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Man pleads not guilty to beating Special Olympian with baseball bat

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A Missoula man accused of beating a Special Olympian pled not guilty during a court hearing on the morning of July 19.  Paul Ekstedt faces up to 20 years in prison and/or a $50,000 if found guilty of charges of felony assault with a weapon. 

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$4.2 Million in Infrastructure Grants awarded to Montana Airports

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $659.8 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for numerous Montana airports.

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Hundreds bus to Sheryl Crow Concert

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A local restaurant provided a shuttle service from Downtown Missoula to the Kettlehouse amphitheater on Wednesday. 

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17th annual The Event at Rebecca Farm is here again

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About 600 competitors are competing in the nation's top equestrian competition in Kalispell. They will battle in three disciplines: dressage, cross-country and show jumping.

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Watch Out for Football Ticket Scams

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According to the BBB Scam Tracker, football fans reported losing nearly $4,000 to football related scams last year.

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Performers spark conversation about water conservation - through movement

Synchronized swimmers perform their movements - portraying their relationship with water - for the performance art piece "The Symphonic Body/Water" in Belgrade. July 18, 2018. Synchronized swimmers perform their movements - portraying their relationship with water - for the performance art piece "The Symphonic Body/Water" in Belgrade. July 18, 2018.
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A performance traveling through southwest Montana hopes to open the floodgates of conversation about water and its impact on us… through the use of movement. 

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House candidate in Montana says no to Pelosi as leader

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Democratic U.S. House candidate Kathleen Williams says, if elected, she will not support Nancy Pelosi as the party's leader in the House. 

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Sick bald eagle rescued from Flathead Lake shore

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A quick-thinking couple helped get a sick bald eagle to help, according to wildlife officials. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say that on July 12, the pair were boating on Flathead Lake when they saw an eagle hop out to the shore to drink water and hop back into the grass.

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U.S. House passes bill to support ICE

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A divided House has approved a symbolic Republican measure that praises U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement and ridicules Democratic efforts to abolish the agency.   

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Montana Supreme Court orders new trial in Billings homicide

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The Montana Supreme Court ordered a new trial in a Billings homicide, ruling the defendant was wrongly denied the opportunity to question whether the state's key witness was under the influence of methamphetamine and could accurately recall the details of the shooting.

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Female grizzly euthanized after fall in Glacier park

A female grizzly bear was euthanized after suffering severe injuries in a fall in Glacier National Park.

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Trump asserts Russia not targeting US, contradicting intel

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In an instantly controversial new comment on Russia, President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to deny the longtime U.S. foe was still targeting American elections, a claim sharply at odds with recent public warnings from his top intelligence chief. 

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Suspect pleads not guilty in deadly Westside hit-and-run

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MISSOULA - The defendant in a deadly June hit and run appeared in a Missoula court Wednesday.

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Music, food, and a wife-carrying competition? Big Sky Country State Fair kicks off in Bozeman

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BOZEMAN - It's the season for fried foods, sky-high thrills, and nights under the stars. On Wednesday, July 18th, the Big Sky Country State Fair opened its gates in Bozeman to welcome five days of family fun. New this year? A wife-carrying championship. The Finnish sport works just how it sounds: husbands carry wives – normally upside down – through an obstacle course. The fastest duo wins $200 along with the wife's weight in beer.

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Montana's representatives, residents react to Trump's Putin remarks

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A summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin has united American politicians in support of U.S. intelligence agencies. On Monday in Helsinki, Finland, President Trump held a joint press conference with Putin, in which he said he trusted Putin's denial of involvement and doubted the findings of his own intelligence agencies. Those American agencies, in the last 18 months, have released extensive evidence that Russia interfered in the U.S. election of 2016...

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UPDATE: Vice President Pence coming to Billings one day later

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America First Policies has announced a new date for Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Billings on their website.

The Vice President will now be in Billings one day later, Wednesday, July 25th.

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Bitterroot Forest fighting two wildfires in difficult terrain

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Firefighters are responding to wildfires in remote, rugged terrain in the West Fork Ranger District of Bitterroot National Forest Forest Service officials say the Reynolds Lake Fire stood at about 11 acres on Wednesday morning and is spreading with gusty winds.

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GoFundMe started for girl hit by car on North Reserve

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A family member has started a GoFundMe page for the 12-year-old girl hit by a car on North Reserve Street in Missoula on July 16.  The page is asking for donations for Aiyana, who was hit by a car while walking through a crosswalk. She was life-flighted from Missoula to Spokane Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.  She faces injuries including a severed carotid artery in her neck, a fractured pelvis, a broken wrist, and numerous abrasions and cuts.  According to th...

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About 7,000 apply for Wyoming 22 grizzly hunting tags

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has received about 7,000 applications for the state's first grizzly bear hunting season in 44 years.

