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  • Man plans to plead guilty in oil patch killing Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    SIDNEY, Mont.— A Colorado man plans to plead guilty to killing a Montana teacher in a case that drew attention to the darker side of the Northern Plains' oil boom. Spell is charged with the 2012 murder of Sherry Arnold, a 43- year-old Sidney high school teacher who disappeared while jogging. Spell is due in court Wednesday before District Judge Richard Simonton in...

  • First Interstate purchases Mountain West Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 2:17 PM ET

    GREAT FALLS, Mont.— The $72.8 million sale of Montana's Mountain West Bank to First Interstate Bank closes Friday. The Great Falls Tribune reports 63 of Mountain West's 204 employees have resigned since the sale was announced in February, 79 will continue with First Interstate Bank and 62 will receive severance packages. Kyle Herda, a First Interstate Bank vice...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 16- Measuring the point at which investors have exhausted their selling in a market downturn is an inexact science at best, and at its worst akin to sticking a finger in the air to judge shifting winds. For months, worries about European economy and the conflicts in the Middle East and between Russia and Ukraine didn't shake the bullish conviction as...

  • *Economists eye changes to Fed policy statement due Oct. 29. Oct 16- The Federal Reserve is likely to reassure investors later this month that it won't stand idle if global turbulence threatens the U.S. economy, but a proposal from one top policymaker to keep on buying bonds looks to be a bridge too far. James Bullard, who heads the St.

  • James Bullard, president of the St. Encouraged by strengthening U.S. growth and falling unemployment, the Fed has incrementally tapered its bond buying program from $85 billion originally to $15 billion this month. It was set to shutter the program at a policy meeting Oct. 28-29, a plan that Fed Chair Janet Yellen may well stand by.

  • Gas Natural sells its Wyoming Energy West assets Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    CODY, Wyo.— Energy West Inc. is selling its subsidiary, Energy West Wyoming Inc. to Black Hills Corp. for $17 million. Gas Natural, a holding company, distributes and sells natural gas to about 73,000 customers in seven states, including Montana and Wyoming. Black Hills Corp, based in Rapid City, South Dakota, serves 777,000 natural gas and electric customers in seven...

  • Montana decides to keep Yellowstone bison in state Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 5:05 AM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— Montana wildlife officials decided Thursday against shipping 145 bison captured from Yellowstone National Park to the Bronx zoo and other locations across the nation, choosing to send them to an American Indian reservation within the state. The Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to transfer the bison to Fort Peck Indian Reservation instead of...

  • YOUR MONEY-How to avoid expense-report hell Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 15- If work hell exists, then Amanda Larrinaga experienced something like it a couple of years ago. The start-up consultant from Missoula, Montana, was staring at a gigantic stack of nine months' worth of receipts. That meant her immediate future was going to be one big expense-report nightmare: scanning, filing and coding; defending claims; and...

  • Sleepy Guyana wrestles with high rate of suicides Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    LESBEHOLDEN, Guyana— The young man responds all too easily when asked whether he knows anyone who has committed suicide in his village, a sleepy cluster of homes and rum shops surrounded by vast brown fields of rice awaiting harvest. The fact that self-inflected harm is such a presence in the lives of this family is not surprising given that they live in an area...

  • Oct 9- Thursday marked the end of the epic nine-week divorce trial of Oklahoma's richest man, oil magnate and Continental Resources Chief Executive Harold Hamm. During the proceedings, lawyers for Harold Hamm and his wife of 26 years, Sue Ann Hamm, presented starkly different views of how much wealth should be divided by the court. Such a multibillion-dollar...

  • Small-business owners argue against wage measure Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— Small-business owners who oppose Nebraska's minimum wage ballot measure are taking their case to voters, despite lukewarm opposition from the state's largest business groups. The proposal would increase Nebraska's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour— the same as the federal minimum— to $9 an hour by 2016. Supporters from Nebraskans for Better Wages...

  • Oct. 2- Japan and South Korea are continuing to test the U.S. wheat they buy to make sure the grain is not contaminated with an experimental version developed by Monsanto Co, but could soon stop the practice, the head of a U.S. wheat association said on Thursday. The two countries, which are among the top purchasers of U.S. wheat, have been sampling and testing all the U.S....

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.