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Lolo residents told to prepare for possible flooding

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Lolo residents living near the Bitterroot River are being told to stay alert for rising waters over the Memorial Day weekend. 

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Morel mushroom picking takes off in Montana

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Several thousand people are expected to come harvest morels, including both commercial and personal-use mushroom pickers.

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Residents warned of possible flash flooding near Lolo Peak burn scar

Rain showers and thunderstorms could pose issues Friday near the Lolo Peak burn scar. (MTN News photo) Rain showers and thunderstorms could pose issues Friday near the Lolo Peak burn scar. (MTN News photo)
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The National Weather Service is warning of the potential for flash flooding particularly over the Lolo Peak burn scar along US Highway 12. 

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EPA official offers reassurances on integrity of Smurfit berms

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However, the agency is also committed to sampling for toxins getting into the river and coming up with a long-term contingency plan for dealing with a berm failure.

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Weather Forecast: Stormy end to the week

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Thunderstorms will continue into the weekend for much of the viewing area.

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Truck recovered, but hunters still missing in Idaho backcountry

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Idaho County authorities were able to pull an overturned SUV from the raging Selway River, but they’ve found no trace of the four missing hunters who were in the vehicle.

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St. Ignatius school bus contractor arrested on drug charges

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He’s been charged with methamphetamine possession and authorities say he was selling drugs.

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GOP Senate primary: obscure group dings Rosendale; Club for Growth ups the ante against Fagg

Anti-Rosendale ad from obscure PAC Anti-Rosendale ad from obscure PAC
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Independent, outside money continues to flow into Montana’s U.S. Senate Republican primary contest

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Officials prepare for flooding over Memorial Day weekend

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Authorities are also concerned about flash flooding in the Lolo Peak burn scar area along the Highway 12 corridor.

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ACLU report: Records claim border agents neglected, abused migrant kids

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The ACLU said the records reflect "rampant abuse." Children describe "being stomped on, punched, kicked, run over with vehicles, tased, and forced to maintain stress positions by CBP officials."

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Rising gas prices: Tips to Save

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The pinch at the pump comes as millions hit the road for the Memorial Day weekend, but there are ways to save.

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Livingston woman qualifies for American Ninja Warrior

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Gretchen Simms from Livingston is the first Montanan ever to qualify for American Ninja Warrior.  

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Montana Historical Society shines a light on craft brewing

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A project chronicling the surge of craft brewing in Montana is going online through the Montana Historical Society. 

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KPAX Archives: The Hiawatha Trail

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We go back to 2009 for this edition of the KPAX Archives and take a look at the Hiawatha Trail.

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Montana Hantavirus survivor shares her story

Debbie Zipperian contracted Hantavirus back in 2011. (MTN News photo) Debbie Zipperian contracted Hantavirus back in 2011. (MTN News photo)
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Hantavirus is a potentially fatal disease carried in the urine and droppings of some rodents. 

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Havre protesting closure of Amtrak's staffed ticket counter

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Amtrak recently announced that it plans to eliminate ticket agent jobs at Amtrak’s Havre and Shelby stations on June 1st.

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Construction underway at Capitol complex in Helena

Montana's State Capitol Complex in Helena is undergoing upgrades for ADA compliance. (MTN News photo) Montana's State Capitol Complex in Helena is undergoing upgrades for ADA compliance. (MTN News photo)
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Montana's State Capitol Complex in Helena is undergoing upgrades for ADA compliance. 

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Yellowstone NP bison could soon be headed to tribal lands

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Bison from Yellowstone National Park may soon be headed to eastern Montana. 

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Missoula students hold special Memorial Day ceremony

Valley Christian School students held a special Memorial Day assembly to pay their respects to the men and women serving in the military. (MTN News photo) Valley Christian School students held a special Memorial Day assembly to pay their respects to the men and women serving in the military. (MTN News photo)
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Valley Christian School students held a special Memorial Day assembly to pay their respects to the men and women serving in the military. 

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STARS Preschool Pilot Program kids graduate

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FVCC held a graduation ceremony for the first cohort of students who participated in the STARS Preschool Pilot Program.

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Inside Seattle's Space Needle after its $100M makeover

The Space Needle towers over Seattle /  CBS NEWS The Space Needle towers over Seattle /  CBS NEWS
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Having just turned 56, Seattle's beloved Space Needle had been quietly enduring a mid-life crisis. 

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Beartooth Highway opens for the season on Montana side

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The Beartooth Highway is open for the season, on the Montana side at least.

