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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.

December 15, 2014 3:40 pmLoading…

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.

November 24, 2014 4:35 pmLoading…

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.

November 18, 2014 1:25 pm Photos

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GOP vows to pass Keystone — later if Senate doesn't vote for it today

GOP vows to pass Keystone — later if Senate doesn't vote for it today

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders promised Tuesday to take up and pass a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline next year if the Senate fails to advance the measure this fall, or President Barack Obama vetoes it.

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Report: Little damage from Oregon LNG project

COOS BAY, Ore. — Federal regulators have concluded that a terminal on the Oregon coast to export natural gas to Asia and its supply pipeline would cause some limited environmental damage, but nothing that cannot be dealt with by mitigation measures offered by the builders and regulators.

November 07, 2014 5:12 pmLoading…

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.

October 17, 2014 5:11 pmLoading…

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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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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Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Highway Trust spending will shrink 30% if Congress does nothing

WASHINGTON — It's time for a primer on the Highway Trust Fund, which looms as the next battle in Congress' unending budget wars.

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4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

4 in 10 higher risk wells aren't inspected by feds

NEW CASTLE, Colo. — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review …

June 14, 2014 11:01 pm Photos

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Increasing Bakken oil trains prompt concern farther West

Increasing Bakken oil trains prompt concern farther West

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Residents along the scenic Columbia River are hoping to persuade regulators to reject plans for what would be the Pacific Northwest’s largest crude oil train terminal — the proposed destination for at least four trains a day, each more than a mile long.

May 26, 2014 1:47 pm Photos

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George F. Will: Heavy hand of IRS hits Detroit shop keepers

FLINT, Mich. — Earnest moralists lament Americans’ distrust of government. What really is regrettable is that government does much to earn distrust, as Terry Dehko, 70, and his daughter Sandy Thomas, 41, understand.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Stakes in ACA debate higher than health care

WASHINGTON — You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression — finally.

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Guest opinion: EPA rule hobbles economy, hurts consumer choice

FLINT, Mich. — At a time when many people have put off buying a new car until the economy improves, the last thing we need is a stringent government regulation on fuel efficiency that will raise the cost of vehicles and make matters even more difficult for consumers.

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Guest opinion: Don't scrap EPA’s wise carbon-reducing mileage mandate

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The idea that Congress should scrap the EPA’s vehicle mileage standards to promote consumer choice in the marketplace is not just wrongheaded, it poses a false dichotomy. There is no incompatibility between having high mileage standards and giving buyers plenty of choice.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Must the Obamacare debate be stupid?

WASHINGTON — One of the best arguments for health-insurance reform is that our traditional employer-based system often locked people into jobs they wanted to leave but couldn’t because they feared they wouldn’t be able to get affordable coverage elsewhere.

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More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades, federal data show

More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades, federal data show

WASHINGTON — More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows.

January 20, 2014 4:50 pmLoading…

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