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Pursuit follows after shots fired in Sanders County

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The Sanders County Sheriff's Office is reported that deputies are actively pursuing suspects after gun shots were fired in the Trout Creek area. Officials responded to a call at 5:31 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

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Missoula food bank needs 400 more turkey donations

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As the holiday season draws near, thousands across Western Montana are in need of food as the temperatures drop.  The Missoula Food Bank and Community Center fed over 7,000 hungry people last Thanksgiving, and they anticipate more hungry families this year. 

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Montana Red Cross begins aid deployments to California

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Montana Red Cross is mobilizing and sending aid workers to California, in wake of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in the Golden State’s history.

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Butte shoppers unsure where to shop this holiday season

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BUTTE- Black Friday and the Holiday shopping season are around the corner and many shoppers in Butte are unsure where they'll go for their holiday deals this year. Karla Pomrenke lives in Butte and said she doesn't know where she'll be able to get the items on her holiday list. "I really don't know with Herbergers being gone, I'm not sure if I will be going to Missoula, Bozeman or Helena or doing it all online," said Pomrenke. According to Citi Retail Service, 73 per... More>>

Fire destroys home on B Street in Butte Wednesday afternoon

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BUTTE- The Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 1800 block of B Street around noon on Wednesday. Smoke poured out of the home as fire crews quickly worked to knock down the fire. Butte-Silver Bow Fire Marshal Brian Doherty said the inside of the house is a total loss. 

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The Latest: Native women's safety measure clears committee

A U.S. Senate committee has approved a bill aimed at addressing the high number of missing and murdered Native American women.

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3 men arrested in Idaho after shots fired at deputy vehicle

Police say three men wanted after someone fired shots at a county deputy's vehicle in Montana have been arrested in Idaho.

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Judge allows case against neo-Nazi publisher to proceed

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A federal judge in Montana says the First Amendment does not shield a neo-Nazi website publisher from being sued for telling his readers to unleash a "troll storm" that led to anti-Semitic threats against a Jewish woman...

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Dozens of people gather at UM to become U.S. citizens Video included

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Nearly forty people from 21 different countries can now call themselves U.S. citizens after UM held its first-ever naturalization ceremony on Wednesday morning in the Dennison Theater. 

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West Virginia Police: Reported rabid raccoons actually just drunk

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Go home raccoons, you're drunk.

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The Latest: Montana lawmakers choose House, Senate leaders

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Montana Republicans have picked their legislative leaders for the upcoming session with a focus on re-taking the governor's office in 2020.

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Loyola's Kaden Lincoln

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Kaden is part of one of the best dynasties in Montana history. The Loyola Speech and Debate team has won 35 consecutive Montana Class B-C state championships. Since his freshman year, he has helped contribute to his team's golden legacy.

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Football fan charged with DWI blames team's performance

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Authorities say a pro football fan charged with drunken driving after a crash told police he drank too much because his favorite team isn't any good. Wayne police say 57-year-old Christopher Greyshock, of West Milford, was charged after he rear-ended another vehicle about 5:15 p.m. Sunday.

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Wisconsin company gives employees revolvers for Christmas

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A Wisconsin company is giving employees revolvers for Christmas in what it says is an effort to promote personal safety and team building. 

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Woman charged with negligent homicide in friend's exposure death

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HAVRE - Hill County authorities identify 19-year-old Kyla Ashley Valdez as the victim in what's being investigated as a negligent homicide case.

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Malmstrom missile squadron commander relieved of duty

The commander of the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base has been relieved of his command for maintaining an "unhealthy command climate."

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Bozeman's only used bookstore looking for new owner

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BOZEMAN - Two requirements for the new owners? "They have to enjoy books and people," says Feeney. "A bookstore is a people business."

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Missoula crash blocks East Broadway

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The Missoula Police Department warned residents of a road closure on East Broadway St. near the Missoula College on Tuesday evening. Officials said the four vehicle crash caused traffic to be temporarily rerouted onto Interstate 90.

