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Infrastructure bill stumbles again; Legislature extended another day Video included

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The Montana House fell two votes short of passing an $80 million infrastructure bonding bill Thursday morning, extending the 2017 Legislature another day. 

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“Mountain man” granted parole in kidnapping, murder case

Don Nichols at a April 2012 parole hearing. (MTN News photo) Don Nichols at a April 2012 parole hearing. (MTN News photo)
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Don Nichols, who was convicted of kidnapping athlete Kari Swenson and killing Alan Goldstein in 1984, has been granted parole. 

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FVCC responding to reduction in state funding

Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. (MTN News photo) Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. (MTN News photo)
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Less state funding than expected for higher education in Montana is hitting Flathead Valley Community College.

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Mountain snowpack water content continues to increase

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The last two weeks of April have been cool and wet across Montana.

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Crash-related deaths are down in Montana this year

So far this year, there have been 36 traffic-related deaths compared to 52 at the same time last year. So far this year, there have been 36 traffic-related deaths compared to 52 at the same time last year.
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So far this year, there have been 36 traffic-related deaths compared to 52 at the same time last year.

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On Special Assignment: Sentinel wrestler one of the most exhilarating MMA fighters Video included

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The 16-year-old is 4-0 as an amateur fighter. Yet, all of his opponents have been 21 years of age or older. 

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Trump to create new whistleblower protection office at Veterans Affairs

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President Trump will sign an executive order creating a new office devoted to protecting whistleblowers at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Weather Forecast: Unsettled & cool end to the week

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We’ll end the work week on an unsettled note (surprise surprise) with below average highs in the upper 40s.  Expect scattered mountain snow & valley rain (perhaps a few snowflakes mixed in) through Friday evening.

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As ice melts and temperatures rise, Alaska fights to stave off climate change

A signpost in Utqiagvik, Alaska, formerly known as Barrow. Utqiagvik is the northernmost city in the U.S.  (photo credit  T. Sean Herbert, CBS News) A signpost in Utqiagvik, Alaska, formerly known as Barrow. Utqiagvik is the northernmost city in the U.S. (photo credit  T. Sean Herbert, CBS News)
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With temperatures soaring last winter to 50 degrees above normal, the area around the North Pole is melting at a rate never seen before.

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Rash of car break-ins reported in Kalispell

Kalispell PD warns thefts are on the rise (MTN News photo) Kalispell PD warns thefts are on the rise (MTN News photo)
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All of the incidents have happened to vehicles all of which were left unlocked with valuables inside. 

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Copper King back open for business Video included

The hotel will include a privately run salon and spa (MTN News photo) The hotel will include a privately run salon and spa (MTN News photo)
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The upgrade is significant and will make it unique to Butte’s hospitality industry.

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Weather Forecast: Mix of rain and snow showers for valleys today Video included

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The highs will only reach into the 40s for most locations across the region under mostly cloudy skies. 

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VA Montana holds event to shed light military sexual trauma

A 2015 Department of Defense study found more than 6,000 cases of reported sexual assaults in the armed forces. A 2015 Department of Defense study found more than 6,000 cases of reported sexual assaults in the armed forces.
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A 2015 Department of Defense study found more than 6,000 cases of reported sexual assaults in the armed forces. 

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Animal Care Expo, Cat Adoption event returning to the Flathead Video included

The event is on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force outside of Columbia Falls. (MTN News photo) The event is on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force outside of Columbia Falls. (MTN News photo)
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The event is on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force outside of Columbia Falls.

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Fraud Watch: Social Media Scams Video included

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Social media can be a great way for people to stay in touch with friends and family, but it can also be an easy way for scammers to target you.

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Missoula Sentinel's Emily Malone has the 8th best javelin throw in the country this season. (MTN Sports photo) Missoula Sentinel's Emily Malone has the 8th best javelin throw in the country this season. (MTN Sports photo)

Emily Malone and Kylie Frohlich are classmates at Sentinel High. And they also share the ability to throw a javelin very far.

