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Part of the historic Chalet burned in last summer's Sprague fire. (file photo) Part of the historic Chalet burned in last summer's Sprague fire. (file photo)

Official cause of Sperry Chalet fire released

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The report concluded that despite firefighter's best efforts to protect the structure, an ember entered the building near a second story window and ignited the wooden portion.

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Court docs: St. Ignatius school bus contractor traded meth for cash, sex

Johnson Transportation’s Scott Johnson was arrested for possession of meth in late May. (MTN News photo) Johnson Transportation’s Scott Johnson was arrested for possession of meth in late May. (MTN News photo)
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Prosecutors believe he not only smoked meth on school buses, but also sold meth using cash and sex as payments. 

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Emergency access road being built in flooded Missoula neighborhood

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Kehrwald Drive has seen better days after being under floodwaters since May.

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Mission Mountains Merc completes comeback with grand opening this weekend

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Just over two years after the building was razed by fire, Condon residents will gather Saturday to officially mark the comeback of the Mission Mountains Mercantile.

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Missoula Police looking for woman not seen since Sunday morning

Photos from MPD. Photos from MPD.
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The Missoula Police Department is looking for help in verifying the welfare of Jermain Morigeau of Charlo.

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Expect scattered showers through Saturday with sunshine on Sunday

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Happy Friday! Early morning showers are diminishing across much of western Montana.

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Backers of tobacco tax and Medicaid initiative turn in 40K signatures

I-185 volunteer and supporter Lois Fitzpatrick of Helena I-185 volunteer and supporter Lois Fitzpatrick of Helena
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“We’re very excited about the the numbers we have in the short time we’ve had to gather (signatures),” Cooney said.

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Report released on grizzly bear attack near Libby

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The report revealed that it was a 24-year-old male grizzly bear that attacked a woman working as a field assistant for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on May 18.

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Students from MT church camp along Dearborn River evacuated

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There are 100 teenagers and 37 staff members at the camp, which is operated by C Bar N Ministries.

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GOP immigration bills falter as vote on compromise delayed

(photo credit: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center) (photo credit: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center)
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The Trump administration admitted on Thursday a court ruling prevents it from housing children with their detained parents for longer than 20 days, putting more pressure on Congress to act.

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Wandering kangaroo causes rollover crash near Dodson in northern Montana

A kangaroo, but not the one that caused a wreck in Montana. (Courtesy photo) A kangaroo, but not the one that caused a wreck in Montana. (Courtesy photo)
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Two women were sent to the hospital after a rollover crash involving a kangaroo west of Dodson.

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Ex-Stevensville police officer charged with sex crimes

MTN News file photo of former Stevensville school resource officer Samuel Fawcett. MTN News file photo of former Stevensville school resource officer Samuel Fawcett.
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Samuel Steven Fawcett, 37, was booked into the Ravalli County Detention Center on Wednesday.

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Weather Forecast: Stormy evening ahead

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While thunderstorms will be possible across all of the Northern Rockies region Thursday, there is a marginal risk of stronger thunderstorms across southwestern Montana.

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Flooding prompts emergency declaration in Lewis and Clark County

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An emergency declaration has been enacted in response to the flooding in Augusta and the Helena valley.

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Western Montana Flood Warning, Advisory extended

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The National Weather Service a Flood Warning as well as a Flood Advisory for parts on Western Montana.

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Business leaders discuss impact of Montana's tech growth

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With technology continuing to develop and improve, what does this mean for Montana and its economic development?

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Sun River residents hit by flooding rescued by emergency crews

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Rainfall pushed already swollen rivers in Montana to flood stage Wednesday, and state officials are predicting more to come.

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Butte man faces attempted homicide charge after shooting in Whitehall

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A 33-year-old man is in jail in connection with the shooting and wounding of another man in Whitehall late Tuesday evening.

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Man who killed Washington Walmart shooter called a hero

"This was a traumatic experience for us and all those involved," David George recalled. (CBS News photo) "This was a traumatic experience for us and all those involved," David George recalled. (CBS News photo)
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"This was a traumatic experience for us and all those involved," David George recalled. 

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Questions raised over Whitefish land deal with Zinke foundation

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At issue is a piece of land donated by BNSF Zinke’s Great Northern Veterans Peace Park Foundation to create a park for children to sled and skate in the winter. 

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Supreme Court rules states can force online retailers to collect sales tax

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court building (Source: Mallory Hughes/CNN) The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court building (Source: Mallory Hughes/CNN)
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The ruling overturned a 1992 Supreme Court precedent and potentially paves the way for consumers to pay more for their online purchases. 

