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  • Conference offers how SD can benefit from ND oil Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 4:19 PM ET

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.— South Dakota's oil and gas production is a fraction of North Dakota's, though the organizer of a conference this week in Spearfish said the southern neighbor could prosper if companies step up to supply much-needed products and services to the burgeoning oil patch.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 29- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday had a change of heart and dismissed a case it had previously agreed to hear on whether class action claims against underwriters of securities issued by a unit of the now-defunct IndyMac Bancorp Inc should be able to proceed.

  • Colorado approves $5M incentive for Tarantino film Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 2:20 PM ET

    DENVER— Colorado on Friday approved a $5 million incentive package to lure production of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film "The Hateful Eight." The Oscar-winning screenwriter's movie could be filmed on a 900- acre ranch west of the ski town of Telluride, depending on local permit approval, The Denver Post reported.

  • US rig count unchanged at 1,931 Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. was unchanged this week, holding at 1,931.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Wyoming gained three rigs, New Mexico increased by two and Alaska, Colorado and West Virginia each gained one.

  • *Medicaid expansion key part of Obama's healthcare reform. Up to a dozen states, including several led by Republicans, could move forward with plans to expand coverage under Medicaid after the November elections. Texas Governor Rick Perry once said expanding Medicaid would be similar to "adding a thousand people to the Titanic."

  • 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.

  • Energy storage site potential boon for Utah Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 12:46 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— A proposed $1.5 billion energy storage site in rural Utah that is part of a larger, ambitious clean energy initiative would be an economic boon to the state and could potentially make the area a hub for similar projects, state officials said Wednesday.

  • Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 3:37 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

  • German man banned from Yellowstone in drone crash Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 10:34 AM ET

    DENVER— A German citizen who crashed a drone into a lake in Yellowstone National Park this summer has been banned from the park for a year and was ordered to pay $1,600 in fines and restitution.

  • Worker hurt in Wyoming natural gas tank blast dies Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— One of four men injured in a blast at a western Wyoming natural gas storage tank has died, a Salt Lake City hospital official confirmed Wednesday. Marissa Villasenor, a spokeswoman for the University of Utah Hospital, said the worker injured in Tuesday's explosion died overnight at the hospital's burn unit.

  • Wyoming unemployment up to 4.6 percent Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is up slightly to 4.6 percent in August, the same as it was a year ago. The Department of Workforce Services says the state's unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in July and increased in August with the loss of about 950 jobs. The agency says the state has gained 4,700 jobs over the past 12 months.

  • Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 2:02 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

  • Things to know about $8B wind energy proposal Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Four companies have proposed an $8 billion project to supply the Los Angeles area with large amounts of electricity from a wind farm in Wyoming. —COMPRESSED AIR: Wyoming wind seems to blow day and night, year-round.

  • Business Highlights Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 5:34 PM ET

    Cadillac to ditch Detroit for trendy NYC address. DETROIT— Cadillac wants a jolt from the city that never sleeps. General Motors' 112- year-old luxury car division, founded in Detroit and named for the city's founder, is moving its headquarters to New York.

  • Wind energy proposal would light Los Angeles homes Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— An alliance of four companies proposed an $8 billion project Tuesday that within a decade could send wind power generated on the plains of Wyoming to households in Southern California.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 22- The European Central Bank stands ready to use additional unconventional tools if needed to spur inflation and growth in the euro zone, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Monday. Such quantitative easing, or QE, would face strong resistance in Germany.

  • Census: 2013 poverty rate falls in New Hampshire Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.— There were about 17,000 fewer people living in poverty in New Hampshire in 2013 compared to the year before, new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau suggests. In New Hampshire, 8.7 percent of the population lives in poverty, compared with 15.8 percent nationally.

  • Montana poverty rate and median income up Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— Montana's poverty rate increased last year, while median income also rose, according to annual poverty figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau. That growth put the state among the top five— with Alaska, Kentucky, Utah and Wyoming— for the biggest median household income increases between 2012 and 2013..