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Six months after millionaires-only Yellowstone Club emerged from bankruptcy, Judge Peterson wants settlement talks
News Blog By newseditor on 3/22/2010 7:26 AM

Almost six months after the millionaires-only Yellowstone Club emerged from bankruptcy protection, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Peterson has ordered three days of settlement talks in May, for the tangle of legal claims that remain.

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Rep. Denny Rehberg, one of 212 voting against but 219 favored health care reform legislation, and passing it
News Blog By newseditor on 3/22/2010 7:25 AM

Denny Rehberg was one of 212 lawmakers voting against the health reform bill yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed with 219 voting in favor of the legislation which, according to its proponents, will extend health coverage to tens of millions of Americans who lack it, and crack down on insurance company abuses.

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Montana leading 16 state effort urging federal government to help fight increasing agriculture consolidation
News Blog By newseditor on 3/22/2010 7:22 AM

Montana's Attorney General Steve Bullock is leading a 16 state effort to save small farmers and ranchers, by urging the federal government to use antitrust weapons, and enlist the states' help to fight increasing consolidation in agriculture. Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are holding a series of workshops examining competition in dairy, seed, meatpacking and crop production.

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State Land Board decision expected today on $86 million bid for Otter Creek Coal Tracts from Arch Coal
News Blog By newseditor on 3/19/2010 12:45 PM

Update: Video of the two protesters arrested after sitting down on the floor in the middle of the session room.

Today the State Land Board could approve an $86 million bid by Arch Coal for the 572 million tons of coal in the Otter Creek Tracts in S ...

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Federal "Race to the Top" program inclusion by Montana could earn $10 to $80 million if requirements are met
News Blog By newseditor on 3/19/2010 6:45 AM

As part of the federal "Race To The Top" program, Montana education officials are creating a plan to compete for federal stimulus dollars, reserved for academically high performing states, where Montana could earn between $10 and $80 million, if it meets all the requirements. Denise Juneau, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, says the application the state has put together justifies Montna's inclusion in the funding competition.

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New Mainstreet Econmic Survey more than doubled since last March, rising to 47.4, from Feb.'s 36.6
News Blog By newseditor on 3/19/2010 6:41 AM

A new Mainstreet Economic Survey, of rural bankers in 11 midwest and plains states, including Montana, more than doubled last March's reading of 18.7, rising to 47.4 in March, from a 36.6 score in February. A score below 50 suggests the economy will contract in the next few months, while a figure above 50 indicates the economy will expand.

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E-mails, in response to FOI request by the AP show no political influence in Vogel poaching investigation
News Blog By newseditor on 3/18/2010 6:48 AM

E-mails, released in reponse to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Associated Press, show no evidence that political pressure influenced a poaching investigation involving Randy Vogel, State Director for Rep. Denny Rehberg.

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10% of Montanan's average paycheck to go to gasoline if price goes above $3 per gallon, according to NRDC
News Blog By newseditor on 3/18/2010 6:46 AM

Coming in second, after Mississippi, the average Montanan will spend more than 10% of his or her income on gasoline, if prices reach $3 or more per gallon, as expected, when the weather warms. This, from the National Resources Defense Council, a Washington, D.C. environmental group. With Montana, ranking in the bottom 20% of the country for per-capita income, the less money to spend, coupled with higher gas prices, the larger the percentage going to fill the gas tank.

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Butte St. Patricks Day Parade. Aaron Flint reports
News Blog By newseditor on 3/17/2010 3:27 PM
Voices of Montana radio talk show host Aaron Flint rubs elbows with town officials and Butte citizens at the Butte St. Patrick's Day parade.
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The 7 proposed sites for new 60 bed Montana Veterans Retirement Home make the cut for final consideration
News Blog By newseditor on 3/17/2010 7:38 AM

All seven proposed sites for a new Southwestern Montana veterans retirement home are still in the running, after a six member committee spent hours pouring over the options. The 2009 Legislature approved the 60 bed veterans home, construction to be paid for with $10 million in state money, and the rest from federal funds, expected to bring up to 100 new jobs, and have an annual economic impact of $3.5 million.

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