The Oil Industry Has Helped the U.S. Economy Since the 1960s

The Oil Industry Has Helped the U.S. Economy Since the 1960s

Montana man gets 3 years in prison for role in Capitol riot

by the Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – A Montana man has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $2.3 million in restitution and fines for his role in the violent riot at the Capitol during the state Legislature’s 2013 session.

Breckenridge Police Chief Dan Davis says 19 year-old Tyler Deese was sentenced with his co-defendants. Prosecutors said the defendants were responsible for setting fire to about $500,000 of the state capitol’s furniture with gasoline.

Breckenridge (think the nearby city of Missoula is a bit closer?) is about a two hour drive west and up in the mountains.

In other news:

A new study shows how much the oil and gas industry has contributed to the economic growth of the U.S. since the 1960s. The study’s author says drilling for oil and gas helped raise the middle class and that there’s little dispute about that. Oil industry profits have helped many Americans’ standard of living for decades.

Meanwhile, more Americans than ever have signed up for health insurance through the new exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act.

Some states are suing the federal government over a mandate requiring employers to provide their workers with health insurance.

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