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Mysterious furry creature shot in Montana, puzzling wildlife experts

A man shot the animal when it appeared on his ranch near Denton, Montana. (MT FWP photo) A man shot the animal when it appeared on his ranch near Denton, Montana. (MT FWP photo)
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The animal was a young, non-lactating female and a canid, a member of the dog family.

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Opponents speak out against Creston water bottling plant

Flathead Valley residents rallied to have their thoughts heard on the controversial proposed Creston water bottling plant. (MTN News photo) Flathead Valley residents rallied to have their thoughts heard on the controversial proposed Creston water bottling plant. (MTN News photo)
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Flathead Valley residents rallied to have their thoughts heard on the controversial proposed Creston water bottling plant.

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U.S. House candidate Heenan repped enviro groups that sued Colstrip power-plant owners

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Heenan represented environmental groups when they sued the owners and operators of the Colstrip power plants, which led to a 2016 settlement calling for two of the plants to be shut down.

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Board of Regents approves new UM Mission Statement

University of Montana President Seth Bodnar appears before the Board of regents on 5.24.18. (MTN News photo) University of Montana President Seth Bodnar appears before the Board of regents on 5.24.18. (MTN News photo)
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President Seth Bodnar says UM leadership is committed to "shared governance" and involving the entire campus in making those decisions.

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Fire engulfs home near Corvallis

The blaze was reported at around 4:30 p.m. on Bailey Lane west of Corvallis. (MTN News photo) The blaze was reported at around 4:30 p.m. on Bailey Lane west of Corvallis. (MTN News photo)
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A home in Ravalli County appears to be a total loss after being fully engulfed in flames on Thursday afternoon. 

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Missing/Endangered Person Advisory issued for Shelby man

Malcolm McAlpine has dementia and walked away from his care facility in Shelby on May 24th at 4:45 p.m. Malcolm McAlpine has dementia and walked away from his care facility in Shelby on May 24th at 4:45 p.m.
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The Montana Department of Justice has issued a Missing/Endangered Person Advisory for Malcolm McAlpine, 87, in Shelby. 

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Montana climate report lead author speaks in Billings

Dr. Cathy Whitlock, an earth sciences professor at MSU. (MTN News photo) Dr. Cathy Whitlock, an earth sciences professor at MSU. (MTN News photo)
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 The lead author of last fall's Montana Climate Assessment discussed the often touchy subject of her report.

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BNSF working to clean up spill in Havre

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BNSF says that about 2,000 gallons of wastewater was discharged, of which approximately 200 gallons of oil was released.

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Ex-Montana teacher charged with sexual assault of student

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Richard E. Adsit, Jr. worked at Reed Point High School, Geyser High School, Savage High School, and Sidney High School.

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Glacier High School hires new principal

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Current Assistant Principal Micah Hill will be recommended to the Board of Trustees as the next principal of Glacier High School.

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Board of Regents approves new UM Mission Statement as re-org work continues

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UM President Seth Bodnar tells the Board of Regents there’s still work to be done on UM’s plans for restructuring, and possibly implementing major spending and job cuts in the next few years.

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Wyoming opens up limited grizzly bear hunting for first time in 4 decades

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For the first time in 44 years, the state of Wyoming will allow grizzly bear hunting.

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Former Billings water treatment chemist accused of contaminating samples

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A former chemist at the city of Billings Water Treatment Plant laboratory is accused of contaminating water test samples conducted by a coworker in 2015, costing the city its state certification.

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How Starbucks will train its staff to be less biased

Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the US on May 29 to educate employees about racial bias. (Source: Ferre' Dollar/CNN) Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the US on May 29 to educate employees about racial bias. (Source: Ferre' Dollar/CNN)
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On Tuesday afternoon, May 29, workers at each location will break into small groups to learn together. 

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Assault case involving UM athletes moves to County Attorneys Office

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An assault case involving two Griz athletes has been sent to the Missoula County Attorney's Office following an investigation by Missoula Police.

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Former Missoula deputy under investigation for excessive use of force

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An ex-Missoula County Sheriff's deputy is under criminal investigation for excessive use of force.

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Missing hunters' vehicle is being removed from Selway River

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Progress is being made in removing a vehicle from the Selway River that crashed into the raging river Monday, leaving four of the six hunters missing.

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Seeley Lake Ranger District campgrounds open for Memorial Day

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Most campgrounds in and around Seeley Lake will be open in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

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Lots of folks expected to hit the road for Memorial Day

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If you plan to take a trip for the long weekend, you won’t be alone.

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Video: Night video of lava in Hawaii

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The U.S. Geological Survey says Kilauea is releasing 15,000 tons of sulfur dioxide each day from vents. 

