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Bozeman Fire wants to lower speed limit on Interstate

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Bozeman Fire Officials are taking a stand to seek lower speed limits along I-90

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Opioid overdose training for public servants

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Opioid overdoses are becoming a common occurrence across the nation.

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Government shutting down amid partisan standoff

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The U.S. government shut down at midnight after Congress failed to resolve a partisan standoff over immigration and spending.

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Ravalli County man jailed for attempted murder

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A Ravalli County man is in jail on charges of attempted murder.

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Unofficial tour list shows Pearl Jam playing Montana this summer

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An unofficial tour list shows Pearl Jam playing Missoula this summer at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. 

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UPDATE: Nine year old boy found

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UPDATE: The boy has been found.

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Bozeman announces timing change in hopes of passing justice bond

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The city of Bozeman announced Friday a new change in hopes of successfully passing a cops and courts bond that was shot down by voters last year. 

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Some escaped Yellowstone park bison found near Mammoth

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The National Park Service says it found some of the 52 bison that escaped from holding pens in Yellowstone National Park after someone cut the fence.

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Prosecutors: Caseworkers withholding child toxicology tests

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana prosecutors argue child protection caseworkers are not following a state law that requires them to release the results of toxicology tests done on children in cases where they are suspected to have been exposed to illegal drugs.    Laura Smith, deputy director of the health department, told a legislative committee Friday that the agency is seeking clarification about whether federal law allows them to release the test results without a court orde... More>>

New developments in the Cascade County kidnapping case

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Last summer a woman accused Echeverria brutally beating her, leaving her covered in blood on the bathroom floor of a hotel room.

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Pedestrian hit by van in Billings dies of injuries

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A man who was struck by a minivan in Billings has died of his injuries.    The Billings Gazette reports 53-year-old Terry Dubbs was struck while crossing Central Avenue at 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 5. Deputy Yellowstone County Coroner R.L. Hoffman says Dubbs died Tuesday.    Police say the driver called 911 and cooperated with investigators. He said he did not see Dubbs, who was wearing dark clothing.    Officers said Dubbs suffered a serio...

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Montana to lose $20M in revenues due to federal tax reform

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Montana's budget director says the state will lose about $20 million in state general fund revenues during the 2019 biennium because of federal tax reform.

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North Dakota issuing 502 nonresident any-deer bow licenses

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North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is making 502 any-deer bow licenses available to out-of-state hunters this year. 

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Head of Missoula Economic Partnership resigning

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According to a press release, James Grunke, who's served as president and CEO of MEP since the organization was founded will be returning to Boise. He's lived in Boise and commuted to Missoula each week while working for MEP. 

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Law enforcement to safely dispose of drugs with incinerators

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Montana now has drug incinerators in Butte, Great Falls and Billings. 

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Loyola, Florence split hoops doubleheader

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It was a tale of two halves for both boys and girls games, as the Loyola Rams boys beat the Florence Falcons 61-53, and the Florence girls beat the Loyola Breakers 66-57. 

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Lavina to become Montana's smallest town with a brewery

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Good news for Montanans seeking out another brew!

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U.S. House passes bill to fund government, Montana's congressional delegates react

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution to fund the government for the next 30-days. The 230-197 vote came down just before 6 p.m. MST.

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Arlee community reacts to fatal shooting Video included

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Neighbors say they're not surprised that a shooting took place at the home on Sanders Street where Leonard Peak Jr., 49, died on Jan. 17. 

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Former Montana house leader sentenced to 18 years for federal drug charges

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The former majority of the Montana State House faced sentencing today after being indicted on federal drug charges. 

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Coroner finds Billings cops used justifiable homicide

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Four officers were in court for a coroners inquest following a fatal police involved shooting on May 12th last year. 

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Helena brewery becomes first to accept bitcoin

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HELENA- Lewis and Clark Brewing Company is the first brewery in the state and possibly the country to accept bitcoin as payment. In a release for the Bitcoin Bitter English-style ale, the brewery announced plans to accept the digital currency as payment. According to the Facebook event, the price of a growler of Bitcoin Bitter will be based on the current value of a bitcoin: "We will also be having some fun for a limited time by varying the price of growler fills on our new Bit... More>>

Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold

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A prestigious scientific panel is recommending states significantly lower their drunken driving threshold. It says 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths a year are "entirely preventable."

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Montana man arrested in "shoot up the Capitol" threat Video included

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HELENA- A 40-year-old Montana man is receiving in-patient mental health treatment after he allegedly threatened to "shoot up the Capitol." Helena police say they heard a tip on Mon., Jan. 16 about a Gallatin County man who'd been making violent threats. 

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Man with past ties to the KKK runs for Montana office

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Jon Abarr is a Republican turned Democrat, but is not garnering any love from his new party because of his former ties to the KKK

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Missoula Airport announces record-breaking year

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Travel through the Missoula International Airport continues to increase, according to the latest numbers from airport management. Passenger numbers have increased 68 percent since 2000, including a 2 percent increase in 2017. 

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Keith Urban playing Missoula concert this fall

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MISSOULA- Country star Keith Urban plays the Adams Center this fall. 

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Identity released of man killed in Arlee shooting

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ARLEE- No charges are filed in the shooting that led to the death of an Arlee man on Wednesday. 

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Butte woman hospitalized after shooting Video included

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A 31-year-old woman is hospitalized after several shots were fired at the car she was sitting in. 

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MT Secretary of State criticizes media through public email blast

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BILLINGS- Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton sent an email to thousands of residents warning them to be suspicious of mainstream media.

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UPDATE: Arlee shooter released from custody

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A man involved in a Jan. 17 fatal shooting on Sanders Street in Arlee has been released from custody. According to the Lake County Sheriff's Department, they're treating the shooting as a case of self defense.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden to visit Montana in March

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Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the Montana Democrats' annual fundraising dinner in March.   “We’re proud to have Vice President Biden join us to kick off what will be an exciting election year for Democrats here in Big Sky Country," said Nancy Keenan, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party, in a statement Thursday. "I'm looking forward to hosting him in Montana, and showing him the enthusiasm and excitement t... More>>

Why is Montana state revenue lower than expected? Video included

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After the state of Montana struggled with a surprising $227 million budget deficit in 2017, many are wondering why the state's revenue is so weak at a time when the economy is growing.  An economist says it's largely due to Montana's reliance on income tax. 

