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Montana Tech Grad Chairman, CEO of ConocoPhillips

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — The new chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips is a graduate of Great Falls High and earned his petroleum engineering degree at Montana Tech.

Ryan Lance earned his new title in April, when ConocoPhillips split into two companies — one that produces oil and one that refines it

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US Theme Park Attendance Is Soaring Higher Than a Roller Coaster — Dollars and Sense

Americans may have fewer entertainment dollars to spend these days, but according to new attendance estimates, they seem to be spending more of them at theme parks — and the Harry Potter phenomenon has a lot to do with it.

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‘Back-to-School Saturday’ Is the Newest Shopping Holiday — Dollars and Sense

You know about shopping holidays like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but how about Back-to-School Saturday?

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Improved State Grain Lab Opens in Montana

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Department of Agriculture has held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly remodeled State Grain Lab.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that state officials gathered Thursday to dedicate the $500,000 project

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EPA Has Concerns for Keystone Pipeline Near Coast

HOUSTON (AP) — A Canadian company seeking to build a pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries has submitted a new application for the southern segment of the project that avoids sensitive wetlands in Texas

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Walmart Rolls Out Smaller ‘Express’ Stores — Dollars and Sense

Because Walmart doesn’t yet blanket enough of the US (and beyond), the retailer is now rolling out smaller versions of itself called Walmart Express stores. And they already seem quite profitable.

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Verizon Wireless Will Soon Phase Out Unlimited Data Plans — Dollars and Sense

If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer who was grandfathered in with an unlimited data plan after the company eliminated the option for new customers, enjoy it while it lasts — the company will be moving you to a tiered plan soon.

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Kalispell Processing Center to be Closed

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service now plans to close its Kalispell sorting center while leaving facilities in Butte, Helena and Wolf Point open.

The agency had previously warned of impending cuts, and announced Thursday it was moving forward with the plans since Congress remains deadlocked over potential fixes

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Who’s Getting a Face Lift in Missoula?

He’ll be 60 years old next May, but is celebrating with a little facelift this year. No he’s not some Hollywood big shot, but he is somewhat of a Missoula celebrity. No, it’s not the mayor. I

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Skechers Ordered to Pay $40 Million Fine for Misleading Claims About Its Shoes

You may have seen the ads for Skechers’ Shape-ups shoes featuring spokesmodels like Kim Kardashian and Brooke Burke.

But the FTC says the claims made within those ads and others like them were false, and it’s now ordered the shoe manufacturer to cough up a $40 million fine.

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