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Bobcats win the 117th Brawl of the Wild 31-23 in Bozeman

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BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Montana State Bobcats defeated the Montana Grizzlies 31-23 to win the 117th Brawl of the Wild. It's the first time since 2005 that the Cats won a game against the Griz in Bozeman.  The Bobcats ran for 322 yards on the ground, making it the second consecutive year that they have put up over 250 yards of rushing on Montana's defense. Cats sophomore quarterback Chris Murray accounted for 133 yards of that total, as well as throwing the ball for 98 yards. The G... More>>

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One person dead in Billings Police-involved shooting Video included

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One person is dead following a police-involved shooting on the 400 block of Bunting Street in Billings Southside Saturday. Five officers have been placed on administrative leave as per officer-involved shooting protocol. 

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The MSU equipment team: the unsung heroes of game day

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Tucked in the south tunnel of the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse sit the unsung heroes of the Montana State game day experience, the Bobcat equipment team.

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Griz fan's poems 'pump up' friends every home football game

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After a devastating loss to the Montana State Bobcats last year, the University of Montana Grizzlies are eager for a 'Brawl of the Wild' win. And so are the fans. One Griz fan, in particular, is showing her school spirit by first scribing it. Hear Deb Schock's "roar."

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Montana congressman misled investigators in assault case

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Law enforcement officials in Montana have released a trove of materials from their investigation into a Republican House candidate who assaulted a reporter on the eve of his election to the U.S. House.   

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Hardin Power Plant could close in 2018

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The Hardin Generating Station could close if the company cannot find a buyer by sometime in early 2018. 

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Phone scam targeting Bozeman residents

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Scammers are targeting the Bozeman community using automated calls asking for information to subscribe to a medical alert service. Montana State says the scam is "particularly devious" because the caller ID shows up as “Waded Cruzado,” the president of MSU.

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The Latest: Economic adviser talks tax bill with GOP foe

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The chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers says he met yesterday with a senator who opposes the senate's tax overhaul plan. 

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The Latest: Sanders says Trump, Franken cases are different Video included

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The White House says there's a difference between the sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump and Democratic Sen. Al Franken.

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The Latest: Leaders praise Jackson after health disclosure

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he's been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson's disease and plans to "dedicate" himself to physical therapy.

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The Latest: Company: Spill controlled and no public threat Video included

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AMHERST, S.D. (AP) - TransCanada Corp. says its Keystone pipeline has leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. 

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Montana US Senate hopeful received California tax breaks

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana U.S. Senate hopeful Troy Downing has been receiving California tax exemptions for claiming his house near San Diego as a primary residence.   

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Montana's jobless rate remains at 3.9 percent in October

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent in October, maintaining the level it has been for most of this year.

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US votes against resolution condemning Nazi glorification

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States has voted against a yearly resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism, though it doesn't like Nazis.

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Police investigating robbery at Billings gas station

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Just before 5 Friday morning, a white man around 5'10", wearing sunglasses and a coat with a hood came into the store and with a gun. 

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UPDATE: Power is back on in the Flathead

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Flathead electric is confirming an extensive power outage throughout the Flathead Valley.  According to the website over 16,000 households are without power.  We'll have more updates as they become available. 

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MSU boosts security for Brawl of the Wild

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The MSU and UM Marching Bands to perform a special halftime performance

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Former Player Turned Doctor Helps Grizzlies

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Griz Senior linebacker Connor Strahm will be playing in his final Brawl of the Wild this Saturday. One reason Strahm is able to be on the field is Doctor Larry Stayner who surgically repaired both of Strahm’s shoulders. “My first one was pretty scary, he kind of had to talk me through it a little and he had to talk me through the anesthesia,” said Strahm. “I actually do remember that him being on the operating room table and me coming in and him being ner...

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Expect more drivers on the road this Thanksgiving Video included

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Next week's Thanksgiving holiday is expected to see the highest travel volume since 2005. 

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Police: Body found wrapped in carpet on Billings West End Video included

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Billings police confirm to KULR-8 a body was found on the west end of Billings Wednesday evening.

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Jury deliberating on fate of Florence doctor Video included

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The jury is deliberating in the case of a Florence doctor accused of killing two people by over-prescribing opioids.

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Bodnar officially hired as next UM president Video included

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The next President for the University of Montana was officially hired on a unanimous vote by the Montana University System Board of Regents.

