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Grizzly Sports Report. 2-19-18

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For the first time all season both the Griz and Lady Griz get swept over the weekend. Head Coach Travis DeCuire talks about where his team is at after a buzzer beater loss to Idaho while Ahmaad Rorie talks about getting to the 1,000 point club. Lady Griz Head Coach Shannon Schweyen talks about what they need to do to turn things around with three games to go and Senior Kayleigh Valley talks about sitting out the last two years with torn ACL's More>>

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Stories of refugees told at Big Sky Doc. Film Fest.

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While many interesting films will debut at this year's festival two films highlight the lives of refugees...

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Temperatures in Butte drop colder than Antarctica Video included

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Lows in Butte are expected to drop to -27, with windchill taking it down to -35 degrees. That's about the same temperature as the reading at the Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole.

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Darby man arrested in alleged school threats Video included

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An 18-year-old Darby man is in custody after allegations related to a school shooting threat. Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton says Maclean William Kayser, 18, is booked on charges of assault with a weapon. 

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Fundraiser seeks to launch new Uptown Diner

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Missoula's longtime downtown fixture, the Uptown Diner, closed its doors for good on Feb. 18. But former staff are already banding together to start their own diner. 

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Red Lodge Mountain Sees Great Ski Season

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A ski lift that malfunctioned at Red Lodge Mountain on Saturday, is not stopping visitors from snowboarding and skiing today. Despite the hiccup over the weekend, Saturday was the busiest day of the year for the resort. Jeff Schmidt, the Red Lodge Mountain manager, explained that the incident appeared to be a perfect storm, "That weight and loading and timing, and it came out of the wheels and went onto what's called a cable catcher to prevent it from flying up and then there's a...

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Trump supports improving gun background checks

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The White House says President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve the federal gun background check system after a school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead.

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Name released of missing Whitefish skier

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The Flathead County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the backcountry skier who went missing on Whitefish Mountain over the weekend. Dr. Jonathan Scott Torgerson, 62, of Columbia Falls, was reported missing on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:15 PM. 

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US scientists try crowdsourcing to stop invasive mussels

By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Federal officials are offering a $100,000 prize to find a way to kill invasive quagga and zebra mussels. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the only area not yet invaded by the mussels in the contiguous United States is the Columbia River Basin in the Pacific Northwest. The basin contains struggling runs of salmon and steelhead trout. The basin is also heavily harnessed for hydroelectric power. Officials estimate it will cost $5... More>>

Heavy snow, bitter cold blasting Rockies

Heavy snow and frigid wind chills are blasting much of the Rocky Mountain region.

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MetraPark announces Luke Bryan ticket sales date

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Country Superstar Luke Bryan will play the RimRock Auto Arena at MetraPark Friday September 14. Tickets go on sale Friday.

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Algae problem on Montana's Smith River prompts meeting

Montana environmental officials say a reported increase in aquatic algae on the Smith River is interfering with recreational activities on the popular waterway northwest of White Sulphur Spings.

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Search underway for missing skier at Whitefish Mountain Resort

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WHITEFISH- Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry told the Flathead Beacon that search and rescue teams have found no sign of a man believed to have been skiing outside the boundaries of Whitefish Mountain Resort.    Authorities have not released the man's name but say he was reported missing when he didn't return home on Saturday.    The man was last seen near the Flower Point area on Big Mountain.    Curry said Sunday night that rescue teams on skis, snowm...

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Big Sky Doc Fest takes on virtual reality Video included

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Film fans get a chance to take a virtual reality tour to Antarctica. 

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Elks Lodge transformed into theater for film fest Video included

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With the festival in full swing, moviegoers have lots of films and venues to choose from, including the pop-up theater at the Hellgate Elks Lodge on North Pattee.

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Agency managing vast US lands experiences year of upheaval

A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of staff members re-assigned, key positions go unfilled, rules governing industry shelved and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees.

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Billings bronze-casting building erupts in flames overnight

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Billings Bronze, Inc. erupted in flames late Sunday night. Fire crews say no one was inside the building at the time, located at North 12th Street on the industrial north side of Billings. The fire was reported just after 10 p.m. A cause has not yet been determined.    More>>

Hot Springs, Charlo schools start late Monday

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Both Hot Springs Public Schools and Charlo Schools will run on a two hour delay Monday after a winter storm hit Western Montana over the weekend.

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Search and rescue teams comb mountain for missing skier

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Authorities are searching for a man who didn't return from a ski outing.

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Snow and cold grip Montana

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A winter storm is holding Montana in its grip, causing hazardous travel conditions throughout the state. 

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Flathead Sheriff requests emergency travel only

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The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office is requesting emergency travel only through Sunday morning.

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Winter storm starts rolling through Rockies

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A major winter storm has started sweeping through the U.S. Rocky Mountains, with heavy mountain snows and bitter cold temperatures forecast through the long Presidents Day weekend.

