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A fire on Blacktail Mountain is burning 40-50 acres. (photo credit: Somers Lakeside Fire Dept.) A fire on Blacktail Mountain is burning 40-50 acres. (photo credit: Somers Lakeside Fire Dept.)

Crews battle fires in Northwest Montana

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A local Type III Incident Management Team is being assembled to battle a series of fires in Flathead County.

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FWP says "it's ready" for grizzly bear management

FWP biologists say they're ready to assume management of the state's grizzlies (photo credit: US Dept. of the Interior) FWP biologists say they're ready to assume management of the state's grizzlies (photo credit: US Dept. of the Interior)
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FWP says they're ready to assume management of the state's grizzlies, including bears along the Northern Continental Divide.

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Strong winds leave thousands without power in Bitterroot

Power outages stretched from Victor to Florence as a result of the gusty winds. (MTN News photo) Power outages stretched from Victor to Florence as a result of the gusty winds. (MTN News photo)
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Strong winds caused power outages and made driving treacherous along Highway 93 in the Bitterroot.

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Montana DOJ unveils new program to crack down on organized crime in Montana

Evidence from MHP Adjudicated Cases $1.5 million of stolen goods. (photo credit: Montana Highway Patrol) Evidence from MHP Adjudicated Cases $1.5 million of stolen goods. (photo credit: Montana Highway Patrol)
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A new Montana Department of Justice program has hit the streets aimed at cracking down on organized crime.

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Weather Forecast: Some good rain on the way

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Temperatures will peak on Thursday before a strong cold, wet, and windy system moves through the area Friday through the weekend... we're talking mid 60s to low 70s! 

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GOP U.S. Senate candidate loans $250K to his own campaign

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing GOP U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing
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Downing is one of six Republicans competing for the party’s nomination

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2 fires burning on Flathead Indian Reservation

Polson Rural Fire District photo. Polson Rural Fire District photo.
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CSKT Fire Management Officer Ron Swaney says they responded to fires south of Big Arm and SKQ Dam Tuesday that were fueled by the gusty winds. 

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Earthquake drill will be conducted on Thursday across Montana

By hiding under their desks, students can protect themselves from ceiling debris in the event of an earthquake. (MTN News photo) By hiding under their desks, students can protect themselves from ceiling debris in the event of an earthquake. (MTN News photo)
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The goal of the exercise is to train people to drop, duck, cover and hold until the ground stops shaking.

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Morning Rounds: Mindfulness Meditation

MTN answers your medical questions during Morning Rounds Wednesday mornings on Montana This Morning. MTN answers your medical questions during Morning Rounds Wednesday mornings on Montana This Morning.
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We answer your medical questions during Morning Rounds Wednesday mornings on Montana This Morning.

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Montana receives Real ID compliance extension

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Montana residents can still use their current ID for domestic travel for at least one more year.

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Music therapy changing lives in Dillon

Most people use musical instruments for entertainment, but Bethany Venekamp uses them for learning. (MTN News photo) Most people use musical instruments for entertainment, but Bethany Venekamp uses them for learning. (MTN News photo)
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Most people use musical instruments for entertainment, but Bethany Venekamp uses them for learning. 

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Hundreds still in the dark after Northwest Montana windstorm

Trees and branches caused thousands of power outages. (MTN News photo) Trees and branches caused thousands of power outages. (MTN News photo)
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At one point on Tuesday, over 100 outages occurred causing over 13,000 people to lose power.

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Butte standoff ends with one taken to hospital

Law enforcement surrounded a home on Montana Street in Butte on Tuesday evening. (MTN News photo) Law enforcement surrounded a home on Montana Street in Butte on Tuesday evening. (MTN News photo)
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Law enforcement surrounded a home on Montana Street in Butte on Tuesday evening

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Montana tribe ousts president with apparent backing of BIA

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The Northern Cheyenne Tribe issued a statement on Tuesday defending its decision to oust President L. Jace Killsback.

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Christopher Michael Duncan

Christopher Michael Duncan (Montana Department of Corrections photo) Christopher Michael Duncan (Montana Department of Corrections photo)
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The United States Marshals Service District of Montana has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Christopher Michael Duncan.