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Interior watchdog faults Zinke for incomplete travel records Video included

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Interior Department's internal watchdog says Secretary Ryan Zinke has failed to keep complete records of his taxpayer-financed travel - hampering an investigation into his use of private charter flights for government business.

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The Latest: Warren calls Franken behavior 'unacceptable'

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Minnesota Sen. Al Franken says he doesn't remember a USO Tour skit "in the same way" as a fellow performer who alleges he kissed her against her will. He also says he shouldn't have posed for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept.

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FBI offers reward in crop duster shooting Video included

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The FBI Salt Lake City Field Office is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that identifies the person or persons responsible for shooting an agricultural aircraft while in flight over Belgrade, Montana.

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Testing confirms CWD in mule deer buck from south central Montana

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A second test on a tissue sample from a buck harvested in hunting district 510, south of Billings, has come back positive for chronic wasting disease.

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Great American Smokeout happening today

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Smokers who want to quit can get support through the"Great American Smokeout" happening throughout the country.  

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Couple pledge $1 million to support Montana students attending MSU

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Montana State University has announced that an alumnus and his wife will donate a $1 million portion of their estate to support the university’s Hilleman Scholars Program, which helps Montana high school graduates succeed in college.

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Make Your Move! launches "explicit" campaign to end sexual assault

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This advertisement is part of the “Make Consent Explicit” campaign and will be launched this week by Make Your Move!, a local coalition of victim service agencies. 

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The Latest: Montana Legislature ends special session

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Montana lawmakers wrapped up a special session to patch a projected $227 million budget deficit without increasing taxes. 

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How to celebrate kindness this holiday season with "Kindness Advent Calendar"

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This isn't your typical advent calendar with chocolate! This one is free - and all it takes is doing something nice for someone else.  We introduce you to 2017's Kindness Advent Calendar, created by a British blogger named Helen.  DOWNLOAD IT HERE. 

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Card company announces effort to fight Trump's border wall

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"Cards Against Humanity" says it has bought a piece of land along the border and will use it to try and stop the project. 

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Santa Claus comes to Zootown with the Capitol Christmas Tree

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Santa Claus has come to town Zootown, Missoula, that is. And he brought with him two special gifts: the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and the five-foot tall copper star that will sit atop the tree.

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Jury Duty Scam in Missoula & Gallatin Counties Video included

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 A warning for residents in Missoula and Gallatin counties.

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Brawl of the Wild blood "battle" drive Video included

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Nothing like a Blood Battle to get in the mood for Brawl of the Wild. 

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Brawl of the Wild: Offensive Breakdown

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Live in Bozeman, our sports department of Shaun Rainey, Ben Wineman, and Kyle Sherman go offensive position by offensive position to see which team, the Montana Grizzlies, or the Montana State Bobcats, have the advantage. We talk about quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and the big uglies, the offensive linemen. 

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Mattress Firm Student-Athlete of the Week: Capital's Brian Buschini

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Points scored in the kicking game at Capital High School this football season raised money to fight childhood cancer. 

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Results from mule deer care positive for chronic wasting disease

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Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks says a second mule deer buck from hunting district 510 was found to be suspect for chronic wasting disease.

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Lake County Sheriff and County Attorney disagree about whether a shooting death was justifiable

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Tuesday, Eschenbacher told Black he was a free man, but Wednesday Lake County Sheriff, Don Bell sent out a press release arguing against that decision.

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Las Vegas shooting lawsuits stack up with 14 more filed

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CHICAGO (AP) - Legal action stemming from the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert is picking up with lawsuits filed on behalf of 14 concertgoers.

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The Latest: Senate passes bills to fix $65M of deficit

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The Montana Senate passed five bills that would temporarily raise money for the state or prevent spending that total $65 million.

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Capitol Christmas Tree continues tour with stop in Missoula on Wednesday

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The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree excites Missoulians on Wednesday, as it continues its multi-city tour of Montana before heading to Washington, D.C. And with its arrival at 6 p.m., a surprise guest is coming to town: Santa Claus, officially starting the holiday season at the Southgate Mall.

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Frenchtown teacher pleads not guilty to sexual assault charge

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A Frenchtown High School teacher pleaded not guilty to a sexual assault charge against a student. 

