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Montana woman turning love of dandelions into a business Video included

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MISSOULA - Tired of all those dandelions on your lawn? A Missoula woman wants to know - she likes to go to friends' houses to pick their dandelions.

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Logjam Presents planning new concert venue for Bozeman

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BOZEMAN - A major venue owner and event promoter in Missoula is now setting his sights on Bozeman. On Wednesday, the Bozeman Chronicle reported that the owner of the Top Hat and Wilma is now planning a new venue for Bozeman. Nick Checota told the Chronicle that he envisions a 1,500-seat venue the corner of Seventh and Short Street. It's near Whittier Elementary School and the new RSVP Motel.  Checota is best known for buying the Top Hat and later the Wilma in downtown Missoula...

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Helena man convicted of killing girlfriend

A 22-year-old Helena man has been convicted of deliberate homicide for shooting his girlfriend in the head as she sat in a car last July.

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VIDEO: Search continues for four people in Idaho river

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GRANGEVILLE, IDAHO - The search continues for four people who remain missing after their car wrecked and landed upside-down in the Selway River in a remote part of Idaho. Newly released video shows the car submerged in a fast-moving river.

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University of Montana bookstore racks up $1.8 million in losses

The University of Montana is finalizing negotiations for Barnes & Noble College to manage the campus bookstore, which has racked up $1.8 million in losses in the last few years.

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Four remain missing after car crashes into Idaho river

Officials are searching for four missing people after their vehicle was found in the upper Selway River in northern Idaho backcountry.  Two survivors have returned to their home state of Georgia.

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NFL owners adopt new policy to address anthem protests

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NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field.  

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Congratulations to Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Year 2018!

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The people have spoken, and the winner of our Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Year for 2018 is Kaelyn Smith. The Polson Pirate was surprised with her $2,000 scholarship check at practice on Tuesday afternoon.

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Is social media pressuring Montanans to change their faces? Video included

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In a time when there's pressure to always look perfect for your next selfie, we found out even Montanans are showing a growing interest in procedures to enhance their face.

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State of the art firearm training technology comes to Billings Video included

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A local gun range brings state of the art technology to Billings in an effort to help better train those new to firearms and even seasoned veterans. 

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MSU creates new device to battle invasive fish in Yellowstone Lake

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MSU has created a new device that could help in Yellowstone’s fight against an invasive fish. 

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Trend-Getting off prescription pills with drugs

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When it comes to drug use Marijuana use is happening at an even younger age.
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Tuesday standoff suspect involved in 2014 standoff with GFPD Video included

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The Great Falls Police Department has apprehended a male suspect after he barricaded himself in an apartment building on the 11-hundred block of  7th Avenue South for almost four hours Tuesday. The incident occurred right outside the south entrance of Longfellow Elementary School. Neighbors on the scene told KFBB they witnessed GFPD try to pull over a vehicle, when the man driving jumped out and ran into the apartment complex. Police did tell reporters on scene that this was a ...

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10 year old missing case in Anaconda remains a mystery

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There is another missing person's case in the Anaconda area. 

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Nurse alleges she was fired for reporting a sexual assault

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A nurse files suit in federal court after claiming she was fired from her job after reporting a sexual assault. 

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Plane crash blocks eastbound lanes on I-90 at Lookout Pass

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An accident is blocking the eastbound lanes on I-90 at Lookout Pass, just half a mile east of the border with Idaho. Authorities reported the accident at 3:16 PM Tuesday. Drivers are warned to expect delays and reduced speeds.

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19-year-old Missoula man sentenced for raping 5-year-old

A 19-year-old Montana man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for raping a 5-year-old girl in Helena.

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Four people missing after vehicle overturns in the Selway

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Crews in Montana and Idaho are looking for four people who have not been seen since their vehicle turned over into the Selway River Monday morning.  

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Many Missoula flood victims say they didn't have flood insurance Video included

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MISSOULA - As the Clark Fork is still running at a minor flood stage, search and rescue teams are wading into evacuated neighborhoods to take a look at the damage left by the 100-year flood. Unfortunately, many homeowners shouldn't expect good news. With running water flooding some homes for weeks now, Missoula County crews are reporting permanent structural damage to many buildings in the Orchard Homes area. About 300 homes are slated to be looked at this week in hopes of learning ...

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Judge to decide on anti-transgender bathroom proposal case

A Montana judge soon will decide on issues in a case against a proposed anti-transgender bathroom initiative.

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Is "Selfie-Itis" coming to Montana?

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In November 2013, the word "selfie" appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary. These days, selfies are ubiquitous on social media - and Montanans are no exception. On Tuesday night on ABC FOX Montana, we're taking a look at the lengths some people will go to to take the "perfect" selfie. Even Montanans are turning to plastic surgery to keep up with our increasingly image-based world. You don't need plastic surgery to take a great photo, though. We found 12 tips ...

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Man shot in neck in downtown Billings

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Police are investigating a domestic disturbance that left one man injured after being shot in the neck.

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Some apps allow kids to "play" plastic surgeon

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Some apps depicting plastic surgery are now targeting kids as young as eight. 

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Convicted Montana pain doctor back in custody

A 69-year-old former Montana pain doctor convicted of overprescribing opioids leading to the deaths of two patients is back in custody after missing an appeal filing deadline with the state Supreme Court.

