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PHOTO: A report from the Sightline Institute calls for BLM to recalculate "fair market values" for coal, based on growing export markets. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior

HELENA, Mont. - It's been called "outdated," and a new report from the Sightline Institute shows how being behind the times means Montana is missing out on coal cash. A U.S. Government Accountability Office report earlier this year criticized the Bureau of Land Management for how it sets "fair mark...Read More

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PHOto: Todd Tanner, president of Conservation Hawks, testified at a citizens' hearing in Missoula last night that climate change is a threat to the state's hunting and fishing heritage. He supports the proposed federal Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions. Photo courtesy of Tanner.

MISSOULA, Mont. – "We all see it happening" was the sentiment about climate change at a citizens' hearing Wednesday night in Missoula about the proposed federal Clean Power Plan that sets goals for reducing pollution associated with climate change. Representatives from health, environmental a...Read More

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PHOTO: A 'moth sheet' can be set up by anyone as a way to observe moth species. It's National Moth Week, and researchers are looking for white-lined sphinx moths in Montana. Photo courtesy of NationalMothWeek.org.

DRUMMOND, Mont. - Student researchers from California's La Verne University are conducting studies under the darkness of the northwestern Montana night. They're tracking the white-lined sphinx month, commonly known to as the 'hummingbird moth.' Their work is being highlighted for National Moth Week,...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows Montana has improved in making sure low-income children are served healthy meals when school lunchroom is closed. Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

HELENA, Mont. – Summertime shouldn't be hunger time. That's the push this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to encourage children to pick up nutritious food at sites around the state. The Montana Summer Food Service Program offers meal sites around the state, targeting low-incom...Read More

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PHOTO: Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh of Montana are co-sponsors of a proposed constitutional amendment giving Congress and the states control of political campaign spending. A committee vote is expected Thursday. Photos courtesy of Senator Tester and Senator Walsh's offices.

HELENA, Mont. - Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh are cosponsors of a proposed constitutional amendment that would give control over political campaign spending to Congress and the states. Senate Joint Resolution 19 is expected to be voted on Thursday in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Jonah ...Read More

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PHOTO: Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen will be in Billings on Wednesday and Thursday, along with a team of state insurance experts, to meet with residents experiencing problems related to the May 18 hailstorm. Photo courtesy of Commissioner Lindeen's office.

BILLINGS, Mont. - Montanans affected by a destructive hailstorm in May can meet with state insurance experts this week to make sure they're not taken advantage of by insurance companies or storm-chasing scammers. State Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen is sending a team to Billings for one-on-o...Read More

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PHOTO: A new tax in South Korea is big news for Powder River Basin coal. Photo courtesy USGS.gov

COLSTRIP, Mont. – A new tax in South Korea is big news for Powder River Basin coal. Korea is one of the largest export markets for that coal, and Clark Williams-Derry, deputy director at the Sightline Institute, describes the tax as hefty. He says it ranges between $16 and $18 per metric ton ...Read More

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PHOTO: Along with picnics and fireworks, Montanans are encouraged to display an American flag for the Fourth of July holiday. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

HELENA, Mont. - Along with picnics and fireworks, Montanans are being encouraged to display an American flag on the Fourth of July holiday. The federal flag code directs that flags on display 24 hours a day must be illuminated at night, but it's okay to leave a flag out in inclement weather - provi...Read More

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