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Blue Cross parent firm sued for allegedly hoarding profits, boosting exec pay

HELENA — The parent firm of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana has been sued by a benefits-administration group, which says the Chicago-based insurance giant is hoarding excess profits and unduly enriching its executives.

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'School choice' supporters rally as Montana legislators hear tax credit bills

'School choice' supporters rally as Montana legislators hear tax credit bills

HELENA – Advocates of “school choice” filled the state Capitol halls Monday, in part to testify for a pair of bills creating new state income-tax credits helping finance private schools in Montana.

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Gazette opinion: Voters need to know who's bankrolling campaigns

So far this year, groups outside of the candidates’ campaigns have spent $172.2 million to influence federal elections, according to OpenSecrets.org.

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Postal Service agrees to 5-month moratorium on office closures

Postal Service agrees to 5-month moratorium on office closures

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester on Tuesday said the U.S. Postal Service has agreed to postpone any decisions on closing offices and mail-processing centers until May 2012, to give Congress a chance to help the USPS tackle its crushing debt.

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How the poll was conducted

HELENA — The Gazette State Poll was conducted March 14-16 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. of Washington, D.C., for The Billings Gazette, Montana Standard of Butte, Helena Independent Record, Missoulian and Ravalli Republic.

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Gazette opinion: Lawmakers' state subsidies should be disclosed

In the midst of a legislative session in which many Montana legislators propose to reject a federal law intended to extend health coverage to more Americans, there’s a significant information gap on the would-be repealers.

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Senators propose bill to force disclosure of legislators' public health benefits

Senators propose bill to force disclosure of legislators' public health benefits

HELENA — Two Democratic state senators said Tuesday that the names of state lawmakers who sign up for publicly funded health insurance benefits should be made public, and that they'll co-sponsor a bill requiring that disclosure.

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