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Crow leaders lobby Daines for coal tax credit

Crow leaders lobby Daines for coal tax credit

Crow tribal leaders and mining officials made their case for the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit on Wednesday in a meeting with U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont.

October 22, 2014 5:21 pm Photos

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Half of Yellowstone County's absentee ballots should be in this week

Half of Yellowstone County's absentee ballots should be in this week

Officially, the record shows that 20,000 Yellowstone County residents had already voted by Tuesday. But County Elections Administrator Bret Rutherford knows the number was a few thousand ballots off.

October 21, 2014 6:45 pmLoading…
Tuned out: Billings candidate demands equal time from Miles City radio station

Tuned out: Billings candidate demands equal time from Miles City radio station

A Republican lawmaker from Billings Heights is demanding equal time on a Miles City radio station where his opponent does the weather.

October 21, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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MSUB poll: Billings residents feel pretty safe

MSUB poll: Billings residents feel pretty safe

Billings is a pretty safe community, according to residents polled by Montana State University Billings.

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Daines, Zinke get support in new MSUB poll

Daines, Zinke get support in new MSUB poll

Montana Republican candidates show strong leads in U.S. Senate and House races, according to a poll released Friday by Montana State University Billings.

October 17, 2014 10:33 am Photos

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Yellowstone County GOP won't help pay for closed primary lawsuit

Yellowstone County GOP won't help pay for closed primary lawsuit

Yellowstone County Republicans won't help bankroll an attempt to require members-only primary elections.

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Dry windy weather in the forecast

Gusty winds will continue to blow across southern Montana early Thursday, but then give way clear sky and warm weather, according to meteorologists. 

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Child listed in Amber Alert found safe in Kentucky

Child listed in Amber Alert found safe in Kentucky

The Amber Alert for Heaven Angel Torres has been canceled, said Jennifer Viets of the Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse. 

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Environmentalists press Oil and Gas officials for more public information

Environmentalists press Oil and Gas officials for more public information

Calling oil and gas information from Montana too hard to come by and not very useful, environmentalists pressed the Board of Oil and Gas for more transparency Wednesday.

October 15, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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The best pigs in the region show up for NILE

The best pigs in the region show up for NILE

She was a white Yorkshire-cross pig from Cache County, Utah, named "Brows" for the unusual brown crescent markings that arched above her eyes, like some accidental Groucho Marx tribute.

October 14, 2014 6:40 pm Photos

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A tough year for wheat: Farmers scramble to determine marketability of rain-damaged crops

A tough year for wheat: Farmers scramble to determine marketability of rain-damaged crops

Bruce Wright knew this year’s wheat crop wasn’t going to be one of his best. An unprecedented late August rain had literally washed away some of the grain’s profit.

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Sign of the times: Election season brings theft of campaign materials

Sign of the times: Election season brings theft of campaign materials

Because she lives across the street from Pioneer Park, Mary Ann Weber sees her share of late-night drunks and rabble-rousers, but the ones she shooed from her lawn the other weekend were unusual. They were well-dressed, plain spoken and seemed to be on a mission.

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President declares disaster for Hi-Line communities inundated by August rain

President declares disaster for Hi-Line communities inundated by August rain

Hi-Line communities devastated by late August rains have been declared a disaster area by President Barack Obama.

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Curtis rallies women voters in Billings

Curtis rallies women voters in Billings

U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis rallied women voters in Billings on Wednesday, saying she was the only contender for the post to advocate for women’s issues.

October 08, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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Montana grain sales unfazed by GMO wheat discovery

Montana grain sales unfazed by GMO wheat discovery

More than a week after reports that genetically modified wheat unexpectedly turned up at a university research lab in Huntley, foreign buyers are not shying away from Montana grain.

October 07, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…
After big splash, not a trickle of news about new Billings refinery plans

After big splash, not a trickle of news about new Billings refinery plans

More than a month after floating plans for a new oil refinery in Billings, Arizona-based Quantum Energy hasn’t been in touch with Yellowstone County commissioners.

