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Missoula project looks to add sidewalks

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 A project by the City of Missoula seeks to install sidewalks in neighborhoods where they are needed.

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Special Olympics looking for Bitterroot Winter Games volunteers

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The call is out now for people to help with a variety of assignments, from the setup for the games on Monday, Jan. 29, and then the games on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 30th and 31st.

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Park lodge operator monitoring possible government shutdown

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The operators of the lodges in Glacier and Yellowstone National parks are monitoring the possibility of a federal government shutdown.

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Bundy making Western MT appearance to discuss property rights

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Outspoken Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is coming to Montana this weekend, scheduled to make a Saturday appearance in Paradise in Sanders County. 

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Government shuts down on one-year anniversary of Trump presidency

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Five Democrats voted with the Republicans to push a spending bill vote, and four Republicans voted with Democrats.

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Victor man arrested, charged with attempted murder

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A 23-year-old Victor man was arrested Friday afternoon and is being charged with two felony counts of attempted deliberate homicide, according to Ravalli County Sheriff Steve Holton.

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Here's how a government shutdown will affect Montana

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For Montana, that means reduced services at community healthcare centers and restricted access to national parks, but services like Social Security and airport operations will remain functioning.

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Missoula economic leader leaving for new "opportunity"

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James Grunke was the second CEO, and President, of the Missoula Economic Partnership.

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Flathead nonprofit helps lift financial burdens facing cancer patients

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Wings Regional Cancer Support's biggest fundraiser is its annual radiothon.

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Missoula fairgrounds gets over $100K for upgrades

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The Commercial Building at the fairgrounds will receive a makeover and an elevator.

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As fed gov’t shutdown looms, political finger-pointing escalates

U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (left) and Jon Tester U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (left) and Jon Tester
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As the federal government headed toward a possible shutdown Friday, political opponents of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester pointed fingers at him and other Democrats, saying they’re to blame. Meanwhile, Montana’s Republican U.S. senator, Steve Daines, told reporters Friday evening that supporting a short-term budget fix from GOP leaders should be “a pretty easy vote.”

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KPAX Archive: Macy's closes in Missoula (2010)

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Eight years ago this month, Macy’s announced it was closing its Missoula store. Then we take a look back at this history of the Missoula Mercantile building.

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Former Helena teacher accused of raping student in 2015

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A former Capital High School special education teacher is accused of the rape of an underage boy. 

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Proposed rules for medical marijuana coming soon

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Montana regulators say they’re almost ready to implement new permanent rules on the state’s medical marijuana industry.

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Montana man sentenced for killing wife with pickup truck

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A 61-year-old man was sentenced in federal court in Great Falls after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the death of his wife.  

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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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Police release preliminary investigative report on Las Vegas massacre

Las Vegas Blvd. closed off with crime scene tape two days after the mass shooting by Stephen Paddock. FBI investigators walk the street in front of Mandalay Bay and Luxor looking for clues. (photo credit: Traci Tamura/CNN) Las Vegas Blvd. closed off with crime scene tape two days after the mass shooting by Stephen Paddock. FBI investigators walk the street in front of Mandalay Bay and Luxor looking for clues. (photo credit: Traci Tamura/CNN)
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The report includes an overview of the incident, a sequence of events leading up to the attack and a brief profile of the gunman.

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Montana man sentenced for dismembering, burning body

Patrick Standsoverbull appearing in a Billings courtroom. (MTN News photo) Patrick Standsoverbull appearing in a Billings courtroom. (MTN News photo)
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Patrick Standsoverbull recieved the maximum sentence on all three of the charges.

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Learning CPR can help you save a life

Starting chest compressions on a cardiac arrest patient can make a big difference in their chance of survival. (MTN News photo) Starting chest compressions on a cardiac arrest patient can make a big difference in their chance of survival. (MTN News photo)
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Starting chest compressions on a cardiac arrest patient can make a big difference in their chance of survival.