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Governor Bullock creates Future Ready MT Cabinet

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The Future Ready MT Cabinet aims to ensure the goal of ensuring the state has a trained and talented workforce for the present, and future. 

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Technology, consumers can help contain contaminated food outbreaks

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Several recent outbreaks related to contaminated food have affected dozens of people across the US but health officials say technology and consumers are helping contain these infections.

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YNP's Steamboat Geyser keeps erupting, and scientists want to know why

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Steamboat Geyser, the world's tallest and far more powerful than Old Faithful, is roaring back to life.

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Helena Valley residents dealing with next round of flooding

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Local authorities are preparing for the possibility of more rain over the coming days, which could extend the flooding danger.

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Montana man charged for meth-related deaths of wife, infant

Devin Michael Olson (courtesy photo) Devin Michael Olson (courtesy photo)
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Devin Michael Olson has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide

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Flooding hits Great Falls, Cascade County

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There is a state of emergency for imminent flooding in some areas of Great Falls and Cascade County.

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Montana Ag Network: Ranchers hoping calmer cattle will lead to beefed-up profits

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Beef Quality Assurance guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase.

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Immigration policy protest for change held in Missoula

Hundreds gathered at the Missoula County jail to protest US immigration policy. (MTN News photo) Hundreds gathered at the Missoula County jail to protest US immigration policy. (MTN News photo)
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Hundreds showed up to voice their dissent to Trump administration immigration policies on Wednesday in Missoula. 

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Opponents of initiative to restrict mining permits rally in Butte

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Mining supporters in Montana claim a proposed ballot initiative could be dangerous to the mining industry.

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Daines, Tester join bipartisan push for public lands funding

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Montana’s US senators joined in a bipartisan effort Wednesday outside the U.S. Capitol steps to push for money supporting public lands.

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Missoula parking garages getting equipment update

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The Central Park and Park Place structures, along with the Caras parking lot, are removing old gating equipment with a more advanced system.

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3 arrested in connection to Missoula bike theft ring

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Three men have been arrested in connection with what the Missoula County Attorney's Office is calling bicycle theft ring.

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Missoula honors "Dancing Man" with dance-off at Caras Park

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Dozens remembered Dancing Man on Wednesday in a way he’d surely appreciate.

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Frenchtown teacher charged with sexual assault appears in court for status hearing

MTN News photo. MTN News photo.
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A Frenchtown High School music teacher accused of sexually assaulting two students appeared in court Wednesday for a status conference to schedule further proceedings.

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Rosendale takes aim at drug-benefit managers

State Auditor Matt Rosendale State Auditor Matt Rosendale
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State Auditor Matt Rosendale took action Wednesday against a pair of prescription drug-benefit managers, saying the companies must reveal more information about how they do business and influence drug prices in Montana. 

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Incumbent Hopkins wins Missoula HD 92 race by 2 votes

MTN News file photo. MTN News file photo.
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Incumbent Mike Hopkins has won a recount for the Republican primary in House District 92 in Missoula County by two votes.

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Kalispell hospital under investigation over physician payments

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KRMC is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for matters of compensation to certain physicians.

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MT congressional delegation differs on border-crackdown controversy

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines U.S. Sen. Steve Daines
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The two Republicans in Montana’s congressional delegation – Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte – told MTN News this week they were mostly standing behind President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican border. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester denounced the policy of separating migrant kids from their parents. 

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Trump signs executive order on family separation but says "zero tolerance" to stay

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President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to solve the issue of family separation at the border, while keeping in place key components of the administration's "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting illegal border crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

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Crimestoppers mascot "Tipper" encourages people to be tipsters

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With every handshake, Tipper reminds kids to be a tipster.
 

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Butte tavern owners ask for break in liquor fees

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The Butte-Silver Bow Tavern Association is asking the city to give them a break on its yearly liquor fee.

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Trump: “I’ll be signing something in a little while"

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President Trump says he will sign "something" in the near future that will end family separation at the southern border. 

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Flooding hits areas along the Sun River

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The Sun River at Simms is cresting now and it will be at above moderate flood stage through Thursday.

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Video Extra: Hawaii "lava berg"

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A piece of floating lava from one of Hawaii’s fissures caught the attention of boaters this week. 

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Woman killed in crash into the Boulder River near Big Timber

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Park County authorities are investigating a fatal crash where a vehicle was found in the Boulder River south of Big Timber. 

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Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

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Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed a "historic" bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29. 