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70 years of skiing; a push to preserve Whitefish Mountain Resort's ski heritage Video included

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WHITEFISH- This year is a landmark one for Whitefish Mountain Resort as it celebrates 70 years, opening in 1947.  Part of the celebration is Hellroaring Ski Heritage Days with a variety of events planned all week to commemorate the history of the ski area. 

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Facebook quizzes could lead to identity theft

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Facebook quizzes may seem harmless but, did you know that if you are not careful while taking a Facebook quiz it could leave you a victim of identity theft. 

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Suspect arrested after fatal shooting in Arlee

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ARLEE- One person is dead after a fatal shooting reported on Sanders Street in the small community of Arlee. Lake County Undersheriff Ben Woods said the incident was reported around 4 PM, and a suspect is in custody. Woods said that's all the information authorities are currently able to release. We'll keep you updated on this story as it develops.

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Neighbor: Woman was screaming for help before police arrived

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One man is accused of assaulting a woman as she screamed for help. 

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Park Service investigates illegal bison release

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MAMMOTH HOT SPRING, WYO.- The National Park Service is conducting a criminal investigation after discovering that 52 bison held in quarantine were freed from their pens. The bison had been under quarantine, some for nearly two years, at the Stephens Creek facility. Once cleared of brucellosis, the Park Service intended to transfer them to Fort Peck tribal lands. On Jan. 16, park staff discovered that the pens were cut open and the bison were escaping. Park staff are currently t... More>>

Fourth victim comes forward in sexual assault/incest case

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Incest and sexual assault are the charges one man is facing after he was allegedly found fondling two children. 

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Renter survey gives Montana an A for renter satisfaction

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Apartment List has released results from our third annual Renter Survey, with data for 167 cities and 50 states. With over 45,000 responses, the Apartment List survey is the largest survey focused exclusively on renters, providing unique insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of America's 111 million renters.  Of the 50 largest U.S. cities, Raleigh, NC, Minneapolis, MN, Boston, MA and Virginia Beach, VA earn the top scores for renter satisfaction...

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Butte woman wins Montana Millionaire

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The Montana Lottery announced its Montana Millionaire winner. Amy Lambert, of Butte, is the lucky winner with number 24279. Click here to see more recent winner updates from the Montana Lottery. More>>

Bill Pullman to premiere new movie in Bozeman

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Next Thursday, Bill Pullman and director Jared Moshe will be in town to debut their new movie, “The Ballad of Lefty Brown” at the Emerson Crawford Theater.

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Plans to rebuild Russell St. move forward Video included

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A project to rebuild Russell Street and the Russell Street bridge is finally moving forward.

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Flu causes visitor restrictions at Bozeman Health

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The hospital is asking people with symptoms of upper respiratory infection, including a cough, runny or stuffed nose,or fever, along with children under the age of 12, to refrain from visiting hospitalized patients. 

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Nine National Park Service Advisory Board members quit

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The National Park System advisory board is smaller today. Nine members of the organization handed in their notice on Tuesday. According to a letter obtained by CNN, the board wasn't able to meet with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over the past year. The board usually meets with the head of the interior bi-annually. There's no comment from the Interior Department. Eight of the nine members who were part of the letter had terms set to expire in May. More>>

Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Fort Benton's Andy Giles

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As the star guard for the Fort Benton Longhorns, Andy Giles is always looking to set teammates for success. For Giles, however, this is a skill that transcends the court. 

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Update: One man is in custody after Causeway Chalet ATM theft

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The suspects got away after leading officers with the Lewis and Clark county Sheriff's Department on a dangerous chase along Lincoln Road after they broke into the Causeway Chalet and stole the bar's ATM.

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Domestic violence cases increasing in Cascade County

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Domestic violence is a growing issue here in Cascade County. According to the Victim Witness Assistant Services, they currently have more than 350 open files. There were also more than 1,000 local victims in 2017. "Everyday we deal with it," said Tonya Rolando with the Victim Witness Assistant Services. "Some days multiple times, some days maybe once, but I would average probably daily." According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 2...

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Hawaii alert scare not likely to happen in Montana

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The short answer from the folks in charge of emergency management here, is that its very unlikely Hawaii's situation would happen in Montana because of the stark differences in the state's sizes. "One thing that's unique about Montana is the emergency notifications are sent out at the local level, so its the responsibility of our local disaster emergency services coordinator to send out those notifications," said Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Response and Recovery...

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MSU closes fraternity chapter after alcohol poisoning allegations

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The "Montana Alpha" chapter, as it's known, was suspended in November 2017 after a house party where police responded to a noise complaint to find several intoxicated students, including one woman who was taken to the hospital with alcohol poisoning.

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Kettlehouse opening Bonner taproom

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One of Missoula's biggest breweries is now opening a third taproom in Bonner. 

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Ravalli County warns of phone scam

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Ravalli County residents are reporting a phone scam where a pre-recorded voice threatens that cops are coming to arrest them. A press release from Sheriff Steve Holton says that local law enforcement will never call you to request money to avoid criminal charges. The release issued on Monday, Jan. 15 says: "A phone scam where a computerized voice informs the called person that "very serious charges are pressed against the person right now" and local “cops&rdquo...

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UPDATE: Flathead sheriff identifies suspect in Monday night alert

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KALISPELL- The Flathead County Sheriff's Office has released an update after a Monday night alert. On Monday around 7:30 PM, the office warned Somers/Lakeside residents that they were searching for an armed man in the area. Tuesday, the sheriff's office said the man, Kevin Ray Mitchell, 30, of Libby, was wanted by police for allegedly stealing a pickup and breaking into a family members' home to steal weapons. Mitchell was also reported to be under the influence of methamphetami... More>>

Restaurant owner apologizes for booting breast-feeding woman

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Macy Hornung says she was kicked out of the restaurant Saturday because she was breast-feeding her baby without a cover, even though she says she was being discreet.