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Police respond to man shooting from hotel room

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Missoula Police responded to a 9111 call from a guest at a local hotel around 10:00 am. 

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Jury scam circling through Missoula County

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The Missoula County Clerk of Court’s office has been made aware of a scam where a caller posing as a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office will call a citizen and state that they have failed to appear for duty and will be picked up by law enforcement if a fine is not paid.

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Pablo man won't face charges after shooting girlfriend's husband

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The shooting happened back in September, when police say Ryan Black acted in self-defense. 

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A new study says Black Friday is no longer prime time for big shoppers - Here's why:

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A new study shows Black Friday is no longer prime time for big shoppers. More shoppers are spreading out their holiday purchases throughout the entire holiday season.

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Mineral County without a Sheriff Video included

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Mineral County Sheriff, Tom Bauer resigned earlier this week.

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Invest in Something Special campaign

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Special Olympics Montana is teaming up with Voya for a social media campaign to raise money for Special Olympics athletes. 

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Montana special legislative session begins Video included

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The state finds itself $227 million in the hole, and state law mandates a balanced budget.

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Astonishing revelations Tuesday in court for the homicide trial of a Florence doctor Video included

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Dr. Chris Christensen was cross-examined for hours, answering piercing questions from the prosecutor. The defendant Dr. Christensen took the stand for the second day in a row. He is accused of prescribing opioids, which allegedly caused two people to die.

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Dealing with winter allergies Video included

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Many people might think the cold weather brings an end to seasonal pollen allergies, but if you're sneezing and coughing again, then the winter season may be to blame.

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The Latest: California shooter fired 'without provocation'

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RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - At least 10 children and adults have been hospitalized after a series of shootings in rural Northern California that left five dead, including the gunman.

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The Latest: Pence says US to offer support after shooting Video included

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RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say three people have been killed in shootings at multiple locations in rural Northern California, and the shooter has been killed by law enforcement. Students also were shot and wounded at an elementary school.

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Montana sheriff resigns over jail funding

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SUPERIOR, Mont. (AP) - The sheriff of a northwestern Montana county has resigned in a dispute with county commissioners over funding for the county jail.

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Montana State suspends fraternity after student hospitalized Video included

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Montana State University fraternity was suspended by the school after a report of a student being hospitalized for alcohol poisoning after a party at the house.

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Crash kills 21 year old on Hi-Line

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The Montana Highway Patrol says one person has died in a 2 vehicle crash in Roosevelt County.  MHP says the crash occurred about 1 p.m. Monday on U.S. 2 near Bainville, just west of the North Dakota border. Roosevelt County Sheriff's Office confirmed 21-year old David Manning of Culbertson, rear-ended another vehicle and died of blunt force trauma.  The driver of the rear-ended was stopped on US 2 waiting to turn onto Highway 405.  MHP says that driver w...

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Trump in Asia: A break from the past but uncertain results

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In his travels across Asia, President Donald Trump offered himself as a sharp break from presidents past. He pushed regional leaders to reshape trade deals to America's liking, opted against spotlighting human rights abuses and cranked up pressure on North Korea to end its nuclear program.

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Foul play not suspected in Libby lumber mill fire

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Lincoln County Undersheriff Brandon Huff says his office has completed an investigation into the fire that destroyed a lumber mill in Libby.

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Documents: Puerto Rico utility ignored advice on repair deal

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly released documents show that Puerto Rico's bankrupt electric utility ignored advice from its own lawyers before signing a $300 million contract with a tiny Montana company to repair its damaged power grid.

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PETA pens letter to Billings PD after giving turkeys away

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People for Ethical Treatment of Animals wrote a letter to Chief Rich St. John following Billings Police Department's giveaway of twenty turkeys. 

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Residents saved from Bozeman house fire

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A Bozeman household started their morning in a nightmare situation when their home went up in flame and they found themselves trapped inside.

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MSU sends alert after reported robbery

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Montana State University has issued alert to students, faculty and staff after a reported robbery near campus.

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First Barbie with hijab modeled after Olympian

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There's a new Barbie in town, and this one is breaking boundaries. 

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Family loses 9 dogs in Polson house fire

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A Polson family is picking up the pieces after losing 9 dogs and all their belongings in a weekend house fire.

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A new study says owning a home in Missoula isn't affordable - Here's why:

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New research from a University of Montana professor shows that owning a home in Missoula is not affordable based on a variety of factors. Much of what makes housing unaffordable to many in Missoula is income and home value. 