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Morning Rounds: Juuling is a growing health concern

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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Montana Folk Festival ready to fill Butte with music fans

The Montana Folk Festival will be held in Butte from July 13th until June 15th. (MTN News file photo) The Montana Folk Festival will be held in Butte from July 13th until June 15th. (MTN News file photo)
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The Montana Folk Festival will be held in Butte from July 13th until June 15th

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Efforts helping to preserve Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout population

Partnerships between FWP and many other groups have helped the fish north of Yellowstone National Park. Partnerships between FWP and many other groups have helped the fish north of Yellowstone National Park.
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Partnerships between Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and many other groups have helped the fish north of Yellowstone National Park.

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13 people stranded in Scapegoat Wilderness safely evacuated

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A group of 13 people became stranded near the headwaters of Dearborn River west of Augusta on Monday night.

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Poll: Williams leads Gianforte in Montana U.S. House race

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The first Montana U.S. House race poll shows incumbent Republican Greg Gianforte trailing Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams by six points.

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New Children's Advocacy Center celebrated in Kalispell

The Flathead County Children's Advocacy Center is leading the way in the state. (MTN News photo) The Flathead County Children's Advocacy Center is leading the way in the state. (MTN News photo)
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The Flathead County Children's Advocacy Center is leading the way in the state. 

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Montana DOJ launches new website for sexual-assault survivors

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The Montana Department of Justice has announced it's developed a new website and hotline for survivors of sexual assault.

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Starbucks says it will close 150 stores next year

(Source: Ferre' Dollar/CNN) (Source: Ferre' Dollar/CNN)
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The affected stores are located in mostly urban areas that are densely populated with Starbucks locations. 

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Severe shortage of mental health professionals in rural areas

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A new study finds that 65% of non-metropolitan counties do not have a psychiatrist and almost half do not have a psychologist.

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Augusta residents caught off-guard by area flooding

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The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office says Highway 200 is closed at Bowman's Corner.

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MT House Minority Leader Eck won’t run for re-election

MT House Minority Leader Jenny Eck, D-Helena MT House Minority Leader Jenny Eck, D-Helena
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The top Democrat in the Montana House, Rep. Jenny Eck of Helena, said Tuesday she won’t run for re-election this year, because of the obligations of a new job. 

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Bail set for $100K in Missoula baseball bat attack

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The man who allegedly struck a well-known Missoula Special Olympian in the head with a baseball bat appeared in court Tuesday.

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Bond set at $100K for fatal Missoula hit-and-run suspect

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Court documents state Daniel Grady was the driver of the pickup truck that struck and killed a woman early Sunday in Missoula.

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Montana man charged with killing 5-year-old foster child

Bridger Boyd. (Yellowstone County Detention Facility) Bridger Boyd. (Yellowstone County Detention Facility)
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A 34-year-old Big Horn County man is facing a deliberate homicide charge in connection with the recent death of a 5-year-old girl.

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Man who died in Rock Creek floating accident ID'd

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The Granite County Sheriff has released the name of the man who drowned in a floating accident near Rock Creek this weekend.

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Rescue efforts underway for people stranded in Scapegoat Wilderness

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Efforts are underway to get 13 people stuck in the Scapegoat Wilderness to safety.

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Flood waters return to parts of Missoula

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Flood waters are expected to flood streets in the Orchard Homes area, specifically the north end of Tower Street including Kehrwald Drive.

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Man charged after stealing, crashing car in Missoula

Jadedacus Maldonado (Missoula County Sheriff's Office photo) Jadedacus Maldonado (Missoula County Sheriff's Office photo)
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A 19-year-old is behind bars in Missoula after stealing a car and then crashing into a parked car over the weekend. 

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Yellowstone NP looks to visitors to solve overcrowding issues

US Park Service officials are beginning a new project to help collect that information this summer. (MTN News photo) US Park Service officials are beginning a new project to help collect that information this summer. (MTN News photo)
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US Park Service officials are beginning a new project to help collect that information this summer.

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Montana Made: Girlwood

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Melissa Burns started Girlwood six years ago in Billings as a way to deal with the pain.

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Darol Roberts

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The United States Marshals Service District of Montana has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Darol Roberts.

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VIDEO: Flooding hits the Augusta area

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Heavy rain in recent days is causing flooding in and around Augusta.

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Input sought on future of Missoula's Mountain Line

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An open house to discuss Mountain Line's Strategic Plan will be held on June 20th at the Missoula County Fairgrounds.

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Body of missing Montana man found

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Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of Noah Hofeldt in Chinook on Sunday.

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Flooding still impacting some USFS roads near Seeley Lake

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Several roads on the Seeley Lake Ranger District are still experiencing impacts from flooding and remain closed. 

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Info sought on Whitefish burglary suspect

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The Whitefish Police Department is looking for the public's help in finding a suspect in a recent burglary. 