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Defense contractor's robot provides inspiration to Flathead students

The robot that has taken out over 50,000 bombs since it was created and is now roaming the halls of Flathead High School. (MTN News photo) The robot that has taken out over 50,000 bombs since it was created and is now roaming the halls of Flathead High School. (MTN News photo)
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The robot has taken out over 50,000 bombs since it was created and is now roaming the halls of Flathead High School.

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Mussel-sniffing dogs find no evidence of invasive mussels

(MTN News file photo) (MTN News file photo)
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The dogs, from Alberta, scoured the shores of Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs during the past week but came up empty in their search.

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Gianforte pushes for tax reform by end of year

Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) (MTN News photo) Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) (MTN News photo)
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Congress has a long list of issues to tackle by the end of the session. 

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Latest GOP U.S. Senate-race entry says he’ll talk about fed deficit, his background

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Russell Fagg of Billings Republican U.S. Senate candidate Russell Fagg of Billings
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The latest entry to Montana’s crowded Republican U.S. Senate primary – former state District Judge Russell Fagg – says he’ll be emphasizing his Montana roots and professional record, as he tries to distinguish himself from his GOP competitors. 

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Police investigating shooting in Great Falls

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Police have not yet released the name of the suspect, nor provided any details on the severity of the victim's injuries.

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Billings officers shoot man armed with shotgun at downtown motel

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The shooting happened in the parking lot of the Lazy KT Motel, 1403 First Ave. N., shortly after 1 a.m.

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Budget cuts keeping Grizzly Marching Band at home

The band will not be playing music in the annual Griz vs. Bobcats football game. (MTN News photo) The band will not be playing music in the annual Griz vs. Bobcats football game. (MTN News photo)
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Director of Athletic Bands Kevin Griggs said the annual trip for the marching band was eliminated due to the budget cuts. 

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Glacier and Yellowstone contribute to the growth in economic revenue for MT

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The study found that most of the travelers visited and spent money in Montana between July and September.

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Montana father takes case against Remington to social media

“I'm here to tell you that more people will die this year. We just don't know who yet,” said Richard Barber, who son died in a hunting accident. (MTN News photo) “I'm here to tell you that more people will die this year. We just don't know who yet,” said Richard Barber, who son died in a hunting accident. (MTN News photo)
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The purpose of Barber's Facebook page is fairly basic: For people to see the evidence for themselves.

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Northern Continental Divide grizzlies ready for de-listing, but no move to do so

(photo credit: US Dept. of the Interior) (photo credit: US Dept. of the Interior)
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Biologists tell a University of Montana audience there are enough grizzly bears now to take them off the list of threatened species, but they say there’s no formal move to do so.

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Bozeman joins ACLU lawsuit over locker room privacy act

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The City of Missoula has also joined in ACLU's lawsuit, which aims to challenge the constitutionality of I-183.

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Kalispell city leaders look to Denver for direction on downtown redevelopment

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Downtown redevelopment has become a key issue for Kalispell city leaders as they look to  transform from an industrially-oriented center into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly core.

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Stevensville school bonds headed for the ballot in spring 2018

Stevensville High School (MTN News file photo) Stevensville High School (MTN News file photo)
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Two Stevensville school bonds will be on the ballot this spring, one for the elementary school and the other for the high school.

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Bipartisan senators reach small deal on health care

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Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray have reached a deal "in principle" to restore cost-sharing reduction payments for two years in exchange for more state flexibility in Obamacare.

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UM extends voluntary severance offer to eligible employees

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The voluntary severance offer will be detailed in campus meetings at 11 a.m. and noon Wednesday in the UC Theater.

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Upcoming Western Montana events

Check out some of the events happening across Western Montana Check out some of the events happening across Western Montana
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Here's a list of some of the upcoming events taking place across Western Montana.

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State of emergency declared ahead of white supremacist speech in Florida

Richard Spencer (Cropped Photo: Skyb0x / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0) Richard Spencer (Cropped Photo: Skyb0x / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Richard Spencer, a former part-time Whitefish resident, is the president of the white nationalist group National Policy Institute.

