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Bicyclists in the community had the opportunity this weekend to learn about different trails and safety tips during a guided bike tour. (MTN News photo) Bicyclists in the community had the opportunity this weekend to learn about different trails and safety tips during a guided bike tour. (MTN News photo)

Event highlights biking in Missoula Video included

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Bicyclists in the community had the opportunity this weekend to learn about different trails and safety tips during a guided bike tour.

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Suspect in Great Falls "suspicious death" caught near Clearwater Jct. Video included

Just after 12 p.m. on Saturday, Great Falls Police officers were dispatched to a home at 1820 2nd Avenue North. (MTN News photo) Just after 12 p.m. on Saturday, Great Falls Police officers were dispatched to a home at 1820 2nd Avenue North. (MTN News photo)
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A pickup truck being looked for in connection with a Great Falls suspicious death was located by a Missoula County Sheriff’s deputy.

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Flags placed at veteran's grave sites at Fort Harrison Video included

A total of 3,500 flags were placed next to gravesites on Saturday. (MTN News photo) A total of 3,500 flags were placed next to gravesites on Saturday. (MTN News photo)
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A total of 3,500 flags were placed next to gravesides on Saturday with help of volunteers.

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Holiday weekend marks the start of Montana grilling season Video included

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It’s the holiday weekend and it’s prime time for BBQ, but before firing up the grill there are a few things you may want to keep in mind. 

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Memorable Memorial Day weather

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So far, it's been a wonderful weather weekend, and Monday will be no different.

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LIVE: MTN News

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Check out LIVE coverage of the latest news from across Montana, the nation and around the world. 

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Sheriff's deputy, 7 others killed in Mississippi shootings

Brookhaven Police officer William Durr was one of seven people killed in Lincoln County, Mississippi during a shooting spree Saturday night. (credit: Oxford Police) Brookhaven Police officer William Durr was one of seven people killed in Lincoln County, Mississippi during a shooting spree Saturday night. (credit: Oxford Police)
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A sheriff's deputy and seven other people were shot dead overnight in southern Mississippi, authorities said Sunday. 

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Shearing season for Montana alpacas Video included

More than 100 alpacas (and three llamas) were given hair cuts for their own health, but also because alpaca fleece is also very valuable,  (MTN News photo) More than 100 alpacas (and three llamas) were given hair cuts for their own health, but also because alpaca fleece is also very valuable, (MTN News photo)
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The fleece comes in various varieties from royal, the softest and weakest, to superfine and all the way up to strong.

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Looming Trump budget cuts deepen distress on Pine Ridge

Looming Trump budget cuts deepen distress … Members of the Ogala Lakota tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (CNN photo) Looming Trump budget cuts deepen distress … Members of the Ogala Lakota tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (CNN photo)
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The challenges facing residents of Pine Ridge, one of the poorest parts of the country, are chronic and mounting.

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Flathead Nat'l Forest campgrounds opening up for the season

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All of the campgrounds in the Flathead National Forest are scheduled to be open for the Memorial Day weekend.

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Montana Special Election by the numbers

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Republican Greg Gianforte won a clear victory in Thursday’s special election to fill Montana’s open U.S. House seat. 

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Help keep law enforcement safe; move over on roads Video included

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The Montana Highway Patrol is reminding people the importance of moving over and slowing down for emergency vehicles on the side of the road. 

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Stay safe around Western Montana's rivers Video included

The Clark Fork River in Missoula (MTN News file photo) The Clark Fork River in Missoula (MTN News file photo)
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Most rivers in Western Montana are running high, fast and cold this Memorial Day weekend prompting some important safety advice.

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Memorial Day Weekend at Glacier National Park

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Many services and facilities in Glacier National Park will be open for Memorial Day weekend.

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MisCon brings costumed shenanigans to downtown Missoula Video included

The 31st annual event is being held this weekend in downtown Missoula. (MTN News photo) The 31st annual event is being held this weekend in downtown Missoula. (MTN News photo)
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For more than three decades, the end of May in Missoula has really meant only one thing: MisCon.

