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There’s nothing like a stack of pancakes for comfort food on a chilly Montana morning. (MTN News photo) There’s nothing like a stack of pancakes for comfort food on a chilly Montana morning. (MTN News photo)

Salute the Badge: Missoula firefighters flip pancakes instead of fire hoses

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There’s nothing like a stack of pancakes for comfort food on a chilly Montana morning. 

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REAL ID compliance extension will help Montana travelers

Montanans with travel plans this holiday season will be able to board flights with their Montana drivers license. (MTN News photo) Montanans with travel plans this holiday season will be able to board flights with their Montana drivers license. (MTN News photo)
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Montanans with travel plans this holiday season will be able to board flights with their Montana drivers license.

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Section of Going to the Sun Road reopens

The historic Going-to-the-Sun Road has reopened to Avalanche from the west entrance of Glacier National Park. (MTN News photo) The historic Going-to-the-Sun Road has reopened to Avalanche from the west entrance of Glacier National Park. (MTN News photo)
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The historic Going-to-the-Sun Road has reopened to Avalanche from the west entrance of Glacier National Park.

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Wind, rain, and eventually sun

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A Lake Wind Advisory will be in effect from 6am to 8pm on Sunday for Flathead Lake.

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State collects about $380,000 from medical marijuana tax

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Providers had until Monday to report their sales for the first quarter of the fiscal year and to pay a 4% tax on them.

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Clancy lumber mill hosts tours for Montana Forest Products Week

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Marks Lumber is a specialty mill, which focuses on filling specific orders rather than constantly putting out products.

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Program helping Lake County jail overcrowding

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The great need for more jail capacity has the Lake County Sheriff's Office coming up with creative ways to meet the need. 

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Man arrested in Glendive on suspicion of murdering his father

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A 44-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of the Oct. 16 murder of his father in Glendive.

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Hunters gear up as winter weather hits the Bitterroot Valley

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The brutal fire season left behind many risks that hunters should take into account.

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Missoula mayoral candidate violated campaign practice laws

Missoula mayorial candidate Lisa Triepke (MTN News photo) Missoula mayorial candidate Lisa Triepke (MTN News photo)
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The Commissioner of Political Practices says the Triepke campaign violated campaign finance laws by filing incomplete and inaccurate campaign finance reports.

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Man who killed three in Belfry shooting sentenced to 300 years in prison

Robert "Jim" LeCou, 40, was sentenced in Carbon County District Court to prison for the rest of his natural life. (MTN News photo) Robert "Jim" LeCou, 40, was sentenced in Carbon County District Court to prison for the rest of his natural life. (MTN News photo)
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The man convicted of killing his wife and her two relatives at their Belfry home in 2016 was sentenced Friday to prison. 

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Daines and Tester split on key tax-cut vote

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Montana’s two U.S. senators split on a key tax-cut vote Thursday night – although both said they favor some form of overhauling the nation’s federal tax system. 

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Hunters gearing up for big game season in Kalispell

This weekend marks the beginning of big game hunting season for the state of Montana.  (MTN News photo) This weekend marks the beginning of big game hunting season for the state of Montana.  (MTN News photo)
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This weekend marks the beginning of big game hunting season for the state of Montana. 

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FBI offers reward for alleged Montana heroin trafficker

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The FBI is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading directly to the arrest and conviction of Jason Maxwell Mehl.

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Cops: Men shouted "Heil Hitler" before firing shot after white nationalist speech

William Fears, left, Colton Fears, center, and Tyler Tenbrink. (Gainsville PD) William Fears, left, Colton Fears, center, and Tyler Tenbrink. (Gainsville PD)
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3 Texas men are accused of shouting "Heil Hitler" and other chants before firing a shot at two people shortly after white nationalist Richard Spencer spoke at the University of Florida.

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Protesters greet Richard Spencer at University of Florida

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Thursday ended peacefully on the University of Florida campus where part-time Whitefish resident and prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer spoke before a small crowd. 

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Montana workers are dangling from helicopters to fix Puerto Rico's power lines

Linemen work to restore a key central transmission route. (CNN) Linemen work to restore a key central transmission route. (CNN)
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Montana may be 3,000 miles from Puerto Rico and far from tropical, but the CEO of Whitefish Energy says his workers and contractors have the skills needed to get the island back on line.

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DPHHS advocates for influenza vaccine ahead of flu season

Flu shots are now available at pharmacies across Missoula. (MTN News photo) Flu shots are now available at pharmacies across Missoula. (MTN News photo)
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The flu has resulted in two hospitalizations in Missoula County and one in Flathead County.

