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Family escapes fire near Fox Farm Road

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A family was able to escape a blaze this morning in Great Falls after a portion of their garage caught fire. Several agencies, including Great Falls Fire Rescue, responded to the call on 18th Avenue SW around 8 Saturday morning. We're told the fire started as someone was trying to fill a portable heater with kerosene. Battalion Chief Bob Shupe of GFFR says there was significant damage done to the garage and the house. Everyone who was inside is safe and already have arrangements plann...

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Body awaiting cremation found 3 years later at funeral home

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A South Carolina coroner says the decomposed body of a woman whose family thought she had been cremated almost three years ago has been discovered at a funeral home. 

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Woman prevents girl's kidnapping by pretending to be her mother

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A woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl who was on her way to school in Santa Ana, California. Police are crediting another woman with preventing it from happening.  

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Dogs separated at adoption find each other at Pike Place Market

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Two dogs that hadn’t seen each other since they were adopted to different families reunited earlier this month in a joyful, chance encounter in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. 

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Montana state crime lab chemist charged with stealing meth

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A former chemist at Montana's state crime lab in Missoula is charged with taking meth left over after testing for suspected drugs in criminal cases.

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Yellowstone park plans more security for corralled bison

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park plans to increase security after fences were damaged at a bison capturing facility outside the park, in one case undoing efforts to certify the bison hadn't been exposed to a wildlife disease and could be transferred to an Indian reservation.

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Brothers reunited after 50 years, thanks to online ancestry website Video included

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It's a reunion decades in the making. Two brothers separated as babies have been brought back together in Spokane by the power of the internet. Our sister station, KHQ, sat down with them after they met in person for the first time in more than 50 years.

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Sexual assault reported in South Church Street area in Bozeman

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Police are investigating a sexual assault case in Bozeman.

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New dine-in theater at Southgate Mall changing movie-going experience

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Missoula's newest movie theater opens on Feb. 26, and customers can expect a different kind of experience. The AMC Dine-In Southgate 9 Theatre is located on the west side of Southgate Mall near 

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Search continues for missing skier in Whitefish

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The search continues near Big Mountain for a backcountry skier who's been missing since February 17.

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Billings student launches GoFundMe to pay for school walkout and march

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A group of Billings students has chosen to join a nationwide movement calling for "legislation that protects and prepares schools against gun violence." 

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Wyoming school board removes book from school library

A school board in northern Wyoming has decided to remove a book from the Cody High School library that one board member referred to as "trashy."

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Wyoming juvenile robber attempts to flee on push scooter

A 14-year-old Wyoming boy is in custody after police responded to a call that someone was robbing a store at knifepoint and then fled on a push scooter.

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University of Montana sees dip in spring enrollment

The University of Montana says its enrollment is down by 5.4 percent for the spring semester compared to the previous year.

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Montana student gets protection order after threat, slap

A Montana high school student has been granted a restraining order against a fellow student that he says threatened to shoot students and later slapped his face.

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Montana man convicted of threatening municipal court judge

A jury has convicted a Montana man of threatening a Bozeman Municipal Court judge over fines owed in a years-old disorderly conduct case.

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The Latest: Bundy: judge who dismissed his case did US favor

Southern Nevada rancher and state's rights activist Cliven Bundy says a U.S. judge in Las Vegas did the federal government a favor last month when she threw out his criminal case stemming from an armed standoff at his Bunkerville ranch in April 2014.

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School threat at Sentinel leads to increased police presence

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Five additional police officers were at Sentinel High School in Missoula Friday after a low-level threat was found. 

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Defense files for new trial in Roylynn Rideshorse murder case

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The defense attorney for Dimarzio Sanchez has filed a motion for a new trial in the case of the June 2016 murder of Roylynn Rideshorse. Dimarzio Sanchez was found guilty of first-degree murder aiding and abetting in the case. 

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Stevensville student arrested in school threat

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A Stevensville student has been arrested and charged with felony intimidation after allegedly making threatening comments

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Billings company strives to bring fresh seafood to eastern Montana

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Seafood might not be what you think of when you think about the Montana food scene, but a new company is working to change that.

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Campus 'All Clear' after morning bomb threat

Campus has been cleared by the Dillon City Police of the bomb threat received this morning. All classes and events will remain canceled for today.

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Vaping device that looks like a thumb drive popular with teens

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There's a new and potentially dangerous trend spreading across parts of Montana. It's a type of vaping called "juuling," and it's done with a tool that looks like a thumb drive.

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Seafood in Billings

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Seafood might not be what you think of when you think Montana.. But some are working to change that. There's a way to get seafood shipped from the Pacific Northwest to Billings and learn how to prepare it. Wild caught Dungeness crab from Washington and sockeye salmon, and shrimp can now be delivered to your door in Billings.  In the near future "Billings Seafood Guys" will expand it throughout Montana. They're also showing you how to prepare it for your family. "... More>>

Up to 12 inches of snow on the way western Montana Friday and Saturday

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The National Weather Service Missoula says to expect more snow throughout Friday and late into Saturday. Lookout Pass could see 8-12 inches, Lost Trail Pass could see 4-6 inches, and lower elevations in Kalispell, Missoula and Philipsburg could see 1-2 inches.       ...