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FWP issues reminder to prevent spread of aquatic invasive species

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FWP wants to remind the public to take the right steps to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
 

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ACLU critical of Border Patrol agent questioning of 2 people in Havre

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Two Montana residents were stopped and questioned by a Border Patrol agent last week for speaking Spanish at a gas station in Havre.

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Gov. Bullock extends statewide flooding disaster declaration

Approximately 65 homes in Missoula County are still under modified evacuation orders. (MTN News photo) Approximately 65 homes in Missoula County are still under modified evacuation orders. (MTN News photo)
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“We will continue to pursue available state and federal resources to support ongoing efforts and recovery needs." - Gov. Steve Bullock

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Appeals court upholds Montana’s landmark campaign-disclosure law

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A federal appeals court has upheld Montana’s landmark law to force disclosure of campaign spending and fundraising by so-called “dark money” groups – and others attempting to influence elections here.

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Clark Fork River in Missoula returns to moderate flood stage

The water level on the Clark Fork River above Missoula rose to roughly 11 feet on Thursday morning, moving the river into moderate flood stage. (MTN News photo) The water level on the Clark Fork River above Missoula rose to roughly 11 feet on Thursday morning, moving the river into moderate flood stage. (MTN News photo)
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The water level on the Clark Fork River above Missoula rose to roughly 11 feet on Thursday morning, moving the river into moderate flood stage.

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Arts & Education:Washington Middle School Jazz Ensemble

The Washington Middle School Jazz Ensemble is made up of seventh and eighth grade students. (MTN News photo) The Washington Middle School Jazz Ensemble is made up of seventh and eighth grade students. (MTN News photo)
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The Washington Middle School Jazz Ensemble is made up of seventh and eighth grade students. 

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FWP issues safe boating reminder ahead of Memorial Day

State wildlife officials are issuing a reminder to be safe on the water as the Memorial Day holiday approaches. (MTN News photo) State wildlife officials are issuing a reminder to be safe on the water as the Memorial Day holiday approaches. (MTN News photo)
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State wildlife officials are issuing a reminder to be safe on the water as the Memorial Day holiday approaches. 

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Missoula flooding property damage becomes apparent, but too soon to report

Property damage has been exposed as flood waters have receded in Missoula. (MTN News photo) Property damage has been exposed as flood waters have receded in Missoula. (MTN News photo)
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Property damage has been exposed as flood waters have receded in Missoula.

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Zinke’s first year as U.S. Interior Secretary: Fossil-fuel emphasis, public access, helping ag

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No shortage of opinions on the first-year report card for Montana’s first member of a presidential cabinet

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Priorities set for Missoula pedestrian improvement plan

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The city council has been presented with details on the city's sidewalk improvement project, specifically how certain areas have been prioritized. 

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Recovery efforts underway at accident in Central Idaho backcountry

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Efforts are underway to recover an overturned SUV in the remote backcountry of Central Idaho.

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Trump cancels North Korea meeting with Kim Jong Un

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President Trump has canceled the upcoming summit between the United States and the North Koreans.

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Contamination samples from Smurfit berms could take weeks to analyze

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While county officials say the dark "stain" is "tannin", or discoloration likely caused by wood and vegetation debris, it could be an indicator of problems.

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Montana wolf numbers hold strong in 2017

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State wildlife officials report that there are approximately 900 wolves in Montana.

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Pipeline opponents hosted a rally in Great Falls

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TransCanada released a statement saying Keystone XL is a safe, modern and technologically advanced piece of North American energy infrastructure. 

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Legislators meet in Butte, work to clarify sexual harassment policy

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A bipartisan group of state legislators is in Butte addressing a policy issue in the Legislature -- the development of a clear sexual harassment policy.

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As U.S. economy gains, millions still live on the edge

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Less than two-fifths of working adults think their retirement savings are on track, and a quarter have no retirement savings or pension whatsoever.

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Rattlesnake Dam project sets sights on design phase

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The City of Missoula is moving into the early design phase of the Lower Rattlesnake Dam reconstruction.

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Missoula's last remaining video rental store, Crazy Mike's, closing this weekend

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It’s the end of an era for Missoula’s last remaining video rental store.

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Kalispell man sentenced to prison for illegally exporting guns

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A Kalispell man who trafficked weapons to various other countries will spend time in prison after being sentenced on Wednesday.

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More samples being taken for flooding contamination at Smurfit berms

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Agencies are taking more water samples along after a drone overflight shows some suspicious water near the site of a groundwater “boil” that was spotted last week.