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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off in Missoula Video included

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The 15th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicked off in Missoula Friday.

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Montana town experiences 80-degree temperature swing

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The temperature in a northern Montana town changed by more than 80 degrees in a single day this week.

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Missing man found dead at old mine in western Montana

Authorities say a man who was last seen in late January was found dead at an old mine in western Montana.

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Safety experts recommend changing how schools conduct drills

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"Drills should encourage people to think on their feet," said consultant Kenneth Trump of National School Safety and Security Services in Ohio. That might mean starting a drill when students are in hallways or lunchrooms instead of class.

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Algae problem on Montana's Smith River prompts meeting

Montana environmental officials say a reported increase in aquatic algae on the Smith River is interfering with recreational activities on the popular waterway northwest of White Sulphur Spings.

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Psychologist arrested and charged with raping patient during session

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Police in Pullman Washington arrested a therapist and psychologist on suspicion of sexually assaulting a patient last month.  

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Escape Inmate Wanted

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The Montana Department of Corrections is asking for the public's help to locate a missing inmate. 

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'Dark Money' follows the contributions from corporations to campaigns

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The opening night film for the 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival chronicles the effort to stop corporate spending from influencing elections. In 'Dark Money,' the state of Montana is at the forefront. A made-in-Montana director is behind the camera. ABC FOX Montana's Angela Marshall had the chance to speak with Kimberly Reed on Friday afternoon about her motivation behind the film.

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MSU unveils Montana artist-made statue of President Lincoln

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To celebrate 125 years of higher education in Montana, MSU added a new, permanent statue outside of the Student Union Building, paying tribute to a man who established land-grant universities and led the charge for higher education in a time of great turmoil for our country. 

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Montana women compete in Olympic ski events this weekend

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Darian Stevens and Maggie Voisin compete in the Olympics this weekend. Voisin, 19, returns to the Olympics for the second time. It's the first time for Darian Stevens. The women's slopestyle competition will be broadcast on Friday, Feb. 16. The qualifying round will begin at 6 PM Mountain Standard Time, and the final will be broadcast at 9 PM. The Craggy Range Bar and Grill in Whitefish is hosting a watch party to celebrate their hometown Olympian. Missoula has alrea... More>>

Southwestern District A girls and boys basketball tournaments start in Hamilton Video included

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Hamilton High School is hosting the Southwestern District A girls and boys basketball tournaments this weekend, and the community is coming together for the event.

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MSU celebrates 125 years with a special beer

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BOZEMAN- Montana State University is raising a toast to 125 years as a land-grant institution with a special brew. The Golden Bobcat Pale Ale was released on Feb. 16 as part of a birthday celebration on the MSU campus. It features five varieties of hops and malted barley grown in Montana, according to a press release. The beer was made by Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Company in Great Falls. Brewery owner Jeremiah Johnson is a 2004 MSU grad with a bachelor's in business marketing.  ... More>>

Hamilton clinic manager charged with fraudulently prescribing herself opiates Video included

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A former office manager at Ravalli Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is accused of four counts of fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs. Ravalli County is charging Marla Belle Holcomb, 37, for fraudulently obtaining 1,800 opiate pills within a six-month period while she worked for Dr. Greg Behm, an orthopedic surgeon.  A pharmacist at Walgreens reported Holcomb to her employer after Holcomb repeatedly filled large prescriptions for opioids. Holcomb allegedly forged Behm's and a ... More>>

MHP responds to nearly 100 incidents across MT

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Montana Highway Patrol has already responded to 15 accidents across the state from 7:20 am - 8:55 am Friday.  

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FWP releases preliminary results from Carbon County CWD hunt

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Preliminary numbers show that seven mule deer from southern Carbon County, one white-tailed deer harvested near Joliet, and one mule deer killed in northern Liberty County have tested positive for the disease.

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Missing Butte man found dead at base of mining headframe

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A Butte man who was reported missing on Feb. 5 was found dead on Feb. 15 at the base of a mining headframe. Frank Charles Piazzola, 50, was reported missing on Feb. 5 and was last seen around the area of Caledonia and Excelsior, according to Butte Silver Bow police. On Feb. 15, he was found dead at the base of the Anselmo gallows frame.  Butte Silver Bow coroner Lee LaBreche says he suspects that Piazzola died of a fall, but final results won't be released until an autopsy and ... More>>

13 Russian nationals charged in Mueller investigation

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By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press    WASHINGTON (AP) - The office of special counsel Robert Mueller says a grand jury has charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities.    The defendants are accused of violating U.S. criminal laws to interfere with American elections and the political process.    Charges include conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This mater...