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Darby School District says campus patrols will continue

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Bleachers in the Darby School's gymnasium were packed on Thursday night with parents concerned about recent threats, allegedly made toward students and the school, as well as the safety of their children.

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Snowmobiler found dead near Cooke City

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A snowmobiler was found dead near Cooke City Thursday.

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Snow and visitation numbers reaching record highs at Big Sky Resort

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Big Sky Resort is having an incredible snow season; in fact, they are seeing some of the most snow they have ever seen since the mid-90s. 

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Montana art teacher fired for allegedly hiding a gun for a student

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Montana school district officials have fired an art teacher accused of hiding a gun for one of her students.

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Woman searching for brother last seen near Livingston

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A woman is searching for her brother, who was last seen near Livingston.

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University of Montana sees dip in spring enrollment

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The University of Montana says its enrollment is down by 5.4 percent for the spring semester compared to the previous year.

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Havre students still in class after shooting threat

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School is still in session Friday, as the administration and law enforcement say the the threat is unsubstantial. There will be more police throughout the district. All bus routes will run as normal. 

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Missing Red Lodge man murdered for being "disrespectful" and "homeless" Video included

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A missing Red Lodge man has been found dead. The Carbon County Sheriff's Office says they have a suspect in custody.

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Western C Divisional Highlights

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Yellowstone bison again escape holding pen, but most return

For the second time this winter, someone broke into a holding pen for Yellowstone National Park bison, allowing the escape of 73 animals captured to prevent the spread of a wildlife disease.

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Montana community buried under epic snowstorm

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Road closures and brutal winter weather closed off an entire Montana community last week. Residents of Browning and surrounding areas provided us with pictures of the epic snow drifts and buried cars - and even a couple of playful dogs who took advantage of the snow to climb up on a roof.

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Big Sky High School student barred from campus by order of protection Video included

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A Big Sky High School student is barred from campus after allegedly hitting another student over a granola bar and threatening to shoot up the school.

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Missoula attorney pleads guilty to third DUI

A Missoula attorney who has represented a number of school districts in western Montana has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence - her third DUI conviction.

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Are rural communities ready to handle school threats? Video included

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Although Philipsburg is a small town and has few resources, the Granite County Sheriff said that the officers are trained and well-equipped to deal with any potential threats. 

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Person detained following homicide south of Red Lodge

Authorities say they've detained a person of interest following an alleged homicide in south-central Montana.

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New AMC Dine-In Southgate 9 theater announces Missoula opening date

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A new kind of blockbuster film experience is coming to Missoula. AMC Theatres announced on Thursday that the AMC Dine-In Southgate 9 theater will open on Mon., Feb. 26.

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Half of students remain at Big Sky High School during perimeter lock-in

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Big Sky High School is under a perimeter lock-in after threatening graffiti was found in a bathroom at the school.

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Belgrade High School resumes classes after gun rumors

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UPDATE: The shelter-in-place is over at Belgrade High School. 

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14-year-old Philipsburg student arrested for threatening to shoot classmates

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A 14-year-old Philipsburg student disturbed classmates when he allegedly told them he “would win in an Olympic school shooting.”

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Police: No credible threat in latest Big Sky High School threat

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Two separate groups of students came to the administration with safety concerns.  

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GF Gun dealer says bump stocks are unsafe and unreliable

Guns and bump stocks have been a controversial topic over the past few weeks. KFBB decided to reach out to some gun dealers here in the Electric City to find out what exactly is the purpose of these bump stock and one gun owner says absolutely nothing. We called all over town and most of the gun dealers say they never consider them safe. Tom VanHoose of Highwood Creek Outfitters said people turn to bump stocks because they are significantly cheaper than fully auto weapons. Were as b...

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Cold snap puts Poverello services in jeopardy

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The mid-February cold snap is putting an extreme drain on the Poverello Center's resources, and the community is asked to help. Poverello staff say the shelter is stretched far over capacity and is sleeping an average of 200 people a night.

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Red Lodge schools canceled, murder investigation ongoing

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BILLINGS- The Carbon County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide with the help of Montana Department of Criminal Investigation.  The crime happened south of Red Lodge along Highway 212.  

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Darby school resumes after source of threat found in California

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School officials believe that a second threat to Darby Schools in less than a week originated from an individual in California. 

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UPDATE: SD2 Superintendent joins Wake Up Montana to discuss school threat hoax Video included

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Superintendent Terry Bouck joined Wake Up Montana's Andrea Lutz to discuss social media threats that began circulating Wednesday. Bouck explains how the district and Billings police investigated to determine the threats were a hoax.

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Students get first look at film for Big Sky Doc Fest

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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival continuous throughout the weekend.