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Gov. Bullock tells U.S. Supreme Court to preserve labor union `agency fees’

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Bullock, a Democrat, so far is the only governor to weigh in on the case.

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Flathead woman charged in 2017 murder accepts plea deal

Heather Joy Meeker (photo credit: Flathead County Sheriff's Office) Heather Joy Meeker (photo credit: Flathead County Sheriff's Office)
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A woman charged in connection with a murder that took place last year near the Old Steel Bridge in Evergreen has accepted a plea deal. 

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Butte group collects signatures demanding creek clean up

A group that wants to clean up mine waste along Butte's Silver Bow Creek is ready to present a petition to the city (MTN News photo) A group that wants to clean up mine waste along Butte's Silver Bow Creek is ready to present a petition to the city (MTN News photo)
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A group that wants to clean up mine waste along Butte's Silver Bow Creek is ready to present a petition to the city Wednesday action.

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Weather Forecast: Scattered snow to start the weekend

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Expect scattered snow showers running into Saturday for western Montana with any impacts (minimal) confined to higher elevations with highs in the low 30s.

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Some of released bison near Yellowstone National Park located

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Yellowstone National Park officials say some of the 52 released bison from the Stephens Creek facility have been found in the Mammoth area.

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Sexual assault victim bringing powerful message to Kalispell

Grace Manchala came to the US in 2008 with a mission to create a safer place for young girls and boys in the community and beyond. (MTN News photo) Grace Manchala came to the US in 2008 with a mission to create a safer place for young girls and boys in the community and beyond. (MTN News photo)
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Grace Manchala came to the US in 2008 with a mission to create a safer place for young girls and boys in the community and beyond.

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Republicans in MT delegation support short-term budget fix

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont. U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont.
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Montana’s two Republican members of Congress said Wednesday they’ll support a GOP budget plan to keep the federal government open past Friday – including the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Plan. Yet Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte said any budget plan should not be linked to immigration reforms, which are a separate issue. 

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Two Bear Air credited with swift capture of armed Flathead suspect

Two Bear Air Rescue as instrumental in helping to quickly end a manhunt for an armed suspect near Lakeside. (photo credit: Two Bear Air) Two Bear Air Rescue as instrumental in helping to quickly end a manhunt for an armed suspect near Lakeside. (photo credit: Two Bear Air)
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Two Bear Air Rescue as instrumental in helping to quickly end a manhunt for a suspect high on meth with a cache of guns in Lakeside.

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TransCanada moving ahead on Keystone XL line

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TransCanada Corp. announced Thursday it's secured enough contracts to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Montana close to releasing final permanent medical marijuana rules

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Montana regulators say they’re almost ready to implement new permanent rules on the state’s medical marijuana industry. 

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Candidate announces run for Lake County Sheriff

The Lake County Courthouse in Polson. (MTN News photo) The Lake County Courthouse in Polson. (MTN News photo)
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David Coffman a retired lieutenant from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office who is now living in Polson.

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Investigation into fatal Arlee shooting continues

The fatal shooting happened on Sanders Street near Arlee High School. (MTN News photo) The fatal shooting happened on Sanders Street near Arlee High School. (MTN News photo)
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Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says it appears the fatal shooting was a case of self-defense.

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Bullock administration estimates fed tax cuts will cost state $20 million

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The Bullock administration Thursday issued its final estimate on how federal tax cuts will impact state tax revenue, saying the new law will cost the state budget $20 million through June 2019. 

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Shutdown looms larger in Senate after House vote

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The Senate adjourned with no sign that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had or would have the votes to pass a measure to keep the government funded.

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Medicaid expansion enrollment in MT passes 91K

Medicaid enrollee Amanda Childers of Thompson Falls Medicaid enrollee Amanda Childers of Thompson Falls
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Montana’s expanded Medicaid program, enacted in 2016 to provide government-funded health coverage for low-income adults, is now covering more than 91,500 people, state heath officials said Thursday. 