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Volunteers sought for The Event at Rebecca Farm Video included

The Event at Rebecca Farm will run from July 19 until July 23. (MTN News photo) The Event at Rebecca Farm will run from July 19 until July 23. (MTN News photo)
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The Event at Rebecca Farm will need extra volunteers with this year's addition of the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. 

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Possible homicide investigated near Kalispell Video included

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Information from witnesses indicates that a male, who late slipped under the water, was seen with three other people on the Old Steel Bridge. 

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Long winter didn't impact Western Montana deer, elk populations Video included

While some places in the Northwest saw a higher mortality rate for deer and elk, that wasn't the case in Western Montana. (MTN News photo) While some places in the Northwest saw a higher mortality rate for deer and elk, that wasn't the case in Western Montana. (MTN News photo)
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While some places in the Northwest saw a higher mortality rate for deer and elk over the winter, that wasn't the case in Western Montana.

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Tech industry giants attend 2nd annual InnovateUM conference Video included

Nearly 200 folks made their way to InnovateUM for its second annual conference.  (MTN News photo) Nearly 200 folks made their way to InnovateUM for its second annual conference.  (MTN News photo)
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Google's designer-in-residence and Intel's vice president of product integration and engineering were the conference's keynote speakers.

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Port Polson Player Theatre hoping to pass down vintage seats Video included

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It’s out with the old and in with the new at the Port Polson Players Theatre. 

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2 students taken into custody after online threats against Browning school Video included

Napi Elementary School Napi Elementary School
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Two students who reportedly threatened to "shoot up" a school in Browning are now in custody.

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The race for votes on health care is on, once again

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act runs fro. Nov. 1, 2016 - Jan. 13, 2017. Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act runs fro. Nov. 1, 2016 - Jan. 13, 2017.
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All eyes were on the conservative House Freedom Caucus which has stood united against House leadership's health care bill.

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More Americans think Trump will increase their taxes, rather than decrease them - poll

U.S. investigators are looking into whether Trump campaign representatives had a role in helping Russian intelligence as it carried out cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political targets in March 2016. (CBS News photo) U.S. investigators are looking into whether Trump campaign representatives had a role in helping Russian intelligence as it carried out cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political targets in March 2016. (CBS News photo)
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More Americans think Donald Trump will increase their taxes rather than decrease them – though Democrats are most likely to say this. 

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Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday

The event is set for April 29 at the Whitefish Police Department. (MTN News file photo) The event is set for April 29 at the Whitefish Police Department. (MTN News file photo)
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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is inviting everyone to take part in the 13th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

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$80M construction bonding bill revived – but on life-support, as session nears end Video included

$80M infrastructure bill advances $80M infrastructure bill advances
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An $80 million infrastructure bonding bill – one of the last, most contentious issues remaining before the 2017 Montana Legislature – re-emerged Wednesday, but is on life-support until Thursday.

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Records show Quist, Gianforte have different hunting and fishing history

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KTVH requested the public records regarding the hunting and fishing licenses for both Quist and Gianforte from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

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Billings man allegedly stabbed friend in neck while drunk Video included

Elliot Bradley is charged in Yellowstone County Justice Court (YCDF) Elliot Bradley is charged in Yellowstone County Justice Court (YCDF)
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A Billings man is accused of stabbing his friend in the neck while they were drinking alcohol at a Laurel residence on Monday.

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Medical marijuana bill clears Montana Legislature

MTN News file photo. MTN News file photo.
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SB 333 would set up new regulatory systems for medical marijuana in Montana.

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2 robbed at gunpoint in Missoula neighborhood Video included

(Missoula County Photo) (Missoula County Photo)
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Missoula Police say two people were robbed at gunpoint Monday night on Cregg Lane.

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Woman arrested in Ravalli County in connection to Great Falls homicide Video included

Linda Christianson (Ravalli County Detention Center booking photo) Linda Christianson (Ravalli County Detention Center booking photo)
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During the initial stages of the investigation, deputies felt that the death was not a suicide and deemed the scene and circumstances suspicious. 

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Missoula man accused of hotel rape Video included

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A Missoula man is accused of attacking and raping a woman in an area hotel last week. 