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Judge won't dismiss Downing's hunting violations case

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A judge has rejected a motion to throw out several charges alleging former U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing bought less-costly in-state hunting and fishing licenses when he was not a Montana resident. Downing argued the case was based on mistakes made by accountants who prepared his taxes listing him as a California resident. 

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New playground planned for Bozeman sports park

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A new playground is coming to Bozeman! The new playground was voted on by Bozeman residents and will be placed at the new Bozeman sports park that is currently under construction. 

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Murder-suicide suspected in deaths inside Helena home

Investigators believe a man shot and killed a woman before turning the gun on himself inside a Helena home.

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Montana Treasure: Iris the Osprey and nest cam

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MISSOULA - One Montana mom is known around the world. She only lives in the state in the summer, and her home is streamed online 24 hours a day.

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Russell Elementary School modular buildings demolished Video included

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Demolition crews tore down two modular buildings at Russell Elementary School on the morning of July 18, to improve safety and security for students.  The modular buildings were added to the school in 1974. Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Thane said that these buildings were old and in disrepair, and created a safety hazard for students and faculty. 

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Proposal to ban dogs from barbershops shot down

Public comment from enthusiastic pet owners helped shoot down a proposal to ban dogs from barbershops and salons in Montana.

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Updating Your Backyard Video included

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It's summertime, which means it's your opportunity to make some long needed changes to your backyard.  For many, trying to find where to start is the hardest step.  Ironically, that first step starts with you.  More>>

BOLO issued for armed man, woman believed to be in danger

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The United States Marshals Service issued a Be On the Lookout for a man charged with aggravated assault and tampering with a witness.  

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Name released of driver killed in rollover near Missoula on Sunday

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MISSOULA - Investigators say a driver trying to pass on a one-lane road died after rolling his car on Sunday evening.

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Bitterroot National Forest raises fire danger to HIGH

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HAMILTON - With the arrival of hot, dry summer weather, Bitterroot National Forest raised the fire danger rating to "High" on July 18. Forest officials remind campers to keep campfires small and completely douse with water. 

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Travel tips for sold-out Sheryl Crow show at Kettlehouse Amphitheater Wednesday

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Sheryl Crow will be live at the KettleHouse Amphitheater, here’s what to know if you are going.   

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Avoid becoming a lightning statistic with these resources Video included

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July in Montana is considered the most dangerous month to be outside, with powerful thunder and lightning storms slamming the state. 

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Missoula Marathon helps Army veteran heal Video included

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After serving six years in the U.S. Army and spending a year deployed in a war zone in North Iraq, Michael LaForest came back to the states a different person. 

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Preparing for wildland fires in Western Montana

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Fire season starts, after multiple reports of wildfires across Western Montana. 

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New Ridge Waters park in Butte accepting scholarship donations Video included

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BUTTE - Ridge Waters Water Park has been open in the Mining City for a little more than two weeks. In those two weeks, Ridge Waters has received more than 200 applications for their scholarship program. The program was designed to allow all children to be able to enjoy Ridge Waters, regardless of their financial situation. 

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Protest in Bozeman after Trump says he trusts Putin over U.S. intelligence

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Bozeman resident Rae English says it was jarring seeing President Trump stand beside the leader of Russia and seemingly dismiss U.S. intelligence. So jarring, it compelled her to organize an impromptu protest in Bozeman.

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Jaguar escapes New Orleans zoo enclosure, believed to have bitten through steel cable

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A zoo official in New Orleans says a jaguar that killed nine other animals during a weekend escape is believed to have bitten through a steel-cable barrier that forms the roof of its habitat. 

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Restrictions lifted on most of region’s fishing access sites

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has lifted walk-in restrictions on all but two of its south-central Montana fishing access sites that were flooded earlier this year. 

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Crews fighting lightning-caused fire in Northwest Montana

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80 firefighters are working to contain a lightning-caused wildfire in the Kootenai National Forest. 

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Police say Jermain Charlo disappearance could be kidnapping Video included

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MISSOULA - Police released new information and new photos showing what Jermain Charlo was wearing before she disappeared on June 16 in Missoula. Det. Guy A. Baker said Tuesday that police are still searching for the woman, who was last seen near downtown Missoula late that Saturday night. 

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Four heroin arrests made in Bozeman, 156 grams seized Video included

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Monday was a busy day for heroin busts in Bozeman, as four people in two cases were arrested for possessing the highly addictive drug.

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Proposal to ban dogs from barbershops shot down

Public comment from enthusiastic pet owners helped shoot down a proposal to ban dogs from barbershops and salons in Montana.

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Repairs start on Tower Street trailhead

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MISSOULA - The popular Tower Street Conservation Area on the Clark Fork river is "obliterated" after spring flooding and plagued with mosquitoes, city officials say. This week, Parks and Rec staff are doing maintenance work at the trailhead. 

