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Missoula detective helps young officers spot human trafficking Video included

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Missoula Police Detective Guy Baker says awareness is key for young officers.

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Canadian aircraft help battle Montana wildfires Video included

4 "super scoopers" are on loan to help fight Montana wildfires. (MTN News photo) 4 "super scoopers" are on loan to help fight Montana wildfires. (MTN News photo)
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Two Canadian CL-215 water scooping planes are stationed in Kalispell at Glacier Park International Airport.

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Fires keep burning outside of Philipsburg, public meeting set

The Meyers fire as seen from Moose Lake Road. (photo credit: USFS) The Meyers fire as seen from Moose Lake Road. (photo credit: USFS)
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A meeting to brief the public on the efforts to battle a pair of large wildfires burning outside of Philipsburg will be held on Sunday.

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Crews brief residents on Granite County firefighting efforts Video included

The Goat Creek fire has forced evacuations and road closures in Granite County. (MTN News photo) The Goat Creek fire has forced evacuations and road closures in Granite County. (MTN News photo)
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Nearly 50 people turned out at the Clinton Fire station, just 24-hours after a third fire erupted in the Rock Creek area.

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Fires near Lincoln have burned thousands of acres Video included

Arrastra Creek Fire has burned more than 2,000 acres. (Photo from Inciweb) Arrastra Creek Fire has burned more than 2,000 acres. (Photo from Inciweb)
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The Park Creek Fire has burned more than 2,700 acres while the nearby Arrastra Creek has burned more than 2,000 acres.

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Lolo Peak fire grows to 400 acres Video included

A top level fire incident management team is taking over at the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News/Mark Thorsell photo) A top level fire incident management team is taking over at the Lolo Peak fire. (MTN News/Mark Thorsell photo)
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The Lolo Peak fire has grown to nearly 400 acres, according to fire officials.

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Father and daughter reunite in Great Falls after more than 40 years Video included

Life has come full circle for Steve Smith and his daughter Julie.  It took more than 40 years to do so. Life has come full circle for Steve Smith and his daughter Julie. It took more than 40 years to do so.
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"Happy, I'm very happy.  I'm very grateful,” said Julie on seeing her father for the first time in more than four decades. 

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Lodgepole Complex fire grows to 125K acres, evacuation order remains

The Lodgepole Complex consists of four fires burning in eastern Montana. (BLM photo) The Lodgepole Complex consists of four fires burning in eastern Montana. (BLM photo)
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The Lodgepole Complex consists of the Bridge Coulee Fire, the South Breaks Fire, the Barker Fire, and the Square Butte Fire. 

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Weather Forecast: Hot, dry and smoky weekend

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With high pressure in place, expect very warm and dry conditions to continue across the region this weekend.  Unfortunately, with high pressure comes a lack of wind.  Wildfire smoke from regional and local fires will settle into our valleys providing poorer air quality - especially for those directly downwind of a fire.  Highs will range from the upper 80s to mid 90s this weekend.

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Montana anti-suicide coalition aims to end stigma

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An anti-suicide coalition in Helena is hoping that talking about the subject openly will remove the stigma around suicide. 

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"Rattlesnake hunter" staying busy in Great Falls Video included

Jeremy Allestad operates a "reptile removal" service, and he has been very busy over the last several days. Jeremy Allestad operates a "reptile removal" service, and he has been very busy over the last several days.
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Jeremy Allestad operates a "reptile removal" service, and he has been very busy over the last several days. 

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Western Montanans arrested after fentanyl-laced heroin found in Bozeman drug bust

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The trio was arrested after law enforcement found the group in a hotel manufacturing fentanyl-laced heroin along with other drugs. 

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Hamilton attorney says law shouldn’t infringe on his right to political speech Video included

the question is whether Robert Myers’ defiance falls within the law, and ethics which govern the legal profession. (Dennis Bragg photo) the question is whether Robert Myers’ defiance falls within the law, and ethics which govern the legal profession. (Dennis Bragg photo)
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A Hamilton attorney is arguing for his career, hoping to avoid suspension but also fiercely defending his ability to criticize a Ravalli County Judge during last year’s elections. 

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KPAX Country: Darby restaurant owner combine love of food, love of community Video included

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The Little Blue Joint has been a hit in this small western town.