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Kalispell pond hockey event cancelled due to unstable ice

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Pond Hockey Classic Commissioner Scott Crowder says this year, the ice formed as "soft snow ice."

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Simone Biles among gymnasts sexually assaulted by ex-doctor

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A gymnast has told a Michigan judge of her confusion and embarrassment at age 9 when a now-disgraced former sports doctor sexually abused her during a medical examination.

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Masked men rob Helena Subway, force clerk into freezer

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Two men robbed a Subway restaurant in Helena on the evening of Jan. 15, according to police. 

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Missoula rallies for MLK Day Video included

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Some of our youngest Montanans put on a rally Monday night to highlight Dr. King's legacy.

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Bozeman School District to add seat belts to school buses

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Starting next school year, students will be required to wear newly installed seat belts when riding on a bus.

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Roxy Theater overwhelmed with MLK Day turnout

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The Roxy Theater had an overwhelming turnout today for its Martin Luther King Junior Day celebration. The Roxy had a screening of Selma where organizers worked to share and cultivate MLK's mission with a younger generation.

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'Petite gal with a big spirit': Fundraiser setup for Belgrade shooting victim

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A Belgrade woman remains in critical condition nearly five days after surviving a gunshot wound to the head. But Ashley Van Hemert’s family is optimistic that her strong spirit and faith will carry her through to recovery. 

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Armed man taken into custody in Flathead County

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The Flathead County Sheriff's Office has issued an alert for people living in the Somers/Lakeside area.  Flathead County dispatchers reported around 8 p.m. on Monday that authorities are looking for a man with a gun.  They're asking residents to stay inside, lock their doors.  They're asking anyone who sees anything suspicious to report it.  Stay tuned to ABC FOX Montana for the latest information on this developing story.

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Grizzly Sports Report 1-15-18

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The Griz and Lady Griz go 4-0 over the weekend sweeping Sacramento State and Portland State and now BOTH teams are in first place in the Big Sky Conference. Big Sky player of the week Michael Oguine and Madi Schoening join host Shaun Rainey to talk about the successful weekend. With Griz Head Coach Travis DeCuire out on the recruiting trail Assistant Rachi Wortham takes his place.  More>>

Walmart issues apology to MSU professor over fishing license

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One of the worlds largest retailers is apologizing to a Montana State University professor following an incident involving his fishing license in 2016. 

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Runner's Edge Frozen Feet Challenge

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First time ever, Missoula's Runner's Edge will be challenging folks to run or walk at least one mile every day...

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Post Offices will be closed for Martin Luther King Day

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On Monday, the U.S. Postal Service will observe the federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr...

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Missoula MLK Day 2018

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The Missourian community will be celebrating and honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr...

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Albertsons gives to Red Cross to aid wildfire relief

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Montanans across the state have come together in many ways to help those affected by wildfires.

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State starting new effort to reduce child abuse, deaths

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Montana's health department has announced a new effort aimed at reducing deaths due to child abuse and neglect. The agency is expanding a home visiting program for expectant mothers and young families to add five "home visitors" who will work exclusively with families involved in the child protection system.   

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Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic still going strong after 41 years

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It was started over 40 years ago by legendary Hellgate and Big Sky wrestling coach Laney Bryant. And now in it’s 41st year, the Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic continues to bring the best teams from all across the Inland Northwest. 

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How to Build a Snow Cave

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Could building a snow cave keep you warmer than you think?

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Attorneys allege Benefis destroyed evidence in football brain injury case Video included

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In September of 2014, Back collapsed while standing on the sidelines after halftime on the football field.

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Flu is affecting people in Montana earlier this season Video included

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Brad Applegate, Registered Nurse and Infectious Disease Specialist at Missoula City County Health Department said that across the state this flu season more than 650 people have been diagnosed, more than 110 people have been hospitalized, and nine people have died from the flu.

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Keeping Larry the Homeless Guy's legacy alive

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Larry the homeless guy, who real name is Larry Kiedrowsk was known as many things from Larry the cartman, and even just Larry.   Members across Great Falls have shared their thoughts and memories surrounding Larry on social media, but Art Taft has gone even further and raised enough money through donations to get Larry a tile on the Veterans Memorial Wall. Just one more way to honor this retired service member.  Art Taft said while it's great to see Larry's memory forever ...

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Prosecutor plans crack down on drug-addicted pregnant women

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana prosecutor says he wants to prevent babies from being born addicted to drugs and alcohol by using the threat of jail time as a deterrent for pregnant women.    Big Horn County Attorney Jay Harris says he plans to seek civil orders restraining pregnant women from using drugs or alcohol. He said he will seek to have violators held in contempt of court and jailed so the woman does not have access to alcohol or drugs.    Caitlin Borgman... More>>

Lake County postal workers arrested in meth plot Video included

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Two Polson Post Office workers are charged with using their jobs to traffic methamphetamine into the area. 

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One woman dead in crash near Columbia Falls

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Slick road conditions contribute to a crash Thursday, that killed one woman near Columbia Falls. 

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Sen. Durbin says Trump said 'hate-filled things'

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A senator present at a White House immigration meeting says President Donald Trump used vulgar language to describe African countries, saying he "said these hate filled things and he said them repeatedly." 

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How MLK's message applies to today

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"Not in our Town".. An anti-hate group in billings is holding a MLK service this Sunday to remind people how Dr. King's message is relevant for today, with the social issues our country faces. When tackling the issue of racism and other social equality matters, "Not in our Town Billings" board member, Fitzgerald Clark, says we need to be "upstanders", not "bystanders". Clark says it may not seem like racism is alive in Montana, but it is. He... More>>

Senator Jon Tester highlights goals for 2018, ahead of re-election bid

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A lot of work still needs to be done, according to U.S. Senator Jon Tester. After getting nine bills passed into law in 2017, Montana's senior senator is now putting 2018 on the fast track.

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Billings Man Remembers Being Caught in Avalanche

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While the Gallatin National Forest is currently at a high level for avalanche danger, one Billings man is remembering the time he broke his leg in an avalanche.

