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TransCanada: 16,800 gallons of oil leaked in South Dakota

FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada estimates that about 16,800 gallons of oil leaked into a field in South Dakota as part of a spill that has shut the Keystone pipeline down while officials investigate. The company says it reported the 400-barrel estimate Thursday to the National Response Centre and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration. It says the estimate is ...

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Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials

Pipelines still best approach The Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, April 7, 2016 Since the oil boom started the state has worked to increase the number of pipelines moving oil. The state lacked the infrastructure at the beginning to move the product and as a result trucks and trains became prime movers of oil. The Tribune has long supported the construction of ...

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Lawsuit seeks to void Montana coal lease

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a conservation group’s attempt to void a 61-million-ton coal lease that was sold to a central Montana mine. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters said Thursday that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management adequately considered the environmental impacts of mining and decided they would be minor. The lease in Musselshell County was ...

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Cruz says North Dakota could decide Republican convention

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz told attendees at the North Dakota Republican convention Saturday that their presidential delegates could decide the nomination. Convention-goers are scheduled Sunday to select 25 of their 28 delegates who will go to the national convention unbound to any of the presidential candidates. North Dakota does not have a primary or caucus. “It ...

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Southwestern Minnesota solar power project gets approval

MARSHALL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved a solar power project in the southwestern part of the state. State regulators approved the project near Marshall on Thursday. Florida-based NextEra Energy was cleared to build the 62-megawatt solar farm. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the project would produce enough electricity to supply the equivalent of 15,000 homes. ...

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NorthWestern ordered to refund Montana customers $8.2M

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana regulators on Tuesday ordered NorthWestern Energy to refund customers $8.24 million that the state’s largest power company charged when it had to buy electricity on the open market following a 2013 outage of the Colstrip coal plant. On a 3-2 vote, the Montana Public Service Commission said NorthWestern failed to take prudent actions to protect ...

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Montana Editorial Roundup

The Independent Record, March 27 On the closure of a state facility for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled: Whether you agree with it or not, the Legislature’s decision to close the Montana Developmental Center in Boulder is now state law. And members of the committee enlisted to help ease the transition now have a responsibility to follow through with ...

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Household spending and home building fuel modest US growth

In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 photo, tourists from Taiwan carry shopping bags as they walk along Lincoln Road Mall, a pedestrian area featuring retail shops and restaurants in Miami Beach, Fla. On Friday, March 25, 2016, the Commerce Department issues the third and final estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the October-December quarter. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending and home construction are helping sustain modest U.S. economic growth despite problems caused by a strong dollar, low oil prices and an excess of business stockpiles. The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a 1.4 percent annual rate in the October-December period, the government said Friday. That was better than the ...

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Bison coming ‘home’ to Montana Indian reservation

In this undated photo provided by Parks Canada, a bison and it's calf roam in a section of the Elk Island National Park, Canada. Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than 140 years ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation. (Parks Canada via AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than a century ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming for a species emblematic of their traditions. The shipment of animals from Alberta’s Elk Island National Park to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation ...

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