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Bozeman Sweeps Hellgate in Hoops

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The Bozeman boys went on the road and got a big win over Hellgate 59-46 behind a big defensive performance from Mack Anderson. Meanwhile in Bozeman the Lady Hawks topped the Hellgate girls 49-24.  More>>

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Two arrested on drug charges in Great Falls

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A traffic stop in Great Falls leads to two arrests after officers found 10 grams of methamphetamines in the vehicle. 

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Hunt begins for chronic wasting disease Video included

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This year's special hunt season is now underway. Fish, Wildlife and Parks are requiring all hunters to bring their game to the center to test for chronic wasting disease. 

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6,900 homes could get power from new wind farm

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Tuesday, the Montana Public Service Commission voted unanimously to approve the sale of electricity from a 23 megawatt wind farm to NorthWestern Energy.  The agreement is based on a 15-year timeline. Under the proposal, New Colony Wind will develop the wind farm near Martinsdale, east of Helena. According to a press release from the PSC, the facility is expected to produce an average annual output of 76, 181 megawatt hours, or enough electricity to power 6,900 homes, and is...

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University of Montana helps Missoula bone and teeth investigation

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When a cleaning crew found a box of bones in a shed behind this Missoula rental home they called police and police called Kirsten Green.

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Proposed Tax Bill Totals 1101 Pages

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Many people remain confused about how a proposed tax reform bill will impact their wallets. Now you can review the 1101 page document for yourself ahead of next weeks vote on Capital Hill.

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A new upbeat gym brings heart rate interval training to Missoula Video included

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The orange theory workout is heart rate interval training, which includes running, rowing, and floor workouts. 

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Superintendent's Christmas message highlights suicide prevention

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Montana State Superintendent Elsie Arntzen issued her Christmas message late Friday afternoon. 

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New Information: How experts determined bones belonged to three children Video included

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Missoula police are still looking to schedule an interview with a former tenant at a rental property where a box with skeletal remains of at least three children was found.  

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Greg Doyon declines Billings city administrator position Video included

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Greg Doyon has sent a letter to city negotiators declining the position of city administrator.

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Council moves date of Grove Street Townhome vote

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MISSOULA- City Council wants to notify the public of a change in the scheduled vote on a townhome proposal. The Kolendich Grove Street Townhomes conditional use request seeks to build a 31-unit townhome development on 6 acres west of Grove Street and south of River Road. Missoula City Council had initially delayed its vote on the item due to complaints that the Two Rivers Neighborhood Council leadership team wasn’t notified of the proposal by certified letter. But council lear...

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Missoula bones investigation delayed by case backlog

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The investigation of childrens’ remains found in Missoula may be delayed for months. The Montana State Crime Lab says it’s sent the bone fragments to the University of North Texas in Denton for DNA testing. The University of North Texas Health Science Center accepts out-of-state evidence to help other states investigate missing persons cases. But Dr. Aldo Fufaro with the Montana State Crime Lab said as of Dec. 15, the Texas lab’s caseload is backlogged due to t...

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Stockgrowers hear about deal to sell Montana beef to Chinese company

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Leaders of the Montana Stockgrowers Association told association members about the terms of a recent agreement to sell Montana-raised beef to China's largest online retailer during the organization's annual convention in Billings. The nonbinding agreement reached in November calls for Montana ranchers to sell about $70 million worth of beef to JD.com next year. The total agreement calls for selling $200 million worth of beef over three years and for JD to inves... More>>

What to do if you hit black ice while driving in winter

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Living in Montana one of the many things you need to be on the lookout for is black ice. 

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Missoula fans line up for new Star Wars Video included

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Well everyone has been talking all day about how excited...

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Ohio reporter talks after child remains possibly connected to 3 missing Michigan boys

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Missoula Police are teaming up with Michigan State Police to investigate whether the remains of three children found in Missoula are linked to the 2010 disappearance of three Michigan brothers. ABC FOX Montana's Angela Marshall spoke on Thursday with a reporter at 13ABC Action News, WTVG.

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Billings judge to replace Wheat on Montana Supreme Court

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has appointed a District Court judge in Billings to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.    Bullock's office on Thursday announced Judge Ingrid Gustafson will replace Justice Mike Wheat, who is retiring Dec. 31.    Gustafson was appointed in 2004 to the 13th Judicial District in Yellowstone County.    She previously worked as a staff attorney for the Social Security Administration and in private practi... More>>

Missoula firefighters do wilderness training at the mountains

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The Missoula Fire Department headed to the mountain today for a specialized wilderness medicine rescue training. The Missoula Fire Department is doing their first scenario for wilderness training, which was treating a gunshot wound.

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Gianforte gets behind Yellowstone mining ban

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BILLINGS (AP) - Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is sponsoring legislation to withdraw land near Yellowstone National Park from future mining, after describing an identical Senate measure as "dead on arrival" in the House.    Gianforte spokesman Travis Hall said the Republican has been working with other lawmakers to make sure the bill introduced Thursday can pass. Hall would not give further details.    The measure would remove public lands north of... More>>

Supreme Court denies re-sentencing in juvenile murder case

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By AMY BETH HANSON Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's Supreme Court has ruled a U.S. Supreme Court decision prohibiting mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of murder also applies to Montana cases in which judges used their discretion to hand down the same sentence.    However, in a 4-3 ruling Wednesday, justices denied a man's petition for resentencing for a murder he committed six weeks before he turned 18.    The majority... More>>

Bozeman emergency shelter receives huge grant, needs community help to match funds Video included

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As temperatures drop, beds are filling up at the Bozeman Warming Center and already this season a record-number of people have used the facility.

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Police investigate tie between Missoula bones and Michigan case Video included

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MORENCI, MICHIGAN-- Police are investigating whether the remains of three children found in Missoula could possibly solve a years-long mystery in Michigan. According to reporters at 13abc in Michigan, state police there have confirmed that they're in contact with Missoula police to determine whether the bones are related to the disappearance of three boys, ages tk. Experts determined that the bones found in a box in a shed in Missoula belonged to three children, ages tk, and se...

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Crime victim advocate announces support for Hauck

MISSOULA- The re-hiring of Bobby Hauck as the head coach of the Montana Grizzlies is continuing to cause controversy. Earlier this month, UM grad student and football fan Lisa Davey created a Change.org petition against Hauck’s hiring, saying he didn’t hold Griz players accountable during his first tenure and contributed to an atmosphere of sexual assault. Davey’s petition said, “Women are more important than winning.” More than 30 UM faculty members al...