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Seeley Lake businesses benefit from heavy snowfall

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Seeley Lake is getting slammed with snow again, but local businesses are benefiting from this snowy weather and are making up for business lost due to the record-breaking 2017 fire season.

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Glacier girls getting it done on the court with defense

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When your mascot nickname is the Wolfpack, you better play a hounding style of defense. And for the Glacier girls basketball team, they embrace that pack mentality. Their defensive effort so far this season have led them to four huge wins early on. They beat the Bozeman Hawks and the defending Class A champ Columbia Falls in the course of five days in December. Led by Kalli Gulick, Anna Schrade, and Ellie Stevens, this veteran team is ready to make it back to back state tou...

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Federal agency denies Montana's bid for more disaster aid

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MISSOULA (AP) - The federal government has denied Montana's disaster relief request for $44 million in the aftermath of the 2017 fire season that burned more than 1,500 square miles.    Montana Public Radio reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Gov. Steve Bullock's request for additional aid in late December.    The federal agency has already granted the state $11 million, covering some of the expenses for eight different fires.    M... More>>

Democratic caucus boasts diversity

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Democrats promised to tackle issues like sexual harassment and increasing minimum wage. Republicans vowed to cut taxes and boost the economy, but the diversity of these voices in each group was noticeable. Of th...

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Husband arrested in Belgrade shooting death

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BELGRADE- A Bozeman man is jailed on the charge that he killed his wife in a shooting on Sunday.  The Belgrade Police Department says they arrested Joseph Paul DeWise, 47, on Jan. 11 during a traffic stop. He's accused of shooting his wife, Lauren DeWise, on the morning of Jan. 7 at the residence she shared with a roommate in Belgrade. When police responded to a 911 report of a shooting, they found Lauren dead. Her roommate, Ashley Van Hemert, was found alive... More>>

Big Horn County Attorney cracking down on pregnant drug, alcohol users

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Due to the high rates of reported drug and alcohol use by pregnant, expecting mothers in Big Horn County, the Big Horn County Attorney’s Office is announcing an immediate crackdown policy of civilly prosecuting any expecting mothers found to be using dangerous drugs or alcohol. 

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Key witness in Rory Wanner murder arrested with meth, AK-47

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Tyler Nathaniel Crawford has been charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs after police reportedly found him "slumped over" in a vehicle.

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Two Bear Air founder joins crowded race for Flathead Sheriff

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KALISPELL- The former undersheriff of Flathead County and cofounder of Two Bear Air announced plans to run for Flathead County Sheriff. On Jan. 11, Jordan White issued a release announcing his candidacy. White grew up in Bigfork. His resume includes work as a Montana Highway Patrol and as a Flathead County sheriff's deputy, where his duties included working as a rescue diver, field training officer, SWAT member, search and rescue coordinator and deputy coroner. Sheriff Chuck Curry ap...

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Incest charges filed against man in Great Falls

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Incest and sexual assault are the charges one man is facing after he was allegedly found fondling two children. 

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TSA PreCheck is back in Bozeman, what are the advantages?

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If you missed signing up on TSA PreCheck last year, you are in luck. 

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Home fire safety tips for winter Video included

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The Missoula Rural Fire District reported that every year more people die from house fires...

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Two Montana movies to debut at Sundance Film Festival

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"Wildlife" and "Dark Money" were chosen from thousands of submissions, each earning one of only 16 spots in their respective categories: U.S. Dramatic and U.S. Documentary.

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No deal in place to buy Frank Lloyd Wright building in Whitefish

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The historic Frank Lloyd Wright building in Whitefish is coming down after a deal to save the building couldn’t be reached. According to savewright.org, negotiations were in place to save the Lockridge Medical Clinic, build in Whitefish in 1958.  But despite efforts to fund raise, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in Chicago wasn't able to raise $1.7 million by this week.  The Lockridge Medical Clinic building will become the first viable Wright-designed b... More>>

Yellowstone's summer workers will soon have to buy temporary permits for their cars

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Yellowstone’s summer workers will soon be asked to pay to use Wyoming roads.

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Great Falls man found guilty of stabbing victim in the head

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Stacy Trujillo has been found guilty.

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Missoula County is at the forefront to keep people out of overcrowded jails Video included

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It's called the jail diversion program.

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Feds to pause killing of beavers after threat of lawsuit

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By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The U.S. government will temporarily stop killing beavers in Oregon after environmental groups threatened a lawsuit alleging the practice reduces the number of dams that create deep pools that are ideal habitat for young, endangered coho salmon.    In a letter released Wednesday by a coalition of environmental groups, the government said it will further study whether the actions violate the Endangered Sp... More>>

Attorneys seek to break impasse with diocese over sex abuse

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Attorneys for about 80 people with claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings over sexual abuse by former priests and other employees want to move their cases forward.    The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday the attorneys are asking for trials to determine the damages owed the victims because they have not been able to reach a settlement through mediation. The lawsuits, filed in 2011 and 2012, were put on hold when the diocese... More>>

Oil and gas leases sold beneath Montana coal mine

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Wyoming company has purchased federal leases that would allow it to explore for oil and gas beneath the site of a Montana coal mine.    The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday that Hoover & Stacy Inc. of Cheyenne paid $23,000 in December for leases totaling 909 acres beneath the boundaries of the Spring Creek Mine near Decker.    U.S. Bureau of Land Management spokesman Al Nash says the company would need to obtain a permit before it co... More>>

Fire closes Flathead-area post office

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BIG ARM- A facility fire has forced the Big Arm post office to serve its customers out of the Elmo Post Office. In a press release issued Jan. 10, the USPS said no one was hurt in the fire. Big Arm customers can check their PO boxes and drop off parcels at the Elmo location: Elmo, MT, Post Office: 26288 Missoula Avenue Elmo, MT 59915 Phone: 406-849-5587 Calls will also be taken at the Polson, MT, Post Office: 406-883-2088 Retail Hours: M-F: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. ...

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Baby Blues or postpartum depression?

