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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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PHOTO: An amendment to limit certain farm payments is not in the new five-year Farm Bill that's expected to be voted on today in the U-S House. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff

MISSOULA, Mont. - After more than two years of debate, it appears a new Farm Bill is headed for passage - although there are misgivings on a number of fronts. The legislation that emerged from the Conference Committee does not include proposed reforms on payment limits. They were in both the House ...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report card takes a look at reading proficiency for fourth graders in Montana and across the nation. Photo courtesy of ed.gov

MISSOULA, Mont. - There's a lesson about reading skills in a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation released today. It shows that most Montana fourth-graders are not reading at grade level, and it's even more likely children aren't on track when they're from low-income families. According t...Read More

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PHOTO: A long-held belief about old trees has been uprooted. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds that trees' growth rates do not slow as they get older and larger  instead, they keep putting on mass along with their years. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. – A long-held belief about old trees has been uprooted. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds that trees' growth rates do not slow, as they get older and larger. Instead, they keep putting on mass along with their years. Study lead author Nate Stephenson is a fore...Read More

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FORSYTH, Mont. - A third-generation farming family in southeastern Montana has added their names to a letter to the U.S. Senate, asking for action to curb the effects of climate change. According to signer Jean Dahlman, who farms near Forsyth, her support for action, such as emissions standards for ...Read More

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PHOTO: A decision by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation to cancel public comments at a meeting to decide an oil well permit is being challenged in court. Photo credit: USDA

RED LODGE, Mont. - A decision by the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) to cancel public comments at a meeting to decide an oil well permit is being challenged in court. Two groups are suing: Carbon County Resource Council (CCRC) and Northern Plains Resource Council. The BOGC said thos...Read More

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PHOTO: A blood donation can be a lifesaving gift, which is why the American Red Cross hopes people will take time out of their holiday schedules to visit a local blood center or blood drive. Photo courtesy NIH

BILLINGS, Mont. - At hospitals and clinics across Montana, the need for blood 'knows no season,' but donations tend to dry up as the year comes to a close. That's why the call has gone out to Montanans to roll up their sleeves to give a lifesaving gift. According to Dan Fox, a communications manag...Read More

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