom.

  • Gas prices rise by 5 cents in past 2 weeks Sunday, 6 Apr 2014 | 3:55 PM ET

    The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.61, the highest price in Lundberg's twice-monthly surveys since late July 2013. Of the cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, Billings, Mont. has the nation's lowest average price at $3.20. In California, the lowest average price was $3.83 in Sacramento.

  • Conservationists claim victory on new farm bill Saturday, 5 Apr 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    From his vantage point on a wide expanse of South Dakota prairie, rancher Jim Faulstich hopes the legislation spurs more farmers to protect the natural resources on their land. Faulstich and his son-in-law manage about 8,000 acres near Highmore in central South Dakota, most of it restored and native grasslands on which they graze cows.

  • Crow tribe pursues scaled down fuel plant Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 4:10 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.— Montana's Crow Tribe is pursuing a scaled-down proposal to build a plant converting coal and natural gas to liquid fuels after an earlier project stalled because of its high price tag, tribal leaders said Thursday.

  • Governor releases economic development plan Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 1:43 PM ET

    Steve Bullock released an economic development plan Thursday that he said aims to attract and keep more businesses in Montana and train the state's workers in emerging technologies.

  • Fire fight: Lawmakers push EPA to ax stove rules Thursday, 3 Apr 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Wood-burning stoves have ignited a debate between the Obama administration and South Dakota lawmakers who oppose new regulations that would require more efficiency from an iconic feature of many rural homes. The EPA estimates that as much as 13 percent of all soot pollution in the U.S. is a result of inefficient wood-fired stoves and boilers.

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