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Robert J. Samuelson: Women workers join America's top 1%

WASHINGTON — Everyone knows that economic inequality has increased dramatically since the 1970s, and this has created a new cottage industry: dissecting "the top 1 percent." We now have a study from three economists that broadens what we know about these top earners. The study's biggest news…

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Poverty hinders Montanans' access to health care

Poverty hinders Montanans' access to health care

The number of Montanans experiencing poverty increased by more than 11,000 people last year when compared to 2012, which translates into thousands of residents having inadequate access to health care, according to public health officials.

October 02, 2014 8:30 am Photos

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Robert Samuelson: A part-timer boom -- or blip?

WASHINGTON — There may be a dark lining to the sunny June employment report, which recorded an increase of 288,000 payroll jobs for the month. Most or all of the increase may have been part-time jobs. If that's a trend, it could signal a weaker economy. It could also vindicate critics of the…

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Making room for homeles families: Five minutes with Lisa Donnot

Making room for homeles families: Five minutes with Lisa Donnot

Lisa Donnot took over as executive director of Family Promise of Yellowstone County, the organization formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network, last December.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Who cares about the value of work?

WASHINGTON — Finding a way out of our current political impasse requires some agreement on what problems we need to solve. If anything should unite left, center and right, it is the value of work and the idea, in Bill Clinton’s signature phrase, that those who “work hard and play by the rule…

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Guest opinion: The way to end homelessness is to prevent it in the first place

Lourdes was 69 years old when I first met her in 2012. She was living next to a bus stop on a busy four-lane street in front of a supermarket.

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Guest opinion: Take action to save lives of homeless Montanans

Many of us were saddened to read about the death of homeless Hamilton resident Linda Shelley.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Expanded EITC would do more for poor than minimum wage hike

WASHINGTON — The great virtue of the Congressional Budget Office's recent report on the minimum wage is that it injects a much-needed dose of reality into the debate over job creation. The Obama administration and its congressional allies have taken the position that raising the minimum wage…

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Travel and Leisure: Try these guidelines for tipping when you travel

Need some tips on tipping while traveling? Here are some good old standards, and some new thoughts and ideas.

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Guest opinion: Restore lifeline for long-term, laid-off workers

This winter, Katherine Hackett is wearing a hat and coat around her house. To save on heating costs, she keeps her thermostat set at 58 degrees. After 17 years in the health care industry, after raising two sons who are now in the military, Katherine abruptly got a pink slip and has been une…

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Businesses, agencies gather to help Billings' at-risk and homeless

Businesses, agencies gather to help Billings' at-risk and homeless

Hundreds of Billings’ homeless and people at risk of homelessness got the opportunity Friday to learn about services to give them a hand and to get signed up.

January 24, 2014 4:30 pm Video Photos

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Great Gatsby economics: Why U.S. must grow from middle out

WASHINGTON — You don’t need me to tell you, but it’s a whole lot tougher leading a garage band than being a superstar.

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Study: Business startups down, but Montana still leads nation in entrepreneurship

Fewer people are starting small businesses now that the job market is looking better.

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Wyoming struggles to develop plan to address homelessness

Wyoming struggles to develop plan to address homelessness

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. – Cathie Hughes is a woman with seemingly limitless energy. But she sounded dejected when she answered the phone in early March.

March 31, 2013 11:15 pm Photos

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Wyoming's strong economy pushes rise in homelessness

Wyoming's strong economy pushes rise in homelessness

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Robert Larsen spent three years crisscrossing the country looking for work. He cleaned oil from Florida beaches after the BP oil spill. He found work in the booming oil fields of North Dakota until a disagreement with his boss cost him his job. He chased leads in Colorado, N…

March 31, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: On International Women’s Day, let us pledge to end poverty

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, and activists have celebrated it for 100 years now. This year’s theme, set by the United Nations, is “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum.” Here at home, to gain momentum, women need to gain economic power.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Why government spending doesn't create jobs

WASHINGTON — Who creates most jobs? Hint: It's not the government. Almost everyone seems to grasp that the private sector is the true jobs machine.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Romney promise of 12 million jobs no sure thing

WASHINGTON — One of the self-destructive tendencies of American politics is the eagerness of both parties to overpromise.

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Community-supported agriculture puts farmers in touch with their customers

Community-supported agriculture puts farmers in touch with their customers

After hoisting a box of fresh produce into the trunk of her car, Mary Cook was feeling good about what was for dinner.

August 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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