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Darby Schools investigating another social media threat

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Law enforcement officers are investigating another social media threat posted by an unknown person toward the Darby School District.

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Cody community discusses proposal to arm teachers Video included

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Cody school board votes to move gun policy to a second reading after teachers and community members ask them not to allow school personnel to conceal carry.  

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Montana seeks marketing injunction against OxyContin maker

The state of Montana is seeks to prevent the maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin from marketing opioids to Montana prescribers.

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OnX Maps says record investment will help fund new jobs

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A Montana-based high-tech mapping company says it's on track to provide more high-paying jobs in Missoula and Bozeman.

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Philipsburg student arrested after reportedly making threats

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The Granite County Sheriff's Office is investigating a threat reportedly made by a student at the Philipsburg School. 

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MCPS says parents will be notified of student protest walkout Video included

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Students held signs with messages like "Honk 4 Gun Control," "Protect Kids Not Guns," and chanted, "This is what democracy looks like" and "We want change." If a student walked out, their parents will be notified, according to Hatton Littman, director of communications at MCPS.

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Bitcoin boom: Montanans turn to a new type of mining

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Two Montana communities are trying to transform their industrial heritage into 21st century bitcoin mining.

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Preventive treatment for peanut allergies succeeds in study

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The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. A company said Tuesday that its daily capsules of peanut flour helped sensitize children to nuts in a major study. Millions of children have peanut allergies, and some may have life-threatening reactions if accidentally exposed to them.

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Group decides it will not raffle AR-15 rifle at fundraiser

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An Eastern Washington political committee has decided it will not auction an AR-15 rifle at its Lincoln Day Dinner in March because of criticism that is the same type of weapon used in last week's Florida high school massacre. 

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Officials: No threat to Capital High after police investigate video

HPD says there is no threat to the school or community after they were contacted regarding a Snapchat video. 

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Officials: No threat to Capital High after police investigate video

HPD says there is no threat to the school or community after they were contacted regarding a Snapchat video. 

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Hundreds gather on Higgins Ave. Bridge during school walkout

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Hundreds of Missoula high school students gathered on the Higgins Avenue Bridge Wednesday to protest gun violence. 

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MSU announces first concert at Bobcat Stadium since 1981

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A Grammy-award winning band will be the first group to play a concert at Bobcat Stadium in 37 years. According to an MSU release, Imagine Dragons is scheduled to headline at the stadium this summer.

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Hellgate High students in Missoula plan 'walkout' to protest gun violence

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Hellgate High School students plan to walk out of class on Wednesday in protest of gun violence. The 'walkout' comes one week after a gun man opened fire on a Parkland, Florida high school, killing 17 students.

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Big Sky Doc Film Fest aims to enrich young minds Video included

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Tuesday highlights day six for the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula. 

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Film festival bringing in big business for local retailers

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The 15th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival continues today as more than 30,000 people come to participate, but the filmmakers aren’t the only ones benefiting.

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Missoula County Public Schools discuss school safety Video included

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It's reasons like the threats in Darby and Florida that keep parents up at night.

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Court docs: Darby student told classmates who he would shoot Video included

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New details have been released in the alleged school shooting threat against Darby High School. Witnesses say that Kayser told a group of students on lunch break that he was "going to shoot up the school."

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Missoula considers expanding public school options for 4-year-olds

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Trustees will meet Tuesday night to discuss expanding a preschool program for four-year-olds.

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Darby man arrested in alleged school threats Video included

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An 18-year-old Darby man is in custody after allegations related to a school shooting threat. Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton says Maclean William Kayser, 18, is booked on charges of assault with a weapon. 

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Darby school threat suspect to make first court appearance

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A Darby student accused of a school shooting threat makes his first appearance in court Tuesday. 

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Billings Police Department staffer allegedly stole cash, drugs from evidence locker

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A former evidence technician self-reported that she stole cash and drugs from an evidence locker.

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Yellowstone begins capturing bison to reduce population

At least 96 bison attempting to migrate from Yellowstone National Park into Montana have been captured for potential slaughter under a program meant to shield livestock from disease.

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Traffic Alert: Two incidents block lanes of I-90

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Two separate accidents delayed traffic on I-90 Tuesday afternoon west of Missoula. 

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Judge issues new ruling in Belt football brain injury case

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A judge has issued a new ruling related to the case of a Belt family suing over their son's brain injury.

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Man who died in Yellowstone in 2017 was looking for treasure

A 53-year-old Illinois man who fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year was looking for a supposed hidden cache of gold and jewels.

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8 animals and one person rescued from Billings apartment fire

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Firefighters had to resuscitate two of five dogs rescued from the apartment. Their owner was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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"Middle of Nowhere" found in Montana

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A new analysis has determined where the "middle of nowhere" is in the United States: and it's in northeastern Montana. 

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Man shot, critically injured at Ennis bar, restaurant

Madison County officials are investigating after a man was shot and critically injured during an altercation at an Ennis bar and restaurant.

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How to handle negative temps according to Montanans

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How do you stay warm in subzero temperatures? Montanans explain. 