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Montana family's Cancun vacation derailed by serious injury Video included

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A family from Malta on vacation in Cancun has had their dream vacation come to a terrible conclusion after a dive off of a dock resulted in a broken spine.

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Montana Treasure: Bozeman's Julius Lehrkind Brewing celebrates its roots

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BOZEMAN - The Gallatin Valley's newest brewery can boast roots going back more than a century. The great-great-grandson of German settler Julius Lehrkind is re-launching the brewery brand started by his family.

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Marketers dropping "Real America" slogan for Montana and other western states

A group of five western states that banded together nearly three decades ago to market the region internationally is changing its brand.

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Interior moves to lift restrictions on hunting bears, wolves

The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother bears and their cubs hibernating in dens.

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Bozeman hires new spokeswoman for city commission

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The City of Bozeman has hired the cities first ever communications coordinator. 

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Receding flood water allows survey of damage in Montana

Receding water is allowing officials to better survey flood damage that occurred to homes in the Missoula area in western Montana.

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Helena man convicted in girlfriend's shooting death

A jury has found a 22-year-old Helena man guilty of deliberate homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend last year.

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What To Do When Wildlife Attacks

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Here in Montana the odds of being attacked by wildlife are few and far between, but in a rare case you do come face to face with a wild animal there are several safety hacks when  wildlife attacks.

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Dam Clean Up After Flooding

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Volunteers have been pouring out to help with the intense flooding we've been seeing.  But other unsung heroes have been keeping the power running as the floods attempt to clog up many of Montana's dams. 

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Emergency crews continue to repair levee in the Turah area Video included

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As we know flood waters have been causing some damage...

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Yellowstone County law enforcement investigating possible meth lab

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Billings Police, Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, and Billings Hazmat are investigating a possible abandoned meth lab.

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Montana Supreme Court: FWP did not violate ethics laws

The Montana Supreme Court says Fish, Wildlife & Parks complied with ethics laws after a state-owned educational trailer was used by a private group during a political campaign.

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1 Killed in 2 vehicle crash on I-15

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Around 11:30 am on Sunday, scanner traffic indicated a rollover crash had occurred in the southbound lane of Interstate 15 near Emerson Junction.

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Missoula crews checking homes for flood damage

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MISSOULA - Some evacuated homeowners will soon get a chance to find out how much damage they're facing from the last few weeks of flooding. Starting May 22, search and rescue crews are surveying flooded houses in the Orchard Homes area to check for damage. A release from Missoula County says that if you're one of the evacuated residents, you can call 406-258-4841 to ask to have your property looked at. The county says search and rescue teams are best equipped to venture out in...

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GoFundMe created for Libby bear attack victim

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A GoFundMe has been created for the woman attacked by a bear in the Cabinet Mountains May 17.

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Baboon on the loose at San Antonio Airport

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SAN ANTONIO - Airport officials are working with several agencies to corral a baboon that escaped an airplane. According to ABC News reporters on Twitter, the baboon was on American Airlines flight 1014 from Chicago, destined for a local animal sanctuary.

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Accident kills 1 north of Great Falls

Montana Highway Patrol says one person has died in a two-vehicle accident.

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'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

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The Montana paleontologist who consulted with director Steven Spielberg on the "Jurassic Park" movies is developing a three-dimensional hologram exhibit that will showcase the latest theories on what dinosaurs looked like.

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Former Bozeman city employee accused of embezzlement

A former Bozeman employee has pleaded not guilty in a Montana court to charges of embezzling from the city and a business organization.

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East Glacier manslaughter convict to remain free until his sentencing

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Judge John Johnston has ruled William Arocha Jr. will remain free until his sentencing September 6.

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Cougar killed after attack on cyclists in Washington

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SEATTLE - A mountain biker who survived a cougar attack that killed his friend east of Seattle is recovering in the hospital. Photos show Fish and Wildlife officers with a male cougar they shot and killed following Saturday's attack in a remote area near North Bend.  Officers believe it is the same cougar that killed 32-year-old SJ Brooks and injured 31-year-old Issac Sederbaum.

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Flood evacuees can return home

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Missoula County officials say flooding evacuees can temporarily return home as of Monday. Residents are allowed to return to their properties without checking in and out at road blocks, but are cautioned to not reinhabit their homes until the flooding emergency is over.

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Washington man suspected of murder arrested in Hardin

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The Big Horn County Sheriff's Office has arrested and booked a man suspected of first degree murder Saturday. Jacob Ozuna fled the state of Washington. According to Q13 Fox, a Washington news station, The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force in Yakima said Ozuna is "a six-time convicted felon and a dangerous gang member." according to Q13, Ozuna, a.k.a "Kapone," has a $1 million dollar warrant for first degree murder along with two counts of  assaul...

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Yellowstone bison experiment stopped, disease rules changed

Federal officials shut down an experiment on diseased wildlife from Yellowstone National Park after inspectors questioned government protocols for handling infected bison.

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Hasbro trademarks Play-doh's scent: sweet, slightly musky

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - Hasbro has trademarked the scent of Play-doh. The toy company on Friday announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has recognized Play-doh's distinctive smell with a registered trademark, something rarely issued for a scent.

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Yellowstone counts fewer visits so far compared to last year

Fewer people have visited Yellowstone National Park so far this year compared to the same time frame last year.