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City looking to upgrade Law and Justice Center, Hope to have on Ballot in June

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The Law and Justice center has been a hot topic in Bozeman for a while now as city officials have been looking to build a new one for quite some time. Last election, voters in Gallatin Count y voted against the proposed 68 million dollar upgrade. 

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Missoula City Council votes unanimously on Hellgate Garden Townhomes Video included

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A large new development near Missoula's Hellgate Elementary School...

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Board of Regents to meet at MSU

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The Montana University System Board of Regents will meet at MSU in Bozeman Thursday and Friday. Enrollment, budgets and school struggles and success are on the regents' agenda this week. The meeting begins with remarks from Gov. Steve Bullock. Each university and college will give an update highlighting accomplishments of the school year so far. The regents will also approve some construction projects, including a new dorm for MSU and an underground mine for Montana Tech. The meet... More>>

Bozeman school board asks city for land to build new school

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The location of Bozeman's much-anticipated second high school is up for discussion Monday night at City Hall. City commissioners and the school board met at the end of both of their regularly scheduled Monday meetings; the school board asked the city to annex a plot of land where they want to build the school. The 36 acres is east of north Cottonwood Road, and west of Flanders Mill Road. This plot of land is not very to reach now, but is at the end of planned extensions Oak ad... More>>

Florence doctor took the stand accused of killing two people by over-prescribing opioids

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People were riveted as the doctor took the stand.

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House OKs bill slightly cutting former presidents' pensions

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former presidents get lucrative book deals and high-paid speaking gigs. So there's no need for taxpayers to support them as they did in the past.

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The Latest: Hearings begin at Montana special session

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The chairwoman of Montana's House Appropriations Committee is sponsoring a bill to transfer state agency money to the general fund to help balance the state budget in the face of a $227 million deficit.

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Cutting your Christmas tree: permits available

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Beginning Wednesday, November 15 Christmas tree permits are available for sale at all seven Ranger District offices and numerous vendors across the Custer Gallatin National Forest. 

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Bozeman man accused of raping girl gets new trial date

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The November trial for a Bozeman man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl has been rescheduled to next year.

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No Montana curriculum yet for child sexual abuse prevention

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Montana became the 45th state this year to enact a law that requires schools to address childhood sexual abuse.

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Light The Trail completes cross country trip following Lewis and Clark Path

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The Light the Trail Ride, a group raising suicide and mental health awareness made a stop in Great Falls as they biked their way across the country following the path Lewis and Clark made. and this weekend they reached Washington D.C. after 2 and a half months of biking. 

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Do you knit or crochet? Newborns need tiny hats!

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Special little heads are going to need tiny hats to keep them warm come February. The American Heart Association is putting out a call for knitters and crocheters for their "Little Hats, Big Hearts" program.  It gives thousands of hats to newborn babies during February, American Heart Month.  The AHA is asking volunteers to make red hats that are red, cotton or acrylic, medium to heavy weight yarn and are machine washable and dryable. The simpler the pattern the... More>>

Whitefish Energy Holdings continues to create controversy

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Whitefish Energy Holdings facing more controversy, after a report by the New York Times finds the company was charged the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority more than $300 but only paying lineman a fraction of that. According to the report, senior linemen from Florida are earning about $63 as part of the contract with Whitefish Energy. Other linemen are making $42 an hour plus overtime and some are earning up to $100 of double time. According to energy experts, the pay was high, es...

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Polson Police Department investigating weekend fire

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Polson Police Department responded to a house fire early Saturday morning. According to the department's Facebook page, the fire completely destroyed the home. Thankfully, the family who was living in the home was able to make it out safely. Several agencies responded to the fire, including the Polson Fire Department and the Lake County E-911. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Christmas tree cutting permits available starting today

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In order to take a tree from a national forest, you need to have a Christmas tree permit. 

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National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

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400 people are killed every year due to unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. 

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Missoula College nursing students raise money for volunteer medical trip

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Raising funds for a good cause...

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Shooting at Acoma Lounge in Uptown Butte

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Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement are investigating a shooting...

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Griz send senior class out with home victory, thrash UNC 44-14

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It was important for the Montana Grizzlies to send their seniors out with a victory. For a class that has been part of the ups and downs that the Montana program has gone through in the past couple of years, getting a win in their last regular season game in Washington-Grizzly was preached all week. 