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Montana bill to remove "use of force" from consent definition moves forward

State Senator Diane Sands (D-Missoula). (MTN News photo) State Senator Diane Sands (D-Missoula). (MTN News photo)
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The bill is sponsored by Democratic senator of Missoula.

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Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect Conference honors advocates Video included

Dozens of Montanans were recognized Tuesday for their efforts to support children and families. (MTN News photo) Dozens of Montanans were recognized Tuesday for their efforts to support children and families. (MTN News photo)
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Dozens of Montanans were recognized Tuesday for their efforts to support children and families.

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House candidates in Montana shoot guns in new ads

(MTN News photo) (MTN News photo)
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Ads from each candidate highlight their similarities on a certain key issue. 

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MTM LIVE Interview: Miss Montana

Miss Montana USA 2017, Brooke Bezanson of Missoula, will soon be leaving to compete for the title of Miss USA.

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Trump executive order calls for review of "egregious" federal land grab

Grand Staircase National Monument (Photo credit: Visit Southern Utah) Grand Staircase National Monument (Photo credit: Visit Southern Utah)
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Thee review will consider all national monument designations of federal public lands since 1996 that are 100,000 acres or larger. 

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Program hopes to inspire future Montana healthcare workers Video included

Students spent Tuesday at St. James Healthcare in medical workshops as part of the R.E.A.C.H. program. (MTN News photo) Students spent Tuesday at St. James Healthcare in medical workshops as part of the R.E.A.C.H. program. (MTN News photo)
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The program aims to get high school kids thinking about careers in the medical field and giving them some hands-on experience.

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One Class at a Time: Sentinel High School Video included

Thomas Leik’s Mechanics and Industrial Technology classroom. (MTN News photo) Thomas Leik’s Mechanics and Industrial Technology classroom. (MTN News photo)
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Thomas Leik’s class is breaking down and building bicycles that are donated from Free Cycles in Missoula. 

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Montana distillers look to expand toward Japan Video included

A group of Montana breweries and distilleries took a trip out of the country to try and export some of their product. (MTN News photo) A group of Montana breweries and distilleries took a trip out of the country to try and export some of their product. (MTN News photo)
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A group of local breweries and distilleries took a trip out of the country to try and export some of their product. 

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Report: Western Montana high schools get top grades Video included

Stevensville High School (MTN News file photo) Stevensville High School (MTN News file photo)
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The list shows Stevensville coming in the third sport followed by Glacier High School.

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Montana mill: New tariffs on Canadian timber are a good start Video included

The tariffs announced this week range from 3% to 24% for five Canadian lumber companies. (MTN News photo) The tariffs announced this week range from 3% to 24% for five Canadian lumber companies. (MTN News photo)
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The tariffs come after an agreement signed under President George W. Bush expired in 2015.

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Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood to perform in Billings Video included

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Country music star Garth Brooks announced Wednesday morning that he and Trisha Yearwood will perform in Billings in June. 

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Addition to ALERT helping patients in Northwest Montana Video included

This fixed-wing addition to the ALERT program in Kalispell has been staying busy. (MTN News photo) This fixed-wing addition to the ALERT program in Kalispell has been staying busy. (MTN News photo)
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When Chris Miller gets a call for help, the first thing he does is check the weather because for patients who need him the sky is the limit.

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Zinke says Trump executive order won't jeopardize public lands

Grand Staircase National Monument (Photo credit: Visit Southern Utah) Grand Staircase National Monument (Photo credit: Visit Southern Utah)
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Ryan Zinke briefed reporters on the “Review of Designations under the Antiquities Act,” which Mr. Trump will sign Wednesday.

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Judge blocks part of Trump's sanctuary cities executive order

Judge William H. Orrick (photo: cand.uscourts.gov/who) Judge William H. Orrick (photo: cand.uscourts.gov/who)
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A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a threat to take away funds from sanctuary cities.

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Budget deal could kill wage increase for direct-care workers Video included

Rep. Jon Knokey, R-Bozeman Rep. Jon Knokey, R-Bozeman
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A last-minute budget deal could effectively kill a measure to raise wages for thousands of locally employed workers who take care of developmentally disabled and elderly Montanans, supporters of the bill said Tuesday. 

