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USDA programs provide $28M to Wyoming agriculture

CASPER, Wyo. — Britt Wilson, owner of the Wilson Ranch near Glendo, knows the effect of drought well.

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State refinances bonds to save $1.6 million

HELENA — The state has refinanced building bonds issued in 2005 and 2007 in a move that will save the state $1.64 million in interest.

July 08, 2014 4:04 pmLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Is economy in The Great Moderation 2.0?

WASHINGTON — Is the Great Moderation back?

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Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

Zinke record questioned at House GOP debate

HELENA — The five Republican U.S. House candidates agreed on some issues in their final debate in Kalispell on Wednesday night, but several called into question the conservative credentials of state Sen. Ryan Zinke, of Whitefish.

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Researchers test possibility of canola as biofuel

Researchers test possibility of canola as biofuel

MANDAN, N.D. — North Dakota canola could become a fuel source for military and commercial jets.

April 06, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Robert J. Samuelson: Slow recovery or a permanent economic slowdown?

WASHINGTON — You might compare the U.S. economy to someone who's recovering from a serious illness. At first, everyone hopes the patient will return to normal. Then it's gradually realized that the patient suffered permanent damage and will never be the same. So, perhaps, with the economy. S…

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Robert J. Samuelson: Unpredicted disasters create identity crisis for economists

WASHINGTON — These are hard times for economists. Their reputations are tarnished; their favorite doctrines are damaged. Among their most prominent thinkers, there is no consensus as to how — or whether — governments in advanced countries can improve lackluster recoveries. All in all, the s…

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Researcher studying long-term weather forecasting

GREAT FALLS — What if decade-long cycles of wet and dry weather could be reliably predicted several years in advance?

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Robert J. Samuelson: Liberals make Grandma their poster child

WASHINGTON — Two analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis have produced an important study that should (but probably won’t) alter the climate for Washington’s stalemated budget debate. The study demolishes the widespread notion that older Americans need exceptional protection agains…

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Rescued malamutes thriving in new homes

Rescued malamutes thriving in new homes

HELENA — Francesca walks around excitedly. She hears a familiar sound but is not quite sure where it is coming from.

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Doyle McManus: In Washington, countdown to a shutdown

“The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare. The House has listened to the American people.”

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Guest opinion: Government, not Lehman was real reason for market collapse

Last week marked the 5-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, the supposed spark that set off the financial crisis of 2008. Conventional wisdom holds that it was the federal government’s decision against bailing out this investment bank that froze credit markets and sent the eco…

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Robert J. Samuelson: The unseemly battle for Fed appointment

The struggle to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve has turned into a soap opera. Bernanke, it is widely assumed, has told President Barack Obama that he doesn’t want a third four-year term — or has been informed that he won’t be reappointed.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Housing market goes from bubble to bottleneck

WASHINGTON — One of today’s economic puzzles is why the Federal Reserve’s low interest rates haven’t spurred a stronger recovery. A partial answer lies in the beleaguered housing market, which is a crucial channel through which low rates operate.

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Guest opinion: 5 reasons to worry about U.S. debt

To read the news, you’d think America’s fiscal problems are under control. After all, following four years of $1 trillion-plus deficits, this year’s will be “only” $642 billion. And Congress actually cut spending this year by letting the sequester happen.

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Guest opinion: Americans heading for the student debt cliff

Cable news channels regularly stoke their viewers’ fears about China holding $1.1 trillion of U.S. debt. But they’re focused on the wrong $1.1 trillion of loans.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Downside of cheap money: It doesn't solve basic problems

WASHINGTON — We are now discovering the limits of cheap money.

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Sugar prices’ fall could mean federal payout for producers

WASHINGTON – Supporters regularly defend the nation’s sugar price-support program, saying that it operates at no cost to the taxpayers. But with sugar prices falling 38 percent in the past year, government officials are now scrambling to minimize a potential hit to taxpayers.

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Robert J. Samuelson: A gathering recovery? Housing, jobs gains fan cautious optimism

WASHINGTON — Is the recession over? Has the recovery started?

March 27, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: JFK helped us get into this mess

WASHINGTON — Blame it on JFK.

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