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Officers identified in Monday's shooting

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The man shot during the officer-involved shooting on Monday in Great Falls has been identified.

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Wyoming secretary of state denies sexual attack allegation

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray is denying a woman's claim that he sexually attacked her over 35 years ago.    Tatiana Maxwell of Boulder, Colorado, said in a Facebook post Monday that she worked with Murray and he invited her to their Cheyenne law office after hours.    Maxwell alleges Murray, then a recent law school graduate, wrestled her to the ground and sexually attacked her.    Maxwell says she told friends what happened ... More>>

Michigan authorities contact Missoula Police regarding human remains case

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Missoula Police say law enforcement officials in Michigan have reached out to them regarding the human remains found in Missoula.

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Report: Tourists staying longer, spending more in Montana

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MISSOULA- A new report shows that while the number of visitors to Montana didn't change much in 2017, the amount they spent still increased. The University of Montana's Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research's preliminary estimates show that in 2017, 12.2 million nonresidents visited the Treasure State and spent more than $3 billion. Tourism spending supports an estimated 38,700 jobs directly and indirectly supports $556 million of labor income. The number is fairly even with...

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Suta wins injunction; Not enough info for recall

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Judge Jon Oldenburg said there was insufficient information to go forward with a recall of Pondera County Sheriff Carl Suta.  As of right now no special election will be held and the petition to recall Sheriff Suta will not go any further.  We'll continue to update you as more details become available. More>>

Injuries reported in multi-vehicle crashes on I-90 near Belgrade

BOZEMAN- Montana Highway Patrol is on scene of a multi vehicle crash on Interstate 90 near Belgrade at mile post 300. The Montana Department of Transportation also reports another crash at mile post 299 also on Interstate 90 at the Belgrade Airport Interchange.  

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Billings Clinic warns of heart attack risks when shoveling snow

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Billings Clinic hands out more than one hundred stickers at hardware stores across Billings to raise awareness about the health risks shoveling snow can pose. 

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FCC votes to repeal Obama-era 'net neutrality' rules

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The Federal Communications Commission has voted on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that guaranteed equal access to internet. 

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'Move-In Day' for incoming University of Montana President Seth Bodnar

It was 'Move-In Day' for the incoming president of the University of Montana and his family. Seth Bodnar and his wife, Chelsea, along with their three children arrived in Missoula from Chicago on Monday and have been staying with Chelsea's parents, who live in Missoula.

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Holiday warning: Montana ranks 11th in package theft

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This holiday season more than 750 million packages will be delivered over the holidays by ups alone. 

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Dense fog slows traffic on Interstate 90 near Belgrade

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BOZEMAN- Authorities in Bozeman are reporting dense fog and stalled traffic on Interstate 90 near Belgrade. There’s too much fog for a good picture of all the stopped traffic. 

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Security footage shows man trying to saw ATM in Billings

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BILLING- The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office i asking for help as they work to identify a man they say used a saw to steal an ATM in billings.

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Gunshots heard in Helena

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Around 6:00 am Thursday, 911 Center in Helena received calls concerning possible shots being fired from a vehicle in several areas around town.  Officers from multiple agencies including HPD, L&C County Sheriff's Office and even Montana Highway Patrol searched for over an hour but were unable to find anything. Initial reports said the shots were coming from a vehicle that is described as a newer 2013-2014 silver Ford pickup, with black accents/striping/rocker panel molding. ... More>>

Spokane pizza delivery driver attacked by two men while on the job

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SPOKANE, Wash. - A pizza delivery driver was just doing her job when she was attacked over the weekend while on her route. On Saturday around 6:30 pm, Cali Shisler just made a pizza delivery to home in the Indian Trail neighborhood. She says she drove a few houses down near Farmdale Street and Woodgrove Court and parked along the side of the road to make a phone call back to Roundtable Pizza where she works to let them know she was on her way back. That’s when she heard he...

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Crews investigate Butte business destroyed by fire Video included

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Authorities in Butte are beginning their investigation of a fire that destroyed a local business. 

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Landmark Kalispell restaurant moves locations on Main Street

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KALISPELL- ScottiBelli's announces they're moving to a newly purchased location at 302 South Main street.  This is just two blocks from their current location. According to a release emailed to Montana newsrooms, 

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Sending Forest home

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One year old, Forest Kanode at the St Vincent Healthcare Pediatric clinic requires a Tracheostomy, due to having " CHARGE" syndrome. The toddler's parents have been trying to bring him home to Bozeman since July, but need help. Due to the toddler's needs he requires 24 hour alert and awake care.  The parents have been having a hard time finding several RNs that could watch Forest while they're asleep. "We really just need somebody, a few people," Casey says... More>>

Rodriguez found guilty

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Today is the first day for the Juan Rodriguez trial in cascade county district court.  Rodriguez is accused of sexually assaulting a young teen 15 years ago.

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Members of Polish metal band Decapitated released from Spokane jail

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SPOKANE, Wash. - All four members of a Polish death metal band have been released from jail as they await trial on charges they raped a Spokane woman.    Defense attorney Steve Graham says the order was granted for his client on Monday in Spokane County Superior Court. The other three members of the band Decapitated were released on Nov. 22.

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Police seek former tenant of property where bones turned up

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The Latest on the bones of three children being found in a shed in Missoula (all times local):    4:15 p.m.    Law enforcement officers in western Montana have a person they want to interview after a box containing the bones and teeth of three children were found in the shed of a Missoula home in September.    A cleaning crew found the box when a tenant was evicted from the property.    Missoula Police Sgt. Travis Welsh to...

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National Park Service cuts number of admission-free days in 2018 Video included

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DENVER: The National Park Service announced Dec. 13 a plan to hold only four admission fee-free days in 2018. It’s a 60 percent reduction from 2017 and a 75 percent reduction from 2016, when the NPS hosted 16 free days for public parks including Glacier and Yellowstone. The Park Service is already under fire for a plan to increase day-use fees during peak seasons at 17 of the country's most popular parks. It's a change the NPS attributes to needing to generate revenue for ...

