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PHOTO: There have been calls recently to lift the crude-oil export ban, but before that's done, a new report makes the case that the onshore royalty rate should be updated. It hasn't changed since 1920. Photo courtesy of USGS.

HELENA, Mont. - There have been calls recently to lift the crude-oil export ban, but a new report makes the case that, before the ban is eliminated, the onshore royalty rate should be updated. It hasn't changed since 1920. According to Ross Lane, director of the Western Values Project, their repor...Read More

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PHOTO: Personal finance expert Jean Chatzky says financial security isn't rocket science, but we're not naturally wired to do the "right things." That's one premise of the "Lifetime Financial Security" Conference coming to Montana. She's one of the speakers. Photo courtesy of Chatzky.

HELENA, Mont. - A sneak peek at the upcoming "Lifetime Financial Security" Conference in Montana: It's not rocket science. That doesn't mean it's not challenging, and the conference will help cheer people on no matter their age or stage in life. Elected leaders, nonprofit organizations and local exp...Read More

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PHOTO: State Sen. Christine Kaufmann, D-Helena, was one of dozens testifying Thursday night at a "People's Hearing" on an EPA proposal to limit carbon pollution at future power plants. Courtesy of Sen. Kaufmann.

HELENA, Mont. – Montana didn't make the list for Environmental Protection Agency public hearings on carbon pollution limits for new power plants. So several environmental groups held a people's hearing in Helena Thursday night. Anyone could take the podium or submit written comments. Hele...Read More

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PHOTO: The impact of climate change on cold-water fisheries in Montana will be discussed today at the Montana Conservation Voters annual meeting in Helena. CREDIT: mt.gov

HELENA, Mont. – Cold water is valuable to Montana. Cold-water fisheries in the Livingston region are worth upwards of $90 million a year in tourism money. But not all rivers have been open in recent years because of warming waters. That's one impact of climate change being discussed toda...Read More

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PHOTO: A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows NPS lands, such as Glacier National Park, are connected to more than $400 million a year in tourism spending in Montana. CREDIT: National Park Service.

HELENA, Mont. - National Parks, Monuments, Trails and Historic Sites are pumping at least $400 million into Montana's economy each year. Numbers from the National Park Service show more than 4 million people visited National Park Service lands in Big Sky Country in 2012. While there's often critic...Read More

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PHOTO: A challenge of "50 peaks in 50 weeks" has been taken up by a group of University of Montana students. CREDIT: Jfisher2167

MISSOULA, Mont. - Hike one, two or 50. The University of Montana Wilderness Association has kicked off plans to hike 50 peaks in 50 weeks, as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Most trips will not require advanced climbing gear. Zach Porter, NEXGen Wilderness Leaders program ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report raises questions about whether the rail system can handle more loads of coal and oil from the Powder River Basin - bound for markets overseas. Photo credit: Energy Information Administration.

BILLINGS, Mont. – A new report on rail shipping shows the tracks already are congested in several areas, and as Powder River Basin coal is marketed for export, it raises questions about whether there's room for that much additional rail traffic. Terry Whiteside, the report’s author, sa...Read More

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PHOTO: Textbooks are among the highest out-of-pocket expenses for college students, according to a new report that proposes cost-saving alternatives to help students save and learn more. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

HELENA, Mont. – The rising costs of college tuition, room and board aren't the only financial obstacles to higher learning in Montana, according to a new survey that finds that soaring textbook prices are keeping some students from getting the most out of their college education. Ethan Senack...Read More

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