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Family donates $1.8M to upgrade high school auditorium

A Montana family has donated $1.8 million to upgrade an 86-year-old auditorium in the Great Falls Public Schools system.

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Scott Street to close through September for water main installation

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Starting on July 23, residents of the north side of Missoula may have to take detours on their commute as workers begin installing a new water main.  Knife River Estimator & Project Manager Justin Hubbard said in a press release that the installation of a water main will require a detour of Scott Street that will last through September 7.

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Family donates $1.8M to upgrade high school auditorium

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana family has donated $1.8 million to upgrade an 86-year-old auditorium in the Great Falls Public Schools system. The Great Falls Tribune reports the Great Falls Public Schools Foundation on Monday announced the donation from Ian and Nancy Davidson to upgrade the auditorium at Great Falls High School. The donation will be used to finance the architectural and engineering design, equipment purchases and construction costs associated with a massive upg... More>>

Investigation criticizes Missoula County justice of peace

An investigation into the operation of one of Missoula County's justice courts found the judge was frequently late for work or absent and had employees walk her dog and put court fees in an unlocked box on her back porch.

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2 areas of Montana face moderate drought

Two areas in northern Montana are in moderate drought condition, with the rest of the state seeing near normal precipitation.

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Glacier National Park lifts tent camping restrictions

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Glacier National Park officials have lifted tent camping restrictions enacted last month after a grizzly bear became accustomed to people.

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Data breach threatens Bozeman utility customers

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A data breach targeted thousands of Bozeman residents who paid utility bills through the city's Click2Gov system.

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Young girl hit by car on North Reserve Street; in serious condition

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A girl suffered serious injuries on Monday, after Missoula police said that she was hit by a car on North Reserve Street. That crash happened near Traveler's Inn Motel just before 5 p.m.

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Many Missoula neighborhoods are missing sidewalks

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Residents in the North and West side of Missoula are missing sidewalks. At the current budget, city officials say it would take 80 to 100 years to complete. 

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Crews respond to wildland fires, urge caution in Western Montana

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Two different fire agencies were called to separate wildland fires in Western Montana, Monday. Both are now urging caution as fire danger increases in the region.

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Airfare Prices Soaring Video included

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According to the International Air Transport Association, jet fuel has gone up roughly 55% since last year.  In addition, Delta Airlines is expecting its fuel to cost approximately 2 million dollars more than compared to last year's price tag. As a result, Delta Airlines will be cutting and downsizing flights in the fall in order to help combat the higher fuel costs and will begin with the less popular routes.  In other words, your flight could potentially be&nb... More>>

Well-known Cody businessman, Joe Boydston, remembered after deadly motorcycle crash Video included

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People in Cody are honoring a well respected businessman Tuesday. Joe Boydston, owner of Joe’s Auto, was killed in a motorcycle accident north of Cody late last week.

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Accident blocks Northbound Reserve Street in Missoula

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Both northbound lanes of Reserve Street are blocked near the Travelers Inn Motel in Missoula after an accident. We have a reporter headed to the scene and will provide updates as they are available. More>>

Bullock appointed chairman, will lead National Governors Association

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The National Governors Association gavel will soon be passed to Governor Steve Bullock. He is set to take the lead position as chairman. The NGA is a bipartisan organization made up of many United States governors. Through the organization, the governors share best practices, speak about national policies and develop innovative solutions. Governor Bullock has served as vice-chair for the last year.  In a few days, he will will travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico for the NGA  s... More>>

No special session, republicans fail to get enough votes

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The votes are in. Despite many republican's efforts, there will not be a special session of the legislature.   Secretary of State Corey Stapleton reports that 45 lawmakers supported the session, while 71 rejected it. GOP  lawmakers were looking to counter two proposed citizen ballot initiatives. They needed 76 yes votes.   Senate President Scott Sales says he's not surprised they didn't get enough signatures, because in his words-- it was a heavy lift. However, he say... More>>

Two dead in Helena, investigation underway

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The Helena police department is investigating after two bodies were discovered inside a home along Hannaford Street. According to Lieutenant Jayson Zander, police were called to the scene around 10 a.m. Monday. When they arrived, they found the bodies of a man and a woman. 

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L.A., San Francisco, Portland: Bozeman Airport adds daily, nonstop flights

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BELGRADE - Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport continues its growth with the announcement of flights from Bozeman to three new daily, year-round destinations. United Airlines recently announced it has added daily, non-stop flights to its California hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Trump questions US intel, not Putin, on Russia 2016 meddling

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Standing next to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Moscow was to blame for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election to Trump’s benefit and seemed to accept Putin’s insistence that Russia’s hands were clean. 

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Amazon’s Prime Day runs into early snags

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Amazon’s website ran into some early snags Monday on its much-hyped Prime Day, an embarrassment for the tech company on the shopping holiday it created.