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Clarkson calls for change at Billboard Awards

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Kelly Clarkson tearfully called for a moment of change, instead of a moment of silence for the victims of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, at the opening of the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. The awards show host, who is from Texas, said as she held back tears that moments of silence are not working, but "why don't we change what's happening"

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Stroke awareness month: How one victim overcame the odds

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Stroke is a leading cause of death and long term disability worldwide and can happen to anyone at any time at any age, something that Kathryn Dunning knows too well.Dunning said, “I felt really good about everything, then went to bed and didn’t wake up. I woke up 2 days later and went to the ER because I had a serious stroke.”

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UPDATE: Amber Alert issued for missing Billings boy is canceled, boy found safe

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An Amber Alert has been issued for Christopher Joseph Getsdownoften, an 18-month-old Native American boy. 

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Temporary relief for Missoula flooding victims

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According to incident Public Information Officer Mel Holtz, the water levels have dropped in the Missoula area after the expected spike in water levels didn't occur. 

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Bucking Horse Sale brings thousands to Miles City Video included

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Thousands of people are gathered this weekend in Miles City for the World Famous Bucking Horse Sale.

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Billings company develops technology to detect gunfire and notify authorities Video included

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Billings company Shot Tracer has developed technology that can easily be installed in schools and other public buildings. The devices will detect gunfire and within seconds notify anyone with the app including local police.

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Snowmelt boosts mudslide risk near Lolo, Rice Ridge burned areas

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Officials say the rapidly melting snowpack in the mountains of western Montana has increased the risk of mudslides in areas scorched by last year's wildfires.

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Several Maggotfest rugby teams volunteer with flood sandbagging Video included

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MISSOULA - As residents prepare for another soggy weekend, hundreds of rugby players from all over the world volunteered on Friday at the Fort Missoula sandbagging station.

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Staff tour the new Jeannette Rankin Elementary School

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Jeanette Rankin Elementary School is being built because Cold Springs Elementary School is not built to accommodate its 500 students and is not suitable for modern learning.

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Georgia man claims son was raped at Special K Ranch

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The Special K Ranch is being accused of negligence after a Georgia man alleges his developmentally disabled son was raped while at Special K Ranch.  

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Only 3 known to have survived Boeing 737 crash in Cuba

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By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press    HAVANA (AP) - A 39-year-old airliner with 110 people aboard crashed and burned in a cassava field just after taking off from the Havana airport Friday, leaving three survivors in Cuba's worst aviation disaster in three decades, officials said.    The Boeing 737 went down just after noon a short distance from the end of the runway at Jose Marti International Airport while on a short-hop flight to the ...

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FWP says bear attack victim was field assistant

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KALISPELL - A Fish and Wildlife Service field assistant was seriously injured in a bear attack reported in the Cabinet Mountains on May 17. An update from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the woman is a field assistant on a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grizzly bear study. On the morning of May 17, she was attacked in a "surprise defense encounter" involving a bear in the Poorman Creek area.  Officials do not know for sure what kind of bear was involved. The wo...

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Expect large crowds at the Bozeman Airport this summer

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As summer rolls in, Montana’s busiest airport is expecting to break more records as people start to roll in and out of the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. 

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Boeing 737 crashes with 104 passengers aboard in Cuba

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HAVANA (AP) - A Boeing 737 operated by state airline Cubana crashed on takeoff from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana on Friday with 104 passengers and nine crew aboard, coming to rest in a farm field where firefighters sprayed the charred fuselage with hoses. There was no immediate word on casualties.    Officials said the plane was headed to the eastern city of Holguin when it crashed.

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Lawyer: Neo-Nazi "troll storm" protected by free speech

An attorney says the "bona fide neo-Nazi" he represents may have written cruel and crude commentary about a Montana woman who's now suing him, but the First Amendment doesn't require kindness.

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Up to 10 fatalities in Texas high school shooting; 1 suspect in custody, another suspect detained

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SANTA FE, Texas (AP) - The local sheriff says as many as 10 people may have been killed during a shooting at a high school near Houston, most of them students. 

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Student Athlete of the Year top 10 contenders May 16

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Here's your Top 10 contenders for Student Athlete of the Year, as of May 18. The winner will receive a $2,000 cash scholarship, awarded by ABC FOX Montana and Mattress Firm Montana! Voting closes at midnight on May 21, and we'll announce a winner on May 22! Keep those votes coming in by clicking here. You can vote ONCE EVERY HOUR! 1. Keri Peterson (Missoula) 2. Katie Hoppe (Belgrade) 3. Kaelyn Smith (Polson) 4. Brooke Mycke (Conrad) 5. Macy Mangold (Fergus) 6. Rachel Ryan (Gr...

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Margot Kidder's daughter shaken by Mother's Day death

The family of Margot Kidder says they were shaken by the "Superman" actress' death on Mother's Day.

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Montana Unemployment drops to 4%

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Governor Steve Bullock today announced Montana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.0% for the month of April.

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Can Brennan's Wave withstand historic Clark Fork flooding?

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With the Clark Fork running high and fast, many people are wondering how a beloved local surfing and kayaking feature is holding up.

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Missoula Flooding Resources

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Here's a list of resources for the flooding Missoula neighborhoods as of the week of May 14-20. Information compiled from the Missoula Flood Support Facebook group. Inciweb for the latest updates compiled by state and local emergency officials Missoula Flood Support community group on Facebook Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Missoula County 911 Facebook Missoula County Facebook Request for Disaster Assistance form: http://bit.ly/RequestForAssistance Donate sand ...