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Man accused of killing twin brother in eastern Montana found dead

Eric Carlson has been found dead of an apparent suicide (Newell Broadcasting Corp.) Eric Carlson has been found dead of an apparent suicide (Newell Broadcasting Corp.)
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Authorities in eastern Montana said Friday that the man accused of killing his twin brother on Thursday has been found dead of an apparent suicide.

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Montana unemployment rate holds steady

Western Montana counties have some of the highest rates in the state Western Montana counties have some of the highest rates in the state
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Montana’s unemployment rate has once again held steady, remaining at 3.9% in September.

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Your guide to buying health insurance for the first time

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Whether you're aging off your parents' plan or want to leave the nest early, buying health insurance can seem daunting. 

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Burned out Sperry Chalet braced for winter

(Glacier National Park photo) (Glacier National Park photo)
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The Sprague fire badly damaged the historic Sperry Chalet in Glacier Park historic building in late August. 

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Great Montana Shakeout preps those for an earthquake

The “Great Montana Shakeout” drill to remind residents that the last thing you want to do is run out of a building during an earthquake. (MTN News photo) The “Great Montana Shakeout” drill to remind residents that the last thing you want to do is run out of a building during an earthquake. (MTN News photo)
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The “Great Montana Shakeout” drill to remind residents that the last thing you want to do is run out of a building during an earthquake. 

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Magnitude 4.2 earthquake shakes near Lincoln

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The small quake was centered about 4.5 miles east-southeast of Lincoln.

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Zero Suicide Initiative: Military veterans in Montana

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If you are in crisis and want help, call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 1-800-273-TALK

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Pollution linked to 9 million deaths worldwide in 2015, study says

(Photo: Pixabay / JuergenGER via MGN) (Photo: Pixabay / JuergenGER via MGN)
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92% of pollution-related deaths occur in low and middle income countries.

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Weather Forecast: A cool and rainy weekend

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After a very warm day yesterday, we will see a complete 180-degree turn today and through the weekend.  

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Senate approves budget kick-starting GOP tax reform effort

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The 51 to 49 vote was split mostly on party lines. Only GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky voted no.

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Families fight for normalcy after wildfires destroy autism school

Sonoma County's Anova Center for Education after the North Bay wildfire. (CNN photo) Sonoma County's Anova Center for Education after the North Bay wildfire. (CNN photo)
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By next year, the Anova Center for Education hopes to have portable classrooms for its students.

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Dem U.S. House candidate Kier pitches himself as a "problem-solver"

Democratic U.S. House candidate Grant Kier Democratic U.S. House candidate Grant Kier
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Democratic U.S. House candidate Grant Kier calls himself a “pragmatic problem-solver” – and says that’s what Montanans want, and aren’t getting, from their current congressman. 

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Montana Educator Conference comes to Missoula

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More than 2,000 Montana teachers and paraprofessionals are spending two days fine tuning their skills.

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Montana pet toy company expands to China

West Paw exports to over 35 countries already and sees a huge market for growth in China. (MTN News photo) West Paw exports to over 35 countries already and sees a huge market for growth in China. (MTN News photo)
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West Paw exports to over 35 countries already and sees a huge market for growth in China. 

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KPAX Archives: Punkin Chunkin 2000

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This week’s KPAX Archives features the sights and sounds of Punkin Chunkin in Missoula from the year 2000.

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MT trucking company to take Capitol tree from Eureka to D.C.

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Christmas came early for one Billings trucking company that learned it has the honors of transporting the Capitol tree to Washington D.C. 

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Body of Illinois man recovered after fall at Montana lake

Mystic Lake (MTN News photo) Mystic Lake (MTN News photo)
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An Illinois man is dead after a fall above Mystic Lake, the Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday.

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Alaska's thawing permafrost puts huge portions of state's foundation at risk

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A new report just issued by NOAA says September's Arctic sea ice coverage was about 25 percent less than it was between 1981 and 2010. 

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Man arrested following tense standoff in Butte

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A tense standoff at a residence in Uptown Butte ended with the arrest of a 29-year-old man. 

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Man sleeping in dumpster gets dropped into Helena city truck

A man escaped serious injuries after he was dropped into the back of a Helena city truck while sleeping in a dumpster. (MTN News photo) A man escaped serious injuries after he was dropped into the back of a Helena city truck while sleeping in a dumpster. (MTN News photo)
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A man escaped serious injuries after he was dropped into the back of a Helena city truck while sleeping in a dumpster.