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Glacier Park lifts tent camping restrictions, warns of bears

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GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - Park officials are lifting a restriction on tent camping in the Many Glacier campground, although they warn that a overly friendly bear could still be in the area. Glacier Park initially restricted Many Glacier campground to only hard-sided campers after a June 29 incident between two campers and a small grizzly. 

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Identity released of body found Saturday

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According to Sergeant Tony Jensen on Saturday, at approximately 3:59 PM Billings Police and AMR responded to a report of a body that had been located in the bottom of a drainage near Bowman Drive.

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Third Wyoming release set for predator once thought extinct

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Biologists plan another release of black-footed ferrets in Wyoming's Park County.

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World's largest bounce house coming to Idaho

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POST FALLS, Idaho - The world's largest bounce house is coming to Post Falls at the end of the month!  The Guinness World Records' title holder for the largest bounce house in the world will be making at stop at the Greyhound Park & Event Center July 27th-29th on The Big Bounce America tour.  The inflatable structure is 10,000 square feet and 32 feet tall. 

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Trump to Putin: The world wants us to get along

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Britain's prime minister has launched a strong attack on Russia even as President Donald Trump is sitting down with his Russian counterpart at the Helsinki summit. Theresa May told Parliament Monday that Russia's leadership is committed to trying to undermine Western values on a number of fronts.  

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Name released of motorcyclist who died near Lolo on Friday

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MISSOULA - The county sheriff's office released the name of a 20-year-old man who died in a motorcycle wreck on July 13. 

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Bozeman says security breach stole some utility customers' credit cards

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BOZEMAN - The city says some customers that used its Click2Gov utility payment system in 2017 may have had their credit information stolen.

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Republicans fail to get enough votes for special session

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Republican lawmakers failed to get enough support to call a special session to consider referenda to counter two proposed ballot initiatives.

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One runner finishes the Missoula Marathon while pregnant

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Over in Missoula, one of the largest events of the year, the Missoula Marathon, kicked off Sunday morning for the 12th straight year. A runner from Seattle was running the race for two.

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Missoula firefighters revive cat after structure fire

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Sunday morning, Missoula Rural Fire District responded to a structure fire on Baywood Court. 

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How to survive tick season in Montana

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National tick bite prevention experts say a particular product can help keep ticks away. The product is called permethrin and it’s a plant-derived pesticide.

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How about running a marathon pregnant?

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One of the largest events of the year, the Missoula Marathon, was Sunday for the 12th year. But one runner did pregnant. 

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One dead after rollover crash outside Missoula

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A 45-year-old man is dead after a rollover crash outside Missoula Sunday evening.

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Too Hot to Play Video included

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Due to being smaller, infants and young children get hotter much quicker when exposed to the heat.  In addition to this, children active in sports tend to get hotter and more dehydrated than those who aren't as active.  An overexposure to heat can cause a variety of problems, including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash, etc.  Follow this link for the signs and symptoms of each, as well as how to combat the warmer temperatures.   https://www.cdc.... More>>

Drunk driver crashes going 100 MPH on I-15

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 Witnesses say the driver was traveling over 100 MPH and tried to light a cigarette, causing her car to go over the median and roll over.

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Driver not wearing helmet in fatal Lolo crash

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According to Montana Highway Patrol, a 20-year-old Missoula man is dead after crashing his motorcycle just after 8:00 pm Friday. The accident happened on US Highway 93 southbound near Lolo. According to troopers, the driver failed to negotiate his Harley Davidson at a lefthand curve, and struck the concrete barrier. 

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Bands travel across country to perform in Butte Video included

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In Butte, day two of the Montana Folk Fest got underway Saturday afternoon. Despite the hot sun, people turned out in crowds to listen to music and eat good food. One band came all the way from New York to perform for the Mining City. And the heat... didn't slow anyone down.  "We are more grateful than you can imagine to be here, and it just reminds us that doing music despite all of the hardship is so valuable and so important and we are thrilled to be doing it for al...

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Owner of burned truck surprised by incident

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Cody Jackson, the owner of a pick up truck that caught on fire on I-90 going westbound toward Laurel Friday, July 13th, says he was taken completely by surprise by the incident. 

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Former teacher may have probation revoked on sex offense charge Video included

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According to published reports, Converse County prosecutors allege Katie Marcus, who pleaded guilty in 2016 to a 2013 a sex crime, has repeatedly violated terms of her probation. 

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Missing rafter found dead near north end of Yankee Jim Canyon

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Park County Sheriff's office identifies deceased rafter pulled from the Yellowstone River Friday morning.

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Man stabbed multiple times in Helena

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An early morning stabbing Friday sent one man to the hospital with several stab wounds. According to the Helena Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of 11th Avenue just after 1:30am.  A press release states there was a physical altercation involving several people, with one man being stabbed several times with a knife.  Everyone involved has been identified; no arrests have yet been made. The investigation is ongoing.   

