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  • Mont. man sentenced to 3 years for bank fraud Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 11:14 AM ET

    GREAT FALLS, Mont.-- A Malta, Mont. man has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for defrauding a Belt bank when he and his wife applied for operating credit for their ranch. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 50- year-old Steven Lloyd Knudsen was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon in Great Falls and ordered to pay $948,555 in restitution.

  • Unemployment rates in US states, at a glance Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 3:38 PM ET
  • Montana unemployment rate down a bit Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 2:11 PM ET

    HELENA, Mont.-- Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased slightly to 6.1 percent in September, compared to the national rate of 7.8 percent. Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly says that the downward trend was fueled by an increase of 1,100 jobs in the state.

  • Police arrest 3 men in Denver bar fire killings Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 8:16 AM ET

    DENVER-- Three men were arrested for investigation of murder after a Denver bar was set on fire to cover up five killings committed during a robbery, authorities said Thursday. Ronald Saunier said of the early Wednesday deaths and blaze at Fero's Bar& Grill. "

  • Union Pacific 3Q profit up 15 pct. on price hikes Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:06 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- Union Pacific said Thursday that its third-quarter profit climbed 15 percent because price increases and more automotive and chemical shipments helped the railroad offset a 12 percent drop in coal shipments. Union Pacific, based in Omaha, Neb., said Thursday that revenue grew 5 percent to $5.34 billion from last year's $5.1 billion.

  • North Dakota company buying 3 Nebraska dealerships Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:47 AM ET

    GRAND ISLAND, Neb.-- North Dakota- based Titan Machinery Inc. says it's buying three CaseIH agriculture equipment dealerships in Nebraska. Titan, of West Fargo, N.D., says it is acquiring Toner's Inc., which operates Toner's in Grand Island, Red Line Equipment in Broken Bow and Ord Equipment in Ord.

  • Federal approval sought for Montana coal railroad Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:07 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.-- Owners of a proposed railroad serving southeastern Montana's coal fields have applied to the federal government to build an 83- mile line carrying up to 20 million tons of fuel annually.

  • Big cash spent in AZ, PA, MA Senate race reports Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Republican candidates for the Senate in conservative-leaning states generally outraised their Democratic opponents in the latest fundraising quarter ending Sept. 30, but Arizona proved an exception as former surgeon general Richard Carmona raised nearly $500,000 more than Republican Jeff Flake.

  • Mont contribution limits in place through election Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    HELENA, Mont.-- Montana's campaign contribution limits will remain in place at least through the November election after a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Tuesday that put a hold on a federal judge's decision that would have allowed for unlimited spending in state races.

  • Big water gear to be transported on Idaho's US 12 Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 12:43 AM ET

    BOISE, Idaho-- A large shipment of water-purification equipment will be transported through Idaho to Montana on a disputed mountain highway where big loads have been the subject of oversized controversy.

  • TEXT-S&P rates Stillwater Mining notes 'B' Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:48 PM ET

    Rating Action On Oct. 12, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' B' corporate credit rating on Billings, Mont.- based mining operator Stillwater Mining Co. The outlook is stable.

  • Baucus, Tester urge EPA to finish Libby risk study Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:56 AM ET

    Max Baucus and Jon Tester said residents of Libby have grown frustrated waiting for a pending risk study to be completed. The company mined asbestos-containing vermiculite in Libby for decades. They blasted Grace for weighing in against the EPA proposal and alleged company officials had "traded profits for lives" in Libby.

  • AZ Senate hopefuls wage air war for women, Latinos Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- An old feud and the race for women voters took center stage in a tight Arizona Senate race Thursday, with Republican Rep. Jeff Flake citing the grudge in a new ad alleging that Democrat Richard Carmona lacks the temperament for the job. Richard Carmona should never, ever be in the U.S. Senate. "

  • Mont. Indians sue over lack of election services Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:18 AM ET

    HELENA, Mont.-- Fifteen Native Americans are suing state and county officials over a lack of election services on three Montana reservations, saying their inability to vote early or register late there is an unconstitutional denial of equal voting access.

  • SALMON, Idaho, Oct 11- Conservationists on Thursday asked a state judge to end trapping of wolverines in Montana at a time when fewer than 300 of the elusive animals roam the Northern Rockies and Northern Cascades.

  • Stillwater Mining shares fall on notes offering Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 11:59 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Stillwater Mining Co. tumbled Thursday, after the palladium and platinum producer announced plans to sell $300 million in notes.

  • Montana, coal railroad reach $2M easement deal Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:02 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.-- A long-stalled coal railroad in southeastern Montana could get an easement through the state's Miles City fish hatchery in exchange for a $2 million payment into a conservation fund and a $25 million insurance policy, under the terms of a tentative deal disclosed Wednesday.

  • Tully's Coffee parent files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:12 AM ET

    The parent company of Tully's Coffee has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will close nine stores this Sunday. The Seattle- based coffee chain has long struggled under the shadow of Starbucks Corp.. Tully's opened its first store in 1992. It has shops in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

  • Highlights from the Fed's US economic survey Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 10- The Federal Reserve should adopt a collective economic forecast to help the public understand its thinking better, a senior official at the U.S. central bank said on Wednesday, pointing to a likely next step in the Fed's evolving communication strategy.