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According to nurse midwife Tiffany Stensvad of St. Vincent Healthcare, 1 in 7 women have postpartum depression. 

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Alternative bus routes in effect for Billings Public Schools

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According to an email sent by School District 2 Superintendent Terry Bouck, alternate bus routes will be in effect Wednesday, January 10. 

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Remembering Great Falls' most famous homeless man

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Tuesday, Great Falls residents, both current and past, remember Larry Kiedrowski, also known as "Larry the Homeless Guy." Larry was 71-year-old.  

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Blizzard shuts down schools throughout Eastern Montana

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Inclement weather has shut down schools throughout southeastern Montana. Pioneer School, Harlowton Schools, Shepherd School District and Huntley Project are all closed today due to weather. A winter storm warning is in effect for Yellowstone, Big Horn, Musselshell, Stillwater, Rosebud and Golden Valley counties until 11 PM on Wednesday evening.

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Water woes costing thousands in Bozeman

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The Water and Sewer Department in Bozeman has had a busy four days dealing with multiple leaks and a water main break. 

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Authorities release Belgrade shooting "person of interest" from custody

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New developments in the deadly Belgrade shooting that left one woman dead and another in critical condition. The "person of interest" in the shooting has just been released from custody. Authorities have released that person of interest after questioning, but have not said why. As this investigation continues, one of the victims in this shooting remains in critical condition in a hospital out of town. 32 year old Ashley Van Hemert is suffering from a gunshot wound, and sev...

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Montana man dies in Idaho custody, investigation planned

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The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office says 39-year-old Mosiah Prettypaint died Monday at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.    

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Mattress Firm Student Athlete of the Week: Belt's Hannah Schweitzer

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Hannah Schweitzer is used to being in the spotlight at Belt High School. The senior cheerleader is at every sporting event supporting her classmates. 

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Update: One man in custody after incident puts Whittier on lock down

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A large police presence at Whittier Elementary School in Great Falls Monday afternoon at least one man in police custody.  The KFBB newsroom received initial reports at about 3:20pm. According to Great Falls Police, an incident outside of the school involving at least one man with a weapon led to the school being put on a temporary lockdown.  Witnesses at the scene tell KFBB the man was not cooperating with police, and was hiding inside a parked car. Police then had to sma...

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Legendary Missoula mannequin finds new home

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MISSOULA- A startling mannequin that has smiled at passers-by on Higgins Avenue now has a new home, just a few blocks away. The Desmonds clothing store downtown on 129 N. Higgins Ave. has displayed the Joe Cool mannequin since the 1980s. Joe went up for auction along with everything else at the store when Desmonds announced it would be closing after 37 years of business. The women's clothing boutique Betty's Divine stepped up and bought the mannequin. The store posted a video t...

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Scams cost Americans 18 million dollars a year out-of-pocket

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Nine days into the New Year and experts are already warning 2018 could be more challenging when it comes to protecting yourself from fraud than 2017. One woman just avoided becoming a scam victim.

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Plaintiffs sue athletic trainer in football brain injury case

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Attorneys for Robert Back, the high school football player who received substantial, permanent brain injuries while playing in a Belt High School football game in 2014, are now working to prove an athletic trainer employed through Benefis Health System should be held accountable for Back’s injuries. On January 4th, Back’s attorneys filed a “Brief in Support of Motion for Determination of Law Regarding Licensed Health Care Professional.” According to court docu...

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Spokane Valley Firefighters Save Lives With Pit Crew CPR

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Every second counts when it comes to a cardiac arrest emergency.  Spokane Valley Firefighters are taking advantage of every second with a different approach to CPR.  

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Another Special Session of Congress possible

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According to a report by Montana Public Radio, Department of Revenue Director Mike Kadas believes Montana only has two tough options because of the Federal Tax Bill passed just before Christmas. If a session isn't called, Montana will have a $46 million hole in its budget for 2018, or it could face lawsuits from taxpayers. That being said, The Revenue Department says they are working closely with legislators and the Governor Steve Bullock to fix the issue. Ultimately the only person...

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New charges filed in Missoula dismemberment case

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MISSOULA- New information has been released in the case of a Missoula couple charged with the stabbing death and dismemberment of two people. Prosecutors say Tiffanie Rae Pierce and Augustus Storm Standingrock stabbed two people to death sometime in late July or early August 2017. Investigators found their remains dismembered and placed in chemical-filled tubs in the basement of Pierce’s residence on Strand Avenue. On Jan. 5, prosecutors filed new charges against Pierce after ... More>>

Washington man pleads not guilty in Thanksgiving Day homicide

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UPDATE: The man facing second degree murder charges in the beating death of his girlfriend on Thanksgiving Day in Newman Lake has plead not guilty. Nicholas Holden was arraigned in court Tuesday. His bond was set at $500,000. 30-year-old Tina Stewart, a mother of two who also cared for her niece and nephew, was found beaten to death after on Thanksgiving Day.

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Coroner's inquest set in case of man fatally shot by police

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A coroner's inquest has been scheduled in the case of a man fatally shot by police.    The Billings Gazette reports the inquest for Ryan Lowell is set for Jan. 17. Lowell was killed last May after an hour-long standoff with Billings police.    Police had been called after a woman reported her boyfriend was threatening suicide and may be on the Rimrocks.    Police say a negotiator had spoken to Lowell for nearly an hour without succe... More>>

Trump says he would beat Oprah Winfrey in a 2020 presidential run

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he would beat Oprah Winfrey in a presidential contest, but says: "I don't think she's going to run."  Trump spoke Tuesday at the White House as he met with lawmakers on immigration. He said "Oprah would be a lot of fun." But he said he knows her well and he doesn't think she'll run.

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Bike safety tips during the winter

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A bicyclist was sent to the hospital after colliding with a car just before 8 o'clock Sunday evening. Officers who were on scene said it is unclear who is at fault or if the bicyclist had proper gear on the bike for safety purposes.

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Bicyclist hospitalized after vehicle vs. bicyclist crash

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A bicyclist is in the hospital tonight after colliding with a car just before 8 Sunday evening. 

