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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The U.S. power sector's shift toward burning less coal and using more natural gas and renewable energy will not be derailed by the Supreme Court ruling against the Obama administration's limits on carbon emissions, state regulators and utilities said on Wednesday. The U.S. Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Tuesday to block the Environmental...

  • It will cost an estimated $64 million and take at least four more years for the EPA to finish its work, according to documents released Monday. Montana environmental regulators said in response to Monday's announcement that they want more details on how the EPA will handle future discoveries of asbestos. The EPA has promised to set up steps to deal with such...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A utility serving 26,000 eastern Montana customers scaled back its proposal for a steep rate hike on Monday, just a day before the matter was scheduled to go before state regulators for a public hearing. Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. planned to file a new application with the Montana Public Service Commission reducing the proposed rate hike...

  • Ranchers ask for more Air Force flight information Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 12:52 PM ET

    The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association's request to officials at Ellsworth Air Force Base this week addresses the expansion of the Powder River Training Complex, which roughly quadrupled the training airspace to nearly 35,000 square miles in the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming— the largest over the continental U.S. Stockgrowers president Bill Kluck said...

  • BOZEMAN, Mont.— A jury in Montana heard opening statements Wednesday in the case of a mother who is suing her health care providers because they failed to diagnose her unborn daughter's cystic fibrosis, denying her a chance to have an abortion. Kerrie Evans of Gardiner is seeking nearly $14.5 million in damages from Park Clinic in Livingston, Billings Clinic's...

  • GILLETTE, Wyo.— Like a trusty pickup truck, Gillette has bounced through tough times before and pulled through, thanks to coal. President Barack Obama's administration has ordered a three-year moratorium on sales of federal coal reserves, and it's putting a rare mood on folks in Gillette, a ranching-turned-energy town of 32,000: pessimism.

  • The Carlyle Group and Canada- based Algonquin Power& Utilities Corp. announced Jan. 11 the completion of the $327 million sale of the parent company of Mountain Water Co. in Missoula and two water companies in California to Algonquin's U.S. subsidiary, Liberty Utilities. Carlyle and Algonquin made a "business decision" to move ahead with the sale without...

  • Glacier Bancorp misses Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 5:54 PM ET

    KALISPELL, Mont. _ Glacier Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $29.5 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 40 cents per share. Glacier Bancorp shares have dropped 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Jan 21- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tapped Maria Vullo, a lawyer who represented banks and donated to Cuomo's campaigns, as the state's top financial regulator, his office said on Thursday. Vullo's nomination as superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services comes eight months after former superintendent Benjamin Lawsky left the...

  • Jan 21- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tapped Maria Vullo, a lawyer who represented banks and donated to Cuomo's campaigns, as the state's top financial regulator, his office said on Thursday. Vullo's nomination as superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services comes eight months after former superintendent Benjamin Lawsky left the...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 11- U.S. shale oil production is expected to fall for a seventh month in a row in February, declining at about the same rate as the month before as drillers manage to eke out a few more barrels from each new well, U.S. data showed on Monday. Total output was set to decline by 116,000 bpd to 4.8 million bpd in February compared with January, a U.S. Energy...

  • RIG-OL-USA- BHI> The remaining 516 rigs were the fewest since April 2010, according to the data, but few expect the slump to end there. "So long as the price for oil stays low, the rig count will continue to decline," said Arthur Gelber, founder and president of energy consulting and advisory firm Gelber and Associates in Houston. U.S. oil futures on Friday failed to draw...

  • Drillers removed 20 oil rigs in the week ended Jan. 8, bringing the total rig count RIG-OL-USA- BHI> down to 516, the least since April 2010, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. "Daily fluctuations in oil prices do not have an immediate effect on rig count changes," said Chris Kostas, senior power and gas analyst at Energy Security...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 23- Southern California Gas Co and the Los Angeles City Attorney reached an agreement on Wednesday on a plan for the utility to provide temporary housing for residents living near a massive underground natural gas leak, the Los Angeles Times reported. SoCal Gas said in a statement that it already had devised a relocation plan but agreed to a...

  • Costco E. coli outbreak appears to be over - CDC Tuesday, 22 Dec 2015 | 12:39 PM ET

    Dec 22- An outbreak of E. coli linked to rotisserie chicken salad sold by warehouse club operator Costco Wholesale Corp appears to be over, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said on Tuesday. The Costco outbreak was initially traced to a celery-and-onion mix made by Taylor Farms Pacific Inc used in making the chicken salad. Products were recalled from chains...

  • Drillers added 17 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 18, bringing the total up to 541, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. In the minutes after Baker Hughes released the report, U.S. crude futures fell 20 cents to $34.29 a barrel, the lowest level since February 2009, before paring losses. U.S. crude futures for next year were trading...

  • USDA to tighten regulation of biotech wheat trials Friday, 11 Dec 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    "Using permits for field trials of GE wheat provides an additional level of safeguarding based on, and consistent with the biology of wheat," USDA said in a report accompanying its notice. "It became clear to us following the GE wheat incident in Oregon that the detection of regulated GE wheat where it was not authorized, had great potential to disrupt wheat markets...

  • Drillers removed 21 oil rigs in the week ended Dec. 11, bringing the total rig count down to 524, the least since April 2010, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report. U.S. crude futures fell as low as $35.35 a barrel on Friday, its lowest level since February 2009, after the International Energy agency warned global oversupply could...

  • Dec 8- A U.S. federal agency has yet to identify the source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened at least 19 people in seven states who may have been infected after eating rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale Corp.. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration laboratory analysis did not confirm the presence of E. coli in a sample of celery and onion mix collected...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- More than 500 civil lawsuits filed against Volkswagen AG over the use of software to evade emissions limits will be heard by a federal judge in California, a U.S. judicial panel responsible for consolidating related lawsuits said on Tuesday. District Judge Charles Breyer in the Northern District of California. Ultimately, the panel decided to...