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Visitation at Glacier National Park increased last month

Glacier National Park had more than 92,000 visitors last month, increasing by nearly 9 percent after a wildfire led to closures in August and September.

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Dozens of Montana firefighters race down to Southern California

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The two fast-growing fires that exploded in Southern California has taken 23 lives and forced thousands of to evacuate. The strong winds from Santa Ana returned to Southern California on Sunday, causing the wildfire to grow from over 80,000 acres on Saturday, to over twice its size in just 24 hours. 

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New Italian restaurant opens in Uptown Butte Video included

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BUTTE- Italian restaurant La Casa Toscana had its grand opening Tuesday in Uptown Butte. 

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Victor celebrates new Volunteer Rural Fire Department Hall Video included

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The new steel building is located on six acres of land, which gives the fire department a lot of land to expand even more in the future, so Victor volunteer firefighters are calling it a “future project”. 

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Malmstrom commander relieved of duty

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MALMSTROM AFB - Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Fortner, the commander of the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron, has been relieved of duty.  According to a press release from MAFB Public Affairs, Colonel Aaron Guill relieved Fortner due to,  "loss of trust and confidence after a series of events."   Complaints had been filed with the 341st Missile Wing Inspector General, which is what initiated an investigation.  It concluded several of those complaints ...

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Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Both nature and humans share blame for California’s devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump’s claims, fire scientists say. 

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Police: Grandfather fatally shoots grandson in self-defense

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SEATTLE (AP) - Police say a 78-year-old Renton man fatally shot and killed his grandson in what police believe was an act of self-defense.    The Seattle Times reports police were called to a Renton home Saturday night, where a 26-year-old man had reportedly assaulted his mother, said Renton police Cmdr. Dave Leibman. 

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Butte Archives opens World War I exhibit

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BUTTE- The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives opened a new World War I exhibit on Tuesday for the 100th anniversary of the wars end. Archive Assistant Director, Nikole Evankovich said Butte played an important role in WWI. 

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MCPS Superintendent Mark Thane announces retirement plans

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MISSOULA - Superintendent Mark Thane announced Tuesday that he plans to retire next year.  

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Stapleton: Awarding friend contract was right for voters

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Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is defending his decision to award a $265,000 contract to a friend, saying his office did what was right for the voters.

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Investigators say grizzly attacked hunter in Columbia Falls

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KALISPELL - Investigators confirmed a hunter's suspicions that he was attacked by an adult grizzly bear over the weekend.

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Phillips 66, Bridger plan for new pipeline to Texas

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Phillips 66 and Bridger Pipeline say they have preliminary plans for a new pipeline to send Bakken crude oil to Texas.

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Oregon teen mayor: People can serve no matter their age

The teenage mayor-elect of a small Oregon city says he will be a steward for the budget and a proponent for growth.

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Pita Pit is officially open once again

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Less than a month ago, 25-year-old Allen Roberts was arrested on 18 charges after crashing into a Pita Pit in Great Falls on 10th Ave. S.  What originally was supposed to take a week turned into several as store manager Christine Rattlingtail repaired severe damages and revamped the store.  Today, the Pita Pit is finally RE-opening their doors with a newly renovated interior.  Robert's arraignment is scheduled for Thursday, November 15th, at 2 pm.  More>>

FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017

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NEW YORK - The FBI says hate crimes reports were up about 17 percent in 2017, marking a rise for the third year in a row. An annual report released Tuesday shows there were more than 7,100 reported hate crimes last year. There were increases in attacks motivated by racial bias, religious bias and because of a victim's sexual orientation. 

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Trump administration sides with tribes in drilling dispute

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The Trump administration plans to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in Montana and Canada.

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One bar in Great Falls is taking safety to the next level Video included

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How safe do you feel going to your local bar? It’s a question on many people’s minds after the recent shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. The day and age we live in is much different than it was even just a few years ago. It’s something one bar here in Great Falls recognizes and does their best to keep up with. The Alumni Club considers safety a number on priority.   In fact, not only are security members on staff but a new rule was just implemen... More>>

Zinke '100 percent confident' he'll be cleared in probes

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

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Montana colleges could tighten rules for in-state tuition

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The Montana University System is mulling over tightening the rules for out-of-state students who want to gain in-state residency status that can cut thousands of dollars from tuition expenses.