October 02, 2014 8:15 pmLoading…
Daines pledges support for Washington coal terminal

Daines pledges support for Washington coal terminal

U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont. toured a controversial Bellingham, Wash., coal port Thursday, calling its success crucial to Montana's economy.

October 02, 2014 8:00 pmLoading…
In Lockwood, the road to safe streets is a long one

In Lockwood, the road to safe streets is a long one

On Old Hardin Road, where there have been more children hit by cars than anyone is comfortable with, there are two signs within two miles warning drivers to look out for deer and none about the kids who walk the busy street’s narrow shoulders.

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Montana shippers place their bets on BNSF's iron horse

Montana shippers place their bets on BNSF's iron horse

GLENDIVE — The rail yard in this Eastern Montana train town is teeming with boxcars bound for the Midwest and West Coast. There are more than 300 cars of coal, 200 cars of grain. Black, jellybean-shaped tankers of Bakken crude are linked end to end for more than a mile.

September 28, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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GAO: Federal planning, money needed for rail crossing infrastructure

GAO: Federal planning, money needed for rail crossing infrastructure

Many American cities, including several in Montana, are ill-prepared to deal with the safety challenges of increased rail traffic, concluded a federal government report released Friday.

September 26, 2014 4:49 pmLoading…
USDA says unapproved GMO wheat found in Huntley

USDA says unapproved GMO wheat found in Huntley

Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up at a Montana research facility east of Billings, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Friday.

September 26, 2014 12:47 pmLoading…
Tester hears from Billings veterans about VA care

Tester hears from Billings veterans about VA care

Veterans health care services in Montana still need work, say veterans who met Wednesday with U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in Billings.

September 24, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Late honors bestowed on Billings veterans

Late honors bestowed on Billings veterans

Bernard Mulder flew combat missions in World War II. He dropped paratroopers over Egypt and Sicily, and took flak in his leg over Normandy, all of which made for quite a story right up until someone asked about his medals.

September 24, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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New sugar beet harvester has wow factor

New sugar beet harvester has wow factor

HARDIN — On his second lap around his sugar beet field south of the Crow cutoff, Brett Nedens looked up from his harvester’s controls and realized he was again being followed.

September 19, 2014 6:00 am Video Photos

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Crow post office busy as Cobell settlement checks arrive

Crow post office busy as Cobell settlement checks arrive

CROW AGENCY — A steady stream of Crow Indians filed into the Crow Agency post office Wednesday morning to retrieve checks of at least $800.

September 17, 2014 11:18 am Photos

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Montana lawmakers aim to avoid government shutdown

Montana lawmakers aim to avoid government shutdown

With less than two weeks for Congress to pass a federal budget, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said there’s no time for shenanigans like those that shut down the government last year.

September 15, 2014 2:38 pmLoading…
Tester: Another government shutdown can be avoided

Tester: Another government shutdown can be avoided

With less than two weeks for Congress to pass a federal budget, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said there’s no time for shenanigans like those that shut down the government last year.

September 15, 2014 1:33 pmLoading…
Montana turtle ban sparks Texas rescue mission

Montana turtle ban sparks Texas rescue mission

Here’s a national issue in which Montana has raced out in front of the pack: turtles.

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Hunter missing 5 days in Crazy Mountains

A hunter last heard from Sunday is missing in the Crazy Mountains.

September 11, 2014 5:15 pm

Hunter missing 5 days in Crazy Mountains

A hunter last heard from Sunday is missing in the Crazy Mountains.

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No overnight snow for Billings, warmer weather ahead

No overnight snow for Billings, warmer weather ahead

Billings' one best chance at snow has likely passed, with warmer weather in coming days.

September 11, 2014 9:28 am Photos

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E. coli contaminates school well; Pioneer students press on

E. coli contaminates school well; Pioneer students press on

Four months after E. coli first appeared in the Pioneer School water supply, class is back in session, but the taps are still dry.