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Man caught with methamphetamine at a local gas station

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A Great Falls man is now facing several charges, including drug possession and driving on a suspended license, after police stopped his vehicle. It all happened Sunday at the Town Pump gas station on 10th Avenue South. GFPD Officer Olson stopped a car with two different license plates on it. The passenger of the car, identified as Pablo Lopez, exited the vehicle. It was determined he had warrants out for his arrest.  While officer Olson was speaking with Pablo, Jesse Lopez wal...

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3 Native American tribes sue opioid industry groups

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Three Native American tribes in the Dakotas are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors, alleging they concealed and minimized the addiction risk of prescription drugs.    The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate sued 24 opioid industry groups in federal court on Monday. Defendants include drug manufacturers Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Allergan, and distributors McKesson Corp., Ca... More>>

Bonner residents say Bitcoin Center is too loud Video included

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According to CNN, a Bitcoin can be purchased by anyone from anywhere without a bank acting as a middle-man. 

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Saving money on heat during the winter months

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If you're seeing your electric bill get higher and higher, you’re not alone. 

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School breakfast program expanding

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At Rossiter Elementary School, breakfast is served.  It's part of the state-wide Breakfast After the Bell program, which Governor Bullock was just granted over $40,000 to expand. 

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City of Bonner discusses crime spree

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Bonner city officials held a meeting Tuesday night...

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Grizzly Sports Report, 1-8-18

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Griz Head Coach Travis DeCuire and Lady Griz Head Coach Shannon Schweyen join host Shaun Rainey to discuss the season so far for both programs. Player guests Jamar Akoh and Jace Henderson appear on the show as well to talk name mispronunciations and fishing.  More>>

School officials plan to recover gymnasium damaged from partial roof collapse Video included

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The top edge of the gymnasium collapsed, causing snow and debris to fall into the locker rooms at Linderman Elementary School.

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One man in custody after incident puts Whittier on lockdown

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A large police presence at Whittier Elementary School in Great Falls Monday afternoon at least one man in police custody.  The KFBB newsroom received initial reports at about 3:20pm. According to Great Falls Police, an incident outside of the school involving at least one man with a weapon led to the school being put on a temporary lockdown.  Witnesses at the scene tell KFBB the man was not cooperating with police, and was hiding inside a parked car. Police then had to sma...

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Great Falls man allegedly threatened victims with nunchucks

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A Great Falls man is now facing several charges, after attempting to hit people with knives and nun chucks. It all happened at a home on January 5th. Victims say that William Denny started stabbing a mattress, the walls and doors with kitchen knives. When they told Denny to stop, he reportedly threw one at the male victim.  Luckily the knife did not hit him, however the victim says he was afraid because he was stabbed in the chest a year prior.  Denny reportedly picked up...

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Meet Carroll College's living mascots

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At home, they're Max and Chumley. When it's game-day they become "Halo." These St. Bernards take turns as the adored mascot of the Carroll College Fighting Saints.

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Belgrade shooting victim identified Video included

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BOZEMAN- The victim of a Belgrade shooting has been identified by the Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner Office. Officials say Lauren Walder Dewise, 35, of Bozeman, died after a shooting reported around 9 AM on Jan. 7 in Belgrade. Police responding to the scene found one injured person and another unresponsive victim. Police identified and arrested a suspect, but have not released more details. The case is under investigation by the Belgrade Police Department. More>>

Vandal hits 25 Helena Walking Mall spots

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HELENA, Mont.- Vandalism is running rampant throughout the Helena Walking Mall. So far, 25 different spots have been hit, including a piece of history. The yellow, 1800s era trolly car is one of the most notable victims. The graffiti first made its appearance on Friday. The vandal has continued to add to the mess since then. The same black spray painted message, which appears to say "*ASPECT*", is on everything from the trolly to brick walls to murals. "The big thing ...

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Lake County sheriff makes sure residents know jail is full

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POLSON, Mont. (AP) - The sheriff of a northwestern Montana county wants to make sure residents understand that the jail is full.    The Missoulian reports that starting about three weeks ago, Lake County Sheriff Don Bell began posting on the department's Facebook page a list of people who were cited for crimes, rather than jailed, because there was no room to house them.    Bell says he has to weigh the odds between public safety and being sued by the American Civi... More>>

Rancher Cliven Bundy walks out a free man

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on the federal criminal case against a Nevada rancher accused of leading 2014 armed standoff against U.S. land management agents (all times local):    12:15 p.m.    The Nevada rancher who was accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities has walked out of a federal courthouse in Las Vegas as a free man.    Supporters cheered Monday as Cliven Bundy hugged his wife. He says  that he had been jailed for 700... More>>

Montana legalizes leaving cars unattended to warm up

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During winter months, it's common to start and run a car for a few minutes before getting inside. In some parts of the state, the practice was illegal.  State Rep. Alane Doane, R-Bloomfield, 

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Sen. Tester asks for Capitol Christmas tree to rebuild Sperry Chalet

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U.S. Senator Jon Tester is asking the Architect of the Capitol to allow the Capitol Christmas Tree to be hauled back to Montana to help rebuild the historic Sperry Chalet, which was destroyed during the 2017 wildfire season. 

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Pet Of The Week: Jo Jo

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This week KFBB is featuring Jo Jo as our pet of the week. He's available for adoption at the Maclean Animal Adoption Center in Great Falls.  Jo Jo is a 2-year-old, large, mixed breed dog who is surprisingly calm, well mannered, and has lots of love to give. However, he does come with a little bit of a catch. “He's got a limp and he favors one of his legs. We had a doctor in the area take a look at him and it looks like he is going to need some surgery in the future, unfor...

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Man arrested after 8th DUI, 8 other offenses follow

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A Great Falls man was arrested at 9 P.M. on January 6th for his 8th offense of DUI. Calvin Trombley, 52, of Great Falls, was driving his vehicle when he hit another vehicle and attempted to flee. Bystanders witnessed the accident and were quick to follow him and call GFPD as he traveled on 10th Ave South. Once Police arrived, Trombley threatened one of the officers and their family. Trombley was arrested for his 8th offense of DUI, and intimidation, both are felonies. His other ch...

