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Rock Creek Testicle Festival ends after 35 years

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For the first time in 35 years, Rock Creek will not be hosting the annual Testicle Festival.

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Judge hears arguments in Dems’ lawsuit to toss MT Green Party from the ballot

Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Steve Kelly Green Party U.S. Senate candidate Steve Kelly
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Six Green Party candidates are currently on the ballot - three running for U.S. House and U.S. Senate

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Tester wants to determine validity of allegations against VA nominee Jackson before decision

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)
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“We are in the process of running down those claims to see if they’re real or not,” said Tester, a Montana Democrat. “We think the accusations are serious enough that it was important we postpone the nomination hearing.

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Former MCPS employee identified in drug charges

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As a preventative measure, MCPS closed off the staff member’s former office and are conducting test of the site immediately to determine if there is any need for remediation.

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Granite County residents urged to prepare for possible flooding

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Sheriff Scott Dunkerson is warning that due to well above average snowpack and anticipated rapidly warming temperatures.

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Charlo Schools wins big at SkillsUSA competition

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From April 9 to 11, some Charlo High School students were busy winning awards in Havre at the state wide SkillsUSA competition.

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One Class at a Time: C.S. Porter Middle School

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Petrea Parkey says having a classroom set of durable and quality headphones is an important part of stepping up technology for her students.

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Former Trump aide Flynn coming to Billings to campaign for Republican Downing

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The retired general has said he's cooperating with investigators after agreeing to a plea deal by admitting he lied to federal investigators, which is a felony.

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1 million kids suffer ID theft, so parents beware

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Have you checked your child's credit report lately? You may want to. More than 1 million children had their identities stolen in 2017, according to new research.

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Kelly Clarkson to perform at MontanaFair in Billings

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MetraPark announced Tuesday morning that Grammy Award winning performer Kelly Clarkson will perform at MontanaFair in August.

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Billings woman stabbed inside Albertson's grocery store

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A woman was stabbed in what police say was a random attack in a downtown Billings grocery store on Monday morning.

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Video Extra: Rescued bear cubs

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Three bear cubs were rescued by environmental officials this weekend. 

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FBI joins search for missing Bozeman woman

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The FBI has joined the search for Danielle Diamond, last seen on Nov. 27, 2017, at the Bozeman Public Library. 

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VA nominee Ronny Jackson's confirmation hearing postponed

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Chairman Isakson and ranking member Tester released a joint statement saying that the hearing had been postponed.

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Great Falls shooting victim dies from injuries

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The man who was shot on April 8 has died, according to Cascade County Bob Edwards. 

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Death of woman found in the Yellowstone River investigated as homicide

The body of Harriet P. Wilson, 42, of Billings was found in the Yellowstone River. (MTN News photo) The body of Harriet P. Wilson, 42, of Billings was found in the Yellowstone River. (MTN News photo)
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Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder says the death of a woman whose body was found in the Yellowstone River is being treated as a homicide. 

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Victims Into Survivors barrel race set for the Bitterroot

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Organizer Madison Louvar is putting on the event as her senior project at Big Sky High School to raise awareness of sexual abuse. 

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Montana Made: RoBarr Roasted Barley

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Many people drink coffee or tea every day, but a company in Conrad has created a replacement out of barley.

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Weather Forecast: An early (& brief) taste of summer

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Now this is what we've been waiting for!

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Student of the Week: Quinn Motichka

Quinn Motichka is a senior at Polson High School. Quinn Motichka is a senior at Polson High School.
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The Student of the Week airs on during the Tuesday 10:00 News on the Montana Television Network and is brought to you by Town Pump.

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Whistleblowers spoke to lawmakers about VA nominee

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Senate Veterans Affairs Committee members are assessing allegations from whistleblowers that have told the panel about nominee Ronny Jackson's questionable behavior.

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Prescribed burns planned in the Missoula area

The prescribed burn in the Blue Mountain area on 4.23.18. (photo credit: Jonathan Rose) The prescribed burn in the Blue Mountain area on 4.23.18. (photo credit: Jonathan Rose)
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A prescribed burn in the Blue Mountain area west of Missoula kicked up quite a bit of smoke on Monday.

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New program helps Missoula cancer patients through art

A nine-week pilot program is underway between Community Medical Center and Living Art of Montana. (MTN News photo) A nine-week pilot program is underway between Community Medical Center and Living Art of Montana. (MTN News photo)
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Patients paint and draw and pick out meaningful words on a page all while undergoing chemotherapy as part of a new program aimed at easing their journey. 

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Student recognized for poster highlighting missing Montana children

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A fifth-grade student from Gardiner was honored in Helena on Monday for her artwork bringing attention to missing children in Montana. 

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New hotel replaces Mercantile, but with many callbacks to history

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You'll be able to not only be a walk through the future of downtown Missoula but also a walk through its past at the new Marriott Hotel.

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Montanans collaborate on handling prescription drug abuse

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Political leaders, public health officials and college students all came together to get a handle on prescription drug abuse in Montana. 

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Sen. Tester asks for delay in confirmation hearing of VA secretary

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) (MTN News file photo) Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) (MTN News file photo)
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Sen. Jon Tester asked the chairman of the Committee to postpone Jackson's confirmation hearing, which was scheduled for Wednesday.

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

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FWP has approved a proposal requiring all brown trout caught on a section of the Kootenai River to be killed immediately, kept and reported to FWP.

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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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Community Medical Center cuts 16 jobs

Community Medical Center in Missoula. (MTN News photo) Community Medical Center in Missoula. (MTN News photo)
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Community Medical Center has cut 16 positions citing a reduction in state Medicaid payments of more than $6 million in 2018 due to state budget cuts.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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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