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Glass recycling is returning to Helena

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Helena Recycling said they will start taking glass at their curbside pick-ups starting June 1.

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Former Billings nurse admits stealing painkillers from up to 300 patients

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Mills used a syringe to remove the drug from packaging used in medical procedures at the hospital and replaced it with saline, according to court documents.

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Morning Rounds: Autism explained

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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Georgetown Lake recreation sites fees hiked

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Expect to pay a bit more if you use the campground and day use sites in Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and Georgetown Lake vicinity. 

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A look at the lifeline of the Hi-Line

Private property infrastructure, helping irrigate land. (MTN News photo) Private property infrastructure, helping irrigate land. (MTN News photo)
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The water of the Milk River means everything to the 1,200 people who live in the town of Chinook. 

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Ronan officer hurt, cruiser damaged in DUI crash

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A Ronan police officer was taken to the hospital and his cruiser was damaged in a Monday evening incident involving a drunk driver. 

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Grizzly bear awareness discussed in Loma

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Officials say the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem has more than 1,000 grizzly bears and a proposal to delist grizzlies in that region is set for this year.

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On Special Assignment: Montana veterans struggle with lasting effects of Agent Orange

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Hundreds of thousands of people, both soldiers and civilians have been affected by Agent Orange. 

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NFL owners say players must stand for the National Anthem

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says team owners unanimously agreed that the NFL can fine a team whose players protest on the sidelines during the National Anthem.

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Havre woman denies attempted murder charge

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A woman denied allegations Tuesday in District Court in Havre that she choked and tried to stab a woman with a kitchen knife. 

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U.S. House Dem candidates not shying away from gun-violence proposals

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The issues of gun rights and gun violence persist as risky political topics in Montana, but that’s not stopping Democratic U.S. House candidates from talking about it, often in stark terms. 

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Missoula flooding survey continues; residents urged to stay alert

The Clark Fork River is expected to return to moderate flood stage later this week. (MTN News photo) The Clark Fork River is expected to return to moderate flood stage later this week. (MTN News photo)
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Current forecasts predict that the Clark Fork River will rise to over 11 feet later this week and remain there for some time.

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Montana man sentenced for raping a child

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James Blake Conn was sentenced to 70 years in prison with 35 of the years were suspended. 

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Ravalli Co. authorities helping in search for missing hunters in Idaho

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The four hunters went missing after their SUV rolled over into the Selway River on Monday.

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Witnesses recount scene after plane crashes on I-90

The pilot was able to walkaway after crash landing near Lookout Pass on I-90. The pilot was able to walkaway after crash landing near Lookout Pass on I-90.
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The pilot walked away from the experimental aircraft with minor injuries after crash landing on I-90 near Lookout Pass.

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Flooding damages Lowell Elementary School

A cracked valve is blamed for flooding several classrooms at Lowell Elementary School. (MTN News photo) A cracked valve is blamed for flooding several classrooms at Lowell Elementary School. (MTN News photo)
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Flooding hit Lowell Elementary School over the weekend because a valve underneath a sink in a second floor classroom cracked.

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Missoula County continues to assess flood damage

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Search and Rescue teams are helping to gather the info from areas that have been difficult to assess with the extremely high waters.

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Ex-Florence doctor tries to save freedom while case is appealed

Former Florence physician Chris Christensen faces up to 405 years in prison when he's sentenced on Dec. 27 in Hamilton. (MTN News photo) Former Florence physician Chris Christensen faces up to 405 years in prison when he's sentenced on Dec. 27 in Hamilton. (MTN News photo)
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Chris Christensen was arrested last week after missing a deadline for filing an appeal with the Montana Supreme Court.

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Tester: Bill to boost veterans' care passes key Senate committee

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A new streamlined community care program for American Veterans is poised to pass the U.S. Senate.

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5 Things You May Not Have Known About Aquatic Invasive Species

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If you want to protect Montana’s beautiful waters, one of the most important things you can do is understand aquatic invasive species — and know how to keep them out. Aquatic invasive species are animals, plants and pathogens that spread to areas where they don't naturally occur, causing environmental and economic harm. These species are often transported by boats or fishing gear, and because Montana is home to so many lakes and rivers popular with a...

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Missoula law enforcement absorbing cuts to mental health care services

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The Missoula jail is often overcrowded with people who shouldn’t even be there -- people with mental health and substance use issues.

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Gas prices on the rise as Memorial Day approaches

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Gas prices entering Memorial Day weekend are at their highest level since 2014 nationwide.