September 11, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Malt barley woes are bad news for beer

Malt barley woes are bad news for beer

That rain on the plain that saturated Montana’s malt barley crop in late August could be tears in the beer of American brewers in 2015.

September 08, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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U.S. ivory laws deflate Glasgow tradition

U.S. ivory laws deflate Glasgow tradition

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife policy targeting ivory smugglers has deflated an Eastern Montana community’s tradition of hosting Canadian bagpipers.

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Saskatoon Police Pipe and Drums video

September 05, 2014 5:45 pm

Governor declares disaster for communities clobbered by rain, flooding

Several north-central and Eastern Montana communities have been declared state disaster areas after heavy rains in August.

September 04, 2014 6:59 pmLoading…
At MSUB event, Curtis pushes for U.S. Senate debates

At MSUB event, Curtis pushes for U.S. Senate debates

Democrat Amanda Curtis said she’s hopeful U.S. Senate opponent Republican Steve Daines can agree to at least a few debates.

September 03, 2014 11:26 am Photos

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Sugar beet harvest fires up Tuesday

Sugar beet harvest fires up Tuesday

HUNTLEY — It was barely noon and already 94 farm trucks had unloaded sugar beets at the Huntley pile — 1,700 tons — and another 10 trucks were waiting to feed the conveyor.

September 02, 2014 5:23 pmLoading…
Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Should Montana Republican lawmakers saddle up to take control of federal lands, they might be without one important, generally conservative group: cowboys.

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Sugar beet factory fires up weeks early

Sugar beet factory fires up weeks early

Even for a bunch of sugar beet farmers, the challenges of this year’s harvest are little bit sticky.

August 27, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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Many questions unanswered about proposed Billings refinery

Many questions unanswered about proposed Billings refinery

An Arizona business that wowed Yellowstone County commissioners Tuesday with plans for a $500 million Billings-area oil refinery has little money and many unanswered questions about its CEO.

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Neighbors petition Carbon County commission for zoning near Belfry well

Neighbors petition Carbon County commission for zoning near Belfry well

Neighbors of an oil well north of Belfry are asking Carbon County Commissioners to protect the community from the consequences of oil and gas exploration.

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Low wheat prices stress young farmers

Low wheat prices stress young farmers

August cash prices for winter wheat are nearing an eight-year low in Eastern Montana, which could make the 2014 crop unprofitable for some, observers say.

August 19, 2014 5:51 pmLoading…
Montana wheat harvest late but high in protein

Montana wheat harvest late but high in protein

FORSYTH — They raced east to west across the mile-long wheat field like swimmers in a lap pool, their harvesters sending ripples through the golden grain.

August 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Walsh hopeful livestock disease bill will pass

U.S. Sen. John Walsh said he’s optimistic the Senate will approve by year’s end a $5 million plan to study brucellosis and other livestock diseases.

August 15, 2014 6:35 pmLoading…
Marine Corps League: Daines mailer depicts discussion that never happened

Marine Corps League: Daines mailer depicts discussion that never happened

U.S. Rep Steve Daines is being asked to distance himself from the Montana Marine Corps League.

August 15, 2014 3:00 pm Photos

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Montana wheat exports improve with union agreement

Montana wheat exports improve with union agreement

Montana’s $1 billion wheat crop caught a break Tuesday when a major Washington grain terminal began loading ships again after a union-caused six-week shutdown.

August 13, 2014 5:17 pmLoading…

Russian ban on U.S. food won't be felt in Montana

Russia’s ban on food imported from the West won’t make a ruble’s difference to Montana farmers, officials have said.

August 11, 2014 6:30 pmLoading…
The challenges of bottling up prescription drug abuse

The challenges of bottling up prescription drug abuse

In Sunday church pews, in the grandstands of the baseball game, in the big box store checkout line, most of the people around you have gotten a prescription for painkillers in the past year.

August 10, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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