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Panel Oks Northern energy program


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A proposed $200,000 federal grant that would enable Montana State University-Northern to undertake a program to train people in energy fields has cleared a major U.S. Senate hurdle.

The proposal won approval from the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday.

Sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the proposal now heads to the Senate floor. Tester, a member of the Appropriations Committee, said he hopes the proposal will be voted on by the end of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

"I think this will be good for Northern and good for Montana," Tester said.

The program would train...

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