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U.S. Senate sends pipeline safety bill to President Obama for action
Legislation passed by Congress to increase fines for pipeline safety violations and adds penalties for hindering investigations of such violations is now on President Obama's desk.
Billings Gazette (AP); Dec. 14
Montana city gets $10M federal grant for train-truck transfer station
The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Northern Express Transport Authority in Shelby a $10 million grant that will help complete the train-truck transfer facility in the Montana city, which will bring nearly 200 jobs during the construction phase and hundreds more when the facility is completed.
Great Falls Tribune; Dec. 14
USPS agrees to put closures on hold until May 15
Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said he and other senators from rural states convinced Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to hold off on closing post offices and processing centers for a few months to give Congress a chance to help the Postal Service address its debt.
Missoulian; Dec. 14
Areva puts $3-billion uranium enrichment plant in Idaho on hold
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other Idaho officials said they are certain that Areva, the French nuclear power company, will make good on its plans to build a uranium enrichment plant in the state, despite the company's announcement to suspend those plans.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Dec. 14
Wyoming communities oppose plan to ship water to Colorado
Aaron Million's latest federal application for a permit to build a 500-mile pipeline from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir to cities along Colorado's Front Range has sparked opposition from Wyoming communities who don't want to see Wyoming water piped away to Colorado.
Casper Star-Tribune (AP); Dec. 14
Montana PSC approves sale of Missoula water utility's parent company
Missoula Mayor John Engen said the agreement approved by the Montana Public Service Commission for the sale of the company that owns Missoula's water utility to the Carlyle Group puts the city in a position to eventually buy the utility — although it does not give Missoula the right of first refusal in the event of a sale.
Missoulian; Dec. 14
Washington state asks anglers to stop pike from Idaho and Montana
Northern pike illegally stocked in rivers in Montana are making their way through Idaho via the Pend Oreille River and into Washington state waters, and Washington wildlife officials plan to ask anglers to catch and keep as many of the voracious predators as they can catch.
Spokane Spokesman-Review; Dec. 14
Colorado counties with oil, gas revenue see wages increase
Denver-based nonprofit news service iNewsNetwork analyzed data on personal income in Colorado during 2000 to 2010, and found that while the state's median income dropped 9 percent during that decade, income in Colorado's Grand Valley, where oil and gas production increased dramatically, increased up to 39 percent.
Grand Junction Sentinel; Dec. 14
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