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2 men sentenced in connection with Creston murder

Christopher Hansen (center) and David Toman (right) were sentenced Thursday in connection with the murder of Wade Allen Rautio. Christopher Hansen (center) and David Toman (right) were sentenced Thursday in connection with the murder of Wade Allen Rautio.
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Two men were sentenced Thursday in Flathead District Court for their roles in the May 2016 killing of Wade Allen Rautio. 

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Major parts of health care bill violate Senate rule

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Senate parliamentarian says some provisions in original Senate bill require 60 votes.

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New, tougher distracted driving law starting up in Washington Video included

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The next time you're in Washington state you could get a ticket for checking your texts while you wait at the stop light or eating while driving.

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Gallatin County attorney opposes Gianforte mugshot, fingerprint motion

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After two extensions Lambert responded Thursday, asking the court not to excuse Gianforte from the normal booking procedures. 

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Fires grow outside of Philipsburg

The Meyers fire as seen from Moose Lake Road. (photo credit: USFS) The Meyers fire as seen from Moose Lake Road. (photo credit: USFS)
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Two fires that are burning outside of Philipsburg are continuing to grow larger. 

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State Capitol gets some much needed upgrades Video included

Workers have been busy this summer replacing some of the original skylights on Montana’s State Capitol. (MTN News photo) Workers have been busy this summer replacing some of the original skylights on Montana’s State Capitol. (MTN News photo)
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Workers have been busy this summer replacing some of the original skylights on Montana’s State Capitol that are more than 100 years old.

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Little Hogback, Sliderock fires show growth

The Little Hogback Fire (courtesy photo) The Little Hogback Fire (courtesy photo)
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A pair of wildfires burning near Rock Creek have grown larger.

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Wildfire smoke beginning to impact Western Montana air quality

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We are currently surrounded by wildfires, which is leading to frequent haze and occasional air quality impacts.

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Lincoln area wildfires keep growing

Arrastra Creek Fire. (courtesy: Inciweb) Arrastra Creek Fire. (courtesy: Inciweb)
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Wind and heat Thursday grew two Lewis and Clark County wildfires by hundreds of acres. 

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Boulder woman killed in rollover crash

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A 38-year-old woman from Boulder was killed in a rollover accident north of Whitehall Friday morning.

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Helena man survives rollover, killed by passing vehicle at crash scene

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The Montana Highway Patrol reports a 33-year-old Helena man died when he was hit by another car on Birdseye Road Thursday night.

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Mineral County wildfire grows, public meeting set

The Sunrise fire is burning between Alberton and Superior. (Lolo National Forest photo) The Sunrise fire is burning between Alberton and Superior. (Lolo National Forest photo)
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Winds pushed the Sunrise fire which is burning between Alberton and Superior to 482 acres on Thursday.

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Self-serve kiosk debuts at McDonald's in Kalispell Video included

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A McDonald's in Kalispell is among the first in the nation to include self-service kiosk ordering and a more tech centered experience.

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Evacuation orders issued near Goat Creek fire Video included

The Goat Fire in Granite County (photo credit Loren Barker) The Goat Fire in Granite County (photo credit Loren Barker)

The Goat fire has burned over 400 acres and forced evacuations in Granite County.

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Crews battling new Bitterroot Valley wildfire

The blaze is burning in the Sapphire Mountains east of Corvallis. (photo credit: Mel Holloway) The blaze is burning in the Sapphire Mountains east of Corvallis. (photo credit: Mel Holloway)
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The Dominic Butte fire is burning east of Corvallis in the Sapphire Mountains near Willow Mountain Lookout and Dominic Point. 

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Eastern Montana wildfires explode to 48,000 acres

A series of wildfires burning in Eastern Montana blew up on Thursday and now have torched approximately 48,000 acres.

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New, tougher distracted driving law starting up in Washington Video included

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The next time you're in Washington state you could get a ticket for checking your texts while you wait at the stop light.or eating while driving.

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Friends remember fallen Missoula firefighter Trenton Johnson Video included

Trenton Johnson, 19, died while working a wildfire near Seeley Lake. (MTN News photo) Trenton Johnson, 19, died while working a wildfire near Seeley Lake. (MTN News photo)
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Trenton Johnson is remembered by those who love him as a kind, gentle young man whose indomitable spirit afforded him limitless potential.

