GREAT FALLS — An illness that strikes family members in their 50s, affecting their behavior and keeping them from sleeping. A disease that strikes sheep and goats, causing them to scrape their bodies against anything they can get near, in an attempt to scratch an itch that exists only in the…
WILLISTON, N.D. — Norm Haase is struggling uphill.
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)
CASPER, Wyo. — Britt Wilson, owner of the Wilson Ranch near Glendo, knows the effect of drought well.
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.
WASHINGTON — Is the Great Moderation back?
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.
MANDAN, N.D. — North Dakota canola could become a fuel source for military and commercial jets.
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…
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…
GREAT FALLS — What if decade-long cycles of wet and dry weather could be reliably predicted several years in advance?
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…
HELENA — Francesca walks around excitedly. She hears a familiar sound but is not quite sure where it is coming from.
“The American people don’t want the government shut down, and they don’t want Obamacare. The House has listened to the American people.”
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON — We are now discovering the limits of cheap money.