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Community Medical Center in Missoula. (MTN News photo) Community Medical Center in Missoula. (MTN News photo)

Community Medical Center cuts 16 jobs

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Community Medical Center cut 16 positions last week, citing a reduction in state Medicaid payments of more than $6 million in 2018 due to state budget cuts.

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Developer open to ideas on old Missoula Firestone location

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The developer who is converting the old Missoula Mercantile site into the city’s newest hotel says he still hasn’t settled on what will happen to the old adjacent Firestone tire store.

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Missoula Rural Fire Department offers advice for controlled burn safety

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March 1 ushered in the controlled burn season in Missoula, and fire crews have already been busy.

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Winds fan controlled burn in Lolo

Gusty winds blew an open burn in Lolo out of control on 4.22.18. (MTN News photo) Gusty winds blew an open burn in Lolo out of control on 4.22.18. (MTN News photo)
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One controlled burn started to spread near Travelers Rest State Park in Lolo on Sunday morning.

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Invasive species found at FWP watercraft inspection station

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State wildlife officials report that a boat carrying invasive species was found late Friday in Anaconda.

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FWP issues mandatory kill order for brown trout caught on Kootenai River

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FWP approved a proposal last week requiring all brown trout caught on the Kootenai River between Libby Dam and Kootenai Falls to be killed immediately, kept and reported to FWP within 24 hours.

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Search for person in Missouri River turns to recovery mission

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Workers saw a person in the river coming toward the dam. They say the person went through dam.

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Hard landing: Evel Knievel Days canceled

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The festival dedicated to the “King of the Daredevils” has been officially canceled this year after being an annual event for the last 15 years.

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City of Billings temporarily barred from naming police officers in sex case

photo by Ed Kemmick/ Last Best News. photo by Ed Kemmick/ Last Best News.
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A judge granted a temporary restraining order Monday barring the city of Billings from releasing the name of 3 police officers disciplined for having sex with a civilian employee on city property.

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Billings breaks snowfall record

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The National Weather Service reports the Monday morning snowfall has pushed Billings over the all-time record.

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Toronto collision leaves 9 dead, 16 injured; suspect in custody

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Nine people are dead and 16 are injured after the driver of a van plowed into multiple pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, Acting Police Chief Peter Yuen said.

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Michael Flynn to campaign for Montana Republican

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Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, will campaign in Montana for a Republican Senate candidate Troy Downing.

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Beautiful week still on track

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Happy Monday.  Well, if today is the "worst" weather day of the week, then you know that we have fantastic weather ahead!

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QB Gresch Jensen leaving Montana Grizzlies

Griz QB Gresch Jensen on a keeper up the middle. (Photo courtesy: Kelly Morris Photography) Griz QB Gresch Jensen on a keeper up the middle. (Photo courtesy: Kelly Morris Photography)
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After one of the best freshman campaigns in the country last fall, quarterback Gresch Jensen will transfer from Montana prior to the 2018 season.

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Waffle House murder suspect Travis Reinking is now in custody

Travis Reinking, 29, is a suspect in a shooting that took place at a Waffle House in Tennessee (Source: Twitter/@MNPDNashville) Travis Reinking, 29, is a suspect in a shooting that took place at a Waffle House in Tennessee (Source: Twitter/@MNPDNashville)
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The man suspected of killing four people at a Nashville-area Waffle House on Sunday is now in custody.

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Rashaad Collins

Rashaad Collins (MT Dept. of Corrections photo) Rashaad Collins (MT Dept. of Corrections photo)
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Rashaad Collins has several convictions including Partner/Family Member Assault and  Assault with a Weapon stemming from a Jan. 2011 incident in Missoula County.

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Temporary changes coming to Lake County Sheriff Labor Detail

The program aims to help ease overcrowding at the Lake County detention Facility. (photo credit: Lake Co. Sheriff Don Bell) The program aims to help ease overcrowding at the Lake County detention Facility. (photo credit: Lake Co. Sheriff Don Bell)
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Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says they are reducing program fees until June 21 in cooperation with Lake County Justice Court.

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New ambulance headed to Florence thanks to state grant

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The department received a $162,000 grant from the State of Montana Department of Transportation to buy the ambulance.

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Middle-school girls mentored in STEM subjects at MSU workshop

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The workshop aimed to empower middle school girls to learn about science, technology, engineering and math.

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Color Fun Run raises money for Mariah's Challenge

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Mariah Daye McCarthy was killed in October of 2007 in Butte by an underaged driver who had been drinking.
 