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Man smears feces, threatens to blow up Missoula hotel

Paul Ryan Stanton (Missoula County Sheriff's Office photo) Paul Ryan Stanton (Missoula County Sheriff's Office photo)
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A man who smeared his own feces on the wall of his hotel room and threatened to blow up the building is charged with felony intimidation. 

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Report: Rate of obesity on the rise again in Montana

Over 25% of adults in the Treasure State are considered obese, according to the 2017 report from the State of Obesity organization. (CBS News photo) Over 25% of adults in the Treasure State are considered obese, according to the 2017 report from the State of Obesity organization. (CBS News photo)
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Over 25% of adults in the Treasure State are considered obese, according to the 2017 report from the State of Obesity organization.

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Noted author to speak on global viruses in Hamilton

Author David Quammen (photo credit: Ronan Donovan) Author David Quammen (photo credit: Ronan Donovan)
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The spread of regular travel and interaction is also creating new challenges with the spread of viruses and disease. 

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Butte businessman sues DEQ over possible asbestos dumping

A contractor is suing the DEQ, claiming the agency is not properly monitoring the dumping of waste in landfills that may be tainted with asbestos. (MTN News photo) A contractor is suing the DEQ, claiming the agency is not properly monitoring the dumping of waste in landfills that may be tainted with asbestos. (MTN News photo)
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A contractor is suing the DEQ, claiming the agency is not properly monitoring the dumping of waste in landfills that may be tainted with asbestos. 

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Former Anaconda police chief kills self in city park

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Tom Blaz, 64, shot himself in the chest with a handgun just before 8:30 p.m. at Kennedy Commons.

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FVCC seeking decorated trunks for Halloween event

The annual trunk-or-treat event drew 700 kids to FVCC. (MTN News photo) The annual trunk-or-treat event drew 700 kids to FVCC. (MTN News photo)
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The event is free and open to the public, offering a safe one-stop trick-or-treating venue for families.

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Huntley Project mourns the loss of coach

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A high school and community makes plans to remember a local coach.

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Wind-power developer's lawsuit claims price discrimination by state regulators, NW Energy

Wind-power turbines in central Montana Wind-power turbines in central Montana
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A Montana wind-power developer is suing state utility regulators and the state’s largest electric company, saying they are acting illegally to set lower contract prices that will kill any new independent renewable-power projects in Montana. 

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Montana man charged for grocery store bomb threat

Brian Mitchell Ragland Brian Mitchell Ragland
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A Great Falls man has been charged with felony intimidation after he allegedly called in a bomb threat at a grocery store. 

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Flu shot reminder issued in the Flathead

The push is on for people to get their flu shots sooner rather than later. The push is on for people to get their flu shots sooner rather than later.
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The push is on for people to get their flu shots sooner rather than later.

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State investigators coming to Pablo to recreate scene of shooting

Ryan Black (Lake County Sheriffs Office photo) Ryan Black (Lake County Sheriffs Office photo)
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Prosecutors and law enforcement are trying to piece together what happened on Sept. 16 in Pablo.

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New head of Bureau of Indian Affairs appointed

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Bryan Rice, who began his career in federal government in Montana, was named Monday as the new director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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Kalispell City Council sets meeting to discuss downtown plans

The plan looks at parking, the historical integrity, landscaping and other improvements to create a downtown image. (MTN News photo) The plan looks at parking, the historical integrity, landscaping and other improvements to create a downtown image. (MTN News photo)
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The city of Kalispell has been working on developing a plan for downtown for the past three years. 

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Early report confirms MT wildfire smoke sent people to hospital

The first results of a report by the DPHHS confirms the smoke was making a lot of people sick enough to send them to the hospital. (MTN News photo) The first results of a report by the DPHHS confirms the smoke was making a lot of people sick enough to send them to the hospital. (MTN News photo)
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This summer’s fire smoke was bad enough to send more people to the hospital. 

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Nearly 60 pets embark on life saving journey to Montana, Idaho

Dog Is My CoPilot has brought 18 animals that need forever homes to Missoula. (MTN News photo) Dog Is My CoPilot has brought 18 animals that need forever homes to Missoula. (MTN News photo)
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The 15 dogs and three cats were flown to the Humane Society of Western Montana which has a high adoption rate.