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Driver hits Gallatin County deputy patrol car

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BOZEMAN- A Gallatin County sheriff’s deputy’s patrol car was hit by another car Dec. 13. The deputy was out of the vehicle assisting with another weather-related crash at the time. A passenger in the vehicle broke an arm in the crash, but no one suffered a life-threatening injury, according to Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin. The patrol car is heavily damaged and needs to be towed. The deputy is unhurt. Sheriff Gootkin reminds all drivers to slow down in inclement... More>>

Missoula police investigate bones as homicide: COURT DOCS

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MISSOULA- A search warrant filed Dec. 7 indicates that police are investigating a possible homicide discovered at a Missoula residence. Forensic examination indicates that bones and teeth found in a box in a shed belong to three children. ABCFOX has obtained the search warrant with more information about the search:

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Missoula police turn to national database to try to identify childrens' bones

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Missoula Police are trying to identify three children whose bone fragments and teeth were found in a shed this fall. 

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Fatal accident near East Helena

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Montana Highway Patrol is reporting at least 1 person is dead in an early afternoon accident.   It was reported just before 1:00 Wednesday afternoon just west of East Helena on U.S. Highway 12. Cameras from Montana Department of Transportation show snow on the roads but there has been no word on cause of crash as of yet. MHP says to avoid the area if possible. Right now these are the only details available.  We'll update this story as more information comes in. More>>

ATM stolen from Billings hotel

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Unusual and amazing – that's how La Quinta Inn and Suites General Manager Gail Linnel described the theft of an ATM from the hotel.  

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Police find box containing children's bones in Missoula shed

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MISSOULA (AP) - Authorities say a box containing bones and teeth that are believed to be from three children was found in the shed of a Missoula home in September.    The Missoulian reports that Missoula police launched an investigation after a cleaning crew found the box when the former tenant was evicted from the property.    Police documents say the Montana State Crime Lab verified the remains as human, and an anthropology professor at the University of Mon...

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Man ejected after rolling car, hit and killed by passing motorist

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One man is dead after he was ejected in a rollover crash and was then hit by a passing vehicle.

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2017’s HOT toys: We buy them and try them

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Before you spend your money on any toys this season, ABC FOX Montana combed through all the hot toy lists we could find and purchased seven toys and put them to the test.

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Officials invite public input on grizzly management after ESA delisting

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In wildlife news, managers from local, state and federal agencies are meeting in Missoula this week to talk about Grizzly bear management. The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee has been discussing the future of the Grizzly bear, after a decision earlier this year to lift endangered species act protections for bears in the greater Yellowstone area. Two weeks ago, a sub-committee met in Missoula to discuss protection and recovery plans. Committee members told ABC FOX Montana, they...

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Helena's Dane Rieger

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Helena High senior Dane Rieger is playing his second season as a Helena Bighorns defenseman. The 6-ft., 200-lb. lefty has already set career-highs for goals and assists. 

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Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate seat

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Democrat Doug Jones has won election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump.

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Frenchtown hosts Class A wrestling mixer: Results

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The Frenchtown Broncs hosted their first home wrestling match of the season Tuesday, as four other Class A schools met in Frenchtown for an evening of wrestling.  The Dillon Beavers, Corvallis Blue Devils, Hamilton Broncs, and the Stevensville Yellow Jackets all brought full teams to Frenchtown for multiple matches. 

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US national parks to slash number of free days for visitors

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free.    After waiving entrance fees for 16 days in 2016 and 10 days in 2017, the National Park Service announced Tuesday that it will have four no-cost days next year.    They will be Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 15), the first day of National Park Week (April 21), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 22) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11).    ... More>>

New TSA security procedures underway in all Montana airports

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As of this week, most people flying out of a Montana airport will be required to remove electronic items larger than a phone from their carry-on luggage when going through a TSA checkpoint.

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GFPS to discuss new school boundaries

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Since the bond passed in October 2016 the talks of changing the boundaries for elementary schools in Great Falls have surfaced.  GFPS asked for comments and the public obliged with overwhelmingly negative responses. 

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Fire destroys Butte building

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The Butte Fire Department is responding to a structure fire at a business on Front Street. 

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Woman reports assault by man she met on Plenty of Fish

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MISSOULA- A man is charged with aggravated assault and a woman was severely injured after a date on Dec. 8. According to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, the woman, “Jane Doe,” met Andrew Hoskins, 41, through the dating site Plenty of Fish. On Dec. 8, she went over to Hoskins’ home. Jane Doe reports that they chatted for a while before Hoskins “snapped” and dragged Doe into his bedroom by her hair. She reports that he beat her, slamming her he... More>>

Could mild winter temperatures be dangerous?

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The magic city hit near record temps this thanksgiving... And it seems Christmas might be the same story.  Although it's still very early in the winter season, the mild temps have some Montanans worried. 

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Is Elf on the Shelf adding more stress?

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The holiday season sometimes brings out the worst behavior in children. So what do you do to help? Well, some parents turn to using the popular Elf on the Shelf. Is your elf more of a hassle than it's worth though? If you're a parent you most likely know of Elf on the Shelf. You adopt the elf, it comes into your home, watches your child's behavior and then reports it all back to Santa. But does this toy cause some unnecessary stress during the holiday season? You've probabl...

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Sore mouth disease suspected in Yellowstone bighorn sheep

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Sore mouth disease (also known as contagious ecthyma) is thought to be responsible for an illness observed among bighorn rams in Yellowstone National Park.

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New changes to happen at the Kalispell City Airport after new owners take over

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Kalispell city council voted to lease the municipal airport property to an independent group. This lease will terminate the cities financial obligations and liabilities to the property and a new group of owners will assume responsibility. Prior to this new agreement the city of Kalispell was responsible for the airports maintenance and the airport has a long list of much needed upgrades... Runway re-pavement, taxi-way rehabilitation and airport aprons were just a few... just these ... More>>

New owners taking over Kalispell City Airport

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Kalispell city council voted to lease the municipal airport property to an independent group. This lease will terminate the cities financial obligations and liabilities to the property and a new group of owners will assume responsibility. 

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Need to Know: Shipping over the Holidays, dates to ship by

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Did you know that UPS is expected to ship more than 750 million packages over the holidays? 

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Missoula bar packed to raise money for detective's kidney transplant Video included

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People are gathering at the Thomas Meagher bar to support Missoula County Detective Lieutenant...

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Petition in support of new UM football coach Bobby Hauck gains hundreds of signatures

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A new petition is gaining traction in support of newly-hired University of Montana football coach Bobby Hauck.

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Sore mouth suspected in bighorn sheep

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Yellowstone National park officials confirmed on Monday that multiple bighorn rams have caught a viral disease that causes unsightly mouth sores.