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Montana boaters prepare for watercraft inspections Video included

Tests last fall found invasive mussel larvae in Tiber Reservoir. Tests last fall found invasive mussel larvae in Tiber Reservoir.
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There are several things to keep in mind as the state continues its efforts to limit and prevent aquatic invasive species. 

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Travelers set for record Memorial travel weekend Video included

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Based on its Memorial Day travel survey of 1,300 respondents, more than one-third, or 34 percent, will be traveling to their destination Friday. 

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Remembering a Montana mining disaster Video included

168 miners were killed in a mine fire on June 8, 1917 in BUtte.  (MTN News photo) 168 miners were killed in a mine fire on June 8, 1917 in BUtte.  (MTN News photo)
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The Granite Mountain Speculator Mine claimed the lives of 168 people in a fire on June 8, 1917. 

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Montana FWP leaders shoot down "quiet waters" proposal

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A proposal to man personal watercraft on many of the state's major rivers hit a brick wall in Helena.

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Missoula Co. Sheriff recalls terrifying moment in shootout near Rock Creek Video included

McDermott got the call the morning of May 16 that his officers were involved in a shootout along I-90 near Rock Creek. (MTN News photo) McDermott got the call the morning of May 16 that his officers were involved in a shootout along I-90 near Rock Creek. (MTN News photo)
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They vow to protect and serve, they’re prepared to lay their lives on the line. But then it happens.

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Barrus pleads not guilty to 25 charges in deputy's slaying Video included

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In court Friday, despite Judge Reynolds' warning to remain silent, Barrus briefly made a statement addressing Moore's family. 

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Hamilton bond approval begins 2 years of planning, construction Video included

Hamilton voters approved both a $9.7 million bond for school improvements, and a $400,000 operational levy. (Dennis Bragg photo) Hamilton voters approved both a $9.7 million bond for school improvements, and a $400,000 operational levy. (Dennis Bragg photo)
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Hamilton voters approved both a $9.7 million bond for school improvements and a $400,000 operational levy Thursday.

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Tuition increase passes for Montana University System

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The Board of Regents for the Montana University System passed a tuition increased following a decrease in funding from the Montana Legislation. 

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Invasive beetle prompts warning from Nature Conservancy

The Emerald Ash Borer beetle is a threat that The Nature Conservancy officials are trying to keep at bay. (MTN News photo) The Emerald Ash Borer beetle is a threat that The Nature Conservancy officials are trying to keep at bay. (MTN News photo)
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Ash trees line Missoula streets and towns across Montana, but an invasive species could wipe them all out if people are not careful. 

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Inmate visits again allowed at Montana State Prison

The Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge. (MTN News photo) The Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge. (MTN News photo)
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Warden Michael Fletcher says that that inmate visitation will resume on Saturday, May 27.

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Train derails in Great Falls

A BNSF spokesman says that seven cars derailed, and that only two of the cars were loaded. A BNSF spokesman says that seven cars derailed, and that only two of the cars were loaded.
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A BNSF spokesman says that seven cars derailed and that only two of the cars were loaded.

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Splash Montana opening for Memorial Day weekend Video included

Splash Montana is opening for its 12th summer season. (MTN News file photo) Splash Montana is opening for its 12th summer season. (MTN News file photo)
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Splash Montana will be welcoming swimmers over the Memorial Day weekend. 

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Upcoming Western Montana coming 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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Reported stabbing investigated in Missoula Video included

The incident happened late Thursday near the Bodega in downtown Missoula. (MTN News photo) The incident happened late Thursday near the Bodega in downtown Missoula. (MTN News photo)
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Authorities are still looking into an incident that closed down part on downtown Missoula late Thursday night.