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Life-saving air ambulance program vital to remote rescues

Every year the A.L.E.R.T. Air Ambulance Program serves around 345 patients by transporting them to their destinations. Every year the A.L.E.R.T. Air Ambulance Program serves around 345 patients by transporting them to their destinations.
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Every year the A.L.E.R.T. Air Ambulance Program serves around 345 patients by transporting them to their destinations.

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Billings man identified as victim in drowning near Great Falls

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The Smith River was running high and fast at the time of the incident, according to Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards. 

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One Class at a Time: Sentinel High School

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Sentinel Life Skills teacher Ashley House says her class is in desperate need of new winter hats.

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Pilot walks away after plane crashes on I-90 near Lookout Pass

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A witness said he watched an experimental airplane glide down onto the highway around 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Helena man found guilty of murder for girlfriend's shooting death

Skyler Schneider, 22 (MTN News photo) Skyler Schneider, 22 (MTN News photo)
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A Helena man has been found guilty of deliberate homicide and tampering with evidence in connection with a July 2017 shooting death.

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Boy arrested after shooting mother's ex-boyfriend in neck in Billings

Billings Police on the scene of a reported shooting. (MTN News/Paul Humphrey Photo) Billings Police on the scene of a reported shooting. (MTN News/Paul Humphrey Photo)
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Chief Rich St. John says the shooting occurred inside of the apartment building where a juvenile male fired a couple of rounds from a handgun.

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Construction to close Van Buren Street at I-90 overnight this week

The closure will be from I-90 westbound on and off ramps to Poplar Street as work continues on a new roundabout. (MTN News photo) The closure will be from I-90 westbound on and off ramps to Poplar Street as work continues on a new roundabout. (MTN News photo)
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The closure will be from I-90 westbound on and off ramps to Poplar Street as work continues on a new roundabout. 

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Hawaii volcano lava flows into power plant, sparking fears of deadly gas release

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Emergency workers in Hawaii are racing to protect a geothermal power plant near the Kilauea Volcano. 

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On Special Assignment: Couple opens natural cemetery in Swan Valley

Henry and Joan Meyer made their home in the Swan Valley almost 67 years ago and they never want to leave. (MTN News photo) Henry and Joan Meyer made their home in the Swan Valley almost 67 years ago and they never want to leave. (MTN News photo)
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Henry and Joan Meyer made their home in the Swan Valley almost 67 years ago to a place they consider paradise -- and they never want to leave.

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Missoula evacuation orders modified, Turah levee repair work continues

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Missoula residents who have been hit by flooding started this week with some good news. 

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  • Report claims Rohingya militant group massacred nearly 100 Hindus

    Report claims Rohingya militant group massacred nearly 100 Hindus

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 1:43 PM EDT2018-05-22 17:43:45 GMT
    Members of a Rohingya militant group allegedly massacred dozens of men, women and children, execution-style in Hindu villages in Myanmar's Rakhine State last year, according to a new Amnesty International report.Members of a Rohingya militant group allegedly massacred dozens of men, women and children, execution-style in Hindu villages in Myanmar's Rakhine State last year, according to a new Amnesty International report.
    Members of a Rohingya militant group allegedly massacred dozens of men, women and children, execution-style in Hindu villages in Myanmar's Rakhine State last year, according to a new Amnesty International report.
    Members of a Rohingya militant group allegedly massacred dozens of men, women and children, execution-style in Hindu villages in Myanmar's Rakhine State last year, according to a new Amnesty International report.
  • Did these US-South Korean military drills cause Kim's change of heart?

    Did these US-South Korean military drills cause Kim's change of heart?

    Friday, May 25 2018 4:58 AM EDT2018-05-25 08:58:30 GMT
    Military drills on the Korean Peninsula are always a source of tension, but this year's Max Thunder exercises were on another level.
    Military drills on the Korean Peninsula are always a source of tension, but this year's Max Thunder exercises were on another level.
  • The 'forgotten people': When death came to the Torres Strait

    The 'forgotten people': When death came to the Torres Strait

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:09 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:09:19 GMT
    Milton Savage is the Chair of the Kaurareg Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, the government-backed organization that lobbies for his people's land rights, but he also has tribal bloodlines that tie him to all the clans of Cape York, in northern...Milton Savage is the Chair of the Kaurareg Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, the government-backed organization that lobbies for his people's land rights, but he also has tribal bloodlines that tie him to all the clans of Cape York, in northern...
    Milton Savage sits on the porch of his cement board house on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, about 40 kilometers (24 miles) north of Australia's northern tip.
    Milton Savage sits on the porch of his cement board house on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, about 40 kilometers (24 miles) north of Australia's northern tip.
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