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Special Edition Grizzly Sports Report: Bobby's Back

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New Griz Head Coach Bobby Hauck sits down with Shaun Rainey for a special edition of the Grizzly Sports Report to talk about his journey into the coaching ranks and being back at Montana for a second go around.  More>>

Nonprofit program gets Montana girls coding Video included

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HELENA, Mont.- A group of girls are bridging the gender gap in technology one code at a time. In just a few months, they have managed to create their own video game and interactive story. Girls Who Code is a national non-profit working to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. More than 50,000 girls throughout the U.S. have participated in the program, but this was the first year it was offered in Helena. Girls learn vital computing and coding skills that are nece...

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Daycare offers free childcare to Missoula parents Video included

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For Missoula parents who need a break, Healthy Start Missoula provides free childcare every night of the week.

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Great Falls man accused of strangling wife as she breastfed

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Husband accused of strangling wife while she was breastfeeding.

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Higher car registration fees kick in next month in Montana

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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Car owners in Montana will pay a little more when it comes time to renew vehicle registrations next year.    The Montana Standard reports that starting Jan. 1, a new statewide administrative fee of 3 percent will be applied to all portions of registration costs except on the county option fee.    State lawmakers increased registration fees during the last legislative session in hopes of raising about $25 million over the next two years to fund t...

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EPA identifies 2 Montana Superfund sites for quick action

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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Federal officials say two polluted sites associated with Montana's copper industry will get heightened attention as the government pushes to complete cleanups that have dragged on more than three decades.    The Silver Bow Creek/Butte site and Anaconda Smelter were added to the U.S. Environmental Protection agency's Superfund list of highly-contaminated sites in 1983.    EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday identified the two as among 21 Sup... More>>

A new study seeks to lower dogs' stress levels in shelters Video included

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The Human Society of Western Montana is partnering with a Carroll College professor for a research project to see whether dog who are co-housed in the kennels have lower stress levels than dogs who are housed alone in their kennel. 

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Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

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NEW YORK (AP) - Mario Batali is stepping down from daily operations at his restaurant empire following reports of sexual misconduct by the celebrity chef over a period of at least 20 years.    The online site Eater New York reported Monday that the incidents involve at least four women, three who worked for Batali. In a prepared statement sent to The Associated Press, Batali said the complaints match up with his past behavior.    A spokesperson for Batali & Bas...

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US man accused of illegal gun exports to Europe, Australia

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A captured fugitive is accused of dozens of federal firearms violations in Montana for allegedly exporting guns from the U.S. to customers in countries with restrictive gun laws.

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Watchdog says MT Democratic Party violated campaign finance rules

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's chief political watchdog says the Montana Democratic Party failed to identify the issues and candidates that benefited from the party's spending of about $375,000 on the 2016 general election.    Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan also found the party failed to include Supreme Court candidate Dirk Sandefur on a list of candidates it was supporting.    Mangan says he referred the case to the Lewis and Clark County attorney... More>>

A new study shows Missoulians have highest life expectancy in the state

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A new study comparing each states city with the highest life expectancy says Missoula residents have the highest life expectancy in the state.  According to the list, Missoulians have a life expectancy of nearly 80 years. 

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Video of boy bullied goes viral - Celebrities and athletes rush to support him

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A Tennessee woman's video of her son recounting being bullied at middle school has prompted a wave of support from athletes and entertainers.    Kimberly Jones said in a Facebook post Friday she had just picked up her son, Keaton, from school because he was too afraid to go to lunch. In the video, Keaton said other students call him ugly, make fun of his nose and tell him he has no friends. The video had 17 million views as of Sunday.    On Twi... More>>

Pretrial subsidy program saves Yellowstone County $2M

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A southern Montana county is subsidizing the cost of pretrial monitoring - an effort that officials say has saved the county more than $2 million by reducing its jail population.    The Billings Gazette reports Yellowstone County has spent about $300,000 helping defendants pay for their court ordered location, drug and alcohol monitoring since 2015.    Under the subsidy program, the county pays up to $9 a day for 35 defendants who qualify for... More>>

Major cities step up security after NYC subway bombing

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the explosion in Manhattan in an underground passageway (all times local):    1:10 p.m.    Law enforcement is stepping up patrols at Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority train stations after a pipe bomb went off in a crowded subway corridor in New York City.    Boston police say that while there doesn't appear to be a specific threat to the area at this time, police are increasing their presence at major MBTA train stat... More>>

Missoula Food Bank's annual holiday food drive underway

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It’s Missoula Food Bank's Holiday Food Drive this month. 

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Lolo candy shop raises money for Montana Hope Project

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Local candy shop, The Sweet Barn raises money every year for the Montana Hope Project. 

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Missoula tech company joins forces with Opportunity Resources

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One Missoula company has grown to a new level all while helping developmentally challenged community.  Just a few months ago opportunity resources came together with Xplorer Maps to come up with an environmentally friendly way to package maps. 

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Here are the 2018 Golden Globe nominees

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Here is the full list. 

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Update: Law enforcement track down stolen wheelchair Video included

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The special tracked wheelchair was taken from his white cargo trailer overnight this week.

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Places you can donate in Bozeman for the Holidays

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This weekend was the 6th annual Shop with a Cop. This event is a wonderful way to help less fortunate children during the holidays. 

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Police: Getaway car ran out of gas after robbery, 2 arrested

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STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) - Police say a getaway car ran out of gas after an armed robbery near Atlanta, leading to the speedy arrest of two suspects.    Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera says 18-year-old Najee Logan and 21-year-old Justin Larry were charged with armed robbery after their arrest early Tuesday after officers found the car on empty.    Pihera's statement says the victim surrendered a wallet to two men at gunpoint in a grocery store parking lo... More>>

New Mexico gunman disguised himself as student to gain access to school

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AZTEC, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on a shooting at a New Mexico high school (all times local):   Friday, Dec. 8, 11:40 a.m.    Authorities say a gunman killed two students randomly at a New Mexico high school in a planned attack.   San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told reporters Friday that 21-year-old William Atchison of the small town of Aztec had legally purchased a 9mm Glock pistol a month ago.   State Police Chief Pete Kassetas says the shooter had mult... More>>

Bozeman resident helps design t-shirts and a logo for Miranda Lambert Video included

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A local artist in Bozeman is reaching national attention after she was chosen to design t-shirts and a logo for mega country star Miranda Lambert! 

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Montana sends fire engines to California to help fight wildfires Video included

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As the wildfires rapidly spread through California, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate; fire fighters are working tirelessly to contain the flames.