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Meet the man who's spent a lifetime conserving Montana’s natural resources

Jim Posewitz has spent a lifetime conserving Montana’s natural resources and he hopes that future generations will carry on that fight. Jim Posewitz has spent a lifetime conserving Montana’s natural resources and he hopes that future generations will carry on that fight.
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Jim Posewitz has spent a lifetime conserving Montana’s natural resources and he hopes that future generations will carry on that fight.

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Royal baby boy: Duchess Kate and Prince William welcome No. 3

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Prince William and his wife Kate welcomed a healthy baby boy on Monday morning. 

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Tips offered up to help Missoulians recycle the right way

Clean dry and empty is the battle cry to successful recycling -- in fact the more, the better. (MTN News photo) Clean dry and empty is the battle cry to successful recycling -- in fact the more, the better. (MTN News photo)
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Sometimes what the workers see at the Missoula landfill is frustrating when they know a lot of household waste should be recycled.

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Montana Ag Network: Ranches sought to help preserve monarch habitats

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As monarch butterflies prepare to fly north, Montana farm and ranch families are encouraged to help provide a layover for the iconic insects.

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Weather Forecast: Weak disturbance today, then sunny and warm all week

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For this week, the only day with a slight chance of rain and average to slightly below average temperatures will be today.  

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Tennessee Waffle House shooting suspect may be armed, police say

Travis Reinking, 29, is a suspect in a shooting that took place at a Waffle House in Tennessee (Source: Twitter/@MNPDNashville) Travis Reinking, 29, is a suspect in a shooting that took place at a Waffle House in Tennessee (Source: Twitter/@MNPDNashville)
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Police warn that a gunman accused of killing four people early Sunday at a Waffle House near Nashville is on the run and is armed and dangerous. 

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Dinosaurs roam around Missoula fairgrounds

Jurassic Tour is a traveling show that brings moving, breathing, walking, and roaring dinosaurs to towns all across the U.S.  (MTN News photo) Jurassic Tour is a traveling show that brings moving, breathing, walking, and roaring dinosaurs to towns all across the U.S. (MTN News photo)
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Jurassic Tour is a traveling show that brings moving, breathing, walking, and roaring dinosaurs to towns all across the U.S.

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Boy dies after Jefferson County ATV crash

A nine-year-old boy died in a Sunday afternoon ATV crash near Boulder after suffering severe head injuries. (MTN News photo) A nine-year-old boy died in a Sunday afternoon ATV crash near Boulder after suffering severe head injuries. (MTN News photo)
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A nine-year-old boy died in a Sunday afternoon ATV crash near Boulder after suffering severe head injuries.

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Body found in Yellowstone River in Billings

Police responded to Two Moon Park after several reports of a body seen floating in the Yellowstone River Sunday afternoon. (MTN News photo) Police responded to Two Moon Park after several reports of a body seen floating in the Yellowstone River Sunday afternoon. (MTN News photo)
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Police responded to Two Moon Park after several reports of a body seen floating in the Yellowstone River Sunday afternoon.

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Five good (and bad things) that have happened since last Earth Day

(Photo: Pixabay) (Photo: Pixabay)
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Earth Day turns 48 this year and millions of people in roughly 200 countries will unite Sunday to find ways to protect and celebrate the planet.

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Rockstar Hall of Fame awards ceremony for Forward Montana volunteers

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Forward Montana hosted the 5th Annual Rockstar Hall of Fame event earlier today at the Dana Gallery.   

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Fun run serves as reminder of dangers of underage drinking

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It’s been over a decade since an underage drunk driver claimed the life of a Butte teenager. 

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Montana Red Cross volunteer embodies mission of organization

Montana Red Cross volunteer Lewis Savic (MTN News photo) Montana Red Cross volunteer Lewis Savic (MTN News photo)
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This Salute to Service report features a volunteer who has more than a decade of service to the Montana Red Cross. 

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Bishop responds to priest's Facebook post about Billings Catholic Schools Mayfair

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The Diocese of Great Falls Billings responded to the Facebook post by a Great Falls priest who wrote about the annual Mayfair fundraiser leadership.

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Sen. Tester hosts wildfire prevention roundtable in Missoula

The discussions come on the heals of a record wildfire season across Montana. (MTN News photo) The discussions come on the heals of a record wildfire season across Montana. (MTN News photo)
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Sen. Jon Tester was in Missoula on Saturday to discuss how to move forward, without burning the bank. 

