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Montana and North Dakota are petitioning the U.S. Department of Transportation to overturn a new Washington state law that could jeopardize rail shipments of crude oil from the Bakken region.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that Montana will get nearly $48 million in grants for airports. It’s part of $477 million in airport improvement grants nationwide.

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Montana small businesses received about half a billion dollars in 2018 through federal contracts. The federal government says it exceeded its small business federal contracting goal nationwide for the sixth year in a row in 2018.  

Montana businesses received about $729 million dollars last year, and about 60% of that went to small businesses. That’s according to a U.S. Small Business Administration press release on Wednesday.

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This week developers In Kalispell learned they’re not getting a source of funding they were hoping would partially finance a major downtown redevelopment project.

Kalispell Core Area Revitalization Study Area Boundry
Courtesy City of Kalispell Planning Department

A $10 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant announced this morning is giving a boost to a project reshaping Kalispell.

The federal grant is funding the Core Area Revitalization Plan. The plan involves removing the railroad tracks that divide downtown, paving new sidewalks, connecting streets and creating a park path running through the city.

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A new analysis of train safety and recent accidents involving spilled crude oil has caught the attention of many Montanans, especially as more trains carrying oil are moving through the state.

That’s because a lot crude moves on our rail lines.

Train near Essex, MT.
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At least one environmental organization is calling for an immediate moratorium on crude oil shipments by rail.

That's following a recent analysis that says oil trains could potentially crash almost once a month nationwide.

MTPR's Edward O'Brien reports the group believes the risk to both human life and the environment is too great.