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Friday Night Sportscast 11-10-17

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Sentinel takes on Billings Senior with a trip to the state title game on the line for football. In volleyball it's the same matchup between the Spartans and Senior. Ennis advances to the Class C title game while Belgrade falters. It's also the start of the college basketball season as the Griz host Whitworth and the Cats play Omaha in Great Falls. We preview the Montana and Montana State football games for Saturday. 

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Great Divide Ski Area to celebrate opening weekend

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While opening day is looming for many of Montana's ski resorts, one ski area is opening this weekend: Great Divide Ski Area in Marysville, northwest of Helena.

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Skier injured, rescued during pre-season skiing at Bridger Bowl

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While most ski resorts are not yet open, some Montanans are feeling the urge to hit the slopes. That was the case on Friday at Bridge Bowl near Bozeman.

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Daines pulls endorsement of Roy Moore following sexual misconduct allegations Video included

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In a Tweet Friday, Montana’s Republican Senator Steve Daines pulled his endorsement and support for Roy Moore. Moore is an Alabama judge who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in a special election there.

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Annual John Deere Expo brings 1,800+ FFA members to MSU

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The Future Farmers of America descend on MSU to sharpen skills and put their knowledge ag to the test. 

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UM honors veterans, firefighters, and first responders at Saturday's home football game

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University of Montana gave veterans, wildland firefighters, and family members free Grizzly tickets to show appreciation for their service.

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Missoula Food Bank received the largest single donation in history for Can the Cats Food Drive Video included

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While Bozeman's won 15 of the 17 years of the competition, the Missoula Food Bank just got a big boost, 50,000 pounds of food. 

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Puerto Rico dark again, after line fails - Whitefish Energy says, not our fault

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A major power outage today in Puerto Rico erases a bulk of the progress Whitefish Energy had made on the island. A main power line repaired by the Montana Company failed this morning The line runs from Cambalache to Manati. PREPA, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, reports that 43% of the island had power until the failure, now that number is down to 18%. 

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Republicans successful in expanding Montana special session

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Republican lawmakers have successfully expanded the scope of Montana's special session next week to vote on cuts proposed by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and consider additional fund transfers as the state faces a projected $227 million budget deficit.

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Lawmakers block planned Medicaid rate cuts

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A legislative committee is blocking the state health department from reducing Medicaid provider reimbursement rates as a way to cut $3 million from its budget.

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Petition to expand Special Session succeeds

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Helena, MT - Republicans have reached the 76 signatures needed to consider and vote on additional topics outside of those designated by Governor Steve Bullock for the Special Legislative Session which will be held on November 14th. 

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Saluting the Brave: Veterans Day 2017 deals and freebies

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Food, shopping, and more!

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Chinese beef deal includes Montana slaughterhouse

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Feed lots and slaughterhouses are few and far between in Montana, but that could change as Chinese investor JD.com pledges $100 million to build a local processing facility.

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Around 40 programs,services face possible cuts

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More than 40 programs and services at the University of Montana could be on the chopping block. 

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Polson Police investigating unfounded hostage threat that led to school lockdown

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The Polson Police Department is investigating the details surrounding a mysterious phone call that led to the lockdown of Polson Schools on Thursday. Sergeant George Simpson says that the call came is at 1 p.m. on Thursday, with the unknown caller claiming they were holding five people hostage in a Polson home.

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Long time fixture within the Stevensville Streets Department retired after 37 years

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It's not just the quality of his work, it's his character his colleagues will miss.

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Montana man wanted for illegal gun dealing caught in Mexico

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A law enforcement official says a Montana man who spent almost two years as a fugitive after being indicted for illegal gun deals has been captured in Mexico and returned to the United States to face charges.

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Montana GOP attempts to call its OWN special legislative session

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Political in-fighting is already taking place in advance of next weeks special legislative session. 

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Capitol Christmas Tree begins journey from Yaak, Montana to Washington, DC

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The journey begins for this year's Capitol Christmas Tree. Hand-picked this spring from the Kootenai National Forest, it will now travel over 3,000 miles to Washington, DC.

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The Latest: House committee approves GOP tax legislation

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A House panel has approved far-reaching Republican legislation to deeply cut taxes for corporations, double the personal standard deduction and simplify the tax code.

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