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FBI, Mississippi agents probe hanging of black man from tree

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FOREST, Miss. (AP) - Federal and state agents are investigating the death of an African-American man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi.    Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee says the death of the 21-year-old is consistent with suicide and there's no evidence of a racially-motivated crime. Lee says witnesses say the man fought with his girlfriend and threatened to hang himself shortly before he was found dead near her home south of Forest on Feb. 8.    The man's f... More>>

Reports: Shots fired at college near Seattle

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DES MOINES, Wash. (AP) - The Latest on reports of shots fired at a Washington state community college (all times local):    9:51 a.m.    Local police and the Washington State Patrol have responded to a report of shots fired at a community college south of Seattle.    The Renton Police Department said on Twitter that the reports Friday morning were not confirmed but advised people to avoid the area around Highline College.    The college says tha... More>>

Butte unveils new airport terminal

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Travelers in Butte have something to be excited about-- a brand new terminal.  

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University of Montana celebrates 125th anniversary

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Part of the celebration is firing up the bell tower.

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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival starts Friday with free screening

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Missoula's massive 15th annual celebration of nonfiction film starts Friday with a free screening. Dark Money screens Friday night at the Wilma Theater at 7 PM. Entry is open to the public. 

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MSU invites community to birthday party with Ferris wheel

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To show you can still have fun at the age of 125, MSU is hosting a big birthday party on Feb.16 for the entire community.

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Gallatin County sued by inmate who previously escaped

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A Bozeman man is back in court after making national headlines when he escaped custody while in handcuffs. Kevin Briggs, 31, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department, alleging that they treated him unfairly.

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Fly-over of Sperry Chalet shows walls are standing

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A remarkable step is made recently in the effort to restore the historic Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park. A fly-over by the Glacier National Park Conservancy this week showed the walls of the Sperry Chalet survived the winter.

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Focus on filling your own home with love

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With another school shooting this week in Florida, it's likely your children are asking you questions. Local experts say they best thing you can do is focus on creating a safe loving home for your family.

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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival starts Friday Video included

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Film fanatics can rejoice as the 15th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off Friday.

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Montana drops first Big Sky game, loses to EWU 74-65

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It was going to come to an end at some point, but the Montana Grizzlies figured that it would be later in the season. The Griz dropped their road game to Eastern Washington 74-65, breaking the 13-game winning streak in conference.  

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Lady Griz can't finish down the stretch, lose to EWU 75-72

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It took the Montana Lady Griz a quarter and a half to warm up, but warm up they did, as they pushed the Eastern Washington Eagles to the brink. But after getting within one point twice in the second half, the Lady Griz couldn't make it over the top, going 0-7 from the field down the stretch to lose 75-72. 

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Gov. Bullock says "thoughts and prayers aren't solutions" to mass shooting epidemic

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Gov. Steve Bullock ordered the state to display all flags at half-staff Thursday out of respect for the victims and families of the mass shooting in Florida. Bullock says it's time to "start a conversation" about mental health care and gun safety laws, and that thoughts and prayers alone aren't solutions.

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Montana responds to recent mass school shootings

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One Montana school district is already making changes to its security in the hopes of preventing a similar tragedy to the most recent shooting in Florida.

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Facing lawsuit, Exxon denies negligence in oil field death

Representatives of Exxon Mobil Corp. are denying that the company acted negligently in the case of a worker who died while checking an oil storage tank in eastern Montana.

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School bus skids off road in whiteout conditions

A school bus carrying a high school boys' basketball team skidded off a road in whiteout conditions, but none of the 14 people on the bus were injured.

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Broken pipes cause hundreds to lose water on reservation

Nearly 200 homes are without running water on the Rocky Boy Reservation after a cold snap broke pipes last week.

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Yellowstone fee proposal wins initial vote in Wyoming House

The Wyoming House of Representatives has agreed to vet a proposal that advocates for imposing a fee at Yellowstone National Park to help pay for wildlife conservation efforts in the states surrounding the park.

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Thief finds missing man's body in wall of abandoned motel

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GRIFFIN, Ga. - The body of a missing man was found in an abandoned Spalding County motel after someone breaking into the property stumbled upon it.

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Washington Senate passes bill to abolish death penalty

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The Washington Senate has passed a measure to abolish the state's death penalty. Senate Bill 6052 passed on 26-22 bipartisan vote and now heads to the House for consideration.

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Economist questions report that says Montana is sixth most prosperous

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A new report says Montanans are doing well financially. We spoke to an economist who says the report may not be totally accurate.

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Suspected Florida school shooter legally bought AR-15 a year ago

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PARKLAND, Fla. - An attorney representing the family who had taken in Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz says they're shocked by what happened and had no idea he was planning anything.

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Trout Unlimited denounces ad with Jeep romping through river

The head of one of the nation's largest fish conservation groups is taking Fiat Chrysler to task and trying to teach the automaker a lesson about the sensitive nature of aquatic habitat after one of its Super Bowl ads.