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Forecast improves for Missoula floods this weekend

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MISSOULA - County officials say residents preparing for the river to crest this weekend may be able to breathe a sigh of relief. The National Weather Service's latest prediction says water levels won't rise as high as they did on May 12-13, when they hit 14 feet.

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Woman treated for bear attack near Libby

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KALISPELL - An adult woman was airlifted to Kalispell Regional Medical Center after a reported bear attack. A press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 1 says personnel responded to the report around 11:30 AM. 

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Law enforcement honor fallen Deputy Mason Moore, 1 year after his death

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TOWNSEND - Just one year ago, Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore lost his life in the line of duty, on a high-speed chase in southwestern Montana. The loss of Deputy Moore weighs on the hearts of his department and community. 

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Classic film The Horse Whisperer celebrates 20th anniversary in Bozeman

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This weekend the City of Bozeman will help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the critically acclaimed film The Horse Whisperer with a special screening at the Emerson Theater.

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Crews removing major debris from flooded area near Schmidt Road in Missoula Video included

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Missoula County emergency officials explain how a fire started while they were working on a mobile home in a flooded area.

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Big Sky HS student disciplined for Confederate flag sweatshirt

A Montana high school student has been disciplined for continuing to wear a Confederate flag sweatshirt after administrators requested that he stop wearing it.

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Man rescued from Clark Fork after jumping from bridge

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Missoula Police are staging at several bridges in town after receiving numerous reports from people saying a man jumped off the Orange Street bridge in to the Clark Fork River.  

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CDC: Romaine lettuce now safe to eat, 172 sickened by E. coli

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Health officials say nearly two dozen more cases of a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona have been reported.

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UM student doc explores ways to alleviate overcrowding in Montana jails

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For the past four months, nine University of Montana School of Journalism students have been taking a closer look at overcrowding in Montana's 36 jails. The culmination of their work, 'Montana jails: Slammed for Solutions,' will broadcast for a statewide audience on Thursday night.

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Flood season takes a toll on Missoula families Video included

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MISSOULA - On Mallard Way, off Mullan Road, many residents were having a tough time on Wednesday as they scrambled to prepare for another round of high water. "Take a look at how fast the Clark Fork River is moving right now, and it's only supposed to get higher moving into the weekend," says Bob Dischner. "That's why neighbors are working really hard together to prepare for the flood." Dischner says this flood season has been extremely draining on him and his fa...

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More smoke expected from Mount Sentinel controlled burn

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MISSOULA - Expect more smoke from a controlled burn on Mount Sentinel planned for May 17- May 22. 

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Search postponed for Great Falls woman due to floodwaters

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GREAT FALLS - Searchers have yet to find Brittney Roberts, the woman who is identified falling into the water near Black Eagle Dam in April. Dangerous conditions halted the search.

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Tester and Bullock support Senate's net neutrality vote, Daines votes against

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Gov. Steve Bullock issued a statement in support of the U.S. Senate's vote this week to reinstate net neutrality. After the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality rules in January, Bullock became the first state governor to issue an executive order requiring internet providers that contract with the state of Montana to follow net neutrality. This week, a Senate majority voted in favor of restoring net neutrality. Supporters of net neutrality sa...

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New Farm Bill would add new job requirements for SNAP recipients

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WASHINGTON - House Republicans are introducing new work and job training requirements for adults who receive food assistance through the SNAP program. Those requirements will be included in the massive new Farm Bill, which is scheduled for a vote in the House on Friday. It would require able-bodied adults between ages 18 and 59 who don't have children ages 6 or under to work a minimum of 20 hours a week or be in job training, and that would grow to 25 hours per week in 2026. 

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Man arrested on suspicion of killing Anaconda cancer patient Video included

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Butte police took a murder suspect into custody early Wednesday morning. 

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Missoula named one of America's drunkest cities

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New buzz about Missoula: it's been named one of America's drunkest cities. According to 24/7 Wall Street, Zootown comes in at 7. Green Bay, Wisconsin is in first place. Dothan, Alabama is the driest.  24/7 Wall Street reviewed the adult excessive drinking rate in 381 U.S. metro areas to identify the 20 drunkest and driest cities. The cities with the highest excessive drinking rates are concentrated in the Midwest, while those with the lowest rates are mostly in southern s... More>>

Don't be a statistic, one in four consumers are scammed by travel fraud

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While you might be getting excited for summer, you need to be careful while booking your family vacation. 

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How you can help Missoula flood victims

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Donate to United Way of Missoula County Volunteer to fill sandbags Donate resources like sand or bottled water

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Fire sparks as crews try to secure flooded Missoula mobile home

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A Weather Authority Alert is still in effect as of Tuesday, despite a lull in water levels on Missoula's Clark Fork River. Safety crews took this opportunity to assess damage and gain control of one of several mobile homes swept off their foundations on Schmidt Lane. And as crews were cutting through the exterior of a mobile home to secure a chain around it, a fire started.

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Montana Treasure: The inspiring Ann Bourassa

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Our own Meghan Bourassa honors her mom, Ann, who's been a best friend and a source of strength - even as she deals with a cancer diagnosis.

