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Feds to boost mine blasting emissions rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The federal agency in charge of environmental protection at surface mines including Wyoming's huge open-pit coal mines has agreed to work toward regulating the toxic chemicals that sometimes get ejected into the air during blasting.

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House moves to extend tax breaks through December

House moves to extend tax breaks through December

FILE - In this March 22, 2103 file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building is seen in Washington. House Republicans are moving to pass a one-year extension of temporary tax breaks affecting millions of businesses and individuals. Most of the more than 50 tax breaks…

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Montana same-sex spouses now must file jointly

BOZEMAN — The Montana Department of Revenue says same-sex married couples in the state now will have to begin filing joint income tax reports.

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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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Legislative panel endorses uranium regulation bill

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A legislative committee has endorsed the idea of the state taking over sole regulation of uranium mining in Wyoming, the largest producer of uranium in the country.

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UW poll: Wyoming opposed to health care changes

LARAMIE, Wyo. — A University of Wyoming poll finds that Wyoming residents continue to strongly disapprove of the President Barack Obama's federal health care law.

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Bullock touts spending plan as opposition emerges

Bullock touts spending plan as opposition emerges

Gov. Steve Bullock on Tuesday sought to enlist the business community to help him promote to skeptical lawmakers a $300 million plan to upgrade state buildings, sewers, roads and other infrastructure across Montana.

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Guest opinion: Helping a reform-minded secretary fix the VA

Guest opinion: Helping a reform-minded secretary fix the VA

At last, America’s military veterans seem to have a Secretary of Veterans Affairs who gets it.

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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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Creditors scrutinize ex-billionaire's assets

Creditors scrutinize ex-billionaire's assets

BUTTE — Former billionaire Tim Blixseth was forced to answer questions under oath Monday about what happened to his fortune under mounting pressure from creditors who accuse the Yellowstone Club founder of hiding assets.

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George F. Will: Obama's presidency nearly pulseless on election eve

WASHINGTON — Mix a pitcher of martinis Tuesday evening to fortify yourself against the torrent of election returns painting a pointillist portrait of the nation’s mind. Before you become too mellow to care, consider some indexes of our civic tendencies.

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North Dakota well leaking oil, gas and water

WILLISTON, N.D. — Authorities say workers are attempting to contain an out-of-control oil well in North Dakota.

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Wyoming gets $605K grant to fight chronic diseases

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming will receive a $605,000 federal grant this fiscal year to strengthen the state's program for fighting chronic diseases.

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Grant approved for move by ammo magazine maker

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A maker of ammunition magazines for guns said Wednesday it will move its manufacturing and warehouse operations from Colorado to Cheyenne as quickly as possible, after the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board approved a lowered financial package to aid the move.

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Montana Guard postpones training because of budget shortfalls

Montana Guard postpones training because of budget shortfalls

HELENA — Montana Army National Guard officials said Friday that they’re postponing all training until the last weekend in September because of a federal budget shortfall.

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Idaho dairy group urges farmers not to give tours

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho dairy industry group has sent a letter to its members urging them to deny media requests for tours and on-farm interviews in the wake of a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

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Livestock Department faces $400K budget shortfall

Livestock Department faces $400K budget shortfall

BOZEMAN — The Montana Board of Livestock has approved plans to leave a dozen jobs unfilled, increase fees and ask the state for more money to avoid a potential $400,000 budget shortfall.

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E.J. Dionne: Democrats tout new health care benefits, not Obamacare

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam dunk issue for the Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.”

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Robert J. Samuelson: Do Democrats do economy better? Nope

WASHINGTON — It’s a Democratic campaign consultant’s dream: a study from two respected academic economists concluding that, since the late 1940s, the economy has consistently performed better under Democratic presidents than Republican. The gap is huge. From 1949 to 2013, a period when the W…

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Robert J. Samuelson: The Fed's great 'slack' debate

WASHINGTON — Call it the great “slack” debate. For nearly six years, the Federal Reserve has held short-term interest rates near zero to boost the economy. Is it now time to consider raising rates to pre-empt higher inflation? The answer depends heavily on the economy’s slack: its capacity t…

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