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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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Eastern North Dakota pipeline shut down after gas leak

HARWOOD, N.D. (AP) — Magellan Midstream Partners has shut down a segment of pipeline between Fargo and Grand Forks because of a gasoline leak that prompted the precautionary evacuation of one home. Spokesman Tom Byers says the “pinhole” leak in the Harwood area this week spilled about 4,200 gallons of gasoline. The homeowner who was evacuated was the one who ...

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Average gasoline price could break $2 threshold

Average gasoline price could break $2 threshold

The national average price for a gallon of gasoline may rise above $2 soon. A gallon of gas averaged $1.99 in the United States late Monday afternoon, according to GasBuddy.com. The average price has risen 5 cents in the past week. The average price for a gallon of gas in Houston was $1.84 on Monday afternoon, up 6 cents from ...

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