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Missouri teacher suspended after student dresses as Klansman

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POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - A southern Missouri school district has suspended a teacher who oversaw a class presentation in which a ninth-grader dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member. 

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Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl serves BBQ to wildfire firefighters

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CALABASAS, Calif. - Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl doesn't want firefighters battling the California wildfires to go hungry. Grohl served his Backbeat Barbeque at Fire Station 68 in Calabasas on Monday night.

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Elk hunter recovering after bear attack, suffered broken arm

A northwestern Montana elk hunter is recovering in a Kalispell hospital after a weekend bear attack.

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Big Sky Fire sends team to deadly California wildfires

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A team of Big Sky firefighters are en route to assist in firefighting and rescue efforts for the devastating California wildfires, which have left hundreds of thousands displaced and at least 44 dead statewide.

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Montana Treasure: The history behind the Great Divide Trophy

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The countdown begins for the 118th Brawl of Wild, which takes place on Saturday, November 17 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula. ABC FOX Montana searched the video vault to bring you this week's Montana Treasure: The Great Divide Trophy and the brainchild behind the bronze that represents the rivalry between the University of Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State University Bobcats.

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Gallatin Valley veterans honored at Belgrade schools ceremony

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Lessons in honor, service and sacrifice were all instilled into the next generation Monday as Belgrade schools and community members came together for a special Veterans' Day ceremony.

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Missoula department stores prepare for holiday season

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As the holiday season begins, many businesses are getting ready for the madness by hiring numerous seasonal workers.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the U.S. is at a 50-year low at 3.7 percent. With low unemployment numbers across the country, ABC FOX Montana talked with one major department store to see if they're hurting for holiday help. 

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Australia police make arrest after sewing needles found in fruit

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Police have made their first arrest in the cases of strawberry sabotage in Australia, in which sewing needles were found in fruit sold in six states.    

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Missoula's new Jeannette Rankin Elementary School celebrates opening

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In Missoula, students and faculty celebrate their first day of classes in the new Jeannette Rankin Elementary School, which is replacing Cold Springs Elementary School.

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Missoula's Neptune Aviation Services fighting California wildfires

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Several Montana agencies, including Missoula’s own Neptune Aviation Services are sending crews to help fight the California wildfires. 

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'Trumpy Bear' going viral (Yes, it's real)

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The Trumpy Bear is a plush teddy bear made in apparent homage to President Donald Trump. 

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Liz Cheney poised for ascent into Republican leadership

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Liz Cheney has had a quiet first term as congresswoman, but that's about to change. She's seeking a House Republican leadership post that's key to her party's strategy against next year's Democratic majority. 

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Montana coin shop robbed of $13K in gold coins

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Police in Montana are searching for two men suspected of stealing about $13,000 worth of gold coins from a Billings coin shop.

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Harlem woman arrested, suspected in hypothermia death

A 25-year-old Harlem woman has been arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide in an apparent hypothermia death south of Havre.

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WATCH: Toy Story 4 trailer released

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Toy Story 4 is coming! Disney-Pixar released the first trailer for the long-awaited sequel on Monday. The new installment in the franchise was confirmed three years ago and last April it was confirmed the release would happen in the summer of 2019.

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Comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man creator, dies at 95

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Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95.

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Retired Montana priest charged with child pornography case

A retired Montana priest is charged with receiving child pornography.

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Graves at tiny Idaho cemetery remain a mystery

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A wind-swept parcel of ground on the edge of the tiny town of Minidoka once cradled the remains of at least 40 people.

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New Bozeman cafe welcomes people and dogs

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BOZEMAN - A new cafe is offering people and pets a place to warm up after a long day at the dog park.

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Vets break ground on SW Montana's first Veterans Cemetery

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BOZEMAN - A group of veterans in southwest Montana – which is home to over a third of the state’s vets – broke ground on the state’s newest Veterans Cemetery on Sunday.