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Refugees tell their stories at Big Sky Documentary Film Fest

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While many interesting films will debut at this year's festival two films highlight the lives of refugees...

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Billings bronze-casting building erupts in flames overnight

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Billings Bronze, Inc. erupted in flames late Sunday night. Fire crews say no one was inside the building at the time, located at North 12th Street on the industrial north side of Billings. The fire was reported just after 10 p.m. A cause has not yet been determined.   

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Grizzly Sports Report. 2-19-18

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For the first time all season both the Griz and Lady Griz get swept over the weekend. Head Coach Travis DeCuire talks about where his team is at after a buzzer beater loss to Idaho while Ahmaad Rorie talks about getting to the 1,000 point club. Lady Griz Head Coach Shannon Schweyen talks about what they need to do to turn things around with three games to go and Senior Kayleigh Valley talks about sitting out the last two years with torn ACL's More>>

Temperatures in Butte drop colder than Antarctica Video included

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Lows in Butte are expected to drop to -27, with windchill taking it down to -35 degrees. That's about the same temperature as the reading at the Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole.

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Red Lodge Mountain Sees Great Ski Season

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A ski lift that malfunctioned at Red Lodge Mountain on Saturday, is not stopping visitors from snowboarding and skiing today. Despite the hiccup over the weekend, Saturday was the busiest day of the year for the resort. Jeff Schmidt, the Red Lodge Mountain manager, explained that the incident appeared to be a perfect storm, "That weight and loading and timing, and it came out of the wheels and went onto what's called a cable catcher to prevent it from flying up and then there's a...

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Name released of missing Whitefish skier

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The Flathead County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the backcountry skier who went missing on Whitefish Mountain over the weekend. Dr. Jonathan Scott Torgerson, 62, of Columbia Falls, was reported missing on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7:15 PM. 

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US scientists try crowdsourcing to stop invasive mussels

By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Federal officials are offering a $100,000 prize to find a way to kill invasive quagga and zebra mussels. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says the only area not yet invaded by the mussels in the contiguous United States is the Columbia River Basin in the Pacific Northwest. The basin contains struggling runs of salmon and steelhead trout. The basin is also heavily harnessed for hydroelectric power. Officials estimate it will cost $5... More>>

Heavy snow, bitter cold blasting Rockies

Heavy snow and frigid wind chills are blasting much of the Rocky Mountain region.

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MetraPark announces Luke Bryan ticket sales date

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Country Superstar Luke Bryan will play the RimRock Auto Arena at MetraPark Friday September 14. Tickets go on sale Friday.

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Algae problem on Montana's Smith River prompts meeting

Montana environmental officials say a reported increase in aquatic algae on the Smith River is interfering with recreational activities on the popular waterway northwest of White Sulphur Spings.

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Search underway for missing skier at Whitefish Mountain Resort

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WHITEFISH- Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry told the Flathead Beacon that search and rescue teams have found no sign of a man believed to have been skiing outside the boundaries of Whitefish Mountain Resort.    Authorities have not released the man's name but say he was reported missing when he didn't return home on Saturday.    The man was last seen near the Flower Point area on Big Mountain.    Curry said Sunday night that rescue teams on skis, snowm...

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Big Sky Doc Fest takes on virtual reality Video included

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Film fans get a chance to take a virtual reality tour to Antarctica. 

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Elks Lodge transformed into theater for film fest Video included

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With the festival in full swing, moviegoers have lots of films and venues to choose from, including the pop-up theater at the Hellgate Elks Lodge on North Pattee.

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Agency managing vast US lands experiences year of upheaval

A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of staff members re-assigned, key positions go unfilled, rules governing industry shelved and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees.

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Hot Springs, Charlo schools start late Monday

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Both Hot Springs Public Schools and Charlo Schools will run on a two hour delay Monday after a winter storm hit Western Montana over the weekend.

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Search and rescue teams comb mountain for missing skier

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Authorities are searching for a man who didn't return from a ski outing.

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Snow and cold grip Montana

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A winter storm is holding Montana in its grip, causing hazardous travel conditions throughout the state. 

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Flathead Sheriff requests emergency travel only

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The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office is requesting emergency travel only through Sunday morning.

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Winter storm starts rolling through Rockies

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A major winter storm has started sweeping through the U.S. Rocky Mountains, with heavy mountain snows and bitter cold temperatures forecast through the long Presidents Day weekend.

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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off in Missoula Video included

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The 15th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicked off in Missoula Friday.

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Montana town experiences 80-degree temperature swing

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The temperature in a northern Montana town changed by more than 80 degrees in a single day this week.

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Missing man found dead at old mine in western Montana

Authorities say a man who was last seen in late January was found dead at an old mine in western Montana.

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Safety experts recommend changing how schools conduct drills

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"Drills should encourage people to think on their feet," said consultant Kenneth Trump of National School Safety and Security Services in Ohio. That might mean starting a drill when students are in hallways or lunchrooms instead of class.