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Crash in Big Horn County leaves 2 dead, 7 injured

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A crash in Big Horn County leaves two girls dead and seven people injured. 

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Helena man killed in rollover crash near Jordan

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A Helena man was killed in rollover crash near Jordan around 6:45 Monday evening. 

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Puppies rescued from hot trunk during Oregon traffic stop

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon State Police trooper rescued 10 German shepherd Husky puppies from a hot car trunk during a traffic stop.   Oregon State Police say the trooper stopped a car Monday afternoon on Interstate 5 just south of Medford, Oregon. Police say the trooper noticed signs of suspicious activity which led to a search of the car and the discovery of the dogs.

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Prescribed burn planned for Sawmill Gulch Tuesday

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MISSOULA - Forest Service officials are burning understory acreage in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area on Tuesday, and hikers and bikers should watch out. The Missoula Ranger District is planning to burn 125 acres in the Sawmill Gulch area, just off the main Rattlesnake trailhead, to reduce fuel load and restore the health of the ecosystem.  

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Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel gets a makeover

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The month of May means the start of a new summer tourism season in Yellowstone National Park and a new look for the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. ABC FOX Montana's Angela Marshall takes you on a tour, in the video above, as Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel gets a make-over.

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Judge rules to release names of Billings cops in sex misconduct incident

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During a court hearing Monday, a judge denied a request by three Billings police officers to have their names withheld from the public.

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Team Rubicon urgently needs more sandbag volunteers Video included

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MISSOULA - The county urgently needs more volunteers to help fill sandbags before flooding worsens by the end of the week. The number of volunteers have significantly gone down since Saturday, and they're now only producing about half as many sandbags as over the weekend.

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Some Missoula flood victims allowed to return temporarily

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MISSOULA - Evacuated residents got some welcome news on Monday afternoon as they're allowed to return temporarily to check on their homes. Flooding is expected to worsen on Thursday and Friday.

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Friend says Margot Kidder had unusual wish for her remains

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Friends are recalling the life of Margot Kidder, who died Sunday at age 69 in her home in Livingston. They say she had an unusual request for her remains.

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Clark Fork closed from Reserve to Kona for safety

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MISSOULA - A section of the Clark Fork is closed to all recreation access due to dangerous debris, downed power lines and high waters. A press release from Missoula County says the closure will stay in effect while emergency officials try to remove the power lines and wait for waters to recede.

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Margot Kidder, Lois Lane in the 'Superman' franchise, found dead

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LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) - Margot Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane in the "Superman" film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died.    Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston, Montana, posted a notice on its website saying Kidder died Sunday at her home there. 

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Power lines tipped over in the Clark Fork, Missoula officials warn

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MISSOULA - Floods in the Tower Street area knocked over power lines, causing a serious hazard in the water. An alert issued by Missoula County on Sunday night warns that power lines are in the water from the end of Tower Street spanning to Schmidt Lane.  NorthWestern Energy has shut off the power to the lines, but they remain a significant danger to anyone recreating on the Clark Fork.  While emergency officials try to resolve the situation, the public is urged to stay aw...

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Flooding updates in your area

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Here are the current flooding statuses for rivers in your area: 

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Public meeting to discuss Missoula Co flooding set for Monday

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According to a Facebook post from Missoula County 9-1-1, there is a public meeting scheduled for 6:00 pm on Monday at Hawthorne Elementary in Orchard Homes to discuss flooding. Hawthorne Elementary is located at 2835 S 3rd Street W in Missoula.

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Body of skier missing since February found

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The body of Dr. Jonathan Torgerson, the skier who has been missing since February, has been found. According to the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, searches have resumed in the past few weeks to locate Dr. Torgerson. 

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Clark Fork reaches 2nd highest level on record

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The Clark Fork River reached the 2nd highest level on record Friday night.

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Parks, fishing access sites closed along Clark Fork

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Fish Wildlife and Parks officials have closed several parks and fishing access points along the flooded Clark Fork River. 

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Washington woman sentenced to 15 years for plot to kill husband

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Spokane Valley woman found guilty of plotting to kill her husband for life insurance money will spend the next 15 years in prison.  

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Volunteers bag 300 tons of sand, move locations

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As the Clark Fork River broke a historic record, cresting just under 14 feet Friday night, volunteers scrambling to fill sandbags broke a record of their own. 

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Flooding plagues Helena mobile home community

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A makeshift levee that was holding back floodwaters at a mobile home park collapsed overnight, opening up the floodgates even more. 

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Your Montana Garden: Hanging with Bill

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Come along with our own Meghan Bourassa and Bill from Caras Nursery to talk all things plants.

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Smurfit-Stone chemical ponds at risk of leaking into Clark Fork

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MISSOULA - As the Clark Fork rises, it's at risk of contamination from the industrial settling ponds at the former Smurfit-Stone site.

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Liam, Emma lead top baby names in US for 2017

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Emma and Liam are at the top of the most frequently chosen baby names in 2017.    For the fourth year in a row, Emma was the top girl's name on the Social Security Administration's annual list of the most popular baby names.

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7 dead in what could be Australia's worst mass shooting in 22 years

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OSMINGTON, Australia - It could be Australia's worst mass shooting in 22 years. A family of seven was found dead with gunshot wounds at a rural property in southwest Australia on Friday. After being alerted by an early-morning phone call, police found the bodies of three adults and four children at the property, along with two guns.