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Effects of climate change at Glacier National Park discussed

Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow. (MTN News photo) Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow. (MTN News photo)
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Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow addressed climate change at the Park on Monday in Kalispell.

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Man killed in crash near Kalispell ID'd

The accident happened on Oct. 13 on U.S. Highway 2 near Rose Crossing. (Jack Ginsburg/MTN News photo) The accident happened on Oct. 13 on U.S. Highway 2 near Rose Crossing. (Jack Ginsburg/MTN News photo)
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Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says Jared W. Jensen of Kalispell passed away as a result of traumatic injuries.

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U.S.-backed forces say Raqqa liberated from ISIS

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U.S.-backed Syrian forces said Tuesday that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters had been completely defeated in the city of Raqqa.

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Montana Made: Trailhead Spirits bringing Montana heritage to each pour

Making hand crafted spirits is a labor of love for Casey McGowan, who opened Trailhead Spirits in January 2013.  (MTN News photo) Making hand crafted spirits is a labor of love for Casey McGowan, who opened Trailhead Spirits in January 2013. (MTN News photo)
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Making hand crafted spirits is a labor of love for Casey McGowan, who opened Trailhead Spirits in January 2013. 

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Crews bracing up remains of Sperry Chalet

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A crew flew up to Sperry Chalet last week to stabilize the walls of the dormitory building before winter sets in. 

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FBI says fake kidnapping calls are on the rise

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The FBI is out with a new warning about an increase in fake kidnapping calls.

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Man arrested after driving into oncoming lanes on Hwy 93

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A man faces multiple charges after he was reported swerving across oncoming lanes through both Missoula and Lake counties on Monday.

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FVCC hosts Montana Climate Science Day

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Montana's top climate scientists are in Northwest Montana to present their findings from the first-ever Montana Climate Assessment.

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Lake County deputies now carrying AED's in cruisers

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23 automatic external defibrillators (AED's), have been installed in every officer’s cruiser.

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Montana health insurers can file new rates, to account for subsidy cutoff

State Auditor Matt Rosendale State Auditor Matt Rosendale
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Two Montana health insurers will be allowed to adjust their 2018 rates on individual policies, to account for the Trump administration’s decision last week to end multimillion subsidies for many of those policies, Montana state Auditor Matt Rosendale announced Monday. 

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Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion, faces up to life in prison

Spc. Bowe Bergdahl (photo credit: US Army) Spc. Bowe Bergdahl (photo credit: US Army)
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Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was held in captivity by the Taliban until May 2014. 

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Trump: Health care “is moving along,” promises “largest tax cut" in U.S. history

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"There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore," Mr. Trump said, flanked by Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Montana Arby's to offer elk, venison sandwiches

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An Arby's restaurant in Billings is one of three across the country that will offer a new elk sandwich. 

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Stevensville asking residents to approve school bond

Stevensville High School (MTN News file photo) Stevensville High School (MTN News file photo)
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Voters will be asked to approve a $22.6 million for work in the elementary and high school districts.

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WEB EXTRA: #MeToo shines light on sexual assault, harassment

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#MeToo - are two words women can use to express that they have been victims of sexual assault or harassment.  

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Man rescued after fall near Gallatin River

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A 76-year-old man who fell from a steep slope above the Gallatin River was rescued Sunday evening. 

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FWP discusses Montana grizzly bear management efforts

(photo credit: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks) (photo credit: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)
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FWP released two management plans one for western Montana and one for southwestern Montana. 

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Prep Game of the Week: 10.14.17 - Hellgate v. Sentinel volleyball (VIDEO)

The Spartans dominated all three sets and swept past the Knights 3-0. (MTN News photo) The Spartans dominated all three sets and swept past the Knights 3-0. (MTN News photo)
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It's a crosstown volleyball match-up that featured in this edition of Prep Game of the Week. 

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Trump undercuts "Obamacare" market in Montana; one insurer may consider exit

Montana Health Co-op President Larry Turney Montana Health Co-op President Larry Turney
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The decision increases costs for the three health insurers providing individual polices to 66,000 people in Montana.