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Man acquitted of rape sentenced for threatening prosecutor

A Montana man acquitted of rape has been sentenced for posting online threats against the Bozeman police officer who investigated the case and the deputy Gallatin County attorney who prosecuted him.

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Flathead family loses home to fire on the coldest day of the year

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A rural Columbia Falls woman looked outside her window to see her family home of over twenty years was being engulfed in flames. 

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Emergency travel only in effect in several Montana counties

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Snow is blanketing parts of Montana as several counties issued emergency travel *only notifications for the roads.  

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Thursday morning travel is treacherous

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Roads across Montana are covered with snow and ice Thursday morning.  

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Weather wreaks havoc on Hi-Line

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Road conditions continue to be treacherous along the Hi-Line.  

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Severe driving conditions along I-15

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MDT is reporting severe driving conditions across Montana.  

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Valentine's Day marks opening of Higgins DQ Video included

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After a four-month hiatus, 'Blizzard' fans in the University District can celebrate as Higgins Dairy Queen is open again.

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Missoula schools celebrate special gift Video included

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Missoula County Public Schools got a little extra love this Valentine’s Day from the Missoula Education Foundation. Four schools were chosen at random to receive extra funding for field trips. 

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Agencies investigate pet food company over contamination

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State and federal authorities are investigating a raw pet food company based in a Seattle suburb after finding a pattern of salmonella and listeria contamination in its products.

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Dems say Zinke is withholding key facts

Two Democratic congressmen are accusing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of withholding key information from lawmakers while launching a massive overhaul of his department.

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Utah school: Girls can't say 'no' when boys ask for dance

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A Utah mom is upset about a school policy in which sixth-grade girls can't say "no" when boys ask them to dance, and she says it sends the wrong message to the young students.

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Official: 'Numerous fatalities' in Florida school attack

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A school official says there are numerous fatalities from the high school shooting in South Florida. Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie says "There are numerous fatalities. It is a horrific situation." 

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Student Athlete of the Week: Foothills Basketball Player Ben Fried

Foothills Community Christian basketball player Ben Fried helps the Great Falls community in a number of different ways. He works as a technician at church, packs lunches at the food bank, and helps people at a transitional housing facility.

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Women's Heart Health: Mom suffers heart attack while getting son ready for school

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The typical heart attack symptoms you see in men may never appear in a woman. That's why they can be so deadly. Many women don't think they are having a heart attack, so they may wait longer to seek the help they need.

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State police: Woman defecated in cul-de-sac 3 separate times

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Connecticut State Police say they finally got the scoop on the poop.    State police said Tuesday that they arrested a 43-year-old woman in connection with human excrement deposited on three separate occasions in the middle of the same cul-de-sac in East Granby.  

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Beware of Valentine's Day scams

Scammers sometimes pretend to be love interests and play on emotion for financial gain. Last year, scammers stole an estimated $1 billion from the people who were looking for love. Make sure to use caution and look for red flags, especially on dating websites.

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Mother Nature hammers the Hi Line

On Wednesday, Blackfeet Law Enforcement officials said some of the roads are open near Browning and Cut Bank, however, they expect them to only be open temporarily. 

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Supreme Court: Doctor can testify in domestic abuse case

The Montana Supreme Court says statements a woman made to a doctor while being treated for injuries suffered in a domestic assault case were admissible during the perpetrator's trial.

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Local governments have $6.2M available from new fuel taxes

Montana's increased fuel taxes raised $6.2 million for road and bridge projects for cities and counties in its first four months.

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Rampaging bull leads to high school lockdown in Idaho

A high school in southeast Idaho was briefly placed on lockdown after a bull escaped an auction yard and stormed past the campus.

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Rocky Boy water supply low, officials urge public to boil water

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The Rocky Boy reservation's water supply is dangerously low, and now officials are urging the public to boil water. 

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Protesters gather ahead of Mike Adams speech

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Protesters gathered at the University of Montana Tuesday night, ahead of a speech from controversial professor and columnist Mike Adams. 

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Couple seeks to launch rage room in Billings

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Do you ever get so angry that you just want to throw something? Generally, breaking things isn't the healthiest of ways to work out your frustrations but what if the things you were breaking weren't yours? A trend sweeping the nation would allow you to do just that...rage rooms. 

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Letter to Donald Trump Jr. says, 'You're an awful person'

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A law enforcement official says a letter with a white powder sent to Donald Trump Jr. at his mother-in-law's New York City home read, "You're an awful person." The official wasn't authorized to divulge details of an ongoing investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday about the letter, which was mailed from Massachusetts and was received Monday. 

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Butte firefighters battle apartment blaze

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Butte firefighters fought an early morning fire in single-digit temperatures on Tuesday morning. 

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Roads near Browning to remain closed through the night

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Montana Highway Patrol is reporting road closures all around Browning.   