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Mother's Day-Siara's new home

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May is National Foster Care Month, so we are celebrating the foster parents and children in our state, and mother's simultaneously this morning. Times weren't always as promising for the 15 year old.  After living with an adoptive family from age 3 to 13, Siara went to four different foster homes...and then she met Tina Ott.  Siara fell in love with Tina and asked to be adopted. "I thought well i'll pray about this and see where god wants me to lead, because I am a si... More>>

Forest Service warns of heavily washed-out roads

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Forest Service roads around the state have been hit by overflowing creeks. Lolo National Forest posted photos of a washed-out Fish Creek Road in the Ninemile district, and said traffic will be rerouted to Petty Creek Road for now. 

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Crews rescue man from flooded Clark Fork River

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Multiple agencies responded to the Reserve Street bridge in Missoula Thursday evening after reports of man in a raft on the Clark Fork River. Public Information Officer Mel Holtz said the man was brought to safety just before 9:00 p.m.

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Flooding forces evacuations in Frenchtown

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Flooding has forced residents in Frenchtown to evacuate.

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Additional homes under evacuation ORDER in Missoula

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The Missoula County Sheriff's Office put additional homes under evacuation ORDER Thursday.

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Lewis & Clark County runs out of funds for sandbags

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HELENA: Flood waters are continuing to rise in Helena and the county is running out of funds to help out.  Sandbags are available until Friday at 5 pm at the fairground but after that, it will be up to the public to provide their own sandbags. Sandbag payment comes directly from the general fund and in a press conference yesterday Governor Steve Bullock offered state assistance if needed but no word on where that funding would exactly come from. According to a press releas... More>>

Pizza Hut testing new beer delivery service

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PHOENIX - Pizza Hut is expanding its beer delivery test to nearly 100 restaurants in two states this month.

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Army doctors grew a soldier a new ear... in her forearm Video included

Autologous cartilage in the shape of an ear growing in a patient's forearm is shown as part of cutting-edge total ear reconstruction performed on a 21-year-old Soldier at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, the 1st of its kind at WBAMC. U.S. Army Photo Autologous cartilage in the shape of an ear growing in a patient's forearm is shown as part of cutting-edge total ear reconstruction performed on a 21-year-old Soldier at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, the 1st of its kind at WBAMC. U.S. Army Photo
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A United States Army Private became the first in U.S. Army history to undergo a total ear reconstruction.  

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Missouri River fishing access site closed due to high water

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has closed the Mid Canon Fishing Access Site on the Missouri River about halfway between Helena and Great Falls due to high water. The closure of the FAS just downstream from the mouth of the Dearborn River was prompted by the Missouri River flooding the campground area and latrine.                 Mid Canon FAS will remain closed until the Missouri recedes and the area... More>>

River conditions too dangerous to retrieve flooded mobile homes, Missoula officials say

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MISSOULA - The flooding Clark Fork is too full of debris to safely retrieve mobile homes that have been washed off their foundations, according to county officials.

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Yellowstone County-Rise in foster kids and need for advocates

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New numbers show Montana is seeing a record high of 4-thousand foster care kids, with a fourth of those coming from Yellowstone County. Advocates at one non-profit organization in Billings, say being a "voice" for children that don't have one is what motivates them. Of the 1,000 foster care kids in Yellowstone County, CASA of Yellowstone County advocates currently serve 284 of them.  They're goal is to serve all of them, they simply don't have enough volunteers at thi...

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Multiple reports of counterfeit money in Polson

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Polson police are reporting counterfeit money is circulating throughout the community.  

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Name released of man killed in rollover on Highway 93

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KALISPELL - Authorities released the name of a man who died Monday in a single-vehicle rollover. 

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Lt. Governor Cooney will tour flood areas in Missoula

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Montana's Lt. Governor Mike Cooney will participate in a flood briefing and tour flooded areas in Missoula Thursday.

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Volunteers collect 80 tons of sand for flooded homes Video included

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MISSOULA - As flooding continues, so does help from community members who want to assist their neighbors in need. At Orchard Homes Country Life Club, volunteers from across the region are coming to help. Volunteers put together about 80 tons of sand just on Wednesday to help protect properties from the rising Clark Fork.

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Flooding Clark Fork is sweeping away mobile homes, officials say

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MISSOULA - In a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, county emergency officials said the rising Clark Fork poses a danger and that people should stay away. There are also reports of the floodwaters sweeping away some mobile homes. 

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Man found guilty of manslaughter in deadly East Glacier stabbing

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William Arocha Junior was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2017 stabbing death of Shane LaPlant. Jurors found him not guilty on a charge of second-degree murder.

LaPlant was stabbed nearly 30 times during a drunken fight at a wedding.

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New Bozeman Public Safety Facility seeking November ballot

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The Bozeman City Commission has decided to place the new public safety building on the November ballot. 

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Sec. Pompeo returning with 3 Americans detained in North Korea

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President Donald Trump says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on his way back from North Korea with three American detainees, saying they "seem to be in good health." 

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Voters approve new high schools in Lockwood, East Helena

Voters in Lockwood and East Helena have approved bonds to build new high schools.

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Dangerous flooding prompts evacuation ORDER in Missoula

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The Missoula County Sheriff's Office has issued a mandatory evacuation ORDER for dozens of homes in the Orchard Homes area as flood levels become dangerous.