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Montana Secretary of State honors Veterans day at Fort Missoula

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In observance of Veterans day, the only veteran elected to statewide executive office spoke in front of dozens of current and retired service members at the historic fort Missoula.  Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton was the guest speaker at the Veterans day opening ceremonies for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. 

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Bear attack west of Columbia Falls

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On November 11, 2018 at approximately 9 a.m. the Flathead County Sheriff's Office received a report of a Bear Attack just off Trumble Canyon Road north-west of Columbia Falls. The Flathead County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page says two males had reportedly been hunting when one of the males was attacked. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, North Valley Search and Rescue, the Two Bear Air Rescue Helicopter and ALERT responded. According to the sheriff's office, the victi...

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Butte holds annual Marine Corps Ball

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BUTTE- The Marine Corps celebrated its 243rd birthday on Saturday, and across the country Marines celebrated with Marine Corps Balls. In Butte, the Marine Corps Ball was held this year at the LaQuinta Inn. Veteran and Emcee of the ball Mike Lawson said this year is extra special because it's the 100th anniversary of women in the Marines. 

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Anaconda Garden Club hosts annual holiday show

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ANACONDA- The holiday season kicked off in Anaconda Saturday afternoon with the 57th annual Anaconda Garden Club Holiday Show. Over a hundred people came to the Elks Lodge to do some holiday shopping and buy some treats for a great cause. 

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Microsoft project to expand broadband access in rural Montana

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Microsoft and Native Network are going to provide broadband internet access to over 73,000 unserved people in rural communities in Montana and Washington. 

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Zinke says he won't run for Montana governor in 2020

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he won't run for Montana governor in 2020.

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School bus driver drives over injured deer to end suffering while students watched

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DEXTER, Mich. - Officials say a school bus driver intentionally drove over an injured deer to end its suffering while some students watched.

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Griz fans are ready for Can the Cats Food Drive

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Can the Cats Food Drive organizers are feeling pretty good after a very generous donation from Missoula Federal Credit Union. 

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Mattress Firm Student of the Week: Jefferson's Simonie Mendenhall

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Jefferson High senior Simonie Mendenhall says she hits the volleyball court year-round and that work is paying off.  "Just determining open positions on the court based off of the set and things like that I guess," said Simonie Mendenhall. 

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Butte school trying to get more kids to eat breakfast

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BUTTE-  More students are starting their day with a full stomach at East Middle school. This week the school launched its Breakfast Before the Bell program sponsored by the No Kid Hungry movement. East Middle School was awarded a $5,000 grant for the program. 

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Dispatcher helps man deliver grandchild in rural Kansas

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A man in rural Kansas helped his daughter deliver a baby thanks to coaching from an emergency dispatcher.   

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Passenger stops Utah Greyhound bus after driver passes out

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah police say a Greyhound bus passenger got behind the wheel and steered the bus to safety after the driver passed out on the highway.  

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Gallatin County confirms case of rare AFM disease

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BOZEMAN - A case of a rare disease that strikes the nervous system is confirmed in Gallatin County.

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Judge blocks further construction on Keystone XL Pipeline

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UPDATE: A federal judge in Great Falls has blocked construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. 

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Blackfeet college building named in honor of Elouise Cobell

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The Blackfeet Community College has named its new health science and education building in honor of Elouise Cobell, a tribal elder and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Trump says he's not firing Interior Secretary Zinke, for now

President Donald Trump says he's not firing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, for now.

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Man accused of beating two in retaliation for FBI involvement

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MISSOULA - A man is accused of assaulting two people at the request of a friend who was in jail.

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Belgrade School District on alert after new threat

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BELGRADE - Police are patrolling the halls of Belgrade High School after students received a new threat Thursday night. 

