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Great Falls-bound megaload moves into Montana

KALISPELL — A massive piece of refinery equipment bound for Great Falls crossed into Montana from Idaho early Tuesday, state Department of Transportation officials said.

August 19, 2014 10:13 amLoading…

Groups seek ban of oil in older railroad tank cars

SEATTLE — Two environmental groups are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to immediately ban shipments of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars, citing recent explosive oil train wrecks and the department's own findings that those accidents pose an "imminent hazard."

July 15, 2014 1:25 pmLoading…
Disclosures show heavy oil train traffic through West, Midwest

Disclosures show heavy oil train traffic through West, Midwest

Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast.

June 24, 2014 4:20 pmLoading…
Montana is only state without driver texting ban

Montana is only state without driver texting ban

HELENA — Montana became the only state in the nation that does not ban at least some drivers from texting when a new law took effect in South Carolina this week.

June 11, 2014 8:57 pmLoading…
Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

Rail safety effort marred by squabbling

WASHINGTON — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay.

April 23, 2014 12:34 pm Photos

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Feds issue emergency order on oil shipments

Feds issue emergency order on oil shipments

Federal regulators are further tightening testing requirements for companies that transport oil by rail after a spate of explosions caused by crude train derailments in the U.S. and Canada.

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Lawmakers question Missoula megaload permits, fees

Lawmakers question Missoula megaload permits, fees

HELENA — Some Montana lawmakers are questioning Missoula’s practice of charging $309 for permits to move megaloads of oil refinery equipment through the city.

February 18, 2014 2:10 pmLoading…
Baucus helped secure $4B in highway funds for Montana

Baucus helped secure $4B in highway funds for Montana

HELENA — Since 1998, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus has helped pass three highway bills that have brought more than $4 billion in federal highway funds to Montana.

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Billings crews still catching up with last week's storms

Billings crews still catching up with last week's storms

Even as a fresh winter storm blew into town Tuesday afternoon, Bill Kemp was talking about cleaning up after the freezing rain, heavy snows and high winds of last week.

December 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Traffic signal planned at site of frequent crashes

Traffic signal planned at site of frequent crashes

Driving home from classes at Montana State University Billings on Oct. 11, Corey Buchan arrived to find two wrecked cars on his front lawn.

October 19, 2013 4:15 am Photos

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State plans to arm trucking officers

HELENA — The state Transportation Department intends to arm 35 officers from its Motor Carrier Services Division, a move that drew opposition from the lobbyist for Montana’s trucking industry.

October 01, 2013 5:10 pmLoading…

Truck drivers fighting federal regulations that limit driving time

WASHINGTON — For commercial truck drivers such as Charles Ryser, when the wheels aren’t turning, you aren’t earning.

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Eastern Montana towns favor East Coast airline

Eastern Montana towns favor East Coast airline

Eastern Montana towns dependent on federal Essential Air Service flights to Billings are lining up behind an East Coast airline to replace departing Silver Airways.

July 26, 2013 4:25 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Another Montana tragedy: 7 who didn’t buckle up

Early Sunday morning a pickup truck veered off a road near Browning, killing five people – all between the ages of 17 and 29.

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Bullock signs main budget — with some exceptions

Bullock signs main budget — with some exceptions

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock signed the Legislature's main budget bill Friday — but not after first using his line-item-veto authority to strike a small portion of the spending.

May 03, 2013 6:58 pm Photos

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Feds shut down Rimrock Stages over safety concerns

Feds shut down Rimrock Stages over safety concerns

Rimrock Stages, deemed an “imminent hazard” by a federal agency, has been shut down.

March 23, 2013 3:45 pm Photos

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Transportation Secretary LaHood in Glacier Park for transit news

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is scheduled to appear in Glacier National Park on Monday to make an announcement on transit funding.

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Alberta oil sands mining delayed by weather, megaload protests

Alberta oil sands mining delayed by weather, megaload protests

MISSOULA — Buffeted by a frigid winter in northern Alberta and still suffering from transport delays in Montana and Idaho, Imperial Oil of Canada has raised the estimate of initial costs for its Kearl oil sands project by $2 billion.

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Council OKs church expansion, parking garage details

Council OKs church expansion, parking garage details

After a lengthy public hearing Monday night, the Billings City Council approved a special review that will allow the expansion of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 1108 24th St. W.

January 28, 2013 11:00 pm Photos

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Billings City Council to consider church's expansion plans

Billings City Council to consider church's expansion plans

A West End church's expansion plans will be the subject of a special review request before the Billings City Council on Monday night.

January 27, 2013 11:00 pmLoading…

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