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"National White Cane Day" observed in Montana

White Cane Day aims to educate the world about blindness and how the blind and visually impaired live and work independently. (MTN News photo) White Cane Day aims to educate the world about blindness and how the blind and visually impaired live and work independently. (MTN News photo)
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A group of people walked around the Capitol on Sunday to promote awareness of and for the legally blind in recognition of National White Cane Day. 

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Doctors say October is time for flu shots

The push is on for people to get their flu shots sooner rather than later. The push is on for people to get their flu shots sooner rather than later.
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The push is on for people to get their flu shots sooner rather than later.

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Video Extra: Bison at Yellowstone National Park

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In case you missed it, CBS Sunday Morning closed its program with this great video of bison in Yellowstone National Park. 

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Meet Gilbert the badger

Mac White found an abandoned baby badger in his pickup’s snow track on their McFarland-White Ranch near Two Dot 15 years ago.  (MTN News photo) Mac White found an abandoned baby badger in his pickup’s snow track on their McFarland-White Ranch near Two Dot 15 years ago.  (MTN News photo)
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Mac White found an abandoned baby badger in his pickup’s snow track on their McFarland-White Ranch near Two Dot 15 years ago. 

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Video postcard shows beauty of Glacier National Park

MTN's Brandon Sullivan recently visited Glacier National Park and caught a glimpse of the changing seasons. (Brandon Sullivan/MTN News photo) MTN's Brandon Sullivan recently visited Glacier National Park and caught a glimpse of the changing seasons. (Brandon Sullivan/MTN News photo)
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MTN's Brandon Sullivan recently visited Glacier National Park and caught a glimpse of the changing seasons.

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DEA responds to explosive "60 Minutes" report about opioid crisis

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Drug overdose deaths in the United States have more than doubled over the past decade. 

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Bikers fill Missoula's streets

Free Cycles Missoula hosted their annual Tweed Ride to celebrate the community. (MTN News photo) Free Cycles Missoula hosted their annual Tweed Ride to celebrate the community. (MTN News photo)
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Ride organizers saying that with social networking it's important for people to spend time with one another away from the screens. 

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Missoulians gather to celebrate peace

Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate with the Jeannette  Rankin Peace Center on Sunday evening. (MTN News photo) Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate with the Jeannette  Rankin Peace Center on Sunday evening. (MTN News photo)
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Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate with the Jeannette  Rankin Peace Center on Sunday evening. 

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FWP steps up search for Chronic Wasting Disease in Montana

There's been an increase of CWD in Wyoming and Canada. There's been an increase of CWD in Wyoming and Canada.
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FWP is stepping up its search in certain areas across Montana, looking for Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, elk, and moose.

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Facebook's takeout tool brings Chipotle, Papa John's to your doorstep

That's why the social network announced on Friday a new tool that lets you order takeout directly from the site or mobile app. (Facebook/CNN Money) That's why the social network announced on Friday a new tool that lets you order takeout directly from the site or mobile app. (Facebook/CNN Money)
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Facebook is continuing its efforts to make sure you stay on the platform for as long as possible. 

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Felony charges for 3 suspects in Bozeman robbery

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Three men appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court Friday morning on charges of felony robbery.

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2 dogs shot in dispute between neighbors near Wolf Creek

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Authorities say that when the neighbor found the dogs on his property on Friday morning, he shot them.

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Student-athletes excited for new UM Champion Center

One of the first stops on the tour is the weight room. It is a lot larger than the other one and has brand new equipment. (MTN News photo) One of the first stops on the tour is the weight room. It is a lot larger than the other one and has brand new equipment. (MTN News photo)
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The Washington Grizzlies Champion Center at the University of Montana is now open and student-athletes have been taking tours of the new facility. 

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Sen.Tester discusses US Farm Bill in Missoula

Sen. Tester brought his listening tour about the US Farm Bill to Missoula. (MTN News photo) Sen. Tester brought his listening tour about the US Farm Bill to Missoula. (MTN News photo)
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U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) has been traveling across the state hearing from Montanans about their needs.

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Student of the Week: Shannon Reny

Shannon Reny is a Senior at Libby High School. Shannon Reny is a Senior at Libby High School.

Shannon Reny is a Senior at Libby High School.

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