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Kalispell voters approve $1M school levy

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Preliminary results on Tuesday showed voters approving a $1 million general elementary levy for Kalispell Public Schools.

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Fund created to help Missoula flood victims

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The Missoula County Office of Emergency Management and United Way of Missoula County have established a fund to help residents impacted by flooding. 

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Army Corps of Engineers checks levies in Western Montana

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spent the day Tuesday checking on levies and dams around Missoula to make sure they'll hold as rivers and streams continue to rise around Western Montana.

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Missoula residents bracing for impending floodwaters

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MISSOULA - One family is seeing five-foot-deep water in their basement: and the Clark Fork is expected to rise even higher. They're using several creative methods to try to stop the river from coming further into their house.

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Trump to withdraw US from landmark Iran nuclear deal

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Iran's state-run news agency is quoting an anonymous official saying President Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee) will give a televised address after President Donald Trump announces his intention to pull America out of the Iran nuclear deal. 

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California judge rules to require coffee cancer warnings

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles judge has issued a final ruling requiring coffee to carry cancer warning labels in California.    Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle issued his decision Monday that Starbucks and other coffee companies failed to show that benefits from drinking coffee outweighed any risks.

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New York restaurant introduces pizza crust ice cream

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NEW YORK  -  A New York City pizza place has created pizza crust ice cream. From out of the oven and into a bowl, the thing you might throw away is the latest dessert creation courtesy of Bruno's Pizza NYC. The East Village pizza place is selling it for $5 a scoop. The ice cream itself is made with fresh organic wheat, which is ground to a flour, toasted and charred.

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"Youth Entrepreneurs" coming to Montana

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A popular entrepreneur program seen in many cities nationwide is now making it's way to Montana. "Youth Entrepreneurs" has brought their program to a rural state and the first time they will bring it to an entire state. All teachers of the six selected schools across Montana will train in June to incorporate this new entrepreneurial program into their classes.  Liz Marchi, a leader in bringing "Youth Entrepreneurs" to Montana says Montana is fourth in the... More>>

Man arrested for homemade bomb in Darby

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DARBY - The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office evacuated a motel in Darby after discovering a homemade explosive device in one of the rooms. 

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Heavy flooding in Helena continues

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We're following major flooding across parts of our state with flood warnings and advisories in effect. Those living in the Helena Campground and RV Park near Ten Mile Creek have been battling the floods all day and night.  

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Missoula County debuts flood information line

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In order to keep residents informed, Missoula County has established a flood information hotline. 

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Frenchtown's Freshman Jace Klucewich Continues to Impress

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"He was the type of kid coming out of middle school that as a track coach as a football coach you are obviously pretty exited about. The caliber of athlete that he is is just something you don't see a lot of," said Frenchtown Head Track Coach Ryan Nelson.  Everyone in Frenchtown knew Freshman Jace Klucewich had the potential to be a star for the Broncs in High School. Older kids like Ethan Pyron had heard about the middle school stud and despite the hype Klucewich has ...

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Montana Treasure: Bozeman family mining for Yogo sapphires

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Perhaps no one has such a love or knowledge of the stone as the father and son duo behind the Gem Gallery in downtown Bozeman and the new owners of the Vortex Mine in Yogo Gulch. Yogo sapphires are exclusively found in the Yogo Gulch of the Little Belt Mountains in Judith Basin County.

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Amtrak Closing Ticket Stations Video included

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Ticket stations are closing in both Shelby and Havre at the beginning of June. And the reason? Technology.  90% of the tickets bought through Amtrak are purchased either online or over the phone. Last year Havre and Shelby each had over 10,000 passengers; and with 9 out of 10 passengers purchasing their ticket online, the decision, although a sad one, makes sense. "They informed us that nine out of ten of the ticketing was either done by email or by telephone an... More>>

Teen ends prom night convincing suicidal woman on bridge to choose life

This is a photo taken earlier in the evening of Christopher and his prom date while they walked through Riverfront Park to take prom photos. Stephanie shared this photo in her Facebook post, saying it was edited with a filter called "superman." This is a photo taken earlier in the evening of Christopher and his prom date while they walked through Riverfront Park to take prom photos. Stephanie shared this photo in her Facebook post, saying it was edited with a filter called "superman."
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SPOKANE, Wash. - Christopher Regalado, a 17-year-old North Central High School student, was leaving prom when he found himself face-to-face with a suicidal woman about to take her own life.

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Soldier delayed at airport watches birth of daughter on FaceTime

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BRANDON, Miss. - A photo of a soldier delayed in an airport is going viral this week after a fellow traveler snapped it and explained the soldier was watching the birth of his daughter on FaceTime. 

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Grand Forks police: Mother killed 3 children, then herself

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Police say preliminary results show that a Grand Forks mother shot and killed her three children and then took her own life. 

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Amtrak to close Shelby, Havre ticket counters to save money

Amtrak has announced it will close its ticket counters in Shelby and Havre in an effort to save money.

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Nestle to sell Starbucks products in $7B deal

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SEATTLE (AP) - Nestle has entered into an agreement to bring Starbucks products to millions of homes worldwide. The Swiss-based company announced Monday that Starbucks will receive an up-front cash payment of $7.15 billion for a business which generated annual sales of $2 billion. Approximately 500 Starbucks employees will join Nestle, and operations will continue to be located in Seattle.