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Records show Zinke helicopter trips cost $53K Video included

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly released records show Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $53,000 on three helicopter trips this summer, including one that allowed him to return to Washington in time for a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence. The helicopter trips were first reported by Politico.   Records released by the Interior Department show Zinke spent more than $39,000 on a July helicopter tour above two national monuments in Nevada. Zinke was considering...

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Ex-priest gets life in prison for 1960 killing

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EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - The Latest on the murder trial of an ex-priest in the 1960 death of a Texas woman (all times local):    5:35 p.m.    A jury has sentenced a former priest to life in prison for the strangulation death of a female parishioner 57 years ago.    The Hidalgo County jury in South Texas deliberated just over four hours Friday before returning the maximum sentence for murder against 85-year-old John Bernard Feit. The same jury found him guil...

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UPDATED: Suspects identified in Dec. 6 shooting/pursuit

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POLSON- The Lake County Sheriff's Office has released more details in the Dec. 6 high-speed pursuit that ended with two women in custody and no injuries. The driver of the vehicle is identified as 34-year-old Alta Littlelight-Threefingers of Crow Agency, and the passenger is identified as Roishell St. Dennis, 27, of Billings. St. Dennis is on felony probation for offenses of robbery and assault with a weapon. Police also determined that the suspects drove a vehicle that was...

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FWP announced CWD hunt licenses to go on sale Monday

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Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks has outlined the parameters for a special hunt to help determine prevalence and distribution of chronic wasting disease within the hunt area.

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Court: 'Making a Murderer' defendant's confession stands

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CHICAGO (AP) - A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling that could have freed a Wisconsin inmate featured in the "Making a Murderer" series from prison.    The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that police properly obtained Brendan Dassey's confession and he should remain behind bars. The judges were sharply divided, voting 4 to 3 that Dassey's confession wasn't coerced.    Dassey was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 after he told d...

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Elite race horses die in California wildfire

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VENTURA, Calif. -  (AP) - The Latest on Southern California wildfires (all times local):    7:30 p.m. Dec. 7:    A California wildfire tore through a training center for elite race horses in San Diego County, killing some while others were able to sprint to safety.    There was no official count of animals killed in the hazy confusion as both horses and humans evacuated, but trainers at San Luis Rey Downs estimated that at least a dozen had died, po... More>>

Pullman Police Department requesting charges against Grizzly football player Video included

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Pullman Police Department said that based on the investigation, they determined that there is a probable cause for assault. 

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Man killed by car identified as former Butte school coach

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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Family members say the man who died after being struck by a vehicle in Montana was a former basketball and football coach at Butte High School.    The Montana Standard reports 76-year-old Dan Lean died from his injuries at a hospital in Missoula on Wednesday after he was hit earlier that morning in Butte.    Police say Lean routinely walked in the mornings, and he was on his usual route when he was struck. Police say he was walking in the parkin... More>>

Missoula clinic to charge monthly fee for basic care

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A medical clinic in Missoula plans to charge patients a monthly fee for routine medical care, starting in January.    CostCare plans to charge $70 a month for adults and $25 for children with no charge for office visits.    Co-founder Carol Bridges tells the Missoulian that she hopes the clinic model will allow patients to save money by buying insurance only for catastrophic medical costs. She says in some cases, patients' issues can be handl...

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UM responds to faculty complaints about Hauck hiring Video included

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MISSOULA- Bobby Hauck’s status as an incoming coach is unchanged...

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Montana postal worker sentenced for mailed meth

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A northeastern Montana postal worker was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine that was mailed to the post office where she worked.    The Great Falls Tribune reports the sentence for 49-year-old Cinnamon Fulghum was handed down on Thursday after she was indicted on federal charges in June.    Authorities say the Plentywood resident received between 20 and 40 packages while working at the post office fro... More>>

Lady Griz win third straight game, beat Stephen F. Austin 60-52

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The Lady Griz won their third straight game on Thursday as they beat Stephen F. Austin 60-52 in Dahlberg Arena. 

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As opioids affect Montana teens - Here's what parents need to know:

The teen opioid epidemic is a national crisis continuing to affect the lives of our children. A new report from the center of disease control found overdose deaths among 15 to 19 year olds spiked more than nineteen percent in recent years. 

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Montana crews called to help in California

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If the order is filled, Montana could send 250 engines to assist crews in California.  

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Top holiday gifts - Here's what you should buy now and here's what can wait

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A new report shows the best deals you can buy before and after Christmas. For those struggling to pick up those last minute gifts here are the top 5 things you can buy just before the Christmas holiday. Topping the list are gift cards. According to Wallet Hub they are the most desired gift of the season. Many stores who sell anything from food, store and music gift cards can cut prices anywhere from 10-50 percent off. Next are televisions. Although Black Friday is the best time to p... More>>

Missoula group launches unique campaign to end sexual violence

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A Western Montana relationship violence prevention group is taking a unique approach to deliver a message of ending sexual violence. Make Your Move Missoula is teaming up with the Humane Society of Western Montana to discuss a difficult topic in a softer way. The campaign uses photos of adoptable pets with their best move to end sexual violence. A photo of one shelter dog, Sheldon, says his best move is to ask before chasing cute dogs around the park. Dale, an adoptable black cat, ... More>>

How to be environmentally friendly during holiday shopping

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During the holidays Americans throw away 25 percent more trash using all the things we love to make the holiday special such as wrapping paper, and ribbon. Even the holiday Christmas cards we send it out can play a role in those numbers.

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Neptune Aviation Services sends two aircraft to California

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The Neptune Aviation Services just sent out two of these BAE 146 aircraft to help fight the fires in California.

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Jury finds Dimarzio Sanchez guilty in burning death of Crow Agency woman

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A Busby man was found guilty of first-degree murder aiding and abetting in federal court Thursday. 

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Montana sheriff reaches plea agreement for abusing son

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 CONRAD, Mont. (AP) - A Montana sheriff has reached a plea agreement for abusing his son that recommends he not be allowed to carry a firearm for a year.    The Great Falls Tribune reports a Department of Justice spokesman says Pondera County Sheriff Carl Suta still will be able to serve as sheriff.    Prosecutors set the conditions of the agreement filed in the domestic abuse case against Suta in which Suta agrees to plead no contest to kicking his son in Feb... More>>

Pantone picks deep purple 'Ultra Violet' as color of year

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NEW YORK (AP) - The trendspotting Pantone Color Institute picked a deep purple hue called "Ultra Violet" as the color of the year for 2018.    Pantone Vice President Laurie Pressman told The Associated Press ahead of Thursday's announcement that the shade evokes a counterculture flair, originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking. Pressman said the choice speaks to rebellion rather than royalty and has played out in everything from home and commercial interiors to... More>>

UM faculty group protesting Hauck hire

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MISSOULA- Some University of Montana faculty members are asking asking the school to reconsider hiring Bobby Hauck to coach Griz football. In a letter sent Dec. 1, nearly 30 UM professors and lecturers declared their opposition to the hiring. ABCFOX Montana has obtained a copy of the letter. "We, the UM faculty signed below, are writing this letter to express our dismay," the letter begins.  It goes on to describe re-hiring Hauck as a "slap in the face"...

