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PHOTO: About 23,000 Montanans have enrolled for coverage in the health insurance Marketplace, and today is the final day to sign up, with some exceptions. Credit: Deborah C. Smith

BILLINGS, Mont. - This is deadline day for most Montanans to begin the sign-up process for the health-insurance requirement under the Affordable Care Act. About 23,000 Montanans have inked deals so far, according to Jen Gross at Planned Parenthood of Montana, who is a Certified Navigator for the Mar...Read More

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PHOTO: Recreation groups have sent a letter to Congress requesting they make it easier to form partnerships to tackle trail cleanup and repairs. Repairs are needed on nearly 75 percent of the trails. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

MISSOULA, Mont. - The Forest Service could dig out of its backlog of trail maintenance by tapping into Montanans' love of the outdoors. Recreation groups have sent a letter to Congress requesting that it make it easier to form partnerships to tackle trail cleanup and repairs - repairs that are need...Read More

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PHOTO: Sen. Jon Tester is sponsoring a bill requiring U.S. senators to file campaign finance reports online.(credit: Sen. Tester's office)

WASHINGTON - The ranks are growing of ordinary Americans who are demanding transparency in campaign spending by politicians at all levels of government, and now a bill on the subject with a good chance of passing has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Although the House has required electronic fi...Read More

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PHOTO: Afghan war veteran Tristan Perisco of Missoula was honored Tuesday at the White House, receiving a "Champions of Change" award for his work in helping younger generations get involved in outdoor recreation. Photo courtesy Montana Wilderness Association.

WASHINGTON - Tristan Perisco of Missoula was honored Tuesday at the White House, receiving a "Champions of Change" award for his work in helping younger generations get involved in outdoor recreation. Perisco worked with the Montana Wilderness Association to find ways to get veterans into the outdo...Read More

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PHOTO: Montana Farmers Union President Alan Merrill is part of a delegation attending the National Farmers Union Convention this week. He says there are some surprising details in the new Farm Bill. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - A delegation of Montana farmers and ranchers is learning the nitty gritty about the new Farm Bill at the National Farmers Union convention this week in Santa Fe, N.M. Montana Farmers Union president Alan Merrill said an overview of benefits to small and mid-sized producers surprise...Read More

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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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