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Judge: Sexual abuse claims against church can move forward

A federal judge has granted a motion allowing two people who say they were sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest in Absarokee in the 1970s and 80s to move forward with their complaints in state court.

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Country singer Daryle Singletary dies unexpectedly

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Country star Daryle Singletary unexpectedly passed away at the age of 46 on Feb. 12, according to ABC News. His representative said "The cause of death is pending. The family asks for your thoughts and prayers during this time." 

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Dog in the race? Pooch barred from race for Kansas governor

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Kansas election officials are putting the brakes on a dog's campaign for governor. KWCH-TV reports that Terran Woolley, of Hutchinson, decided to file the paperwork over the weekend for his 3-year-old pooch, Angus, to run for the state's top office after reading stories about six teenage candidates.

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Things to do to help get a big tax refund back

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There are a few key things, single mother and full time student charmayne healy did that helped her get around $10,000 back on her federal tax return.   That child tax credit for each of Charmayne's two young sons, plus education credit and earned income tax credit joined forces to make a difference for Charmayne and her sons.   "Being a single mother, especially of two little boys, ages three and six, can be very challenging, Charmayne Healy, Client, Vita, says.  ...

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Keeping the dog sledding tradition alive

The 33rd annual Race to the Sky, Montana's premier 300 and 100-mile dog sled races took place this past weekend. Over 100 dogs and mushers competed for the top prize but one musher said it's not all about winning. 

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Missoula declares Darian Stevens Day in honor of Olympic athlete

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Olympic skier and Missoula native Darian Stevens competes this weekend in Pyeongchang, and she'll be cheered on from Missoula. Mayor John Engen has declared Feb. 17 to be Darian Stevens Day in honor of her world-class skills and Olympic bid. 

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UM campus protest planned tonight against visiting professor Mike Adams Video included

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A protest is planned for Tuesday evening's UM campus lecture by controversial writer and professor Mike Adams. The organizers of the protest write on Facebook: "Mike Adams, a racist, homophobic and misogynist columnist and Professor at UNCW, will speak as the Jeff Cole Distinguished Lecturer on campus at the Dennison Theatre on Feb. 13. JOIN US TO PROTEST HIS HATEFUL AND ABUSIVE RHETORIC.

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Jessie Royer wins Montana sled dog race for 4th time

Jessie Royer is a four-time champion of Montana's Race to the Sky sled dog race.

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Grizzly Sports Report, 2-12-18

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The Griz improve to 13-0 after surviving a tough test from Sacramento State. Head Coach Travis DeCuire and Montana's lone Senior Fabijan Krslovic join the show to talk about the historic start to conference. Meanwhile the Lady Griz stumble on the road but still sit in 4th place in the standings. Head Coach Shannon Schweyen and Forward Emma Stockholm talk about the injury to Sophia Stiles and how they can get things back on track.  More>>

MSU celebrates anniversary with ice rink Video included

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MSU in Bozeman is celebrating its 125th year with a community ice rink on campus. The 120 by 50 feet rink is on the lawn south of Hannon Hall, near the east end of the Centennial Mall. 

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UM security ramps up for controversial speaker Mike Adams

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University of Montana officials are laying out a security plan ahead of a controversial speaker’s visit to campus. 

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Controversial writer Mike Adams lecturing on UM campus Video included

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University of Montana faculty and students are speaking out ahead of a scheduled lecture on campus by a controversial columnist.

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Federal judge upholds Montana prohibition on most robocalls

A federal judge has upheld the constitutionality of Montana's law prohibiting most robocalls after a challenge by a political consulting firm that sought to do business in the state.

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Glass recycling pilot program in Billings

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Across the state of Montana--it can be hard to find places to recycle glass. but that could soon change for the magic city. Rocky Mountain College students came to scrap for a competition they're in, which involves finding something self-sustaining and skill-building in a community. The students are looking at how glass recycling could evolve if it can help with needs of issues in the state, like the closure of plants in Colstrip, the lack of hired hands at the Laurel train stati...

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Train fire reported near Clinton

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Sunday, Sgt. Ryan Prather with Missoula Sheriff's Department said they received a call at 4:19 pm...

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False accusations over stolen purse leads to shooting

A shooting happened on the 700 block of 4th Ave NW at approximately 3:30 this morning. GFPD says the suspect drove up to the victims' car and accused them of having a stolen purse. When the victims' denied having the purse, the suspect shot at the vehicle "6 or7 times" according to the victim. Their car was hit twice. The victim called GFPD and told them the suspect was following him in their car and was on his way to the police station.  GFPD officers inte...

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Missoula's new public library breaks ground this spring

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This spring, the Missoula public library will be breaking ground for it's long over due remodel. 

