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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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PHOTO: Wildfires connected to climate change are one factor behind the ratings in the new League of Conservation Voters Environmental Scorecard. Montana's delegation earned some of the highest, and lowest, numbers. Credit: Deborah C. Smith

BILLINGS, Mont. - Montana's congressional delegation earned some of the highest and lowest numbers on a new annual scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters. Members of Congress were rated on their 2013 votes in the House and Senate on bills connected to clean energy, wildlife issues and lan...Read More

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. – President Barack Obama signs the farm bill today at a ceremony in Michigan. The legislation was hotly debated last year, with the U.S. House passing it in two pieces. Alan Merrill, president of the Montana Farmers Union, says despite discouraging signs, the end result ...Read More

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PHOTO: Montana AARP State President Joy Bruck says you can alleviate tax stress by using the AARP Tax-Aide program. Photo courtesy of AARP Montana.

HELENA, Mont. – Taxes done and filed for free. That's the offer from the AARP Tax-Aide program to taxpayers with low to moderate incomes in Montana. More than 10,000 Montanans received that help last year, and the doors are open for filers this year. AARP Montana State President Joy Bruc...Read More

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PHOTO: A bill that would set timber harvest goals for national forests throughout the West is getting a U.S. Senate Committee hearing today. Credit: USDA

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. - A bill that would set timber harvest goals for national forests throughout the West is getting a U.S. Senate Committee hearing today. The "National Forest Jobs and Management Bill," sponsored by Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, is being promoted as a way to bring more money to r...Read More

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PHOTO: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on the federal coal management program at the Bureau of Land Management. It notes problems relating to competition, and oversight to determine fair market value. Photo courtesy of mt.gov

BILLINGS, Mont. - A Government Accountability Office report on the federal Bureau of Land Management’s coal-management program has outlined a number of problems related to competition, and oversight in determining fair market value of federal coal leases. In 90 percent of leases reviewed, the...Read More

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PHOTO: A new financial check-up on Montana families shows that most are doing fine, but more than 40 percent are walking a fine line because they have little or no savings. Photo credit: Microsoft Images

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – A new financial check-up on Montana families shows that most are doing fine, but more than 40 percent are walking a fine line because they have little or no savings. The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) report looks at financial security – examining li...Read More

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