When trade policy affects the farm

Nov 5, 2019
Bad weather, low prices, and a trade war — it's not looking bright for America's farmers.
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A Montana mall gets another chance

Jan 16, 2019
After years of watching department stores fall, a mall turns to the mixed-use concept.
“If there's one thing that retailers do, it's that we adapt," said Butte Plaza Mall manager Alana Ferko. “If you don't adapt, you'll go the way of the dinosaur."
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Reinventing the rural health care system

Feb 2, 2018
A new report outlines the challenges the health care system in rural communities faces.
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States join the fray over net neutrality repeal pushback

Jan 26, 2018
This week, Montana and New York made moves to counter the federal repeal of net neutrality that the Federal Communications Commission enacted last month. And so far 21 states and the District of Columbia have sued to overturn the FCC decision. What will these legal battles look like? Click the audio player above to hear […]

The $2 billion question: Spend on fighting fires or preventing them?

Oct 24, 2017
A professor of fire ecology discusses the trade-offs in one of the costliest fire seasons in memory.
Renee Hernandez looks over the remains of her Coffey Park home that was destroyed by the Tubbs Fire on Oct. 23 in Santa Rosa, California.
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The cost of making honey

Sep 22, 2017
Why bears lose their lives for the sticky stuff.

Don't call it 'Black Friday.' It's 'Golden Friday' at one mall in Montana

The Butte Plaza Mall is focusing on small businesses for the holidays.
The job report for December was strong.
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American Futures from Detroit to Fresno

The Fallows have been on a road trip across the country to learn what it's like in small towns.
 A view of downtown Detroit. 
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After J.C. Penny closure, retail 'flatline' in Montana

Oct 13, 2014
Five months after a J.C. Penny store closed in Butte, retail trucks on, slowly.

A Montana tribe encourages coal mining, for its own well-being

Dec 17, 2013
The Crow tribe in the Powder River Basin has one coal mine on its reservation, but poverty among tribal members remains high. The tribe would like more mining.