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Prison recommended for ex-House leader in Montana drug case

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Federal prosecutors are recommending a former Montana House majority leader be sentenced to 28 years in prison for drug trafficking. 

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Snowmelt might not go where you think it goes

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Well over the past few days mother nature has been kind to us offering up some warmer weather, also helping get rid of snow. With the melting of it might not go where you think it's going. Forecasters from the National Weather Service said since a cold snap we had from December 29th through January 1st was the longest stretch of below zero temperatures we have had nearly over 20 years. Leaving a frost depth in the ground of 14 inches. Forcing that melted snow in another direction. J...

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Missing Houston journalist found underneath a highway overpass

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HOUSTON (AP) - The Latest on a sports journalist who was reported missing in Houston at the weekend after she told her roommate she feared she was being followed (all times local):    10 a.m.    Police in Houston say a passer-by contacted authorities after spotting a missing sports journalist underneath a highway overpass.    Police tweeted Monday morning that the passer-by had seen news reports that 29-year-old Courtney Roland was missing and recognized ... More>>

Oprah's Golden Globes speech highlights sexual assault

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Oprah Winfrey's barnstormer of a speech at the Golden Globes highlighted the story of a black Alabama woman who was raped by six white men in 1944.    Winfrey, in speaking of the victims of sexual assault whose voices might never be heard, told the audience that Recy Taylor was a name they should know.    Taylor was 24 when she was abducted and raped as she walked home from church in Abbeville. The NAACP assigned Rosa Parks to investigate the cas... More>>

Structure fire in Kalispell

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Early Saturday morning, Kalispell Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire inside a residence located at 104 Sante Fe Street. .

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Seth Bodnar: University of Montana's new president and a 'Man on a Mission'

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A string of alleged sexual assaults. A declining student enrollment. Budget cuts. Faculty layoffs. The once-shining reputation of the University of Montana has been tarnished in recent years. 2018 ushers in a new year and new changes for the University of Montana. The biggest: a new leader, Seth Bodnar.

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Is 'man flu' real?

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The term 'man flu' is often used by women who swear that the men in their lives tend to suffer from an over ?exaggeration of flu-like symptoms when they happen to become ill. 

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Avalanches kill four people in U.S. this year, two in MT Video included

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BOZEMAN- In a winter marked by heavy snowpack in the west, four people have been killed by avalanches nationwide so far. Two of those deaths have been in Montana. In October 2017, 23-year-old Inge Perkins was hit by an avalanche while skiing on Imp Peak in the Madisons. On Jan. 2, Weylon Weideman, 40, died after his snowmobile triggered a slide in the Cabin Creek area near West Yellowstone. Doug Chabot with the Gallatin Forest Avalanche Center says several people this winter have ha... More>>

Billings toddler recovering in Denver hospital after being mauled by dog

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A Billings toddler was flown to a children's hospital in Denver after being attacked by a dog Tuesday. 

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Justin Timberlake releases song list for new album

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After releasing a video full of western visual influences, Justin Timberlake's new track listing shows songs titled "Flannel" and "Montana." In the promo video released earlier this week, Timberlake and his wife, Jessica Biel, appear to celebrate a western lifestyle with scenes of campfires, mountains and horses. The couple bought a Yellowstone Club estate a few years ago. https://youtu.be/bVU-MmJZFFA But in the video for the first single, Filthy, released today...

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Noons' seeks clues in missing baby dinosaur case Video included

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MISSOULA- Police are seeking any information that may lead to the return of the 6-foot-long, 3-foot-tall baby dinosaur stolen from Noons on East Broadway. Store employees say the dino went missing shortly after midnight on Dec. 29, when a storm knocked out power to the area for two hours and darkening the normally bright parking lot. Employees say they believe "modern-day rustlers" must have cut the padlock securing the dino and removed her under the cover of darkness. It'...

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Butte physician charged with sexual assault of pain patients

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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - A longtime Butte physician is charged with sexually assaulting three female patients, using pain medications to coerce them.    The Montana Standard reports Dr. Patrick McGree was charged on Dec. 28 with two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, three counts of sexual servitude and two counts of misdemeanor sexual assault. District Judge Kathy Seeley in Helena has not scheduled an arraignment, but attorney John E. Smith of Missoula says McGree wil...

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$20,000 reward offered in Wyoming for missing dog

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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The owner of a missing service dog in northwest Wyoming has put up a $20,000 reward for its return.    Patrick Delaney, who is the property manager for the dog's owner in Jackson Hole, says the offer is real.    The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports that Delaney declined to identify the owner other than to say she is an elderly woman who lives alone.    The yellow Lab named Declan is about 5 years old and has been missing for... More>>

Recent storm pushes Western Montana snowpack past normal

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A recent storm brought snowpack in western and northwest Montana back to normal levels and pushed it even higher in some areas.    The Missoulian reported Thursday that last week's storm added between 2 to 7 inches (5 to 18 centimeters) of water into the snowpack of western and northwestern Montana.    Natural Resources and Conservation Service Water Supply Specialist Lucas Zukiewicz says right now, Montana has some of the best snow in the co... More>>

Rocky Boy woman pleads guilty in tribal corruption case

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A Rocky Boy woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding a Montana tribe's construction company.    The Great Falls Tribune reports 37-year-old Georgie Elaine Russell pleaded guilty Thursday to theft from an Indian tribal government receiving federal grants and making false statements about federal funding. The plea agreement calls for her to pay over $61,000 in restitution.    Prosecutors alleged Russell embezzled from the Chippewa Cree Constru... More>>

Frank Lloyd Wright preservation group seeks building rescue

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WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) - The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is making an 11th-hour effort to save one of the last buildings designed by the famous architect.    The conservancy says developer Mick Ruis agreed to sell the former clinic in Whitefish, Montana, for $1.7 million - if he gets the money by Jan. 10.  He purchased the building for $1.6 million in 2016 without knowing its history.    The Daily Inter Lake reports an attorney for Ruis said asbesto... More>>

Raw water: is it dangerous?