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Tester takes in $3 million, spends heavily to counter Trump

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester brought in a personal record $3 million in the latest fundraising quarter, yet saw his cash reserves drop as the Montana Democrat spends heavily to counter President Donald Trump's push to oust him.

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Yellowstone construction worker knocked over by bison

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - A bison attacked a construction worker in the park this week, according to park officials.

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12-year-old girl missing in Kalispell

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KALISPELL - Police are asking for help finding a 12-year-old girl who hasn't been seen since July 6. 

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Missoula Marathon weekend and events

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July 13-15 is the weekend of events surrounding the Missoula Marathon, which draws thousands of visitors to the Garden City.

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Houston woman sentenced for trying to sell daughter for sex

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A Houston woman accused of offering to sell her 2-year-old daughter for sex at a cost of $1,200 has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.  

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Great Falls Family in Need After Devastating House Fire Video included

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Sleeping in… cuddles with mom… it all started out as a typical Sunday morning for the Lawhon family. Until things took a very different turn…

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Downtown businesses say Missoula Marathon is a boost

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Some downtown businesses say the Missoula Marathon does a lot for bringing in visitors - and their wallets.

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4-year-old hit by truck near Bigfork on Thursday

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BIGFORK - The Montana Highway Patrol says a 4-year-old child is being treated for injuries after getting hit by a vehicle. 

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Tester takes in $3 million, spends heavily to counter Trump

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester brought in a personal record $3 million in the latest fundraising quarter, yet saw his cash reserves drop as the Montana Democrat spends heavily to counter President Donald Trump's push to oust him.

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Rafter missing in Yellowstone River north of Gardiner

Officials in southern Montana are searching by boat and helicopter for a man who is missing after a rafting accident on the Yellowstone River north of Yellowstone National Park.

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Supreme Court could return abortion debate to the states

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Anticipating renewed fights over abortion, some governors and state lawmakers already are searching for ways to enhance or dismantle the right in their constitutions and laws. President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has raised the possibility that a conservative court majority could weaken or overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling...

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Bail set at $5 million for captured fugitive in Bozeman Pass incident

LIVINGSTON - The man who led more than 100 officers on a 36-hour manhunt in the woods faces a $5 million bail. Shaunesy Cole appeared in a Park County court on Friday.

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Flathead firefighter's Instagram pics prompt debate at Evergreen Fire

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An Evergreen Fire Rescue firefighter is defending the pictures she posts on her personal Instagram page, pointing out that plenty of male firefighters are featured in "sexy" photos and calendars.

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124th Annual Trapshooting Tournament Video included

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The 124th Annual Trapshooting Tournament is underway and will continue throughout the rest of the weekend!  Being a family-friendly environment with several different events, including the Butte Metal shoot this Saturday, the trapshoot tournament is an experience worth making.  Traveling every year, the tournament won't be back in Great Falls until 2022 for its 128th year.  More>>

Billings tattoo shop selling tickets for Friday 13th fundraiser to benefit YWCA

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Billings tattoo shop Rise Again Tattoo is hosting another Friday the 13th event. But since April's event was so popular, you'll have to purchase a ticket for today's fundraiser beforehand.  Rise Again Tattoo This month, all proceeds benefit the Billings' YWCA and its new transitional housing.  Tickets cost $13, plus $7 tip. Contact the shop to purchase a ticket. They have an allotted 75 slots for every two hours. More>>

FWP warns floaters about debris in the Clark Fork River

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With the weather warming up, many people are getting ready to grab an inner-tube and float Montana’s rivers.

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Two missing girls found safe

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A five-year-old and a nine-year-old were reported missing on 1800 block of Phillips Street on Thursday.

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Celebrating the end of flood season in Missoula

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MISSOULA - As the final pallets of sandbags were emptied, residents celebrated the end of a long, historic flood season. Jack Dallman, a Tower Street resident, says he and his neighbors have been through a lot in the last few months. Historic floodwaters swept through Tower Street and surrounding areas in April. Three months later, Dallman is finally clearing out the sandbags and ready for his property to dry up. He'd been storing his and his neighbor's sandbags on his property. &q... More>>

Butte gives hometown hero salute to Special Olympics winner Video included

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BUTTE - Friends and family of Special Olympian Zach Stenson gathered in front of Universal Athletics on Wednesday night to give the three-time medalist a special surprise. Stenson returned from the Special Olympics last week in Seattle where he won three medals. 

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Bozeman Pass fugitive will be charged with attempted homicide, police say Video included

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BOZEMAN - A man who led authorities on a 36-hour manhunt in a rural neighborhood will face attempted homicide charges for shooting at deputies. Shaunesy Cole was initially wanted on suspicion of DUI, but fled from arrest in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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UPDATE: Missing Butte woman found

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A missing Butte woman has been found.