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South Fork Bridge to close to all traffic early Saturday Video included

The South Fork Bridge on Highway 2 near Hungry Horse (MTN News photo) The South Fork Bridge on Highway 2 near Hungry Horse (MTN News photo)
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Contractors will close the South Fork Bridge west of Hungry Horse early Saturday morning.

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Death of 19-year-old firefighter shakes community Video included

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Many are mourning the loss of a 19-year-old Missoula man who was killed while fighting a wildlands fire near Seeley Lake Wednesday afternoon.

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Arlee home destroyed in Thursday morning fire

Amy Knutson photo. Amy Knutson photo.
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An Arlee area home is a total loss from a fast-moving fire Thursday morning.

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Over 1,000 acres burned in 2 wildfires southeast of Missoula

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The Sliderock fire, located about 28 miles southeast of Missoula, and the nearby Little Hogback fire have burned a combined 1,038 acres.

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Charges against 1 of 4 suspects in Poplar man's murder dismissed

The victim has been identified as Patrick Wayne Mitchell (Photo from Bureau of Prisons) The victim has been identified as Patrick Wayne Mitchell (Photo from Bureau of Prisons)
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Charges against one of the four people accused in the beating death of a Poplar man in early July have been dismissed, according to newly obtained tribal court documents.

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Former corrections director Batista temporary Parole Board appointee

Former state Corrections Director Mike Batista Former state Corrections Director Mike Batista
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Former state Corrections Director Mike Batista has been appointed to Montana’s newly configured Board of Pardons and Parole – but said Thursday he plans to serve for only a month or so. 

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Senate GOP eyes Tuesday for health care vote, but exact plan up in the air

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Senate GOP leaders are eyeing Tuesday for a health care vote, but no one knows yet which proposal will be voted on. 

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1 hospitalized, 1 arrested after Lake Co. high-speed chase

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One person is in the hospital while a second person is in jail after leading numerous law enforcement authorities on a high speed chase Wednesday night. 

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O.J. Simpson granted parole after 9 years in prison

O.J. Simpson, 70, appears in court for his parole hearing on July 20, 2017. (POOL image) O.J. Simpson, 70, appears in court for his parole hearing on July 20, 2017. (POOL image)
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A Nevada parole board granted O.J. Simpson parole on Thursday after the former NFL star apologized for his role in a 2007 armed robbery.

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Missoula firefighter killed by falling tree was a star athlete and student Video included

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Authorities report that Trenton M. Johnson, 19, of Missoula died after a tree snag fell on him.

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Jury finds Billings man guilty of decades old child rape

Robert Calvin is charged with three felony sex offenses (MTN News) Robert Calvin is charged with three felony sex offenses (MTN News)
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Robert Calvin, accused of raping a girl for several years in the 1990s, was found guilty Wednesday of all three charges.

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Crop duster shot near Belgrade Video included

Headwaters Flying Service Facebook photo. Headwaters Flying Service Facebook photo.
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A crop duster was shot at Tuesday morning while flying 500 feet above the ground. 

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Crying Fire in Petroleum County scorches 5,000 acres

Crying Fire in Petroleum County (BLM photo) Crying Fire in Petroleum County (BLM photo)
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Crews responded to several wildland fire starts in central and eastern Montana throughout the day on Wednesday.

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Wildfires southeast of Missoula grow to 1,000+ acres

Two fires southeast of Missoula have now burned over 1,000 acres. (courtesy photo) Two fires southeast of Missoula have now burned over 1,000 acres. (courtesy photo)
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A Type II fire Incident Management team is continuing to coordinate the battle against the lightning sparked blazes.

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Woman arrested in connection with Anaconda arson; may be linked to others Video included

Kellie Olson is in custody in connection with a Saturday arson fire to a residence on East Front Street in Anaconda. Kellie Olson is in custody in connection with a Saturday arson fire to a residence on East Front Street in Anaconda.
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A woman s in custody in connection with a Saturday arson fire to a residence on East Front Street in Anaconda. 

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Crews face challenges battling Lolo Peak fire; public meeting set Video included

The Lolo Peak fire (photo credit: Brandon Allen) The Lolo Peak fire (photo credit: Brandon Allen)
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A community meeting to discuss the fire will be held on Thursday evening at Lolo School.