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3 people charged for Subway robbery in Helena

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Three people have been arrested for their alleged role in a robbery at the Subway restaurant on North Sanders on Monday.

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Government shutdown inches closer amid Congressional impasse

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Lawmakers must extend funding by Friday night or the government will shut down early Saturday.

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Former Montana legislator sentenced to prison for dealing meth

Michael Lange, 57, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Billings to 18 years in prison for two felony drug distribution charges.

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Fraud Watch: The Do Not Call Registry

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The federal Do Not Call Registry gives you the opportunity to stop most unwanted calls from telemarketers.

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Montana Historical Society showcases state's microbrewing history

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The presentation was based on 14 oral history interviews from last year that were conducted with some of Montana’s first microbrewers.

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Montana Ag: Census of agriculture underway in Montana

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Montana farmers and ranchers are being asked to fill out an important survey to help paint an accurate picture of American agriculture.

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Closed Mineral County jail to reopen in February

The Mineral County jail in Superior (MTN News file photo) The Mineral County jail in Superior (MTN News file photo)
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The facility has been closed since last November after safety concerns arose over the diminishing number of detention officers. 

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Shooting in Butte sends one to hospital

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Butte police are currently investigating a shooting that occurred at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Thursday.

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Police: Gallatin Co. man threatens to “shoot-up” the Capitol

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A Gallatin County man was arrested and sent to the State Hospital at Warm Springs after threatening to "shoot up" the State Capitol. 

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Missoula health officials coping with severe flu season

Missoula County has seen 67 reported cases so far this flu season. (MTN News file photo) Missoula County has seen 67 reported cases so far this flu season. (MTN News file photo)
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So far this season, 716 flu cases have been confirmed in Montana, including 67 in Missoula County.

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Another year, another passenger record at Missoula airport

Missoula International Airport (MTN News file photo) Missoula International Airport (MTN News file photo)
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Passenger numbers set an all-time record for the fourth year in a row in 2017.

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Keith Urban to make Western MT stop on new '18 tour

Keith Urban will appear in the Adams Center on Sept. 29 with opening act Kelsea Ballerini. (courtesy photo) Keith Urban will appear in the Adams Center on Sept. 29 with opening act Kelsea Ballerini. (courtesy photo)
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Country music superstar Keith Urban will appear in the Adams Center on Sept. 29 with opening act Kelsea Ballerini. 

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UC Market brings class to quick stop campus shopping

The newly remodeled UC Market is open daily until 9 p.m. (Dennis Bragg/MTN News photo) The newly remodeled UC Market is open daily until 9 p.m. (Dennis Bragg/MTN News photo)
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There's convenience as well as class, and it already looks like a winning combination for the new University Center Market.

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Annual Wings radiothon returning to the Flathead

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The 22nd annual event will take place at the Sportsman and Ski Haus in Kalispell and can be heard on the radio on all Bee Broadcasting radio stations.

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Former VP Biden headlines MT Dems’ annual fundraising dinner

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Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the Montana Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner here in March. 

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Man walks away from Missoula Pre Release Center

Kermit Joseph Morris (courtesy photo) Kermit Joseph Morris (courtesy photo)
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Kermit Joseph Morris, 57, walked away from the Missoula Pre Release Center on Wednesday afternoon.

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Evergreen house fire prompts reminder to clear hydrants of snow

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Fire officials have a message for residents after a fire tore through an Evergreen home Tuesday evening.

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ACLU vows to challenge Big Horn Co. attorney's crackdown on pregnant substance abusers

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The ACLU of Montana will challenge any action by Big Horn County to restrain or incarcerate pregnant women based on alleged harm to the fetus.

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Wildfire salvage projects underway

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700,000 acres burned on National Forest land in this summer’s wildfires, and there are plans now in place proposing to salvage about 30,000 of those acres.