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Family loses home in Columbia Falls fire

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A rural Columbia Falls family lost their home in a rapid blaze on Feb. 9. According to the Daily Interlake, one of the residents, Rick Greer, was home at the time when he realized the back porch was on fire, possibly from embers from a wood stove. He and four dogs got out of the house okay, but the house appears to be a total loss. Firefighting trucks got stuck on the icy drive up to the remote house on the way to fight the blaze. Over the weekend, resident Alisia Greer-Gamma laun...

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Montana woman dies in snowmobile crash near Helena

A 33-year-old Montana woman died in a weekend snowmobile crash near Marysville, northwest of Helena.

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Olympic speed skating coach from Butte placed on leave during investigation

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A Butte resident who coaches the Canadian speed skating team hasn't been allowed to attend the Winter Olympics due to an investigation into his conduct. According to the Montana Standard, Speed Skating Canada is investigating Michael Crowe, 64. who's been working with the team since 2007 and was promoted to head coach in 2015. Speed Skating Canada has not provided a reason for the investigation. The CBC reports that before working with the Canadian team, Crowe coached the ...

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'Magic Maggie': Whitefish woman sets sights on Olympic Gold Video included

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BILLINGS- During the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Montanans will be watching for Whitefish skier Maggie Voisin, a rising star when it comes to freestyle skiing.  

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Remains found in Missoula not linked to missing Michigan boys

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Missoula Law Enforcement say the human remains found in the shed of a Missoula home last fall, are not those of three young boys missing in Michigan.  According to a report from the University of North Texas, the bones are historical and archeological, suggesting they are more than 99 years old. The report also suggests the fragments and teeth had been buried for some time before being uncovered. It further narrows the ages of the bones for Individual One: 2-5 years of age, Indi...

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Frenchtown community helps out teacher with brain tumor Video included

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The Frenchtown community is coming together to support a teacher who's battling brain cancer. 

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Fraternity under fire for sex contest that encouraged members to sleep with heaviest women

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KHQ.COM - Greek life at one of the nation's most prestigious universities is once again under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Members of the Zeta Beta Tau  fraternity at Cornell University are being investigated for having a sex contest which they called a "pig roast," referring to the fact that participants were ranked by the weight of the women they slept with.

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Flathead man stabs himself in the neck with large knife

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KALISPELL- A 24-year-old Kalispell man is being evaluated for mental health after stabbing himself in the neck during a traffic stop.  A release from Sheriff Chuck Curry says that at 9 AM this morning, a deputy pulled over a driver on Highway 2 in Evergreen. After running the driver's name and determining that he was wanted for a misdemeanor warrant, the deputy returned to the car. He found the driver holding a "large knife" to his throat. The deputy called for ... More>>

UPDATE: Sheriff Carl Suta withdraws from race Video included

Sheriff Carl Suta was officially suspended by Pondera county commissioners early Wednesday morning after the county commission saw fit to do so, after Suta accusation of official misconduct. 

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Butte pre-release supervisor sentenced for sex with inmate

A woman who had supervisory responsibilities at the Butte Pre-release Center has been given a deferred sentence for having sex with a male inmate in late 2016.

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State employee quits over ICE policy

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A Montana Department of Labor employee announced on Wednesday that he was quitting so he wouldn't have to cooperate with immigration officials searching for undocumented workers.

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Neo-Nazi publisher has deadline to disclose whereabouts

The publisher of a notorious neo-Nazi website has until next week to notify a federal magistrate of his whereabouts as part of a lawsuit accusing him of using the website to orchestrate an anti-Semitic trolling campaign.

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Girl Scout sells 300 boxes of cookies outside marijuana dispensary

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The San Diego Girl Scout council is looking into whether a scout who was photographed selling cookies outside a marijuana dispensary broke any rules.

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Missoula considers ordinance to ban indoor vaping

Missoula officials are considering a proposal that would ban vaping indoors and give businesses the option to ban smoking outside their entrances.

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Capital's Justin Jenks

Capital Bruins senior Justin Jenks has a simple recipe for success in wrestling, football, and track.

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Montana signs 26 players, 13 in-state, for 2018 recruiting class

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Bobby Hauck was hired at the beginning of December, and quickly went to work on his first recruiting class at the University of Montana. And today, Hauck could finally comment on the 26 players that his team signed.  

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Ice climbing could become Olympic sport Video included

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Ice climbing is a sport growing in popularity, and some world class climbers live and work right in Bozeman.  Our Jackie Coffin met with one of those climbers.

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Interim committee wants apology for wronged meat processor

A Montana legislative committee requested an outside investigation into allegations that small meat processors in the state were intimidated, coerced and tormented.

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Bail kept at $500K for man charged in Bozeman stabbing

Bail was maintained at $500,000 for a 20-year-old Bozeman man charged with attempted deliberate homicide in the stabbing of his former girlfriend's co-worker.

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Missoula considers utilizing more roundabouts

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City planners say drivers might find roundabouts confusing at first, but they're effective at reducing accidents.