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Montana medical marijuana backers at odds over Senate bill Video included

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Montana Senate Bill 333 now includes requirements to track and limit seeds, test labs and plants, and implement taxation. 

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Legislature passes bill to comply with federal “Real ID Act” Video included

Montana has been fighting the implementation of the REAL ID Act for 9 years. (MTN News photo) Montana has been fighting the implementation of the REAL ID Act for 9 years. (MTN News photo)
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At the end of this year, a Montana driver’s license would not meet the federal standards to be used for air travel or access to federal facilities. 

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State of the Young Child event comes to Missoula Video included

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Missoula organizations are trying to help find alternatives as the cost and availability of childcare continue to be a concern for parents.

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Montana's largest job fair coming to Missoula Video included

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The 2017 Missoula Career Fair is set to be one of the largest in recent memory.

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Jury convicts Missoula man of drugging and raping underage girls Video included

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Erik Nugent was arrested in September and charged with 14 felonies, including rape, sexual abuse of children, possession of child pornography and endangering the welfare of children. 

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Lawmakers insert $13M hospital tax in budget bill Video included

Bob Olsen, VP of Montana Hospital Assoc. Bob Olsen, VP of Montana Hospital Assoc.
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In a surprise move Tuesday, state lawmakers endorsed a temporary $13 million tax on a dozen Montana hospitals to help balance the 2018-19 state budget – and fund a pilot program to help children attending privately run preschools. 

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Livingston man among first in state to receive robotic-assisted knee surgery Video included

Mark Baker, who lives in Livingston, recently had knee surgery. (MTN News photo) Mark Baker, who lives in Livingston, recently had knee surgery. (MTN News photo)

A Livingston man recently had partial knee replacement surgery with the surgeon performing the procedure with the help from a hand-held robot. 

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19-year-old star bull rider aims to make it back to the top

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Jess Lockwood from tiny from Volborg, Montana is touring the country, posing for photos and riding high in front of more than a million fans a year. 

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Grant brings new technology to rural Montana medical communities Video included

The trucks were provided to the state from a $4.6 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. (MTN News photo) The trucks were provided to the state from a $4.6 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. (MTN News photo)
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A large grant is bringing three new high-tech trucks will help medical training in rural Montana. 

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Eureka lawmaker's efforts to revive infrastructure bonding bill stalls

The Montana State Capitol building in Helena (MTN News photo) The Montana State Capitol building in Helena (MTN News photo)
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Rep. Mike Cuffe (R-Eureka) brought a motion Monday to suspend House rules and revive House Bill 645. 

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Suspect arrested for fatal crash near Great Falls Video included

The crash that killed Marvin Knutson happened on April 15, 2017. (MTN News photo) The crash that killed Marvin Knutson happened on April 15, 2017. (MTN News photo)
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Jaroglav Kleberc has been charged with negligent homicide, tampering with physical evidence, and failure to remain at an accident scene.

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Tester, Daines support new US Agriculture Secretary appointment Video included

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Both of Montana's U.S. senators are supportive of the confirmation of Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the Agriculture Secretary. 

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Trump slaps first tariffs on Canadian lumber

The Softwood Lumber Agreement imposed export fees on Canadian lumber headed to the U.S. (MTN News photo) The Softwood Lumber Agreement imposed export fees on Canadian lumber headed to the U.S. (MTN News photo)
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The Trump administration is hitting Canada with stiff tariffs of up to 24% on lumber shipped into the United States.

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Stand-off ends in Great Falls, suspect arrested Video included

The suspect in the hours-long stand-off in Great Falls has been arrested. The suspect in the hours-long stand-off in Great Falls has been arrested.
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A standoff in Great Falls ended with the suspect being removed from a home on Smelter Avenue Northwest on a stretcher.

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Public encouraged to attend Libby Dam meeting

The Libby Dam (MTN News photo) The Libby Dam (MTN News photo)
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Federal officials will be hosting a public meeting on the operations of the Libby Dam in May. 