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The spring off of McDonald Highway is nothing new. For years folks like the Fries have relied on it to water their animals, do laundry and for drinking purposes. We're not the only ones, i mean people, there's a lot of other people who stop up here. We get about 36 gallons every time we come by here," said Bill Fries. Now a company called Live Water is bottling up spring water like this and putting a high price tag on it. The company and its proponents swear by the beneficial b...

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Coming up... Seth Bodnar "A Man on a Mission"

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A new year ushers in a new president at the helm of the University of Montana. ABC FOX Montana's Seth Bodnar, while on his third day on the job.

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Missoula firefighters learn ice rescuing techniques Video included

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The Missoula Fire Department took on the elements in a special training exercise today.

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Red fox fed by Grand Teton visitors killed for safety

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MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) - Wildlife managers in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming say they had to euthanize a red fox that was exhibiting bold behavior because people had been feeding it.    The National Park Service says the fox had to be killed because of concern for human safety.    Feeding park wildlife is illegal.   Grand  Grand Teton Superintendent David Vela says he hopes this case will serve as a cautionary reminder to not feed wildlife and t...

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Kmart stores in Butte, Helena closing this spring

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BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Sears Holdings Corp. announced it was closing more than 100 stores early this year, including Kmart stores in Butte and Helena, as it tries to turn around its business.    The company says employees at 64 Kmart stores and 39 Sears stores were notified Thursday that it was closing the stores between early March and early April. Company officials say liquidation sales could start as early as next week.    A spokesman for the Kmart in Butte decline... More>>

Blackfeet tribal chairman Harry Barnes in hospital

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BROWNING- STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF THE TRIBAL CHAIRMAN (January 3, 2018): Blackfeet Chairman Harry Barnes has undergone care in Great Falls for unspecified heart ailments. 

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Warning: Is there a silent killer in your home?

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With winter here to stay, you need to make sure you keep yourself safe from a silent killer. According to the Center for Disease Control between 1999-2010 over 5,000 people died from carbon monoxide poisoning. 

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Judge dismisses lawsuit over Peeps candy workers' strike

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a Pennsylvania lawsuit against the peeps who make marshmallow Peeps.    The Morning Call newspaper reports U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Schmehl ruled last week the Just Born Quality Confections company in Bethlehem failed to prove about 400 union employees violated a no-strike clause when they walked off the job Sept. 7, 2016.    The company also makes Mike and Ike candies and had said the strike was timed to hurt ... More>>

Buried fire hydrants in snow cause problems for firefighters Video included

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As we continue to deal with winter weather in Montana...

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Trump signs order disbanding voter fraud commission

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed an executive order disbanding his voter fraud commission.    A White House statement is blaming the decision on numerous states that have refused to provide voter information to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.    White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that, "Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense," Trump has signed an order to dissolve the... More>>

Smell of tobacco smoke closes local children's museum Video included

A popular children's museum is closed after air quality concerns in the building. 

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Father says "Slender Man" movie distasteful

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 MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on Sony Pictures' plans to release a movie featuring horror character Slender Man (all times local):    4:50 p.m.    The father of one of two Wisconsin girls who attacked their classmate in an effort to please horror character Slender Man says Sony Pictures' decision to release a movie about the character is in poor taste.    The movie is due out in May. The studio released a trailer Wednesday with scenes depicting a ... More>>

"Fixer Upper" stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are expecting fifth child

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HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines are expecting baby number five!  

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Liberian refugee sworn in as Montana mayor

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Liberian refugee Wilmot Collins has been sworn in as the mayor of Helena - the first black mayor of any city in the state's history.    About 100 people, including Gov. Steve Bullock and Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, attended Tuesday's ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda.    The Independent Record reports two city commissioners also were sworn in by District Judge Mike Menahan.    Collins has said his priorities include finding a way to hire more...

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Man dies in avalanche near Cabin Creek

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An avalanche kills a man Tuesday night near the Cabin Creek area. 

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Police have simple shopping safety tip to prevent purse theft

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When you’re out shopping, it’s easy to get distracted and that’s what purse thieves are looking for. You’ve seen the videos of a thief coming by and in a matter of moments, the purse is gone, sometimes without the victim noticing right away. But there’s a post that has gone viral on Facebook from a New Hampshire police department with a very helpful and cost effective solution. They remind people to keep their purses closed and secure it to the cart eit...

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Missoula Police: "No Direction" in bones case

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Missoula police say they are at a standstill as they await DNA tests to find out anything about the bones of at least three children found in a Missoula shed.  Missoula Police Sgt. Travis Welsh said they have conducted interviews but have "no direction" at this point. He said they're waiting for lab results to determine who these children may have been. He hopes that information leads them to more information about when and how the children may have died.  A clea...

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Twitter reacts to Justin Timberlake's new "Wild West" video

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Justin Timberlake unveiled a new promo video for his upcoming album, Man of the Woods, on Jan. 2. With imagery and scenic background that appears to be shot partly in Montana, the video prompted a lot of opinions from locals and non-locals alike. (Click here if you haven't seen the video yet.) before and after I read my first Cormac McCarthy novel pic.twitter.com/6kh9PGdGtq — BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) January 2, 2018 this hills are alive, with the sound of SEXY pic.twitter.... More>>

Carrie Underwood announces she suffered facial injury in November that required 40-50 stitches

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country singer Carrie Underwood is bringing in 2018 by sharing more details about more injuries that she suffered after a fall that broke her wrist.    In a blog post to fans on New Year's Day Underwood says she sustained a facial injury that required 40-50 stitches and that she's "not quite looking the same."    She says that she is grateful the injuries weren't much worse and for the people who have helped her since the November ... More>>

Justin Timberlake reveals new Montana-inspired album

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Pop star Justin Timberlake is releasing a new album that appears inspired by his Montana estate. The album, Man of the Woods, promises to show a different side of Timberlake than listeners might expect from the former NSYNC performer and "Sexyback" singer. The promo video released Jan. 2 shows Timberlake and his wife, Jessica Biel, dancing in fields and wearing cowboy-style hats. Timberlake also stands in a field in front of horses and snow-capped mountains. The album relea... More>>

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