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Your Montana Garden: Shade Trees

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Your Montana Garden: Shade Trees!

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Senate candidate shuffles cash to keep excess donations

Campaign records show Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale used excess donations from deep-pocketed GOP donors this spring to pay himself back for personal loans from his failed 2014 congressional run.

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Billings child protection staff face crisis level caseloads

The head of the state health department says child protection workers in Billings are facing "crisis level caseloads" leading the Division of Child and Family Services to decide to close its Livingston office and move most...

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Monday night shooting victim identified, had order of protection against him

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Just before 11:00 Monday evening, an altercation shut down the parking lot to 2J's Fresh Market on Smelter Avenue in Great Falls.  Great Falls Police, Great Falls Fire Rescue, and Great Falls Emergency Services all responded. As of 11:30pm, the parking lot is still blocked off by crime scene tape with several officers on the scene.

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Manhunt subject arrested near Bozeman Pass with K-9 unit

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After evading arrest for a day and a half, a fugitive is arrested in a rural neighborhood near Bozeman. Police say the suspect, Shaunesy Cole, fled arrest after being pulled over for suspected DUI in the early hours of Wednesday morning. They believed him to be armed and dangerous and on the loose in the Quinn Creek neighborhood near Bozeman Pass. On Thursday afternoon, a K-9 unit helped track down Cole after a woman reported that he tried to break into her house. Officers said the...

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Montana man imprisoned for rape, kidnap of girl loses appeal

A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a 23-year-old man in the kidnap and rape of a 4-year-old girl on Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

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Attorney: Charges dropped against Stormy Daniels

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 Charging documents obtained by WSYX-TV in Columbus say porn actress Stormy Daniels was semi-nude and allegedly touched some of the patrons' breasts and allowed them to touch her prior to her arrest at a strip club in Ohio.   

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Build-A-Bear closes lines due to overwhelming 'Pay Your Age' event response

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Build-A-Bear announced they have closed lines for all of their U.S. and Canada stores for the "Pay Your Age" event being held Thursday due to "crowds and safety concerns." 

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Deputies will enter homes in search for armed man near Bozeman

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Deputies are taking the search for an armed and dangerous man door-to-door Thursday near Bozeman.

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Giant Springs Elementary School UPDATE Video included

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At nearly 60,000 square feet and with the ability to accommodate 500 students, Giant Springs Elementary gearing up to open its doors for the 2018-19 school year. Overall, the school has a very open and dynamic layout, with ample line of sight view. Each and every detail was researched and thought through with the student and staff in mind. An example of this would be the placement of the school.  Being set back farther away from the sidewalk allows the staff to have... More>>

POTUS Visit Cost Analysis Video included

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One week ago from today, President Trump visited the Electric City to endorse Republican Senator candidate Matt Rosendale.  Due to his visit not being related to a campaign, the city and county had to pay for just about everything.  Currently, the city of Great Falls hasn't released any numbers regarding president Trump's visit, however, Cascade County totaled their cost up to $17,500.  This number was tallied up by taking into account both expenses and revenue recei... More>>

Consumer alert: Latches on cedar chests pose suffocation risk

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging millions of people to replace or repair the locks on their cedar chests, because of suffocation hazards.  "Lane" or "Virginia Maid" chests are the ones in question, because their lids automatically lock when closed. They're often handed down generation to generation or purchased secondhand. According to the CPSC, 14 kids suffocated between 1977 and 2015 after being locked inside the chests. 12 million of ... More>>

Behind the Gibson Park Flower Garden Video included

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Out of the many parks throughout the city of Great Falls, Gibson Park stands out for a pretty unique reason. It’s flower garden. And it’s all thanks to one gardener.  Samantha Clark, the lone gardener, shows her green thumb off every day by tending to the flowers throughout the garden.  Her story started a couple of years ago. With over 10 years of work experience in landscaping, Samantha decided she wanted to change things up a little bit. However... More>>

Teen starts her own ice cream truck business

It’s a dream many of us have had at one point another, living a life where you work for yourself. For many people, that dream is just that. But thanks to a little support from Dad, 19-year-old Bailey Scott is living the dream. 

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Billings restaurant makes TripAdvisor list of top burgers in America

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A Billings-based burger joint has been named one of the best burgers in the country, according to a list released by TripAdvisor on Wednesday.

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Miami man with no arms charged with stabbing Chicago tourist

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A homeless South Florida man with no arms has been charged with stabbing a Chicago tourist.    

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Search underway for armed suspect near Bozeman Pass

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office is looking for an armed suspect after a shootout with police officers late overnight.

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Cost of President Trump's visit for Cascade County

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Cascade county has released their estimated expense and income report from President Trump's visit to Great Falls. 