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Algae problem on Montana's Smith River prompts meeting

Montana environmental officials say a reported increase in aquatic algae on the Smith River is interfering with recreational activities on the popular waterway northwest of White Sulphur Spings.

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Psychologist arrested and charged with raping patient during session

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Police in Pullman Washington arrested a therapist and psychologist on suspicion of sexually assaulting a patient last month.  

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Escape Inmate Wanted

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The Montana Department of Corrections is asking for the public's help to locate a missing inmate. 

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'Dark Money' follows the contributions from corporations to campaigns

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The opening night film for the 2018 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival chronicles the effort to stop corporate spending from influencing elections. In 'Dark Money,' the state of Montana is at the forefront. A made-in-Montana director is behind the camera. ABC FOX Montana's Angela Marshall had the chance to speak with Kimberly Reed on Friday afternoon about her motivation behind the film.

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MSU unveils Montana artist-made statue of President Lincoln

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To celebrate 125 years of higher education in Montana, MSU added a new, permanent statue outside of the Student Union Building, paying tribute to a man who established land-grant universities and led the charge for higher education in a time of great turmoil for our country. 

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Montana women compete in Olympic ski events this weekend

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Darian Stevens and Maggie Voisin compete in the Olympics this weekend. Voisin, 19, returns to the Olympics for the second time. It's the first time for Darian Stevens. The women's slopestyle competition will be broadcast on Friday, Feb. 16. The qualifying round will begin at 6 PM Mountain Standard Time, and the final will be broadcast at 9 PM. The Craggy Range Bar and Grill in Whitefish is hosting a watch party to celebrate their hometown Olympian. Missoula has alrea... More>>

Southwestern District A girls and boys basketball tournaments start in Hamilton Video included

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Hamilton High School is hosting the Southwestern District A girls and boys basketball tournaments this weekend, and the community is coming together for the event.

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MSU celebrates 125 years with a special beer

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BOZEMAN- Montana State University is raising a toast to 125 years as a land-grant institution with a special brew. The Golden Bobcat Pale Ale was released on Feb. 16 as part of a birthday celebration on the MSU campus. It features five varieties of hops and malted barley grown in Montana, according to a press release. The beer was made by Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Company in Great Falls. Brewery owner Jeremiah Johnson is a 2004 MSU grad with a bachelor's in business marketing.  ... More>>

Hamilton clinic manager charged with fraudulently prescribing herself opiates Video included

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A former office manager at Ravalli Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is accused of four counts of fraudulently obtaining dangerous drugs. Ravalli County is charging Marla Belle Holcomb, 37, for fraudulently obtaining 1,800 opiate pills within a six-month period while she worked for Dr. Greg Behm, an orthopedic surgeon.  A pharmacist at Walgreens reported Holcomb to her employer after Holcomb repeatedly filled large prescriptions for opioids. Holcomb allegedly forged Behm's and a ... More>>

MHP responds to nearly 100 incidents across MT

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Montana Highway Patrol has already responded to 15 accidents across the state from 7:20 am - 8:55 am Friday.  

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FWP releases preliminary results from Carbon County CWD hunt

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Preliminary numbers show that seven mule deer from southern Carbon County, one white-tailed deer harvested near Joliet, and one mule deer killed in northern Liberty County have tested positive for the disease.

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Missing Butte man found dead at base of mining headframe

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A Butte man who was reported missing on Feb. 5 was found dead on Feb. 15 at the base of a mining headframe. Frank Charles Piazzola, 50, was reported missing on Feb. 5 and was last seen around the area of Caledonia and Excelsior, according to Butte Silver Bow police. On Feb. 15, he was found dead at the base of the Anselmo gallows frame.  Butte Silver Bow coroner Lee LaBreche says he suspects that Piazzola died of a fall, but final results won't be released until an autopsy and ... More>>

13 Russian nationals charged in Mueller investigation

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By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press    WASHINGTON (AP) - The office of special counsel Robert Mueller says a grand jury has charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities.    The defendants are accused of violating U.S. criminal laws to interfere with American elections and the political process.    Charges include conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. (Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This mater...

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Butte unveils new airport terminal

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Travelers in Butte have something to be excited about-- a brand new terminal.  

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University of Montana celebrates 125th anniversary

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Part of the celebration is firing up the bell tower.

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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival starts Friday with free screening

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Missoula's massive 15th annual celebration of nonfiction film starts Friday with a free screening. Dark Money screens Friday night at the Wilma Theater at 7 PM. Entry is open to the public. 

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MSU invites community to birthday party with Ferris wheel

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To show you can still have fun at the age of 125, MSU is hosting a big birthday party on Feb.16 for the entire community.

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Gallatin County sued by inmate who previously escaped

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A Bozeman man is back in court after making national headlines when he escaped custody while in handcuffs. Kevin Briggs, 31, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Gallatin County Sheriff's Department, alleging that they treated him unfairly.