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Do you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? Video included

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Many are looking forward to the winter sports and snowball fights, but for some, it’s a fight to make it through the dark and cold winter months. Seasonal Affective Disorder, otherwise known as SAD, affects roughly 3 million people every year. However, it is often just written off for what many might call the “Winter Blues”. According to the Mayo Clinic, signs and symptoms to look out for include depression,low energy, difficulty concentrating,... More>>

Montana Rescue Mission in need of financial support this holiday season Video included

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The Montana rescue mission is asking for your help when it comes to this holiday season. 

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Veterans Day: a soldier's story

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Trevor Allen knew he wanted to enlist in the U.S. Army when he was in middle school. His gut told him he was meant to be an infantryman.

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Homelessness: Bozeman’s hidden problem

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Many aren’t aware of a problem that left up to 200 individuals experiencing homelessness any given evening last winter in Bozeman.

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Rollover crash on I-90 west of Missoula

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Montana Highway Patrol is reporting a rollover crash on Interstate-90 west of Missoula. The crash happened on Thursday just before 8 p.m., west of Airport Boulevard.

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Tester wins by poaching Trump voters, holding his base

Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester won a third term by holding on to his base and poaching enough Montana voters who supported President Donald Trump in 2016.

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Madison Co. Sheriff-elect talks write-in victory

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Sheriff Roger Thompson was running unopposed, despite felony charges, until Undersheriff Phil Fortner stepped in as a write-in candidate. Despite the odds, Fortner won the spot with 54%.

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Slideoffs, crashes reported on snowy roads in Butte and Homestake Pass Video included

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BUTTE- Snow and Ice kept police and Montana Highway Patrol busy Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.

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Missoula's newest dog park busy with furry visitors Video included

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A new park in the Garden City opened last week, and despite freezing temperatures and snow, it's getting lots of furry visitors.   The Missoula Park and Recreation and the Missoula Redevelopment Agency opened the city's third dog park by the intersection of South Avenue and South Johnson.  

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Missoula Airport says $67m construction project moves forward

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Missoula International Airport continues to make strides on a three-year, $67 million construction project, in an effort to bring in additional flights and airlines to the Garden City. Coming changes include an additional gate, new gift shop, additional parking and new security checkpoint.

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Chicago restaurant serving 'Elf' spaghetti dessert during holidays

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Trying to stick to the four main elf food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup? A diner in Chicago can accommodate that request.

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UPDATE: AMBER Alert canceled for Lakeside girl

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KALISPELL - The Montana Department of Justice issued an AMBER Alert for a 12-year-old Flathead area girl. 

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Newly empowered Dems take aim at Trump business conflicts

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Beyond trying to get their hands on the Holy Grail of President Donald Trump's business dealings - his tax returns - House Democrats are prepared to use their new majority and subpoena power to go after financial records that could back up their claims that he's using his presidency to enrich himself and his family.

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Facebook to debut new feature: soon you can unsend messages

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Facebook's messenger app is giving its users a do-over. You will soon be able to 'unsend' messages after you send them, but there's a catch.

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Vehicle may have led to building fire at Missoula auto repair shop

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The Missoula Fire Department (MFD) believes a vehicle parked inside an auto repair shop may have started a fire at the shop Wednesday night.  According to MFD crews were called to Rocky Mountain Diesel for a report of smoke and flames just after 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

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Missoula parents focus on street crossing safety after accident

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Missoula parents are on high alert after a six-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street near her school bus stop Tuesday morning. Families that live along the road where it happened are trying to help their kids understand street safety.  

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CMC to offer free cervical cancer screening day

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The Missoula Community Medical Center will offer free cervical cancer screenings at its Cancer Care Center on Thursday, November 8.  

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GOP retains control of Montana Legislature in election

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Republican majorities appear to be safe in the Montana House and Senate with many races still to be decided.

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One man dies in boating accident on Flathead River

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KALISPELL - One man died and another was rescued after a small boat capsized on the Flathead River on Tuesday. 

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UM says it will retain most programs during $5m budget cut

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MISSOULA - The University of Montana announced Wednesday plans to trim its budget while maintaining most of its current programs. The changes are less drastic than the complete "retrenchment" that had been feared by many students and faculty.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions submits resignation in letter to President Donald Trump. Trump says Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker will become acting attorney general. This is a developing story.