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Plentywood gets smacked with 2 storms in 90 minutes; Majority of town sees damage Video included

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PLENTYWOOD - A massive storm in northeastern Montana has caused serious damage to the town of Plentywood.  Taylor Ordahl, a local photographer, told us the storm hit hard for about 15 minutes before rearing it's ugly head again another 45 minutes later. "We could see it building as we were driving into town. It started pouring as we pulled into our driveway.  We watched everything happen from our bay window in our kitchen.", said Ordahl After the first storm hit ...

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MADE fair expanding to Bozeman

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The MADE fair, one of Montana's biggest events for local and regional craft businesses, just got a bit bigger by adding an autumn event in Bozeman. According to a press release, the 2-day Bozeman MADE fair is scheduled for October 20-21, at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on the Montana State University campus.  HandMADE Montana, the organization that is hosting the event, already has three other annual MADE fairs, including an early summer event at Caras Park in Mi...

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Staying safe in a tornado Video included

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As severe thunderstorms swept through northeastern Montana on Monday night creating damage, the National Weather Service issued one tornado warning that night. 

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Terek fire still burning from hot temperatures Video included

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Driven by hot temperatures and low humidity is causing a fire burning in North Central Wyoming to grow in size. 

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GoFundMe created for one-week-old baby killed in North Dakota tornado

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The baby was the son of Marisa Reber and Will Maguire and was hurt after the tornado flipped their mobile home over.

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Montana Folk Festival 2018 kicks off Friday Video included

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BUTTE - The city is preparing for a weekend of music, food and fun for this year's Montana Folk Festival. Six stages will encompass Uptown, with stages on Granite and Copper streets and a Dance Pavilion stage. Festival goers can expect to hear a combination of blues, bluegrass and New Orleans brass bands this year. You can also expect to see some favorites from festivals past. Festival Director George Everett said, "The bands are new every year, we try not to repeat. It's been ... More>>

Two booked on homicide charges in Missoula

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Two people are being held in the Missoula County Jail on homicide charges after an incident Monday evening. 

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Murder investigation underway on Rocky Boy's Reservation

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FBI Public Affairs specialist Sandra Barker has confirmed with KFBB that a murder investigation is currently underway on the Rocky Boy Reservation.   "The FBI and the Rocky Boy’s Tribal Police are investigating what appears to be the homicide of an adult female," says Barker. She says the body was found July 7th in Box Elder.  It identity of that female is unknown.  Barker goes on to say there is no threat to public safety at this time, and becau...

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Montana actress named to "Best American Actors Under 30" list

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One of Montana's own was named to a list of "Best American Actors Under 30," along with notables like Jennifer Lawrence, Elle Fanning and Zoey Deutch. 

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Name released of woman killed by train near Arlee

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MISSOULA - The sheriff's office has released the name of a woman hit and killed by a train last week.

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Father dead, son in jail after stabbing in Whitefish

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A father is dead and his is son is in jail after an stabbing incident in the Whitefish area Monday.

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Reconstruction of historic Sperry Chalet begins

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Reconstruction of the historic Sperry Chalet has begun in Glacier National Park. Park Superintendent Jeff Mow and his team welcomed the construction crew on Monday.

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Great Falls Shooting Video included

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Shortly before 11 P.M. last night, shots were fired at the 2 J’s Fresh Market on Smelter Avenue sending one to the hospital.  Access to the parking lot was blocked off following the response of the Great Falls Police, Fire Rescue and EMS. Authorities confirm that a man was shot several times, sustaining non-life threatening injuries. His current condition is unknown at this time. Witnesses say they saw someone being carried away on a stretcher as well as ... More>>

Methane fire at waste water plant under investigation Video included

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A fire caused by a methane leak at the waste water plant is under investigation. 

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Dozens injured after storm hits RV park in North Dakota

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Dozens of people are injured after severe weather hit Watford City, North Dakota early Tuesday morning. The McKenzie County Sheriff's Office reports at least 28 people were injured, three people were flown by air ambulance and at least six people are in critical condition. Watford City is about 50 miles from the Montana border. According to the sheriff's office, the storm hit an RV park and trapped multiple people. McKenzie County Sheriff's Office Right now, there are widesp... More>>

Missoula Police looking for armed and dangerous man

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Authorities in Missoula are searching for a man, who they consider to be armed and dangerous. Missoula 911 sent a text alert just before 9 p.m. on Monday, saying that Missoula Police were searching for the 31-year-old man, who was allegedly involved in an assault.

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Montana Treasure: Roadhouse Diner's Creative Burgers in Great Falls

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It’s a little place with big taste in Great Falls. Roadhouse Diner makes what people say are the freshest burgers around, and they have the awards to prove it.  Walk in and you’ll be greeted with a big hello by servers, you can hear burgers sizzling, fires frying, and people chatting. 

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The Latest: Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

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President Donald Trump is nominating influential conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court further to the right. 