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UM hosts 50th Annual Kyiyo Celebration

Some of the best Native American dancers and drum groups in North America gathered at the UM for the 50th Annual Kyiyo Celebration. (MTN News photo) Some of the best Native American dancers and drum groups in North America gathered at the UM for the 50th Annual Kyiyo Celebration. (MTN News photo)
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Some of the best Native American dancers and drum groups in North America gathered at the UM for the 50th Annual Kyiyo Celebration.

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Montana farmers finally see window to start planting crops

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Farmers across Montana are struggling to start planting their fields because of wet conditions.

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Family of murder victim thinks 2 Montana men should still be in jail

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Time, it turns out, does not heal all wounds. After more than 20 years, Donna Meagher's family still feels the pain of her loss.

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Missoula teachers take part in active shooter training

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Teachers learned how to remove multiple types of weapons from the hands of an intruder, how to give emergency medical care, and how to fight when they need to. 

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Hundreds of mourners pay their respects to Barbara Bush

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Family, friends, and dignitaries attended the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston Saturday.

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U.S. Senate candidate’s hunting-license citation morphs into full-blown criminal case

U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing says he didn’t falsely portray himself as a resident when buying in-state hunting licenses for the past half-dozen years – and can’t believe the issue has become a full-scale criminal case in a Bozeman court. 

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New gear lets you generate power while burning calories

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Unlike traditional exercise stations, which suck power like there's no tomorrow, the ECO-Power units allow you to actually put power back in the grid.

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Man dies after reportedly being hit by a vehicle in Butte

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A 45-year-old man has died after apparently being hit by a vehicle in Butte after an argument.

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Multiple agencies contain Arlee fire

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Numerous fire agencies, including the Arlee Fire Department, responded to a wildfire in Arlee on Pow Wow Road off of Highway 93 North. 

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Life-threatening bleeding linked to synthetic cannabinoids, CDC warns

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"Fake weed" products are marketed in shiny packages with hundreds of brand names, including Spice, K2, Joker, Black Mamba, Kush and Kronic.

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Wells Fargo fined $1 billion for insurance and mortgage abuses

(photo credit: John Nowak/CNNMoney) (photo credit: John Nowak/CNNMoney)
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Two federal regulators are fining Wells Fargo $1 billion for forcing customers into car insurance and charging mortgage borrowers unfair fees.

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KPAX Archive: Obama campaigns in Missoula

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In this week's KPAX Archive, we look back at  then Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign stop in Missoula on his way to the U.S. presidency.

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North Korean leader: We no longer need nuclear tests, state-run media reports

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the regime no longer needs nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile tests, state-run KCNA reported Saturday. 

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CDC expands E. coli warning to all romaine lettuce

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The CDC has expanded its warning about an E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce to cover all forms of romaine.

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FWP Commission adopts plan to manage CWD in Montana wildlife

Mule deer. (courtesy photo) Mule deer. (courtesy photo)
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“We’re in this for the long haul now,” says FWP Game Management Bureau Chief John Vore. “CWD is here, probably forever, and we just need to deal with it.”

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All Montana E. coli cases from romaine lettuce found in Western MT

The contaminated lettuce was sourced from the winter growing areas in Yuma. The contaminated lettuce was sourced from the winter growing areas in Yuma.
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All seven of the confirmed Montana E coli cases linked to romaine lettuce have been reported in western or northwest Montana.

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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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Mission Valley bears emerging from hibernation

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Warmer temperatures and new vegetation are being accompanied by bears emerging from dens on the Flathead Reservation. 

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Man who led MT law enforcement on high-speed chase facing multiple felonies

Maurice Denaye Myers (MT CONWEB image) Maurice Denaye Myers (MT CONWEB image)
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The man who was arrested after attempting to ram a trooper’s car with a stolen vehicle after a high-speed chase faces multiple felony charges.

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Possible suspect sought in Kalispell fire, explosion

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (406) 752-8477 or Detective Sergeant Wardensky at (406) 758-7794. (KPD photo) Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (406) 752-8477 or Detective Sergeant Wardensky at (406) 758-7794. (KPD photo)
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Investigators are looking for the public's help in identifying a possible suspect in connection with Thursday's early morning fire and explosion.

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MCPS music program picks up national honor

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Missoula County Public Schools has received national recognition for its outstanding commitment to music. 