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Disaster preparation workshop held in Helena

Each county in Montana has a mitigation disaster plan that identifies the risk and vulnerabilities in that certain community. (MTN News photo) Each county in Montana has a mitigation disaster plan that identifies the risk and vulnerabilities in that certain community. (MTN News photo)
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The workshop was organized by Montana Disaster Emergency Services and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

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Gianforte wins wild and wooly MT special congressional election Video included

U.S. Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte and his wife Susan Thursday night U.S. Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte and his wife Susan Thursday night
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Republican Greg Gianforte won a relatively comfortable victory in Montana’s congressional election Thursday – despite being cited for assault the night before the election, when he roughed up a reporter at a campaign event. 

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Route of  the Hiawatha opening for Memorial Day weekend Video included

Route of the Hiawatha (MTN News file photo) Route of the Hiawatha (MTN News file photo)
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The popular Route of the Hiawatha Mountain Bicycle Trail is set to open for the season on Saturday, May 27. 

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Columbus student charged with plotting classmate's murder Video included

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch (YBGR photo) Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch (YBGR photo)
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Court documents state that a Yellowstone County Boys and Girls Ranch student allegedly plotted the torture and murder of her classmate.

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Bitterroot National Forest ready for Memorial Day campers

(photo credit: Bitterroot National Forest) (photo credit: Bitterroot National Forest)
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Memorial Day weekend marks the traditional kickoff of the summer season. 

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Murder charges filed after body found at Great Falls motel

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A man was arrested on Thursday on a warrant for deliberate homicide in connection with a recent death at the Airway Motel.

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Montana U.S. House special election results Video included

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The polls have closed in Montana. You can now view up-to-date election results here. 

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Appeals court upholds block on Trump's travel ban; administration to appeal to Supreme Court

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The 10-3 ruling from the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a lower court's decision to halt core portions of the executive order indefinitely.

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Police in Missoula upping patrols for Memorial weekend travel Video included

The effort is part of the national Click it or Ticket initiative to enforce seat belt violations. (MTN News photo) The effort is part of the national Click it or Ticket initiative to enforce seat belt violations. (MTN News photo)
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The effort is part of the national Click it or Ticket initiative to enforce seat belt violations.

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Man dies from injuries sustained in crash near Libby

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A man who was hurt earlier this week after crashing his pickup truck near Libby has died.

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Teenage girl killed by RV in Big Horn County

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A 13-year-old girl was killed Wednesday night when she was hit by a vehicle while walking along Highway 212 east of Busby.

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What Greg Gianforte's win in Montana taught Washington

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Montana's bizarre special election and Gianforte's win are being cast as a referendum on events in Washington and a projection of what's to come.

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Hamilton School bond approved, levy passing Video included

Hamilton High School. (Dennis Bragg photo) Hamilton High School. (Dennis Bragg photo)
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Hamilton voters had more than the congressional race on their minds Thursday.

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Gianforte wins Montana's congressional election with relative ease Video included

Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte and his wife, Susan, on election night Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte and his wife, Susan, on election night
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Gianforte said he’s going to Washington, D.C., to “drain the swamp and fight for Montana families.”

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Quist concedes special election in Missoula Video included

Democratic congressional candidate giving his concession speech in Missoula on 5.26.17. (MTN News photo) Democratic congressional candidate giving his concession speech in Missoula on 5.26.17. (MTN News photo)
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Quist remained very positive and upbeat during his concession speech, telling people he hopes they will stay involved in politics.

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Gianforte elected to U.S. House; apologizes to reporter Video included

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Republican Greg Gianforte has defeated Democrat Rob Quist and Libertarian Mark Wicks.

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Flathead voters grapple with Gianforte assault story Video included

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Some Flathead voters say the news hasn't changed their mind.

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Missoula voters head to the polls for special election Video included

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The polls close at 8 p.m. 

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MT voters go to polls – with special congressional race in harsh spotlight Video included

U.S. House candidates Greg Gianforte (left) and Rob Quist U.S. House candidates Greg Gianforte (left) and Rob Quist
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Most polls had shown Gianforte with a lead at least in the single digits going into Wednesday.