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UPDATE: Missing teen found safe.

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The Helena Police Department has issued a Missing and Endangered Person Advisory for Caleb Wayne Taylor. He was last seen on Monday, November 5th, in Helena. 

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Gianforte celebrates reelection, Kathleen Williams thanks supporters

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Rep. Greg Gianforte retained his seat in the U.S. House, with election results showing him winning 52-45 percent over challenger Kathleen Williams. 

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Rosendale congratulates Sen. Tester on his victory

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State Auditor Matt Rosendale, the Republican nominee in Montana’s U.S. Senate race, released a statement Wednesday after conceding to Senator Jon Tester.

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Montana 2018 Midterm Election Numbers

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Below are the latest mid-term election numbers for the state of Montana...

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Open space bonds, Clinton School levy find strong support in Missoula

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MISSOULA - Preliminary results show strong support for open space bonds and schools in Missoula County.

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NBC News projects Gianforte wins Montana's House race

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Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte took a late lead over his Democratic challenger, Kathleen Williams, in the race for Montana’s U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday’s Election Night.

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The Latest: Voting hours extended at more Ga. locations

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A judge has extended voting hours at more polling locations in Georgia, where some voters have complained of waiting for hours in long lines. An order issued Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court says one polling place in the county, home to much of Atlanta, must allow voters to keep casting ballots until 9 p.m., a full two hours after polls closed statewide.

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Pennsylvania man arrested for allegedly threatening to 'shoot up' polling place

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SOUTH FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A Pennsylvania man was taken into custody after allegedly threatening to 'shoot up' a polling place Tuesday. 

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Students shelter in place after gun stolen near Belgrade High School

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Schools in Belgrade are in a shelter in place after a hand gun was reportedly stolen from a vehicle near Belgrade High School. Law enforcement say a suspect is at large. 

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UPDATE: Missing boy found

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Missoula Police have issued a Missing and Endangered Person Advisory (MEPA) for Donivan Charlie.

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Child hit by car while crossing to get to bus stop

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A 6-year-old Missoula girl has been life-flighted for injuries after she was struck by a vehicle in Missoula Tuesday morning.

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Voters asked to allow extra time at some Missoula Co. polls

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Five precincts in Missoula County are having occasional troubles with feeding the second page of the ballot into counting machines.

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Missoula begins refunding some court surcharges

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The City of Missoula has a plan in place to issue refunds on some Municipal Court case surcharges.  

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Montana Senate race breaks financial records

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The cost of state auditor Matt Rosendale and incumbent senator Jon Tester's battle for the Montana Senate seat has topped $60 million, according to the Associated Press. 

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What Initiative 186 is really saying Video included

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Initiative 186 is basically saying that mining companies need to have a plan in place to clean up after themselves when it comes to hard rock mining.  Hard rock mining is exactly what it sounds like; mining for gold, silver, diamonds, and similar resources.  Right now, mining companies aren’t held solely responsible for any clean-up procedures. As a matter of fact, you the taxpayer foot the bill. If I-186 is passed, mining companies would have to lay out what ... More>>

In-depth look at Initiative 185 Video included

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Initiative 185 has the potential to impact every individual in Montana because it basically comes down to healthcare. According to Ballotpedia, Montana ranks 22nd in the nation for the highest tax on cigarettes. If this initiative passes, we could jump into the top five and cigarettes would be taxed an additional $2.00; making a grand total of $3.70 of tax on a single pack.  All other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, vaping products, and even snuff would see an i... More>>

Missoula billboard remembers beloved Mountain Line bus driver

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David House is blind, but he wants everyone in Missoula to see how much he loves his late wife every time they go out for a drive. 

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Beloved black bears killed in Red Lodge, locals want change Video included

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The community of Red Lodge is mourning the loss of a black bear sow and her cub after they were hit on Highway 212 Friday night.  Colleen Kilbane said, "the sow and cub, they've been beloved in the community for quite some time. Just last week she was on my friend's golf cart on the golf course." The sow and cub brought community members together to talk about the importance of Montana's wildlife and what could be done to protect wildlife and people.  Just over ...