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Veterans bring Christmas cheer to sick children

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Six year-old Max is recuperating from bronchitis at St Vincent Healthcare, but he got some joy and encouragement to get back home for Christmas, when Warrior Wishes Montana stopped by and gave him a stuffed animal. He says he loves his doggy he named "Brownie". "I got him from Santa," Max said. Amy Goltz, St Vincent Healthcare, Pediatrics Nurse, says it can be discouraging for kids staying in the hospital day after day and missing Christmas programs. "If t... More>>

Montana judicial elections will remain non-partisan

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HELENA- The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals released a decision Dec. 7 preserving Montana law that keeps judicial elections nonpartisan. The case, French v. Jones, was spurred by a suit from judicial candidate Mark French. French complained that a state law barring judicial candidates from seeking political endorsements violated his First Amendment rights. But the court held that Montana has “compelling interests in an impartial and independent judiciary” and tha... More>>

Sen. Al Franken to resign amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations

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Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is resigning amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations. 

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Man acquitted of rape guilty of threatening prosecutor

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man who was acquitted of rape has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill the prosecutor and the detective involved.    The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports 35-year-old Jared Kuntz of Bozeman pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of intimidation in an agreement that recommends a five-year sentence with the Department of Corrections. The agency would determine his placement.    Kuntz was acquitted of the 2012 rape but convicted of a mis... More>>

Elf on the Shelf gets 'surgery' at hospital after dog attack

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Thankfully, her mom is a nurse manager at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, so he was quickly brought into a trauma bay for surgery.

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'Silence Breakers' named Time magazine's Person of the Year

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NEW YORK (AP) - The "Silence Breakers" have been named Time magazine's Person of the Year.    Women have shared their stories about being sexually harassed and assaulted in the wake of revelations about Harvey Weinstein and other high-profile men.    The announcement was made Wednesday on NBC's "Today" show, where longtime host Matt Lauer was recently fired amid harassment allegations.    Time praised those who have given "voice t...

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Whitefish Mountain Resorts opens for the season with $2.6 million in upgrades

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WHITEFISH- Whitefish Mountain Resort opened for the 2017-2018 winter ski season Thursday.  It's is a special year too, because its their 70th Anniversary Season. Thursday, six lifts including the newly relocated Chair 5 lift are running and downloading on Chair 1 will be required for all guests. 29 trails will open with specially-priced adult lift ticket for $62  

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Compromise reached over a menorah lighting ceremony in Hamilton

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Commissioners suggested the rabbi host a menorah ceremony at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds, making this the first public menorah ceremony in Hamilton. 

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Last funding push of 2017 for Glacier National Park Video included

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After a brutal fire season which included the loss of the historic Sperry Chalet...

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Bozeman boy flips switch on Capitol Christmas Tree Video included

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Wednesday evening, one of the stars of the show got to shine. Not just the 80-pound Montana-made copper star on top of the Capitol Christmas Tree, but also 11-year-old Ridley Brandmayr, who had the honor of flipping the switch for this year’s lighting ceremony. Brandmayr, a student from Meadowlark Middle School in Bozeman, was chosen this fall by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester to have the honor of lighting the tree. Tester and Brandmayr became friends this last summe... More>>

Whitefish Energy settles dispute over Puerto Rico grid work

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A small Montana company that landed and lost a contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid has reached a settlement in a dispute over money it said it was owed for the work.    Representatives of Montana-based Whitefish Energy Holdings and Arc American of Indiana confirmed the settlement Wednesday. They declined to release details.    Whitefish sued Arc in federal court on Dec. 1 for allegedly interfering with payments...

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Officials identify gunman in Trout Creek murder-suicide

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 MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Law enforcement officers in western Montana have identified the gunman in a Thanksgiving weekend murder-suicide that left another man injured.    Sanders County Sheriff Tom Rummel says 64-year-old William Tyree got into a heated argument with 83-year-old Charles Moore at a residence near Trout Creek on the night of Nov. 25. Moore was shot in the shoulder and is recovering from wound.    Rummel says Tyree also shot and killed a woman at ... More>>

High-speed chase reported on Highway 93 Video included

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The Flathead County Sheriff's Office is reportedly investigating a shooting that happened after a high-speed chase Wednesday. The chase started in Missoula shortly after noon, after reports of a vehicle driving recklessly in a residential neighborhood. 

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Griz game against UCLA canceled due to fires

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LOS ANGELES - Tonight's Griz men's basketball game versus UCLA has been canceled due to concerns about the wildfires in southern California.  A notice from UCLA reads: "The health and safety of student-athletes, staff and fans is our top priority. Due to concerns stemming from area wildfires, tonight's men's basketball game versus Montana has been canceled." A series of wildfires in the last few days have burned 83,000 acres, forced thousands of evacuations and s...

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Lawsuit cooked up over New Jersey's home baked goods ban

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A group of bakers is challenging a one-of-a-kind New Jersey rule that bans the sale of homemade baked goods.    The New Jersey Home Bakers Association on Wednesday sued the state's health department over rules that require people to have a license before they can sell their home-baked treats.    The nearly decade long push to overturn the regulation has gained supporters who argue that people should be allowed to make money by selling their bak... More>>

Montana ACLU and partner groups issue joint letter "Standing up to ICE"

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The ACLU of Montana and partner groups issued a joint statement Wednesday pertaining to a federal filing, Monday, regarding an immigration case originating out of Gallatin County.

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Washington man arrested after 81-year-old mother found in filth

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A Washington man is under investigation for elder abuse after his mother was found lying in filth with a broken hip and bound legs.    The Everett Herald reports Kenneth Strandt was arrested after authorities say his 81-year-old mother was found with bed sores and in clothing that was soiled with feces and urine.    A police report says Strandt's mother had numerous health problems, including skin ulcers and circulatory issues.    St... More>>

Flathead County confirms two flu deaths

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Two Flathead County residents over the age of 65 have died from complications related to influenza, according to county health officials. The Flathead City-County Health Department would like to remind the public that everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated for the flu every season. It takes up to two weeks after the vaccination for antibodies to develop, so it’s important to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Other ways of preventing the spread of illness inc...

