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US enters settlement talks over coal mines in West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal judges have suspended lawsuits that challenged coal mining projects in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico after government attorneys asked for time to negotiate potential settlements. The judges’ rulings give the U.S. Justice Department until April 1 to negotiate with New Mexico-based environmental group WildEarth Guardians. The sides also are seeking to settle a lawsuit involving ...

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US factory output rises in January by most in 6 months

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, a Boeing employee works on a horizontal stabilizer for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, at Boeing in Salt Lake City. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, the Federal Reserve reports on industrial production for January. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories cranked out more autos, furniture and food last month, boosting production by the most since July. Manufacturing output rose 0.5 percent in January, after falling in four of the previous five months, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday. Overall industrial production, which includes mining and utilities, added 0.9 percent, the biggest jump in 14 months. The ...

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Pierce County residents skeptical of drilling project

Residents of Rugby, North Dakota are weary of a proposed plan to dispose of radioactive nuclear waste in a nearby 3-mile-deep borehole. (Image: Green MPs via Flickr)

RUGBY, N.D. (AP) — Officials with a federal project to determine whether deep rock is suitable for nuclear waste disposal told Pierce County residents that proposed testing in the county is not a step toward burying actual nuclear material there. But many residents and officials remain skeptical, fearing that the government might bring nuclear waste to the site in the future. ...

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A holistic approach to mortgage lending

When selecting a mortgage lender it’s important to find a reputable one, or better yet, ask around for recommendations. This is how homebuyers tend to find Valley Mortgage – friendly referrals based on past, proven performances. The company has been around since 1983 and thus, seen many changes in the industry’s regulations as well as approaches to lending. According to ...

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Black Hills Corp. completes purchase of SourceGas Holdings

Evening and night views of natural gas fired electric generation plant, Pueblo, Colorado. (Image courtesy of Black Hills Energy)

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota-based Black Hills Corp. says it has completed its purchase of Colorado-based SourceGas Holdings. Black Hills Corp. serves 792,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. SourceGas is a natural gas utility serving about 425,000 customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. Utility commissions in ...

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Cramer – Obama’s budget asking for money to wage war on fossil fuels

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin Cramer criticized President Obama’s request for an additional $12 million for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). Its purpose is to enforce civil and criminal environmental laws and programs. This 11 percent increase is the largest requested out of all the Department of Justice’s divisions. Central among the ENRD responsibilities ...

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