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What's next for Bolt D'Oro after Kentucky Derby loss

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Despite holding an initial lead during the Kentucky Derby, Bolt D'Oro lost steam halfway through the race and finished 12th. His owners say he was checked for any heart or lung issues.

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Police: Mystery pooper soiling school’s track ‘on a daily basis’ was superintendent

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HOLMDEL, N.J. -  A mystery pooper at a New Jersey high school turned out to be the school district superintendent, according to Holmdel police. Officials told NJ.com that human feces had recently been found “on a daily basis” on or near Holmdel High School’s track and football field.

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Storm knocks out power to thousands in Missoula area

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A spring thunderstorm knocked out power to thousands Sunday night.  As of 8 p.m. Northwestern Energy was reporting at least eleven separate power outages in and around Missoula. Two of those were affecting at least 400 customers each.  The storm rolled through quickly packing strong winds and heavy rain. It knocked down trees and caused drivers to pull over because they couldn't see the road.  The rain added insult to injury, making already flooded rivers swell ...

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Emergency Personnel "can't stress enough how dangerous" floodwaters are

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In a press conference Sunday at the Missoula County Emergency Operations Center, emergency responders laid out their ongoing plans to deal with severe flooding throughout Missoula County. Speakers stressed the importance of avoid floodwaters to prevent the spread of disease; if you are exposed to floodwaters, emergency personnel ask that you wash the exposed area immediately. In addition, multiple first responders spoke to the risk of undercurrents, and how dangerous and strong thos...

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Michael Flynn cancels Montana campaign appearance

President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn has canceled a campaign appearance in Montana for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing.

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Southgate Mall sold to real estate investment group for $58M

Southgate Mall in Missoula has been sold to an Ohio-based real estate investment group for $58 million.

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Idaho school can't find small bit of weapons-grade plutonium

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho State University says it can't find a small amount of radioactive, weapons-grade plutonium about the size of a U.S. quarter, and federal officials are proposing an $8,500 fine. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a statement Friday that the university can't account for about a 30th of an ounce (1 gram) of the material that's used in nuclear reactors and to make nuclear bombs. 

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What you need to know before Bloomsday

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Check-In for this Sunday’s 42nd annual Lilac Bloomsday Run has begun at the Spokane Convention Center, and volunteers are busy handing out packets and signing up late registrants. 

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Win your own Montana restaurant in an essay contest

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BIGFORK - The Woods Bay Grill is being given away for a song - or an essay contest, rather. The Flathead Lake establishment is up for sale, and will be given to anyone who enters an essay contest and pays the entry fee $150. 

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Your Montana Garden: Guide to raspberries

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Our own Meghan Bourassa heads to Caras Nursery to learn the basics of growing raspberries.

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Your Montana Garden: Planting

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Gardening tips from Caras Nursery, with our own Meghan Bourassa!

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Your Montana Garden: Blueberries, strawberries, golden raspberries and more!

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It's a great time to plant some berry bushes for sweet rewards - and we'll show you some varieties that do especially well in Montana.

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Health safety as floods continue

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Intense flooding continues, still leaving Montana in a state of emergency.  While those waters leave many homes in danger, they also can leave your health at risk. 

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Missoula man hospitalized after attempting to rescue dog in river

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A Missoula man is recovering in the hospital, after attempting to rescue his dog Thursday night from the fast-moving Clark Fork river.

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Sperry Chalet's stone walls withstand wintry weather

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A recent flyover of Glacier National Park's Sperry Chalet shows that its stone walls are withstanding the wintery weather. The century-old building was destroyed last summer by the Sprague Fire.

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Missoula Animal Control rescues dogs from flooding

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Missoula Animal Control rescued three dogs from a flooded property Thursday.

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Billings fans meet legendary kids' show characters Happy Herb and Froggy Doo

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Happy Herb and Froggy Doo were a KULR-8 staple back in the 1960s and 1970s. Recently, Herb visited Billings, met with fans and talked about the time Froggy Doo was kidnapped and held for ransom.

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Tower Street residents see some relief from flooding Video included

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Many Missoula residents are cleaning up as floodwaters receded significantly on Thursday, after days of high waters.

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Watch a Montana horse compete in the Kentucky Derby this Saturday

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MISSOULA - This Saturday, a local Kentucky Derby watch party offers the chance to see a Montana horse compete for the roses.

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Montana Treasure: The men who love quilting at St. Paul's Lutheran

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For years, seven men have met at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Monday nights to make quilts. The group started on a dare, but in the years since, it's become an important way for friends to spend time together while doing good deeds for their community.

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Greg Upham agrees to serve as Superintendent of SD2 Video included

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Mr. Greg Upham, Assistant Superintendent of Helena Public Schools has agreed to serve as the next Superintendent of Billings Public Schools. 

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Policy prevents officers from being fired amid sex misconduct Video included

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BILLINGS- Questions are being raised about why three Billings Police Department officers haven't been fired, after it was revealed the officers had sex during duty and on city property.  Two of officers were on patrol at the time, another was off duty.  "You can't just say I am mad at you, you're fired like you see on TV, that cannot happen," said Chief Rich St. John.  However things are now complicated with what St. John can release and what he can't due t...

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Body of missing doctor found in Gallatin County

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Gallatin County Sheriffs found the body of missing doctor, Patrick J. Fitzpatrick, Saturday.  

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