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Hamilton Police confirm identity of teen death

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Officials have released the name of a 16-year-old Hamilton boy who died over the weekend of an apparent prescription drug overdose.    

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FWP to hold meeting on chronic wasting disease, special winter hunt

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold a public meeting in Joliet Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, to talk about chronic wasting disease, or CWD, and a special deer hunt this winter. 

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SPECIAL REPORT: The People's Tree

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As sponsors of the Capitol Christmas Tree, ABC FOX Montana and SWX produced a 30-minute special report tracking the tree on its journey from Yaak, Montana, to Washington, DC.  More>>

ABC FOX Montana receives recognition for Capitol Christmas Tree coverage

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Our own Angela Marshall and Jackie Coffin were there to accept the award on the station's behalf. 

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UM professor demands documents from program prioritization process Video included

University of Montana professor is putting pressure on the school to release information...

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DC arborist celebrates special Montana connection

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Crews worked this week to decorate the Capitol Christmas Tree with ornaments made by kids in Montana. And one of the crew members had a special connection to the Treasure State. Merissa Reynolds works as a gardener at the Senate building, but has previously lived in Kalispell and worked for the Montana Conservation Corps in Glacier National Park. She says she couldn’t miss a chance to tap into her Montana pride. “Once I found out the tree was from ... More>>

Final Preparations on Capitol Christmas Tree

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It's a tradition nearly 60 years in the making. Once a year, a state is picked to provide our nation's capitol with a Christmas tree. 

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MT Secretary of State: Montana has no voter fraud issue

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Secretary of State Corey Stapleton says Montana does not have issues of coordinated voter fraud, but argued there were cases of "voter misconduct" that need to be addressed. 

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Montana's Yaak spruce to light up Wednesday on West Lawn in Washington DC

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WASHINGTON DC- The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House, Paul D. Ryan, on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 during a ceremony on the West Front Lawn beginning at 5 p.m. 

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Delta flight makes emergency bathroom stop in Montana

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Delta flight from New York City to Seattle had to make a stop in Billings after the plane's toilets filled up and passengers couldn't hold it any longer. 

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New Kalispell plan to reduce lanes, increase sidewalks on Main Street

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KALISPELL- This week the Kalispell City Council unanimously approved a new downtown master plan, outlining the path the city will take for growth in the coming years.  The plan is complex and well defined taking into account each detail of growth, from the Courthouse couplet to parking, lane changes on Main street and restoration and economic improvement to businesses.  In the plan, historic Kalispell is referred top as the heart of the community. The plan serves as a visi... More>>

No vote on possible Grove St. townhomes

Still no decision from Missoula City Council about a possible townhouse development off North Reserve. 

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Belgrade's Spencer Gordon

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If there's one thing Belgrade basketball head coach Mike Deming can count on from Spencer Gordon, it's a high level of effort and commitment.

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Google blocks YouTube on Amazon devices in escalating feud

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is pulling its popular YouTube video service from Amazon's Fire TV and Echo Show devices in an escalating feud that has caught consumers in the crossfire.    Google says the decision to block YouTube is retaliation for Amazon's refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets. That includes Google's Chromecast streaming device, an alternative to Fire TV, and an internet-connected speaker called Home, which is trying to catch u...

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Hamilton reacts to teen death

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One Hamilton High School student is dead and another student is hospitalized after an alleged prescription drug overdose.

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Charter outage preventing emergency calls

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Charter reports a service outage affecting customers in Butte, Bozeman, Anaconda, Dillon and Great Falls Tuesday afternoon.

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Woman gives leggings with love to struggling girls

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HELENA-Mont.- One woman is trying to make the holidays happier for kids one legging at a time.

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Montana wildlife reserve to offer bison hunts on the prairie

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A conservation group attempting to piece together the largest private wildlife reserve in the United States says it will allow eight hunters a chance to kill bison on the grasslands of north-central Montana.

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Montana photo contest winners attend Capitol ceremony Video included

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- A group of high school students from Libby and Troy are attending the Capitol Christmas Tree lighting in D.C. this week after winning a photo contest. The seven students submitted to the 2017 Kootenai National Forest Capitol Christmas Tree Photo Contest earlier this year. This year's Capitol tree is a 79-foot Engelmann Spruce cut in the Kootenai forest. The students are touring D.C. and attending the tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, Dec. 6, b... More>>

Budget analysts working to avoid revenue shortfall confusion

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HELENA (AP) - The budget analysis arm of the Montana Legislature is working on a more accurate way to estimate state tax revenues after a special session was held to address a projected $227 million shortfall compared to the revenue projections lawmakers worked with this spring.    Members of the Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee agreed Monday that the Legislature should study the state's overall tax structure, but acknowledged that wouldn't happen before the... More>>

Chronic wasting disease found in northern Montana mule deer

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A mule deer shot north of Chester near the Canadian border has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. 

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Helena-Based Fundraiser Pays It Forward

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Leah Cupino runs the Art Space in downtown Helena. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies – The Montana Coalition recently approached her with an idea inspired by the holiday season. 

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Poll ranks each state's favorite candy

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A new survey ranks each state’s favorite holiday season candy according to customer favorites and confectioners’ estimates. Candy canes and Pez ranked among some of the most popular treats throughout the nation. Around the winter holidays, Montanans most often reach for Skittles, followed by Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, according to the results. Snicker’s and Reese’s Pieces are popular in Wyoming, and chocola...

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Secretary Zinke fires back at Patagonia protest Video included

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended his recommendation to reduce or alter a handful of national monuments in a media briefing Tuesday morning. Zinke dismissed a protest led by Patagonia as a “special interest” complaint. “This is not about energy, there is no oil and gas assets…” Zinke said, “The argument that somehow president Trump stole land is nefarious, false and a lie.” The protest came in light of the National Monument Report, whi...

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IOC: Russians can compete at Olympics, but without flag

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The International Olympic Committee says Russian athletes will be able to compete at the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics as neutrals.

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Young rapper and grandma become best friends over Words With Friends

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A friendship the Internet never knew it needed is stealing hearts across the country. 