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Fly-over of Sperry Chalet shows walls are standing

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A remarkable step is made recently in the effort to restore the historic Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park. A fly-over by the Glacier National Park Conservancy this week showed the walls of the Sperry Chalet survived the winter.

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Focus on filling your own home with love

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With another school shooting this week in Florida, it's likely your children are asking you questions. Local experts say they best thing you can do is focus on creating a safe loving home for your family.

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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival starts Friday Video included

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Film fanatics can rejoice as the 15th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival kicks off Friday.

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Gov. Bullock says "thoughts and prayers aren't solutions" to mass shooting epidemic

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Gov. Steve Bullock ordered the state to display all flags at half-staff Thursday out of respect for the victims and families of the mass shooting in Florida. Bullock says it's time to "start a conversation" about mental health care and gun safety laws, and that thoughts and prayers alone aren't solutions.

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Montana responds to recent mass school shootings

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One Montana school district is already making changes to its security in the hopes of preventing a similar tragedy to the most recent shooting in Florida.

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Facing lawsuit, Exxon denies negligence in oil field death

Representatives of Exxon Mobil Corp. are denying that the company acted negligently in the case of a worker who died while checking an oil storage tank in eastern Montana.

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Broken pipes cause hundreds to lose water on reservation

Nearly 200 homes are without running water on the Rocky Boy Reservation after a cold snap broke pipes last week.

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Yellowstone fee proposal wins initial vote in Wyoming House

The Wyoming House of Representatives has agreed to vet a proposal that advocates for imposing a fee at Yellowstone National Park to help pay for wildlife conservation efforts in the states surrounding the park.

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Economist questions report that says Montana is sixth most prosperous

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A new report says Montanans are doing well financially. We spoke to an economist who says the report may not be totally accurate.

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Suspected Florida school shooter legally bought AR-15 a year ago

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PARKLAND, Fla. - An attorney representing the family who had taken in Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz says they're shocked by what happened and had no idea he was planning anything.

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Man acquitted of rape sentenced for threatening prosecutor

A Montana man acquitted of rape has been sentenced for posting online threats against the Bozeman police officer who investigated the case and the deputy Gallatin County attorney who prosecuted him.

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Flathead family loses home to fire on the coldest day of the year

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A rural Columbia Falls woman looked outside her window to see her family home of over twenty years was being engulfed in flames. 

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Emergency travel only in effect in several Montana counties

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Snow is blanketing parts of Montana as several counties issued emergency travel *only notifications for the roads.  

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Thursday morning travel is treacherous

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Roads across Montana are covered with snow and ice Thursday morning.  

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Weather wreaks havoc on Hi-Line

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Road conditions continue to be treacherous along the Hi-Line.  

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Severe driving conditions along I-15

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MDT is reporting severe driving conditions across Montana.  

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Valentine's Day marks opening of Higgins DQ Video included

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After a four-month hiatus, 'Blizzard' fans in the University District can celebrate as Higgins Dairy Queen is open again.

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Agencies investigate pet food company over contamination

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State and federal authorities are investigating a raw pet food company based in a Seattle suburb after finding a pattern of salmonella and listeria contamination in its products.

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Utah school: Girls can't say 'no' when boys ask for dance

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A Utah mom is upset about a school policy in which sixth-grade girls can't say "no" when boys ask them to dance, and she says it sends the wrong message to the young students.

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Official: 'Numerous fatalities' in Florida school attack

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A school official says there are numerous fatalities from the high school shooting in South Florida. Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie says "There are numerous fatalities. It is a horrific situation." 

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Women's Heart Health: Mom suffers heart attack while getting son ready for school

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The typical heart attack symptoms you see in men may never appear in a woman. That's why they can be so deadly. Many women don't think they are having a heart attack, so they may wait longer to seek the help they need.

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Beware of Valentine's Day scams

Scammers sometimes pretend to be love interests and play on emotion for financial gain. Last year, scammers stole an estimated $1 billion from the people who were looking for love. Make sure to use caution and look for red flags, especially on dating websites.

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Mother Nature hammers the Hi Line

Blackfeet Law Enforcement has told us some of the roads are open near Browning and Cut Bank, however, they expect it to only be open temporarily.  

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Supreme Court: Doctor can testify in domestic abuse case

The Montana Supreme Court says statements a woman made to a doctor while being treated for injuries suffered in a domestic assault case were admissible during the perpetrator's trial.

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Local governments have $6.2M available from new fuel taxes

Montana's increased fuel taxes raised $6.2 million for road and bridge projects for cities and counties in its first four months.

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MSU's Neumann playing bigger than his height

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Listed as six feet, seven inches tall, Montana State forward Sam Neumann isn't the most physically imposing center in the Big Sky Conference, but that doesn't mean he can't hold his own down in the paint.

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Couple seeks to launch rage room in Billings

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Do you ever get so angry that you just want to throw something? Generally, breaking things isn't the healthiest of ways to work out your frustrations but what if the things you were breaking weren't yours? A trend sweeping the nation would allow you to do just that...rage rooms. 