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Flathead sheriff warns of pornographic modeling scams

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KALISPELL - The Flathead County Sheriff is warning people to avoid a sketchy "modeling opportunity." 

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The Latest: Pence plugs Rosendale, Tester touts health care Video included

Vice President Mike Pence says re-electing Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester to a third term would embolden the opposition to President Donald Trump and risk unraveling his accomplishments.

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Pennsylvania mother charged with killing girl, 5, in push down stairs

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PARKESBURG, Pa. - A Pennsylvania mother who allegedly killed her 5-year-old daughter by pushing her down a set of stairs onto a concrete landing on Halloween has been charged. 

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Don't spank: Pediatricians warn parents of long-term harms

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The nation's leading pediatricians' group has strengthened its advice against spanking and other physical punishment because of the potential for long-term harm. In an updated policy released Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics says those harms can include aggression, brain changes, substance abuse and suicidal behavior in adulthood.

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Rare caribou sighting reported in Northwest Montana

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KALISPELL - It's now rare to see a woodland caribou in its native Montana habitat, but wildlife officials are encouraged after new reports from rural residents.

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Yellowstone Co. Medical Examiner finds no evidence of foul play in missing Canadian man's death Video included

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The body of Cameron Collin was recovered from Pryor Creek Saturday morning.

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Former VP Joe Biden holding event on UM campus in December

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MISSOULA - Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to appear at an event on the University of Montana campus in December.

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Texas couple killed in helicopter crash hours after wedding

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UVALDE, Texas - Family members say a Texas couple was killed in a helicopter crash just hours after they were married.

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Woman reunited with dog after it was stolen

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SPOKANE - There's a happy ending for a woman whose vehicle was stolen with her dog inside at the Northern Quest Casino. 

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Student cited for bringing pistol to Montana high school

A high schooler in northwest Montana has been cited for reportedly bringing a gun onto campus.

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Lowe's to close 51 stores, Montana locations not listed

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Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today announced the wind-down of certain underperforming store locations as part of its ongoing strategic reassessment. To focus on its most profitable stores and improve the overall health of its store portfolio, the company will: Close 20 U.S. stores.

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Investigation underway after mobile home fire, explosions in Shepherd

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Authorities are investigating a structure fire, involving several explosions, that broke out early Monday morning. 

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Work wellness program could change how you work Video included

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Health and wellness in the workplace are extremely important; and with the holidays coming up, it could help you to avoid the dreaded holiday weight. The Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Bureau is offering a free workplace wellness training.  Originally, the program only allowed one trainer to work with three businesses over a three year period. However, that isn't the case anymore. The new workplace wellness program allows for a trainer to visit your bui...

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The New Frontier: From Golden Arches to Sea Floors Video included

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"People ask me that all the time, what’s the yellow stuff that I see occasionally as I drive across the state. Odds are that's canola." In 2017, over 100,000 acres of canola was grown in Montana, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. That may seem like nothing compared to the millions of acres we usually see of wheat, barley, and pulse crops. But in reality, even if we don't know it, most of us consume canola oil in some form every day. "Yea...

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Overnight shooting in Billings injures Roundup man

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A Roundup man is hospitalized and in stable condition after being shot in his hip/pelvis in the area of 8th St. West and Terry Avenue. Billings Police Sgt. Bret Becker says the call to 911 came just before 3:00 AM. 

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How does daylight savings time impact you?

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GREAT FALLS- Since 2007, the United States Naval Observatory said daylight savings time happens every March and November, but the question is do you prefer to lose or gain an hour?  Dating all the way back to Benjamin Franklin’s time, according to Live Science, daylight savings time was put in place to adjust your clocks so people could have more daylight and save energy on lighting. But let's fast forward to today and see if daylight savings time is still helping American...