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EPA puts Libby Superfund site on priority list for redevelopment

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The Environmental Protection Agency is putting the Libby Superfund site on a list of locations which will be a focus for new business. 

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Council approves Whitefish development proposal

The development is planned for Wisconsin Avenue in Whitefish. (MTN News photo) The development is planned for Wisconsin Avenue in Whitefish. (MTN News photo)
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The Whitefish City Council has approved plans for a 102-unit resort housing development complex that will be located on Wisconsin Avenue.

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Flathead County Sheriff's Office issues scam warning

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Authorities in the Flathead say a new scam is making the rounds in Northwest Montana. 

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Montana Department of Justice releases Child Fatality Review Report

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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox said in a press release, “The review team’s findings are heartbreaking and simply unacceptable."

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Yellowstone initiates criminal investigation related to bison release

Bison near the North Entrance of Yellowstone (Jim Peaco/YNP photo) Bison near the North Entrance of Yellowstone (Jim Peaco/YNP photo)
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On the morning of January 16, 2018, park staff discovered 52 bison, held at the Stephens Creek facility for possible quarantine, had been released from the pens.

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Meteor lights up sky over Michigan

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Social media lit up last night with reports of a bright light shooting across the sky. 

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Chris Branden

Chris Branden, 22, (photo: United States Marshals Service) Chris Branden, 22, (photo: United States Marshals Service)
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The United States Marshals Service has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Chris Branden.

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Morning Rounds: Falls in older people

We answer your medical questions during Morning Rounds Wednesday mornings on Montana This Morning. We answer 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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Man accused of stealing Flathead ATM facing new charge

Cory R. Franklin (MTN News photo) Cory R. Franklin (MTN News photo)
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A man who is already charged with allegedly stealing an ATM in Flathead County faces the same charge in Lewis and Clark County. 

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Fatal crash reported in Pondera County

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The Montana Highway Patrol reports that the crash happened along Heart Butte Road near Sweat Lodge Road.

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Fatal crash reported in Toole County

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The crash was reported to the MHP at 7:29 a.m. along I-15, just north of Oilmont.

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Cloud Peak lands major deal to ship Montana coal to Japan

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Coal from the Powder River Basin will soon be on its way to Japan to fuel two new coal gasification plants in Fukushima Prefecture. 

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Montana jail inmate charged with hiding knife in buttocks

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Samantha Nicole Wise confessed that she hid the knife between her buttocks when she was booked into the jail

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Lake County Sheriff to seek reelection

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell (MTN News photo) Lake County Sheriff Don Bell (MTN News photo)
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Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says he'll be seeking a second term in office. 

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Study recommends Lake County keep pushing on new jail plans

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A new study suggests Lake County leaders should renew efforts to develop plans for building a new jail as area crime rates continue to grow. 

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Fire hits Evergreen home

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Firefighters were called to a home on Dover Drive at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Montana State Prison launches new chemical dependency program

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Montana state prisoners are getting another chance to overcome addiction.

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Missoula forum spotlights impacts of wildfires

The Lolo Peak fire burned last summer in the Lolo and Florence areas. (MTN News photo) The Lolo Peak fire burned last summer in the Lolo and Florence areas. (MTN News photo)
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Researchers spoke on Tuesday with hundreds of Missoula-area residents with business interests about the future of extreme wildfires.

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MT plans to take over developmentally disabled case management detailed

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DPHHS says they believe they'll be able to maintain targeted case management services for 3,600 Montanans with developmental disabilities.

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Marcus Daly expansion final piece in years of facility planning

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The aggressive building program is aimed at meeting the trend for more healthcare, and advanced services for the Bitterroot’s aging population.

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Flathead Co. Sheriff says he won't seek third term

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Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry has told MTN News that he will not run for re-election in 2018.

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Hamilton hospital looks to future with operating room expansion

Construction has started on new Operating Room wing at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. (Dennis Bragg photo) Construction has started on new Operating Room wing at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital. (Dennis Bragg photo)
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The expansion is one of the final pieces of a master plan that’s taken years to develop.