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Producers look toward industrial hemp future in Montana Video included

Senate Bill 261 passed in Montana in 2001, allowing the production of hemp as an agricultural crop. But, farming officials say it's taken the past 16 years to get the crop into the ground. Senate Bill 261 passed in Montana in 2001, allowing the production of hemp as an agricultural crop. But, farming officials say it's taken the past 16 years to get the crop into the ground.
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 Montana is now one of three states to allow industrial hemp farming and producers are hoping to benefit from the specialty crop.

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Bullock names new chief of staff with national political experience

Tom Lopach Tom Lopach
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Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday named a new chief of staff, who has national political experience, MTN News has learned. 

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The Event at Rebecca Farm underway in Kalispell Video included

The Event at Rebecca Farms is marking its 16th year. (MTN News photo) The Event at Rebecca Farms is marking its 16th year. (MTN News photo)

The Event at Rebecca Farm is expected to draw record numbers both in spectators and competitors this year.

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Missoula affordable housing efforts honored Video included

Sweetgrass commons (courtesy photo) Sweetgrass commons (courtesy photo)

 A panel of housing and community development leaders are meeting in Missoula this week to discuss opportunities to create affordable housing. 

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Museum dedicated to USFS history opens near Missoula Video included

The museum is located at 6305 Highway 10 West near Missoula. (MTN News photo) The museum is located at 6305 Highway 10 West near Missoula. (MTN News photo)
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Curators have painstakingly gathered a collection of artifacts, documents and relics from the earliest days of American conservationism.

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Missoula accident investigated as possible hit-and-run Video included

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The accident happened around noon at the intersection of Brooks and Reserve Street. 

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Fire weather outlook remains status quo, despite new blazes Video included

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Numerous wildfire starts have many on edge heading into late July. 

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Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain tumor

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Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, has been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, according to a statement released by his family and the Mayo Clinic.

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Sen. Daines dines with the president; talks about filibuster, 'getting things done'

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.
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The discussion included health care, tax reform, the federal debt ceiling and the nation’s $20 trillion federal debt, he said.

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Daines' office working to help UM student detained in China Video included

University of Montana senior Guthrie McLean (left). (courtesy photo) University of Montana senior Guthrie McLean (left). (courtesy photo)
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Guthrie McLean is accused of assaulting a cab driver on June 10 in Zhengzhou, China. 

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CBO: Latest health bill would leave 32M more uninsured in 2026 Video included

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Seventeen million more people would become uninsured next year under a plan to repeal Obamacare now and replace it later.

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Social Security Administration warns about fraudulent callers trying to steal your checks

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The Social Security Administration is warning that schemers are impersonating government agents and stealing people's benefits. 

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Park Creek Fire continues to grow; road closures still in place

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The Park Creek Fire continues to grow with very little containment as firefighters battle the blaze located a few miles north of Lincoln.

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Morning Rounds: Climate change and your health Video included

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Dr. Kasey Harbine of St. Patrick Hospital answers your medical questions.

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Man sentenced to prison for raping Helena child Video included

Andrew Hohn has been sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to charges that he raped a 7-year old girl in Helena last year. Andrew Hohn has been sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to charges that he raped a 7-year old girl in Helena last year.
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During Wednesday's sentencing, the victim's family members told Hohn, "We will never forgive you."

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Wildfire forces thousands from homes, threatens power at Yosemite

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Around 4,000 people have been forced from their homes as a massive wildfire quickly grows in California.  

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Supreme Court says grandparents, relatives can enter US despite travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. (photo credit: Chris Turner/CNN) The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. (photo credit: Chris Turner/CNN)
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The Supreme Court has left intact a lower court opinion that temporarily exempts grandparents and other relatives from President Donald Trump's travel ban. 

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Lolo Peak fire grows Video included

The Lolo Peak Fire (Mark Thorsell/MTN News photo) The Lolo Peak Fire (Mark Thorsell/MTN News photo)
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The latest update shows that the lightning started fire is now at 165 acres and remains 0% contained. 

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Suspect sought in Hungry Horse sparkler bomb incident

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Witnesses took a photo of a man who officials believe lit a sparkler bomb in the pipe in Hungry Horse on the 4th of July that injured a young girl.