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Priests at Trump Rally

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GREAT FALLS- The four priests from the Great Falls-Billings Diocese have been trending on social media since President Trump’s visit to the Electric City. Claims were made when the men were seen smiling and laughing as President Trump made controversial remarks.  

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Starbucks, citing environment, is ditching plastic straws

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SEATTLE - Starbucks, citing the environment threat to oceans, will ban plastic straws from all of its stores globally in less than two years.    The company becomes the largest food and beverage company operating globally to do so. 

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Sasquatch warnings posted in Northwest Montana

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MISSOULA -  "SASQUATCH WARNING: Due to the increasing flows in the Yaak River, sasquatches are coming down from the high country to feed on fish and vegetation at the river's edge."

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Oregon fugitive charged for burying baby alive near Missoula

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MISSOULA - A man charged with leaving a baby buried in the woods near Lolo Hot Springs also faces several charges in Oregon.

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Montana Hall remodeling to improve access for people with disabilities

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Now, MSU is improving one of its most historic building, Montana Hall, to make it accessible for people with disabilities.

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Vandals spray-paint a family dog in Helena

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One dog in Helena was left traumatized after criminals spray-painted the pup from nose to tail. Our Bliss Zechman explains how the lab and his family are turning this horrible situation into a positive one for other pups. 

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President Trump's rally results in priest controversy

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GREAT FALLS- The aftermath of President Trump's rally on July 5 created a stir on social media about four Catholic priests who attended the rally and sat near the front row.

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Sheriff's deputies find baby buried alive near Lolo Hot Springs

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The Missoula County Sheriff's Office says one man is now facing criminal charges after a baby was rescued from being buried alive in the mountains.  Around 8 pm on Saturday, July 7th, 911 received a call that a man was acting strangely in the Lolo Hot Springs area. 

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Police: Woman thought demons were chasing her, drove into oncoming traffic

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A press release from the Park County Sheriff's Office states on Saturday, July 7th around 11 am, a distraught woman called 911 because she believed people were following her and trying to kill her. 

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As Montana heats up..could your car be a death trap? Video included

Hot cars can be dangerous and sometimes even deadly especially in the summer months when the weather continually rises. 

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Teen Jobs Going Downhill Video included

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We all remember our first summer job growing up, whether it was life guarding at the city pool or a cashier at the local market. However, teens in today's society aren’t too interested in making a little extra cash. According to a new report by the Pew Research Center, summer jobs occupied by teens has actually decreased since the year 2000.  At the beginning of the century, roughly 8 million teens worked a summer job. That number has dwindled down to app... More>>

40-year-old Idaho man identified in fatal accident

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Montana Highway Patrol has confirmed the victim in a fatal accident early Sunday morning is a 40-year-old Idaho man. According to MHP, the man was driving a Yamaha Sport motorcycle westbound on US Highway 2. He was wearing a helmet, and speed is suspected to be a factor. Troopers tell us the accident happened right on the state line in Lincoln County just before 3:00am.  

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Neptune Aviation says 7 of 9 aircraft are fighting wildfires already Video included

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MISSOULA - Though summer has just arrived for most of Montana, Neptune Aviation is already sending in resources to suppress fires across the West. Seven of the company's nine aircraft are fighting fires from the sky.

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Three YouTube vloggers die falling over Canadian waterfall

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Three Canadian travel vloggers died Tuesday in an accident on a Canadian waterfall. Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper were best known for their YouTube series, "High On Life."

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Helena woman finds her dog spray-painted red, white and blue on the Fourth of July

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A Helena woman says she found her dog spray-painted red, white and blue on the Fourth of July. She created a GoFundMe page to raise $100 for vet bills and the cost of a new collar.

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Tester discusses impact of tariffs on Montana agriculture Video included

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While President Trump was in Great Falls, Democrat Jon Tester was in Billings for a listening session. The topic –  the impact of tariffs on Montana businesses.

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Fishing accesses open around Missoula, except Sha-Ron Video included

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MISSOULA - After a season of high, fast water, most river accesses are open - but officials warn that the water is still dangerous. Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 2 officials said Friday that the Sha-Ron Fishing Access in East Missoula is still closed while flood debris cleanup continues, and they hope that it will reopen by July 11. 

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One person arrested in fight with protesters at Trump speech

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At a protest in Great Falls, men and women, young and old, and, surprisingly, liberals and conservatives stood...

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President Trump: The Day, The Speech, The Reaction Video included

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"Just making America safe again. You know really all those things they are doing at our borders with security and ICE, it impacted me the most I believe," says Great Falls Resident Patrick Bryan.  That's just one takeaway from Thursday's historic speech, which covered a wide range of topics. Some were expected, others not... but just about everything President Trump said brought a strong reaction from the crowd.  

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Montana mental health council accused of fraud

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A 55-year-old Montana mental health counselor has been accused of fraudulently billing Medicaid about $73,500 for services she never provided and listed some recipients who were never her clients.

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