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Michigan dad says Montana remains not his 3 missing sons

The father of three missing Michigan brothers says teeth and bone fragments found in September in Missoula, Montana, don't belong to them.

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Changes proposed for Fifth and Sixth Streets in Missoula

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Sections of Fifth and Sixth Streets in Missoula could be getting bike lanes.

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Some pet owners treating their dogs with CBDs

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A new trend in medical marijuana: cannabis oil for pets. Some pet owners are using CBD treatments to help their dogs with issues like pain and anxiety. CBD treatments contain mostly cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis. Learn more tonight on FOX at 9 and ABC at 10. More>>

Charges reduced in pedestrian fatal in Missoula

Prosecutors have reduced the charges against a Missoula woman who struck and killed a man as he crossed the street last year.

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Great Falls man gets 5 years for wife's death

A Great Falls man has been sentenced to five years with the Department of Corrections for negligent homicide in the March 2016 death of his wife.

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New Billings program aims to help homeless families become homeowners

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An organization in Billings has a new program to keep people, especially families, off the streets. One woman says it's made all the difference for her and her family.

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Community Health Centers could lose federal funding in May

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Patient access to services like housing and food vouchers at at risk at Partnership Health Center, since Congress hasn't renewed some of its funding.

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Lady Griz player Sophia Stiles done for the season with torn ACL

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From Montana Sports Information: A freshman season that was showing so much promise and helping return the Montana women’s basketball team to Big Sky Conference contender has come to an abrupt end. It was confirmed on Tuesday that the knee injury suffered by Sophia Stiles in the third quarter of Saturday’s home win over North Dakota was a season-ending ACL tear. “It’s devastating to this team right now in so many ways,” said coach Shannon Schweyen. &ld...

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Tickets to see VP Biden in Montana sell out

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General Admission tickets to see the former vice president speak in Montana sold out in less than 24 hours.  

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Bozeman needs an Animal Control Officer after unexpected resignation

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After an unexpected resignation, the city of Bozeman won't have an animal control officer for weeks.

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Hamilton woman loses wedding ring after waiting 20 years for it

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A Hamilton woman is so desperate to find her wedding ring, she's even X-rayed her dog.

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Staff in tears at abrupt closure of Uptown Diner

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For more than three decades, the Uptown Diner has been serving customers. But over the weekend, the restaurant abruptly announced plans to close in mid-February. Behind those doors have been a dedicated, longtime staff. 

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Lolo, Montana holds ties to the Winter Olympics

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A former Olympian recalls how lugiers used to practice on a makeshift track near Lolo Hot Springs.

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Missoula Muslim couple feel targeted after being reported to police Video included

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A Muslim couple who lives in Missoula say they feel "targeted" after someone reported them to the police.

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Man charged with stabbing roommate in Billings West End

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Billings police are investigating a stabbing at a home on the West End that sent one man to the hospital.

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Weapon found in morning shooting in Great Falls Video included

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Possible gunshots heard near Planned Parenthood in Great Falls.

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Ice climber accident victim's name released

Lewis and Clark County Coroner, Bryan Backeberg, has identified the victim from Sunday’s ice climbing accident as 74-year-old Dr. Elton J. Adams M.D. of Great Falls. He is reported to have slipped and fallen 90  feet while climbing Cataract Falls in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. The man, an avid climber, was climbing with four others. Authorities received a 9-1-1 call at 1:12 p.m. The waterfall is 20 miles off of Elk Creek Road and 15 miles southwest of ...

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UPDATE: Helena woman found

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The Helena Police Department is searching for a 19-year-old woman who went missing around 1 AM today. Danell Elizabeth Wilson is 19, about 6" foot and 280 pounds. She was last seen wearing a t-shirt and sweatpants, and left her home around 1 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to call Helena police at 406-442-3233 or 911. From the Montana Department of Justice: Name: Danell Elizabeth Wilson Date of Birth: 1/16/1999      Age: 19 Sex: Female &n...

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Billings woman stabs ex who was breaking into her home

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A mother of four used a knife to stop a man breaking into her home Sunday morning. 

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UPDATE: Victim in officer-involved shooting identified

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Update: The man who died in the deputy-involved shooting that happened in East Helena early Friday morning last week has been identified. Taylor Schnortz, 26, of Townsend was shot and killed in an incident Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton is calling a "mental health crisis."  

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Missoula police now searching for two suspects in Northside shooting

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Police have released more details in the Friday afternoon shooting that sent one man to the hospital. 

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Snowstorm hits much of Montana

Much of central Montana is under a winter storm warning, including Billings, Great Falls, Havre, Helena and Kalispell.

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Babies Behind Bars: 14 Babies Currently Living inside Washington Prison

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Washington is one of few states to allow inmates to keep their babies while in prison, and inmates are saying the program is life-saving. 