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What you need to know about O.J. Simpson's upcoming parole hearing

(MGN image/photo: Nevada Department of Corrections) (MGN image/photo: Nevada Department of Corrections)
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His fate is in the hands of four Nevada parole board commissioners who will hear arguments Thursday about whether to release Simpson.

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Bears out and about in Western Montana

(photo credit: Mark Watson / Flickr) (photo credit: Mark Watson / Flickr)
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State wildlife officials report that bears are still being seen across Western Montana. 

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TIP-MONT line helps people report poachers

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Callers are kept confidential and rewards of up to $1,000 are possible.

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Northwest Montana wildfires fully contained

The Lazier Creek 3 fire is burning near the Bend Guard Station in Sanders County. (MTN News photo) The Lazier Creek 3 fire is burning near the Bend Guard Station in Sanders County. (MTN News photo)
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The Lazier Creek 3 and Rogers Mountain fires have been fully contained. 

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Wildland firefighting terms: what do they mean?

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People are seeing references to firefighting terms such as "Type 2" teams and "ICS." But what do they mean?

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Crews continue battling wildfires southeast of Missoula

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Over 120 firefighters are battling a pair of wildfires that are burning southeast of Missoula. 

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Wildfires burning west of Missoula

The Burdette and Sunrise fires have been pouring out smoke that's visible wet of Missoula. (Lolo National Forest photo) The Burdette and Sunrise fires have been pouring out smoke that's visible wet of Missoula. (Lolo National Forest photo)
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The Burdette and Sunrise fires have been pouring out smoke that's visible wet of Missoula. 

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Wildfire prevention stressed in Northwest Montana Video included

Firefighting resources are stretched thin as the fire danger rises. (MTN News photo) Firefighting resources are stretched thin as the fire danger rises. (MTN News photo)
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Fire officials say it's uncommon for the fire danger level to be elevated to "Very High," this early in the season.

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UM student arrested, detained in China Video included

University of Montana senior Guthrie McLean (left). (courtesy photo) University of Montana senior Guthrie McLean (left). (courtesy photo)
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University of Montana senior Guthrie McLean stands accused of assaulting the cab driver as retaliation for the cab driver attacking his mother.

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Missoula man who smothered 5-month-old to death will serve prison time Video included

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26-year-old Marc Palmer was sentenced for negligent homicide, tampering with physical evidence and aggravated assault.

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MT GOP’ers want straight repeal of `Obamacare’; Tester and Bullock preach bipartisan fix Video included

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.
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As U.S. Senate Republicans’ latest plan to repeal and replace “Obamacare” crashed and burned, two of the state’s top GOP officeholders said Tuesday they support a straight repeal of the health-care law – with a delayed effective date. 

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Gov. Bullock forms PAC to support possible run for federal office

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Gov. Steve Bullock confirmed Tuesday that he's formed a political action committee to fund a possible run for federal office – but won't say which office. 

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Human Rights Commission rules against Josh Clark in discrimination lawsuit Video included

Former Missoula County Undersheriff Josh Clark (MTN News photo) Former Missoula County Undersheriff Josh Clark (MTN News photo)
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The commission voted unanimously to affirm findings from the hearing held last May.

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Man ID'd after being found dead in van in Missoula parking lot

A body was found in a van in a parking lot along North Reserve Street. (MTN News photo) A body was found in a van in a parking lot along North Reserve Street. (MTN News photo)
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The Missoula Police Department is investigating the details surrounding the death.

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Park Creek Fire causes road closures, Highway 200 traffic delays

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The fire started on Friday by lightning and is still zero percent contained. It has burned a total of 1,600 acres, according to fire officials.  

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Petition to recall Montana sheriff approved

Suta said Monday he is aware of the petition but is reserving comment until after he has spoken with his lawyer. (Facebook photo- Carl Suta for Pondera County Sheriff) Suta said Monday he is aware of the petition but is reserving comment until after he has spoken with his lawyer. (Facebook photo- Carl Suta for Pondera County Sheriff)
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Petitioners cite incompetence as their reason for recall.

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Fire season takes off thanks to hot, dry weather Video included

Montana's wildfire statistics (as of July 17) Montana's wildfire statistics (as of July 17)
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Much of Montana is experiencing "high" or "very high" fire danger at this time, and things are not expected to improve in the near future.

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