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Video game addiction named disorder by World Health Organization

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WHO has been studying the issue and now has formally classified “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition.

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Protest against forced separation policy planned for Missoula

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Montanans for Immigrant Justice (MIJ) -- along with other groups -- plan to march outside the Missoula jail on Wednesday, June 20th.

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"Taste of Kalispell," event to benefit Kalispell Museum

The "Taste of Kalispell" will take place on Thursday on the big lawn at the Museum at Central School. (MTN News photo) The "Taste of Kalispell" will take place on Thursday on the big lawn at the Museum at Central School. (MTN News photo)
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The "Taste of Kalispell" will take place on Thursday -- rain or shine -- on the big lawn at the Museum at Central School in Kalispell. 

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Bomb reportedly found in armed robbery suspect's vehicle in Bozeman

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The Belgrade man who is accused of armed robbery of a Bozeman business reportedly had a homemade bomb in his vehicle when he was arrested. 

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Chamber of Commerce declines to endorse a candidate in MT’s U.S. Senate race

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Montana’s top business lobby Monday declined to endorse a candidate in the state’s top election race, the U.S. Senate. 

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CBS News poll: Two-thirds of Americans say separating children, parents at border unacceptable

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Sixty-seven percent of Americans call it unacceptable to separate children from parents who've been caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally. Much of this is driven by large percentages of Democrats (90%) and independents (66 percent) who find it unacceptable, while Republicans are more divided overall, with 39% calling it unacceptable, and one in five had not heard enough about it. Older, very conservative Republicans are more apt to say it is acceptable, while young... More>>

Bullock requests federal disaster declaration for flooding in Montana

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Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday requested a major disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Longtime Missoula City Band director chronicles band's history in new book

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The Missoula City Band is older than Montana, established in 1865 and the oldest musical organization in town. 

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DNA results show mysterious Montana canine is a wolf

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State wildlife officials report that the canine creature shot in Montana is actually a gray wolf.

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New details emerge in attack of Special Olympics fixture in Missoula

Paul Ekstedt, 27, is accused of assaulting Special Olympian Gary Fuller on June 14th. (Missoula County Sheriff's Office photo) Paul Ekstedt, 27, is accused of assaulting Special Olympian Gary Fuller on June 14th. (Missoula County Sheriff's Office photo)
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Paul Ekstedt, 27, is accused of assaulting Special Olympian Gary Fuller on June 14th.

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Woman killed in Missoula hit-and-run identified

Rebecca Romero. (Facebook images) Rebecca Romero. (Facebook images)
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Authorities say Rebecca Grace Romero, 22, of Stockton, Calif. died in a hit-and-run crash which happened early Sunday near Lowell School. 

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State-revenue rebound could lead to undoing budget cuts this year

State Rep. Nancy Ballance, R-Hamilton State Rep. Nancy Ballance, R-Hamilton
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A rebound in Montana’s state tax revenue could lead to undoing $46 million in state budget cuts later this year, a legislative report says – although lawmakers Monday said the final budget picture won’t be clear until next month. 

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Study: Almost half of diabetics skip medical care due to costs

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Almost half of diabetics are cutting back on treatment because of costs, according to a new survey that comes as the skyrocketing price of insulin is prompting lawmakers and physicians to call for more oversight. The American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians in the U.S., last week called for federal intervention to protect diabetics from being exploited by price gouging on insulin products. The group wants the Federal Trade Commission and the Justi... More>>

Spring rains could lead to another bad fire season in Montana

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“In general, when you have a wet spring, it’s going to allow the grasses and the fine fuels to grow in abundance,” said Matt Jackson, National Weather Service senior meteorologist. 

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Film company started by MSU seniors sees international growth

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Two Montana State University seniors have their own film production company, and they have taken it to the next level. 

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One dead after crash near McLeod

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One person is dead after crashing their vehicle into the Boulder River near McLeod on Friday afternoon. 

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Creating Delicious Dinosaurs | La Chatelaine Bonus | Under the Big Sky

Chocolate dinosaur eggs crafted by La Chatelaine Chocolat Co. in Bozeman. Chocolate dinosaur eggs crafted by La Chatelaine Chocolat Co. in Bozeman.
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In our third Under the Big Sky bonus video, Wlady and Shannon Grochowski share their passion for creativity and playfulness at the heart of their chocolate creations including some delicious dinosaur themed chocolates.  La Châtelaine Chocolat is an artisan chocolaterie. A Frenchman and his American wife created La Châtelaine after longing for the delectable chocolates from childhood.  Wlady and Shannon Grochowski started La Chatelaine in Bozeman, Monta... More>>

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