KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A massive piece of refinery equipment bound for Great Falls has crossed into Montana from Idaho. State transportation officials say the load - which is 21 feet wide and nearly 17 feet tall - stopped early today about three-tenths of a mile from the Idaho line on Montana Highway 200. The load will travel north nearly to Troy and then through Libby, Kalispell, north to Whitefish, west to Columbia Falls and south to Bigfork and on to Great Falls.
MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The nation's acting drug czar is in North Dakota promoting an update to the White House's northern border strategy. Michael Botticelli says it focuses on fighting crime in the oil patch of North Dakota and Montana.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon state regulators have rejected a proposal for a coal terminal on the Columbia River that would be a conduit for exporting millions of tons of American coal a year to Asia. An Australian company proposed to have coal shipped by rail from Wyoming and Montana to the terminal in northeast Oregon. There the coal would be loaded onto barges headed for another terminal nearer the mouth of the river and then exported.
NELIGH, Neb. (AP) - Willie Nelson and Neil Young will headline a concert next month in a Nebraska cornfield organized by opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast. Bold Nebraska said yesterday the concert will be held September 27 on a farm near Neligh, which is in the path of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
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