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Sen. Jon Tester pushes to make race about Montana, not Trump

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — With President Donald Trump clamoring to defeat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and conservative groups spending heavily against him, the Democrat is falling back on a well-worn strategy in his pursuit of a third term: make the election about Montana, not Washington.

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Trump plays up feud with Montana Dem senator

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President Donald Trump is playing up his feud with Democrat Jon Tester as he campaigns against the Montana senator. Trump claims at a rally at the Bozeman airport that Tester "tried to destroy" his first choice to head his administration's Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Trump’s election push Saturday focuses on Montana, Florida

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — There are two more political rallies on President Donald Trump’s schedule for Saturday — and two more on Sunday and three more on Monday. And that’s after two on Friday.

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Idaho superintendent apologizes after teachers dress up as Mexicans, border wall

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The superintendent of the Middleton School District posted an apology on Facebook Friday morning after at least a dozen staff members dressed up as pieces of a border wall and Mexican stereotypes for Halloween. 

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Montana woman rescues wandering llama from Yellowstone park

Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas shared this photo of one of their llamas, named Chalula. She is not listed as the llama who went rogue. Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas shared this photo of one of their llamas, named Chalula. She is not listed as the llama who went rogue.

A llama that escaped into southern Yellowstone National Park from a guided hike in August was rescued by a Montana outfitter last weekend, just days before most of the park was to close for winter preparation.

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Idaho Police: Rat poison found in 7-year-old's Halloween candy

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Meridian, IDAHO - The Meridian Police Department says a 7-year-old child found a bag of rat poison in their Halloween trick-or-treating haul.

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Soil Cycle to collect perished pumpkins around Missoula

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Soil Cycle wants to fight food waste during the holidays, and the group is starting by re-harvesting old Jack O’ Lanterns from front porches across Missoula.

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Workshop aims to encourage and support women in non-traditional occupations Video included

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A workshop in support of women in non-traditional workplaces will be held Friday at MSU Billings City College campus.

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Breaking Down I-186 Video included

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Midterms are next week and one of the initiatives on the ballot is I-186. It will require the Department of Environmental Quality to deny a permit for any new hardrock mines in the treasure state. That is unless the reclamation plan provides clear and convincing evidence that the mine will not require perpetual treatment of water polluted by acid mine drainage or other contaminants. The voter information pamphlet explained that the terms "perpetual treatment", "perpetu... More>>

More details about Vice President Mike Pence's return to Montana

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The Montana Republican Party on Thursday night revealed more information about Vice President Mike Pence's return to Montana. The vice president will visit Kalispell on Monday, November 5th, to campaign in support of Matt Rosendale.

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Student reportedly brings weapon to Arlee School Video included

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ARLEE - Parents are questioning the Arlee School District's decision not to send an alert on Wednesday after a student reportedly brought a weapon to school.

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Prosecutor: 4-month-old Iowa boy found dead in swing 'died of diaper rash'

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The parents of a 4-month-old Iowa boy have been charged with murder.

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Plans for Missoula Pride event underway

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Plans are in motion for Missoula’s first city-specific Pride event, and organizers hope to start an annual tradition in the community by 2019. 

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Missoula County bills President Trump for cost of visit

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Missoula County has released the cost of President Trump’s recent visit to the county, and one county commissioner isn’t happy about the numbers. 

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African Children's Choir kicking off tour in Montana Video included

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The African Children's choir will kick off their "Just As I Am" tour in Hamilton on November 1. 

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Synagogue suspect indicted on 44 counts

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre has been indicted by a federal grand jury.    The indictment, which was expected, was announced Wednesday. It charges Robert Bowers with 44 counts, including hate crimes.

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Gone to pot: Marijuana shortages plague Canada

Canada's legal recreational market is off to a bumpy start.

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Woman strangles bouncer after she thought he slapped her bottom

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Authorities say a woman choked a nightclub bouncer into unconsciousness after she mistakenly thought he had slapped her buttocks.   

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Official: Mafia hit man is suspect in death of Whitey Bulger

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BOSTON (AP) - A former federal investigator says a Mafia hit man is a suspect in the prison slaying of Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger. 

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