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Stockgrowers meet with economic winds at their backs

Stockgrowers meet with economic winds at their backs

It’s a good time to be a cowboy.

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Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options

WASHINGTON — Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

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Plunging crude oil prices hammer energy companies

NEW YORK — A decision by OPEC last week to maintain current levels of oil production is hammering major energy companies in the U.S. and abroad.

November 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

U.S. home sales rise in October

Americans bought homes in October at the briskest pace this year, a sign that the sluggish housing market is turning around.

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Cost of Thanksgiving is going up, but not by much

Cost of Thanksgiving is going up, but not by much

FILE- This Oct. 27, 2014, file photo shows barbecue spiced turkey in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead, File)

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Turkey production down, wholesale prices up

Turkey production down, wholesale prices up

Narragansett turkeys roam a pasture near Trimble, Mo., Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Narragansett turkeys have traditionally been known for their calm disposition, early maturation and excellent meat quality. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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Sales tax revenue up in strong Wyoming economy

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Revenue from sales taxes is surging across Wyoming, up close to 9 percent for the fiscal year that ended July 1 and topping $1 billion for the first time.

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David Ignatius: Foriegn policy should top Obama's fourth-quarter agenda

David Ignatius: Foriegn policy should top Obama's fourth-quarter agenda

WASHINGTON — President Obama looked almost relieved after Tuesday’s election blowout. A man who has been perhaps the least political president in modern American history doesn’t have to worry about elections anymore.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Why wages lag in recovery from Great Recession

WASHINGTON — I recently wrote about sluggish and stagnant wages, which are said to weaken the economy's recovery. I argued that workers' fear of losing their jobs is an important, perhaps decisive, explanation. In a nutshell: Frightened of being fired and being unable to find a new job, work…

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Desperate voters rage against Obama's party

WASHINGTON — For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It was worse.

November 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: American energy story entirely good news

Seemingly overnight, gasoline prices have plunged. Regular unleaded is approaching $3 per gallon at my local Wawa. That’s the lowest price since just after the recession ended.

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Sugar Beet harvest wraps up

Sugar Beet harvest wraps up

Montana’s sugar beet harvest is wrapping up, and locals say the crop is above average.

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Education panel supports inflation adjustment

CASPER, Wyo. — The Legislature's Joint Education Interim Committee has endorsed providing money to local school districts to cover inflation.

October 24, 2014 2:28 pmLoading…

WTO rejects U.S. country-of-origin labels for meat

WASHINGTON — Learning where the meat in your grocery store came from might get harder.

October 20, 2014 12:54 pmLoading…
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Robert J. Samuelson: Women workers join America's top 1%

WASHINGTON — Everyone knows that economic inequality has increased dramatically since the 1970s, and this has created a new cottage industry: dissecting "the top 1 percent." We now have a study from three economists that broadens what we know about these top earners. The study's biggest news…

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A tough year for wheat: Farmers scramble to determine marketability of rain-damaged crops

A tough year for wheat: Farmers scramble to determine marketability of rain-damaged crops

Bruce Wright knew this year’s wheat crop wasn’t going to be one of his best. An unprecedented late August rain had literally washed away some of the grain’s profit.

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Rapid online growth helps Costco end fiscal year on high note

Costco Wholesale has been a bit stodgy when it comes to the Internet — but its e-commerce sales boomed this year, helping it beat Wall Street expectations when it posted year-end results this week.

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US middle class feeling tighter economic squeeze

US middle class feeling tighter economic squeeze

WASHINGTON — Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son — so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child.

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Businesses, investors pressing for green policy from world leaders

NEW YORK — Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute.

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