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Three UM soccer players defend former coach

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Three former players are defending their coach, who was fired earlier this week.

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Fired Griz soccer coach speaks out Video included

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The former Griz soccer coach says he's looking into legal action in response to being fired over allegations that stemmed from an investigation into texts he sent to players.

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Fargo woman who cut baby from neighbor gets life term

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A North Dakota woman who admitted killing a pregnant neighbor and cutting the baby from the womb while the mother was still alive has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

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One man dead after officer-involved shooting near East Helena

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A suspect is dead after an officer-involved shooting Thursday night near East Helena.

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Montana moves to 10-0 in conference, beat UNC 88-79

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From Montana Sports Information: Montana stretched its win streak to double digits on Thursday, knocking off Northern Colorado, 88-79. 

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Griz women's soccer coach let go after text investigation

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University of Montana Athletic Director Kent Haslam confirmed Thursday evening the women's soccer coach was let go after an investigation into text messages the coach sent to soccer players and an escort service in Las Vegas.

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2 Democrats lead fundraising in crowded Montana House field

Two Democrats seeking the nomination for Montana's sole U.S. House seat have far outraised the rest of a crowded field vying to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte.

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East Missoula manhunt

William Newhoff claims he intended to carry out "suicide by cop"

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When officers asked Newhoff why he'd put lives in danger and damaged property, he "responded that he was facing life in prison and figured it was better to die."

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Reward increased for missing Browning woman

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It's been over eight months since the family of Ashley Loring HeavyRunner has seen or heard from her. We first broke the story in June after seeing desperate posts from the family looking for any information on both Twitter and Facebook.

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Former CEO appeals convictions for defrauding Vann's

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The former CEO of a Montana electronics retailer is appealing his convictions for defrauding Vann's Inc., which then filed for bankruptcy.   

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Super Bowl Sunday "Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk"

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Local law enforcement agencies will be out in force on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Trump falsely claims most-watched State of Union

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President Donald Trump says the ratings for his first State of the Union address this week are "the highest number in history," but that is not true. Nielsen reports that about 45.6 million tuned in to watch Trump Tuesday night. That's below viewership for President Barack Obama's first State of the Union, which was about 48 million, and Trump's own joint address to Congress last year. 

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Crews set off explosives to remove building at Frenchtown mill

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According to the Frenchtown Rural Fire Department, explosives were set off Thursday morning to remove a building at the former pulp mill site.

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Memorial events to be held for Emigrant fire victims

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The Livingston area community is hosting memorials for Christel Cameron and Adam Miller, who both died in a house fire on Jan. 25. 

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Survey shows Yellowstone elk herd at highest level since '05

Government biologists say elk numbers in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park are at their highest level in more than a decade.

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Man charged with killing girlfriend said she shot first

A 21-year-old eastern Montana man charged with killing his girlfriend told investigators he thought she shot him first. Court records say he "responded by unloading 18 rounds into her."

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Wyoming school district seeks expulsions for hazing on bus

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A central Wyoming school district is recommending expulsion for three high school students and suspension for one after hazing occurred on a school bus.

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ACLU abortion lawsuit challenges state law

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Two advocacy groups that support abortion rights have brought a lawsuit on behalf of Montana nurse practitioners, challenging part of the state's abortion law.

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East Missoula Manhunt

Sheriff response team apprehended suspect in empty home

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Agencies tracked suspect William "Billy" Dale Newhoff to an unoccupied residence on the 800 block of Speedway Avenue, not far from where he had crashed a pickup and fled on foot.

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Semi crashes into power poles and two homes in Missoula Video included

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MISSOULA- A neighborhood lost power for several hours on Wednesday morning after an unusual accident involving a semi. Residents say that around 6:30 a.m., a semi-truck was making a delivery in the South Hills neighborhood, and turned on the corner of Gharrett and Meadlowlark when it hit a power line. The truck snagged on power lines, which dragged down two power poles and damaged homes in the area.  Bill Kostelecky's house sustained the most damage. He says he'd...

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Montana sheriff charged with official misconduct

A second criminal case has been brought against a Montana sheriff after state authorities say he violated law by distributing confidential investigative materials last fall.

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Daines: One dead, one injured in train crash Video included

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Our own Jackie Coffin interviewed Sen. Steve Daines over the phone while he was on board the train that crashed into a garbage truck in West Virginia. "I was sitting in my seat on the Amtrak train, I had a Diet Coke I was sipping, I had my tray table down, and suddenly there was a loud bang, and my Diet Coke went flying into the aisle," Daines said. 

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Identities released in fatal Emigrant house fire

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Authorities have positively identified the couple who were found dead in a house fire in the community of Emigrant.

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High heel and spoon used to beat child in Cascade County

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Two are facing charges of assault on a minor after reportedly beating a 12-year-old girl with a high heeled shoe and kitchen utensils. 

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