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  • United Steelworkers' negotiating committee and Stillwater CEO Michael "Mick" McMullen support it, but workers at the mine in Nye and smelter and the refinery complex in Columbus have said the contract could reduce their take-home pay. An answering machine reached Monday at the United Steelworkers Local 11 -0001 office in Columbus urged Stillwater employees...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— The Northern Cheyenne tribe is planning additional investigations of cultural sites along the path of a proposed railroad that would open new areas of southeastern Montana to large-scale coal mining. Tribal Councilmember Conrad Fisher said elders will revisit areas previously surveyed by contractors for the Surface Transportation...

  • TransCanada Corp. and other interested parties offered opening statements and witness testimony began before the Public Utilities Commission in the hearing process that is scheduled to stretch until Aug. 4. The state initially authorized TransCanada's project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if construction doesn't start within four years.

  • PIERRE, S.D.— State regulators this week will consider whether to approve for the second time in just over five years construction through South Dakota of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, but it's unlikely a decision will come immediately. The state initially authorized TransCanada Corp.' s project in 2010, but permits must be revisited if...

  • Glacier Bancorp misses Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 5:27 PM ET

    KALISPELL, Mont. _ Glacier Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $29.3 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 41 cents per share. Glacier Bancorp shares have risen almost 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Senate panel would allow marijuana vendors to use banks Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 3:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Senate panel voted Thursday to make it easier for businesses that legally produce and sell marijuana to do business with banks and other financial services providers. The language had passed the House last year but was taken out during talks with the Senate but has yet to consider the underlying spending bill this year. Three Republicans on the...

  • GLEN FERRIS, W.Va.— CSX is continuing to closely monitor the environmental impact of a fiery oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. On Feb. 16, 27 cars of a CSX train's 109 cars derailed during a snowstorm in Mount Carbon. Under a March consent order with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the railroad agreed to a long-term...

  • First Interstate BancSystem posts 2Q profit Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 5:06 PM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont. _ First Interstate BancSystem Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $22.2 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 48 cents per share. First Interstate BancSystem shares have fallen slightly since the beginning of the year.

  • Drought dings quality of winter wheat in Northwest Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | 12:19 PM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— Intense drought conditions have shrunk the kernels and disrupted the proteins of winter wheat crops in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the region that produces a fifth of the U.S. harvest. Blake Rowe, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Commission and Oregon Wheat Growers League, said the heat wave in May and June caused Oregon's prominent soft white winter...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— A train that derailed and spilled 35,000 gallons of oil in northeastern Montana was traveling within authorized speed limits, federal officials said Monday as they continued to probe the accident's cause. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train loaded with crude from North Dakota was traveling 44 mph before Thursday's wreck, U.S....

  • This table contains projected and actual enrollment figures for the newly eligible Medicaid population in the 30 states and the District of Columbia that have opted to expand the program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Where available, it also provides the estimated and revised cost of paying for the program during the 2017 fiscal year, when states...

  • CULBERTSON, Montana— Crews have reopened a rail line in northeast Montana where four tank cars derailed and leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway spokesman Matt Jones says the track was reopened about 9 p.m. Friday. Twenty-two cars of a BNSF train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed Thursday night about five miles...

  • HELENA, Mont.— The FBI and the U.S. Department of Labor are investigating the bankruptcy of a Montana appliance and electronics store that rendered its Employee Stock Ownership Plan worthless. FBI victim specialist Jeannette Miller, who sent the letter, did not return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment. A Department of Labor spokesman did not...

  • —July 5, 2013: A runaway Montreal, Maine& Atlantic Railway train that had been left unattended derailed, spilling oil and catching fire inside the town of Lac-Megantic in Quebec. The oil was being transported from the Bakken region of North Dakota, the heart of an oil fracking boom, to a refinery in Canada. —Jan. 7, 2014: A 122- car Canadian National Railway train...

  • July 17- A train derailment in rural eastern Montana spilled 35,000 gallons of crude oil and forced the evacuation of about 30 people, a U.S. official said on Friday in an email to state officials. About 20 cars on the Berkshire Hathaway- owned BNSF crude oil train went off the rails east of Culbertson, Montana, on Thursday evening, officials said.

  • MISSOULA, Mont.— A federal judge sentenced a Montana man Friday to two years in prison after prosecutors said he tricked people into paying as much as $70 million in unauthorized charges that were placed on phone bills nationwide. Steven Sann also was ordered to forfeit $500,000 during the sentencing by U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in Missoula.

  • TORONTO— Oil and gas company Nexen Energy apologized Friday for a pipeline break that spilled about 1.3 million gallons of a mixture of bitumen, water and sand at its Long Lake oilsands facility in northern Alberta this week. The company, which was taken over by China's CNOOC Ltd. in 2013, said the affected area is about 172,000 square feet along the pipeline's...

  • Northern Canada proposes potential Arctic oil pipeline Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 2:17 PM ET

    CALGARY, Alberta— Canada's provincial Northwest Territories government has been talking to pipeline companies about shipping crude oil through the Arctic, according to the territory's minister in charge of resource development. Premier Bob McLeod, have been touting the concept of an "Arctic Gateway" pipeline, which could see Alberta crude moved north for...

  • HELENA, Mont.— Three leaders of an online lending company owned by Montana's Chippewa Cree Tribe are claiming tribal immunity in asking a Vermont judge to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges they are predatory lenders who are breaking federal and state laws. Plain Green CEO Joel Rosette and board members Ted Whitford and Tim McInerney said in their request filed...

  • Oil production from the largest U.S. shale plays will plunge in August for a fourth consecutive month, forecasts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed on Monday. Energy firms fired thousands of workers and cut back on new drilling after U.S. crude futures collapsed 60 percent from over $107 a barrel in June 2014 to near $42 in March on oversupply...