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Butte firefighters battle apartment blaze

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Butte firefighters fought an early morning fire in single-digit temperatures on Tuesday morning. 

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Roads near Browning to remain closed through the night

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Montana Highway Patrol is reporting road closures all around Browning.   

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Things to do to help get a big tax refund back

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There are a few key things, single mother and full time student charmayne healy did that helped her get around $10,000 back on her federal tax return.   That child tax credit for each of Charmayne's two young sons, plus education credit and earned income tax credit joined forces to make a difference for Charmayne and her sons.   "Being a single mother, especially of two little boys, ages three and six, can be very challenging, Charmayne Healy, Client, Vita, says.  ...

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Missoula declares Darian Stevens Day in honor of Olympic athlete

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Olympic skier and Missoula native Darian Stevens competes this weekend in Pyeongchang, and she'll be cheered on from Missoula. Mayor John Engen has declared Feb. 17 to be Darian Stevens Day in honor of her world-class skills and Olympic bid. 

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Jessie Royer wins Montana sled dog race for 4th time

Jessie Royer is a four-time champion of Montana's Race to the Sky sled dog race.

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MSU celebrates anniversary with ice rink Video included

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MSU in Bozeman is celebrating its 125th year with a community ice rink on campus. The 120 by 50 feet rink is on the lawn south of Hannon Hall, near the east end of the Centennial Mall. 

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Federal judge upholds Montana prohibition on most robocalls

A federal judge has upheld the constitutionality of Montana's law prohibiting most robocalls after a challenge by a political consulting firm that sought to do business in the state.

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Four-hour long standoff leads to SWAT deploying tear gas

One man was arrested Saturday night in East Helena after a four-hour long standoff with the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office. According to Sheriff Leo Dutton, deputies were called to a home on Valley View Drive in East Helena around 8 p.m. The caller said a man had pointed a gun at a woman and was riding around the property on a four-wheeler. When deputies arrived the man, identified as 21-year-old Stryker Navarre Miller, took off on foot. Deputies were able to track him to a s...

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Glass recycling pilot program in Billings

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Across the state of Montana--it can be hard to find places to recycle glass. but that could soon change for the magic city. Rocky Mountain College students came to scrap for a competition they're in, which involves finding something self-sustaining and skill-building in a community. The students are looking at how glass recycling could evolve if it can help with needs of issues in the state, like the closure of plants in Colstrip, the lack of hired hands at the Laurel train stati...

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Train fire reported near Clinton

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Sunday, Sgt. Ryan Prather with Missoula Sheriff's Department said they received a call at 4:19 pm...

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Missoula's new public library breaks ground this spring

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This spring, the Missoula public library will be breaking ground for it's long over due remodel. 

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Montana woman dies in snowmobile crash near Helena

A 33-year-old Montana woman died in a weekend snowmobile crash near Marysville, northwest of Helena.

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Glass recycling pilot program in Billings

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Across the state of Montana--it can be hard to find places to recycle glass. but that could soon change for the magic city. Rocky Mountain College students came to scrap for a competition they're in, which involves finding something self-sustaining and skill-building in a community. The students are looking at how glass recycling could evolve if it can help with needs of issues in the state, like the closure of plants in Colstrip, the lack of hired hands at the Laurel train stati... More>>

Study: Montana 6th most prosperous state

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The Prosperity Now Scorecard tallied up 62 measures in five areas and says Montana rose from 10th place in 2017 to sixth place this year.

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Utility work underway in Frenchtown

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The Montana Department of Transportation announced utility work is in progress on the Frenchtown Frontage Road. 

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Olympic speed skating coach from Butte placed on leave during investigation

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A Butte resident who coaches the Canadian speed skating team hasn't been allowed to attend the Winter Olympics due to an investigation into his conduct. According to the Montana Standard, Speed Skating Canada is investigating Michael Crowe, 64. who's been working with the team since 2007 and was promoted to head coach in 2015. Speed Skating Canada has not provided a reason for the investigation. The CBC reports that before working with the Canadian team, Crowe coached the ...

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Bison hunters experience slow season outside Yellowstone

Hunters and bison managers are seeing a slow season as the Yellowstone National Park herds are largely not leaving the park.

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'Magic Maggie': Whitefish woman sets sights on Olympic Gold Video included

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BILLINGS- During the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Montanans will be watching for Whitefish skier Maggie Voisin, a rising star when it comes to freestyle skiing.  

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Remains found in Missoula not linked to missing Michigan boys

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Missoula Law Enforcement say the human remains found in the shed of a Missoula home last fall, are not those of three young boys missing in Michigan.  According to a report from the University of North Texas, the bones are historical and archeological, suggesting they are more than 99 years old. The report also suggests the fragments and teeth had been buried for some time before being uncovered. It further narrows the ages of the bones for Individual One: 2-5 years of age, Indi...

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Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center issues avalanche warning for Cooke City

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The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center is issuing a Backcountry Avalanche Warning for the mountains near Cooke City. 