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Doctors call depression treatment "breakthrough"

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The unique and effective katemine treatment at Montana Psychiatry is the only one of its kind in the state, according to psychiatrist, Dr. Erin Amato. Ketamine patient, Mackenzie Martin, says she's seen the IV infusion make a difference in her life in several ways. She says she felt like she didn't have many options.  With the Ketamine treatments now, she says she feels like she has her life back. "I think the difference has been first in my functioning and motivation and... More>>

Belgrade girl donates to pay other students' school lunch balances

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BELGRADE - A Belgrade girl has donated part of her Christmas money to help pay other students' school lunch debts.    The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Tuesday 10-year-old Julie Foret donated $80 to Ridge View Elementary School to pay off students' lunch debts.    Julie was inspired after overhearing her neighbor Shawnna McLaughlin say she wanted to donate money to help alleviate school's lunch debt.    Julie says she decided to donate because she alre... More>>

Teen dies of apparent overdose, another hospitalized

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HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - A 16-year-old western Montana high school student has died and a 15-year-old boy is hospitalized after they apparently overdosed on prescription medication.

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13-year-old California girl killed herself after years of bullying, family says

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As the Avilas prepare to take their daughter, Rosalie, off life support, her father Freddie says the bullies who drove her kill herself are still at school. 

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The importance of clearing snow off of your car before you drive

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Clearing and scraping off snow and ice in the morning might just be the last thing that you want to do, but it is extremely important that you do so. Why? Because it helps keep you and every other driver safe on the road. 

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UM faculty speaks up about job cuts

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About 30 lecturers who thought they were out of a job at the University of Montana found out hours later that they are still employed after the school reversed their decision.

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MSU grad writes children's book about a dog with a 7-inch tongue

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MSU grad Carla Rickert who lives in Bozeman, recently wrote a children’s book to help children ages two through eight learn about science. 

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Witness: Men went gambling after decapitating Billings man Video included

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Two men are charged in the decapitation death of Myron Wesley Knight.  Both men, Donald Ray Cherry and Jeffrey Glen Haverty, are charged with deliberate homicide.

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Montana attorney general sues Oxycontin maker

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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox announced Dec. 4 a consumer protection lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, which manufactures opioid medication Oxycontin. Fox's office claims that Purdue should be held partly responsible for the prescription opioid epidemic.  In a press release, Fox said: "As our investigation revealed and our complaint alleges, for years, Purdue knew the damage caused by Oxycontin, and rather than scale back or eliminate distribution of the drug, it ramped-up ...

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Family, dog safe in Butte house fire started by candle

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BUTTE - A family and their pet dog are safe after a burning candle ignited a house fire early Saturday morning in Butte. At 1:26 a.m., local law enforcement and the Butte Silver-Bow and Racetrack fire departments responded to a structure fire at the corner of Lafayette and George. Upon arrival, first responders observed smoke issuing from the eaves of the home. Firefighters used thermal imaging cameras to determine that an active fire was burning through the ceiling and into the...

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University of Montana cancels termination letters

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The University of Montana has taken back notice to lecturers that their contracts will not be renewed and their jobs will end in May. Termination notice was sent to 30 lecturers Friday. But hours later UM indicated the decision had been reversed.

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Billings man pleads guilty in pot-related vehicular homicide case

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 21-year-old Billings man has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide while under the influence of marijuana in an agreement that recommends he be sentenced to 20 years in prison.    The Billings Gazette reports Kent Roderick Jensen made the plea Monday while retaining the right to challenge the state law that sets the threshold at which a person is considered to be under the influence.    Jensen was charged after his vehicle struck a motorcycl...

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Montana Special Olympics cancels state Winter Games

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KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Special Olympics Montana has canceled its 2018 State Winter Games in Whitefish and plans to instead hold regional winter sports competitions that require less travel and allow more athletes to compete.

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Hauck back as 37th Head Coach for Griz Football

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Bobby Hauck will be the 37th Football Coach for the Montana Grizzlies.   Hauck, was the special teams coordinator and associate head coach at San Diego State University, and traveled to Missoula to interview for the position Monday. Hauck led the Griz from 2003-2009 where he brought seven Big Sky Conference Championships to Missoula in his seven seasons at UM. He compiled a 80-17 record and went 42-6 in conference play including three national championship appear...

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Missoula Public Library's Annual Food for Fines

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Missoula  Public Library has partnered with the Missoula Food Bank ...

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Tips for Winterizing your home

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As the winter weather moves in...

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Senator Daines and Senator Tester speak on Republic tax reform plan Video included

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Overnight, a major vote took place in Washington that could drastically change the way you pay taxes. 

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Billings City Council names Greg Doyon new city administrator

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The Billings City Council names Greg Doyon as the new city administrator. He is currently the City Manager for Great Falls. Doyon replaces Tina Volek, who retired in September. 

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Whitefish sues over payments for Puerto Rico power work

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A small Montana company that landed and lost a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's hurricane-shattered electric grid is suing a subcontractor for allegedly interfering with tens of millions of dollars in payments.  

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Did your name make 2017's list of most popular baby names?

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The website says the new names on a list show parents are moving away from traditional family names and towards more "stylish" names. 

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Petition against UM's Hiring of Bobby Hauck Video included

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A Missoula woman has started a petition against University of Montana’s hiring of Bobby Hauck.  

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Spirit of Giving: One woman's spirits lifted by the Salvation Army

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Our annual Spirit of Giving drive is Friday. We'll be at locations across the state collecting toys and money for Toys For Tots. Then, we team up with the Salvation Army to get those toys to kids in need. ABC FOX Montana caught up with a client of the Salvation Army who tells us, in her own words, about the important services they provide. 

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Capitol Christmas Tree: Montanans make their mark

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Montana had the honor of presenting the Capitol Christmas Tree this year. That tree will be lit in a ceremony Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. From start to finish, Montanans left their mark on this tree. The first, Pete Tallmadge a fifth generation sawyer from Troy was selected to cut the tree. 

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Unconfirmed New UM Coach Comes with Baggage

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Longtime Griz fans and the Missoula community members likely remember Bobby Hauck's tenure as head coach as one of championship appearances and also of controversy.

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Jim Nabors, Gomer Pyle on 'Andy Griffith Show,' dies at 87

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Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle on TV's "The Andy Griffith Show," has died at 87. 

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"Montana Home" looking for a forever home on HGTV

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Hopefully, a new show will be coming to your home soon. “Montana Home” which has already aired its pilot is just waiting for the phone call to hear if they have been picked up.  

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