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FBI issues alert for 2 women suspected in Helena-area home invasion

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The FBI says it is searching for Jamie Milsten and Melissa Shurtliff

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Herberger's closing sales start Friday

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The parent company of Herberger’s announced Thursday that going-out-of-business sales at Montana stores will start Friday. 

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Missoulians flocking to used book sale

The money raised by the sale will go to scholarships at the University of Montana and education programs around the region. (MTN News photo) The money raised by the sale will go to scholarships at the University of Montana and education programs around the region. (MTN News photo)
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The money raised by the sale will go to scholarships at the University of Montana and education programs around the region.

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Probe continues after fire, explosion at Kalispell business

A surveillance video captured from a nearby business shows a small fire breaking out before an explosion happens. A surveillance video captured from a nearby business shows a small fire breaking out before an explosion happens.
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Fire investigators believe an explosion that happened at a Kalispell business early on Thursday morning was human-caused.

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Long Range forecast hints at above average MT fire season

The long-term projection doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but we are at a good starting point. (MTN News photo) The long-term projection doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but we are at a good starting point. (MTN News photo)
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The long-term projection for this year's fire season doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but we are at a good starting point.

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Bullock touts expanded Medicaid at Montana forum

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (MTN News photo) Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (MTN News photo)
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Gov. Steve Bullock led a roundtable Thursday in Billings on a new study touting the benefits of expanded Medicaid in Montana. 

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Montana Innocence Project marks "day of gratitude and celebration"

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Paul Jenkins and Freddie Lawrence left prison this week after serving almost 24 years.

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Man who fled U.S. Marshals appears in court on previous charges

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Prosecutors also allege that the suspect broke into a home and stole clothing before his arrest Wednesday night.

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MCPS middle school employee investigated for drug possession

Meadow Hill Middle School in Missoula (MTN News photo) Meadow Hill Middle School in Missoula (MTN News photo)
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An employee with Meadow Hill Middle School has been placed on leave due to recent charges alleging opioid possession and intent to distribute. 

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State Revenue Director Mike Kadas stepping down

State Revenue Director Mike Kadas State Revenue Director Mike Kadas
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One of Gov. Steve Bullock’s longest-serving cabinet members, state Revenue Director Mike Kadas, is retiring next month, closing out a political and public-service career that spans four decades. 

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Reward offered for information on Missoula woman's homicide

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The Missoula County Sheriffs Office is offering a $10,000 reward for any helpful information in the investigation into the homicide of Susan Wood.

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DNA just one tool to review old cases in Montana

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"There’s also many other kinds of new evidence that we look for as well,” said MTIP Staff Attorney Toby Cook.

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Rudy Giuliani joins Trump's legal team

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In 2016, U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani appeared to be vying for the job that now belongs to Jeff Sessions — attorney general.

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WATCH: Arrest of man who fled US Marshals in Missoula

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Watch as authorities arrest David Alan Moorse who fled from U.S. Marshals on Wednesday morning.

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Ex-Montana TV reporter integrates blind actress in NCIS episode

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Three months ago while in the infant stages of creating his latest NCIS episode, writer Brendan Fehily decided to take a chance. 

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Man pleads not guilty to killing his parents near Helena

Kaleb Taylor pleaded not guilty to five charges, including two counts of deliberate homicide, felony tampering with evidence and burglary.. (MTN News photo) Kaleb Taylor pleaded not guilty to five charges, including two counts of deliberate homicide, felony tampering with evidence and burglary.. (MTN News photo)
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Kaleb Taylor pleaded not guilty to five charges, including two counts of deliberate homicide, felony tampering with evidence and burglary. 

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More illnesses reported in E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce

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Eighteen more people have been sickened by the E. coli outbreak tied to chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.

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Man charged in connection with Great Falls bank robbery

Robert A. Szkutnik (courtesy photo) Robert A. Szkutnik (courtesy photo)
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A 28-year-old man has been charged in connection with the robbery of Stockman Bank in downtown Great Falls. 

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Missoula gets "F" for air quality

(MTN News file photo from 2016) (MTN News file photo from 2016)
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The city of Missoula ranks as the 12th most polluted for short-term particle pollution. 

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Hi-Line residents prepare as flooding worsens

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With the record breaking snowfall, it’s time for spring. But with the warmer temperatures, the snow is melting and causing extreme flooding.
 

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Arlee hoops coach visits Great Falls with suicide-prevention message

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The movement by the Arlee Warriors basketball team focuses on bringing respect back to the community.

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