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Frenchtown community helps out teacher with brain tumor Video included

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The Frenchtown community is coming together to support a teacher who's battling brain cancer. 

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Concussion danger in sports: Is wrestling as risky as football?

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Can we really compare sports when it comes to concussions? A Billings athletic trainer breaks the issue down.

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MSU researchers examine human risk taking when out in back country

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Every year Montana consistently ranks amongst the highest states in avalanche deaths. Between the 2008 and 2017 winter seasons 34 people have died in avalanches. 

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Snow causes Friday morning travel issues

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A winter storm dropped snow over much of Montana Thursday evening and into Friday making the roads a mess for the Friday morning commute.  

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Senate goes into recess, ensuring shutdown

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A short government shutdown is assured as the Senate has recessed until just after a Thursday midnight deadline to pass a temporary funding bill.

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Bears coming out of hibernation early near Missoula Video included

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This week, Missoula drivers spotted a bear out of hibernation and chowing down on roadkill on the side of Interstate 90 outside Missoula. Fish Wildlife and Parks bear biologist Jamie Jonkel says this particular subadult bear looks healthy and probably just picked a bad denning site this winter. A late-winter melt can flood a bear's den, waking them up and sending them out to look for food. Jonkel says February is early but not unheard of, and he thinks this bear has a good shot... More>>

Flathead man stabs himself in the neck with large knife

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KALISPELL- A 24-year-old Kalispell man is being evaluated for mental health after stabbing himself in the neck during a traffic stop.  A release from Sheriff Chuck Curry says that at 9 AM this morning, a deputy pulled over a driver on Highway 2 in Evergreen. After running the driver's name and determining that he was wanted for a misdemeanor warrant, the deputy returned to the car. He found the driver holding a "large knife" to his throat. The deputy called for ... More>>

UPDATE: Sheriff Carl Suta withdraws from race Video included

Sheriff Carl Suta was officially suspended by Pondera county commissioners early Wednesday morning after the county commission saw fit to do so, after Suta accusation of official misconduct. 

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Helena Schools Closed; All Basketball Games Postponed

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All Helena Public schools will be letting out early today due to weather. Elementary & High Schools will be released at 2:30pm. Middle schools will be released at 2:15pm 

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Butte pre-release supervisor sentenced for sex with inmate

A woman who had supervisory responsibilities at the Butte Pre-release Center has been given a deferred sentence for having sex with a male inmate in late 2016.

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State employee quits over ICE policy

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A Montana Department of Labor employee announced on Wednesday that he was quitting so he wouldn't have to cooperate with immigration officials searching for undocumented workers.

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County suspends sheriff charged with official misconduct

County officials have suspended a northern Montana sheriff after state authorities say he violated law by distributing confidential investigative materials last year.

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Navy Seal from Butte decries Trump's military parade proposal

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Rob O'Neill, the former U.S. Navy Seal from Butte, has some choice words for President Donald Trump's suggestion that the U.S. hold a military parade.

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MSU signs head coach Jeff Choate through 2021 season

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Jeff Choate will remain a Bobcat for another three years, after Montana State University struck a deal with the head football coach.

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Robotics team gears up for state competition

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A 4-H robotics team in Big Timber is gearing up for a state competition in Wyoming..after getting an award at the MSU Bozeman robotics competition. The 4H group is small, but that gives students like Kevin Chittenden more practice with the robot. "That gives us a lot of opportunity, Kevin Chittenden, Member for the Timber Tech Robotics 4H Club, says.  "It's pretty fun and interesting just seeing the design grow over time, seeing your ideas come to life in the robot.&... More>>

"The Hatch"

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A new product developed out of Big Timber could help farmers keep track of their chickens. Developed by two Big Timber ranchers, the "Hatch" product is now gaining traction on social media. One bird, twenty birds, two-hundred birds...this hatch device could literally be a life saver for any amount of chickens.   This is how "The Hatch" works...it's an automatic chicken hatch door that opens with sunlight in the morning and closes at dusk. The makers of the d...

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Despite winter weather, Linderman Elementary continues to fix roof

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Winter weather is continuing to cause problems in Polson...

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Cats sign 27 players as part of 2018 recruiting class

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National Signing Day part two is officially in the books for the Montana State Bobcats. The Cats added 11 to the 2018 recruiting class, bringing their grand total to 27.

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Montana signs 26 players, 13 in-state, for 2018 recruiting class

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Bobby Hauck was hired at the beginning of December, and quickly went to work on his first recruiting class at the University of Montana. And today, Hauck could finally comment on the 26 players that his team signed.  

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Ice climbing could become Olympic sport Video included

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Ice climbing is a sport growing in popularity, and some world class climbers live and work right in Bozeman.  Our Jackie Coffin met with one of those climbers.

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New MSU study asking why people take risks with avalanches

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A new study out of MSU seeks to understand why people take risks in avalanche conditions, and backcountry enthusiasts are asked to participate.

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Kevin Bacon arrested in Gallatin County

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Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Kevin Andrew Bacon, 44, of Pony, Montana.

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