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Registered sex offender jailed in Polson on new charges

Scott David Curry (photo credit: SVOR registry) Scott David Curry (photo credit: SVOR registry)
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Authorities have arrested Scott David Curry, 49, of Bigfork on three counts of felony sexual assault on a person under 16 years of age. 

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Prison time ordered for MT woman who beat, dismembered boyfriend

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A Montana woman who admitted she beat and helped dismember her boyfriend in 2015 was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison. 

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Environmental group says agriculture moving toward renewable energy

The group 350 Montana envisions a 100% renewable global energy system using wind, water, and solar. (MTN News photo) The group 350 Montana envisions a 100% renewable global energy system using wind, water, and solar. (MTN News photo)
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The group 350 Montana envisions a 100% renewable global energy system using wind, water, and solar.

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Crews focusing on containing wildfire near Foys Lake

The Deer Run fire near Foys Lake has burned 30-40 acres. (MTN news photo) The Deer Run fire near Foys Lake has burned 30-40 acres. (MTN news photo)
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The Deer Run fire estimated at roughly 40-acres is one of at least eight reported fires following an extreme wind storm that swept through the region.

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Richard Spencer, police and protesters descend on Univ. of Florida

The University of Florida in Gainesville is bracing for a day of protests Thursday when white supremacist Richard Spencer arrives to deliver a speech on his racist views on campus. (CNN photo) The University of Florida in Gainesville is bracing for a day of protests Thursday when white supremacist Richard Spencer arrives to deliver a speech on his racist views on campus. (CNN photo)
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The University of Florida in Gainesville is bracing for a day of protests when white supremacist Richard Spencer arrives on campus.

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Whitefish forum focuses on wildfire prevention

The forum went over a number of things people can do to reduce damage and event prevent fires from threatening people and homes. (MTN News photo) The forum went over a number of things people can do to reduce damage and event prevent fires from threatening people and homes. (MTN News photo)
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The forum went over a number of things people can do to reduce damage and event prevent fires from threatening people and homes. 

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Bond set at $250K for Great Falls shooting suspect

Jason Charles Hoomalu (MTN News photo) Jason Charles Hoomalu (MTN News photo)
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The victim was taken to Benefis Health System with gunshot wounds to her chest and both forearms.

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Trial of Florence doctor facing hundreds of charges finally getting underway

Dr. Chris Christensen is trial is beginning more than three years after his Florence clinic was raided. (MTN News photo) Dr. Chris Christensen is trial is beginning more than three years after his Florence clinic was raided. (MTN News photo)
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The trial of former Florence doctor Chris Christensen is finally getting underway more than three years after his clinic was raided. 

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UM offering buyouts to non-faculty employees

UM Interim President Sheila Stearns said the University of Montana is spending 90% of its budget on employees and that number needs to be lowered to 75%. (MTN News photo) UM Interim President Sheila Stearns said the University of Montana is spending 90% of its budget on employees and that number needs to be lowered to 75%. (MTN News photo)
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The University of Montana is offering more buyouts in an effort to cut down on personnel costs.

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U.S. Military loves American wool

With 18 different characteristics, wool plays a very important role in today’s U.S. military. (MTN News photo) With 18 different characteristics, wool plays a very important role in today’s U.S. military. (MTN News photo)
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Wool is one of the world's most diverse natural fibers. It's this diversity that has made the U.S. military the American wool industry's top customer. 

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Pondera County Sheriff recall election moves forward

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Pondera County Sheriff Carl Suta had five days to resign after the signatures were approved.

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Young hunters getting a head start on big game season

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Kids between the age of 12-15 will be allowed to hunt for deer for two days on Oct. 19 and 20.

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Elk on the menu at Arby's sparks criticism

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The Montana Wildlife Federation is raising concerns about Arby's recent promotion designed to highlight the start of hunting season. 

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Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council refutes president's fraud allegations

Killsback is contesting the decision to oust him from office. (Facebook) Killsback is contesting the decision to oust him from office. (Facebook)
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The Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council issued a response Wednesday to allegations of fraud in tribal government made by the tribe’s president, who the council is seeking to remove.

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MT author says many “mysteries” still remain about global viral outbreaks

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Noted Montana author David Quammen says news of unusual viral outbreaks around the world happens weekly.

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Missoula murder suspects accused of violence, threats while in custody

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Tiffanie Pierce and Augustus Standingrock are now accused of threats and violence toward other inmates and detention center staff.

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Ballots mailed for Missoula municipal elections

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The ballot includes the mayoral race between incumbent John Engen and challenger Lisa Triepke. 

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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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Crews battle fires in Northwest Montana

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.)
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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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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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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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Mussel-sniffing dogs find no evidence of invasive mussels

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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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