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

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C.S. Porter Middle School Choir teacher Chris Whiteman has a 7th grade choir, 40 voices strong.

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Stevensville Schools implements new drug use prevention program

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Two years ago, Stevensville Police Officer Sam Fawcett and the school system implemented a new program for K-8 students called "Too Good For Drugs." 

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National Parks advisory group quits siting lack of meetings with Sec. Zinke

Interior Secretary Ryan Zine addressing the Western Governor's Association meeting in Whitefish. (MTN News file photo) Interior Secretary Ryan Zine addressing the Western Governor's Association meeting in Whitefish. (MTN News file photo)
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Board Chair Tony Knowles wrote in a letter that the board has “stood by waiting” for a meeting to “continue the partnership… as prescribed by law.”

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Billings woman allegedly crashed car while driving drunk with 2 kids

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A Billings woman faces multiple felony charges for crashing her car while driving under the influence of alcohol with her two young children in the vehicle.

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Trump administration appeals DACA decision

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The Department of Justice has appealed a federal court's decision over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, it announced Tuesday.

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Masked men rob Subway, lock clerk in freezer

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Police say the clerk was tied up and locked in the store.

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NASA preparing return to Mars

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Scientists are preparing a new rover to send to the red planet - with a new mission. 

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A weekend for quakes in Western Montana

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It was quite the weekend for earthquakes in Western Montana. 

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Flathead County among the leaders in Montana flu cases

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Flathead, Gallatin and Yellowstone counties show the highest numbers of new influenza cases through Jan. 6. 

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Glacier National Park sets new yearly visitor record

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The final report on park visitation from the National Park Service shows over 3.3 million people went through the park gates in 2017.

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Student of the Week: Kaitlyn Downey

This week we honor Kaitlyn Downey, a senior at Troy High School. (courtesy photo) This week we honor Kaitlyn Downey, a senior at Troy High School. (courtesy photo)
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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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Sen. Tester hosts town hall in Great Falls

U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) at a Great Falls town hall meeting on 1.15.18. (MTN News photo) U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) at a Great Falls town hall meeting on 1.15.18. (MTN News photo)
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U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) was in Great Falls on Monday to hear from Montanans about several topics.

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Phone scam warning issued in Ravalli County

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Authorities in the Bitterroot want residents to know about a new scam that's making the rounds. 

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Details emerge in Flathead County armed suspect arrest

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Flathead County authorities arrested Kevin Ray Mitchell, 30, of Libby in Lakeside without incident Monday night.

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Montana Made: Cynthia Out West Silversmith

The Gallatin River flows through every piece of jewelry that comes from a converted shipping container on the bank of the river, west of Bozeman. (MTN News photo) The Gallatin River flows through every piece of jewelry that comes from a converted shipping container on the bank of the river, west of Bozeman. (MTN News photo)
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This Montana Made report features a Gallatin Valley jewelry maker whose muse is 120 miles long - with roots deep in Yellowstone National Park. 

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Preventing cabin break-ins during Montana's winter months

Popular and secluded cabins can be an easy target for thieves during the winter months as many people scale back visits. (MTN News photo) Popular and secluded cabins can be an easy target for thieves during the winter months as many people scale back visits. (MTN News photo)
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To secure a cabin, remove all valuable items, lock windows and shutters, and deadbolt doors.
 

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Clock ticking toward shutdown as Congress returns to one big spending mess

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Top White House aides, including chief of staff John Kelly, will head to Capitol Hill this week to sell a clean spending bill.

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Whitefish Mountain Resort shares snow safety tips

Resorts across the US are using this month to remind skiers and snowboarders about the ski code. (MTN News photo) Resorts across the US are using this month to remind skiers and snowboarders about the ski code. (MTN News photo)
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Resorts across America are using this month to remind skiers and snowboarders about the ski code they agree to every time they hit the slopes.

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