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Montana's absentee vote turnout in the spotlight after Gianforte 'body slam'

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A large percentage of those expected to vote in Montana's special congressional election have already turned in their ballots. 

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Montana leaders react to Gianforte incident

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Montana leaders are commenting after Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was cited for misdemeanor assault Wednesday night.

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Paul Ryan signals he would still seat Greg Gianforte if he wins special election

Republican Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte. (MTN News photo) Republican Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte. (MTN News photo)
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Speaker the House of Paul Ryan: "If he wins, he has been chosen by the people of Montana who their congressman is going to be."

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Fire wood reminder issued in Missoula Video included

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Nature Conservancy officials have issued a warning about moving firewood in hopes of promoting healthy urban and wildland forests.

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Public invited to comment on National Bison Range plans Video included

The National Bison range in Moiese. (MTN News photo) The National Bison range in Moiese. (MTN News photo)
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is inviting the public to attend two scoping meetings in June. 

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No answer to buyers remorse in Montana special election Video included

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For Montanan's that have voted absentee, or cast their votes early, there is no way to change your vote after the fact.

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Montana newspapers withdraw Gianforte endorsement following alleged assault Video included

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The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office cited Gianforte for misdemeanor assault on Wednesday night.

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Montana mussel invasion expected to cost millions Video included

based on experiences elsewhere in the United States, the invasion could impact everything from your power bills to the taxes you pay.. (MTN News photo) based on experiences elsewhere in the United States, the invasion could impact everything from your power bills to the taxes you pay.. (MTN News photo)
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Based on experiences elsewhere in the United States, the invasion could impact everything from your power bills to the taxes you pay. 

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MHP steps up patrol for Memorial weekend

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The Montana Highway Patrol wants to make sure drivers stay safe over the long Memorial Day weekend.

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Poplar woman admits stabbing boyfriend to death

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The Poplar woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in February of 2016 pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

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Gianforte cited for assault after altercation with reporter on eve of election Video included

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The reporter, Ben Jacobs of the Guardian, said he was “body-slammed” to the floor

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Slain Montana deputy's wife speaks out Video included

Jodi Moore , Deputy Mason Moore's wife. (MTN News photo) Jodi Moore , Deputy Mason Moore's wife. (MTN News photo)
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Jodi Moore spoke with MTN News while she stood in front of Mason’s equipment locker at the Three Forks Fire Hall.

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Frenchtown students holding fundraiser for one of their own

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Members of the Frenchtown Junior High 3-7-5 group are holding a fundraiser this Friday for one of their own.

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Flathead County gears up for busy Election Day Video included

The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday for Montana's special congressional election. (MTN News photo) The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday for Montana's special congressional election. (MTN News photo)
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There's a lot at stake in Thursday's Montana's special election and many in Flathead County have already cast their early votes.

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Voting day arrives in Missoula County Video included

The Elections Headquarters at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. (MTN News photo) The Elections Headquarters at the Missoula County Fairgrounds. (MTN News photo)
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There are several locations across the city and county where residents can vote in Thursday's special congressional election. 

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Montana congressional candidate cited for assault after election-eve incident

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The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office says Greg Gianforte was cited for misdemeanor assault and has until June 7 to appear in court.

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Hamilton school future hinges on two votes Thursday Video included

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Hamilton school leaders and supporters will be watching Thursday’s vote count closely, with an extensive plan to refurbish the district’s buildings and facilities on the line.

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Quist campaign concludes in Missoula amid Gianforte assault scandal Video included

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Quist did not address the elephant in the room. He simply said thank you to supporters and volunteers for what he calls a campaign well-run.

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Key lawmakers backing MT special session to tackle infrastructure bills Video included

Rep. Rob Cook, R-Conrad Rep. Rob Cook, R-Conrad
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Some key lawmakers are saying they support calling the Montana Legislature back into special session, as soon as next month, to pass a pair of infrastructure-funding bills. 

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