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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 10- The Federal Reserve could keep its benchmark interest rate low even if the U.S. jobless rate fell to 5.5 percent, Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota said on Wednesday.

  • MADISON, Wis.-- For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around their cabins and pastures, eying up Fido or Bessie.

  • HELENA, Mont.-- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Montana's campaign donation limits, telling the federal judge who overturned it to outline his full reasoning so the panel can review the case.

  • Oct 9- Continental Resources Inc, the top oil producer in the Bakken oil region, said on Tuesday it expects to cut $1 million off the cost of its average well there by the end of 2013, as it takes on one of the biggest challenges in the booming oil basin.

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  • The company is one of the largest leaseholders in the Bakken shale region in North Dakota and Montana. Analyst Subash Chandra of Jefferies& Co. said that Continental's plan implies a cost of more than $11,000 per well. Shares of Continental Resources Inc. fell $1.01 to $75.50 in premarket trading.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 9- Narayana Kocherlakota surprised economists around the world last month when he called on the U.S. central bank to hold interest rates near zero, possibly for several years to come.

  • Oct 9- Continental Resources Inc, the top oil producer in the Bakken region, said on Tuesday it expects to cut $1 million off the cost of its average well there by the end of 2013, as it takes on one of the biggest challenges in the booming oil basin.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY-- Continental Resources Inc. said Monday that it plans to triple production and proved reserves of oil and natural gas liquids in the next five years on its leased properties in the U.S.

  • SEATTLE-- Residents of Washington, Oregon and Colorado won't just be considering whether to let adults buy pot at state-sanctioned shops when they vote next month on legalizing and taxing marijuana. "Farmers are already engaged in a high-risk endeavor," said Roy Kaufmann, a spokesman for Oregon's pot initiative. "

  • BOZEMAN, Mont.-- More than a dozen eastern Montana landowners filed a lawsuit Friday against Exxon Mobil Corp. claiming the company ignored warnings before a pipeline break that spilled an estimated 1,500 barrels of crude oil into the Yellowstone River. Exxon Mobil spokesman Patrick Henretty said the company had not received the lawsuit.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 5- Canadian cash crude prices weakened for the fourth straight session on Friday as production from the Alberta oil sands looked set to increase for next month.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- The booming business of transporting Bakken crude has thrown a lifeline to U.S. railroads, at a time when shipments of coal, their main commodity by volume, have fallen sharply. Coal accounted for just over 43 percent of rail car loadings by weight, and 25 percent of gross revenues, last year according to the Association of American Railroads.

  • BOZEMAN, Mont.-- A Japanese pharmaceutical company is acquiring Bozeman- based LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals in a $60 million deal to expand its vaccine division, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. announced.