• The case was brought by Brandon Coats, a former customer service representative for Englewood, Colo.- based Dish Network who was fired in 2010 after testing positive for marijuana.

  • Oil, rail industries want 7 years to fix tank cars Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The oil and railroad industries are urging U.S. regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars have ruptured and spilled oil during collisions, leading to intense fires.

  • Senators ask for more oil train notifications Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    The letter was signed by Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, and California senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. More than a dozen oil-by-rail refining or loading facilities and terminals have been built in California, Oregon and Washington, with another two dozen new projects or expansions in the works in the three states.

  • Sagebrush habitat fuels $1B in recreation spending Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 9:02 AM ET

    Hunters, campers, fishermen and others spent more than $623 million directly within 50 miles of Bureau of Land Management property in sagebrush ecosystems across more than 61 million acres, said the report by ECONorthwest, an economic consulting firm founded in Oregon in 1974..

  • Climate plan faces test in Montana coal country Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 5:49 AM ET

    Steve Bullock asserts Montana can meet the Obama administration's climate goals without losing jobs or shutting coal plants. But the view from the coal-centered town of Colstrip proved far more pessimistic Tuesday, as Bullock's claim underwent its first public test.

  • Court mulls legality of firing for pot use off job Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 12:41 AM ET

    DENVER— Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. Now, the state's highest court is considering whether workers' off-duty medical marijuana use is protected under an obscure state law.

  • Another card system hack at Supervalu, Albertsons Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 5:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Card data of Supervalu and Albertsons shoppers may be at risk in another hack, the two supermarket companies said Monday. Supervalu said the malware was installed on a network that processes card transactions at several chains, but it believes data was only taken from certain checkout lanes at four Cub Foods stores in Minnesota.

  • Thousands attend anti-pipeline concert in Nebraska Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    NELIGH, Neb.— Roughly 8,000 people filled a northeast Nebraska farm Saturday to hear Willie Nelson and Neil Young perform at a concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The Lincoln Journal Star reports politicians and activists spoke to the crowd on Art and Helen Tanderup's farm about the pipeline project between performances.

  • Montana sheriff: Oil patch jails at capacity Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    SIDNEY, Mont.— Jails in the booming oil patch in Montana and North Dakota are at capacity and need help, an eastern Montana sheriff said Friday. Dawson County Sheriff Craig Anderson was one of several eastern Montana officials asking U.S.

  • Business Highlights Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 6:05 PM ET

    NEW YORK— It's no surprise that the prospect of a Federal Reserve rate hike worries stock investors.

  • Sept 26- U.S. wheat exports should not be hurt by the second discovery of experimental Monsanto Co. genetically modified wheat growing in a U.S. state where it was not approved, industry leaders said on Friday, because the wheat is not believed to be in commercial channels.

  • Sept 26- Monsanto Co's experimental genetically engineered wheat, never approved for sale, has been found growing in a second U.S. state, and regulators said on Friday they could not explain how the plants escaped field trials that ended almost a decade ago.

  • Sept 26- Monsanto Co's experimental genetically engineered wheat, never approved for sale, has been found growing in a second U.S. state, and regulators said on Friday they could not explain how the plants escaped field trials that ended almost a decade ago.

  • USDA: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 2:05 PM ET

    USDA said Friday that the incident is on a smaller scale than a similar finding in Oregon last year that prompted several Asian countries to temporarily ban U.S. wheat imports. The herbicide-resistant wheat was found on one to three acres in Montana, while the genetically engineered plants found in Oregon were spread over more than 100 acres.

  • Man pleads guilty to illegal wastewater dumping Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— A Montana executive pleaded guilty to dumping toxic drilling liquid and endangering the drinking water of a county in southwest North Dakota.

  • Driver accused of abandoning chicken truck found Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 4:06 AM ET

    MISSOULA, Mont.— A truck containing 37,000 pounds of now-rotten chicken may have sat in a western Montana truck stop for more than a month while its driver texted and called his employer demanding money, police said.

  • At a glance: Gasoline prices by state Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 4:56 PM ET

    The usual autumn decline of the price of gasoline is getting an assist from lower global oil prices. Up to 30 states could see an average price below $3 a gallon by the end of the year. Source: AAA, OPIS and Wright Express.

  • Oil industry offers crude-train testing standards Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 2:36 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Montana— The oil industry's lead trade group released new standards on Thursday for testing and classifying crude shipped by rail after prior shipments were misclassified, including a train that derailed in Canada and killed 47 people.

  • Court to hear arguments in jury award cap case Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— The Montana Supreme Court will hear arguments in an appeal of a $52 million verdict awarded to an office supply company, one of two cases that could determine whether the state's $10 million cap on jury awards for punitive damages will stand.

  • Man denies intimidation charge involving ranch Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    HAMILTON, Mont.— A man who lost his western Montana ranch in a 1979 divorce has denied accusations that he threatened to take it back using any force necessary. John Fesler Lance II pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony intimidation and violating a protective order during an initial appearance in District Court in Hamilton, KECI-TV reported.