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New Missoula pedestrian bridge to open Saturday

The South Reserve Bitterroot Trail Bridge in Missoula. (MTN News file photo) The South Reserve Bitterroot Trail Bridge in Missoula. (MTN News file photo)
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The South Reserve Bitterroot Trail Bridge completes the bike and pedestrian trail from Hamilton into Missoula.

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Public meetings set for Yellowstone Park anglers Video included

With the threat of aquatic invasive species and efforts to restore native fish species, Yellowstone National Park is hosting public meetings over the next few days. (Photo credit: NPS/Neal Herbert) With the threat of aquatic invasive species and efforts to restore native fish species, Yellowstone National Park is hosting public meetings over the next few days. (Photo credit: NPS/Neal Herbert)
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Fishing season in Yellowstone National Park is about a month away and anglers are getting an education about the threats the park’s fish face.

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Big Sky western lights up the big screen Video included

Return to Zion Ranch debuted in Hamilton over the weekend. (Dennis Bragg/MTN News photo) Return to Zion Ranch debuted in Hamilton over the weekend. (Dennis Bragg/MTN News photo)
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For a group of friends in the Bitterroot, a year of hard work has finally paid off on the big screen. 

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Centerline rumble strips expanded in MT for highway safety Video included

A study by the Federal Highway Administration found the center line rumble strips are an effective way to reduce crashes. (MTN News photo) A study by the Federal Highway Administration found the center line rumble strips are an effective way to reduce crashes. (MTN News photo)
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The work to install centerline rumble strips for highways includes Montana Highway 200 between Clearwater Junction and Great Falls.

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  • Berkeley braces for dueling protests after Ann Coulter event canceled

    Berkeley braces for dueling protests after Ann Coulter event canceled

    Thursday, April 27 2017 2:03 PM EDT2017-04-27 18:03:18 GMT
    Ann Coulter won't be delivering her planned speech at Berkeley. So others will speak in her place.
    Ann Coulter won't be delivering her planned speech at Berkeley. So others will speak in her place.
  • Stevie Wonder Fast Facts

    Stevie Wonder Fast Facts

    Thursday, April 27 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-04-27 23:33:01 GMT
    Here is a look at the life of Stevie Wonder, singer, songwriter, producer and activist.
    Here is a look at the life of Stevie Wonder, singer, songwriter, producer and activist.
  • BALCO Fast Facts

    BALCO Fast Facts

    Thursday, April 27 2017 6:03 PM EDT2017-04-27 22:03:01 GMT
    Here's a look at BALCO, the lab that provided steroids to several professional athletes, including baseball player Barry Bonds and track and field star Marion Jones.
    Here's a look at BALCO, the lab that provided steroids to several professional athletes, including baseball player Barry Bonds and track and field star Marion Jones.
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Palestinians highlight prisoners' strike with 'Salt Water Challenge'

    Palestinians highlight prisoners' strike with 'Salt Water Challenge'

    Thursday, April 27 2017 8:33 PM EDT2017-04-28 00:33:02 GMT
    Palestinians across the world are posting videos of themselves on social media drinking salt water, as part of a new online challenge intended to draw attention to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli...
    Palestinians across the world are posting videos of themselves on social media drinking salt water, as part of a new online challenge intended to draw attention to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons.
  • Angry nationalists storm Macedonian parliament

    Angry nationalists storm Macedonian parliament

    Thursday, April 27 2017 8:03 PM EDT2017-04-28 00:03:13 GMT
    Violence broke out in Macedonia's Parliament on Thursday after an ethnic Albanian MP was elected speaker, sparking outrage from nationalists.
    Violence broke out in Macedonia's Parliament on Thursday after an ethnic Albanian MP was elected speaker, sparking outrage from nationalists.
  • Venezuela official's son to father: 'Do what's right'

    Venezuela official's son to father: 'Do what's right'

    Thursday, April 27 2017 7:03 PM EDT2017-04-27 23:03:06 GMT
    Yibram Saab sent a clear message to his father, Venezuela's human rights ombudsman: "Do what you are supposed to do."
    Yibram Saab sent a clear message to his father, Venezuela's human rights ombudsman: "Do what you are supposed to do."
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