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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)

Opponents speak out against Creston water bottling plant

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

U.S. House candidate John Heenan U.S. House candidate John Heenan
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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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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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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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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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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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Weather Forecast: Stormy end to the week

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After starting off Friday on a very sunny note, clouds will continue to increase with late day/evening shower and thunderstorm development.  Some storms (mainly along and south of I-90) have the potential to be strong to severe. 

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

File photo of grizzly bear (MTN News photo) File photo of grizzly bear (MTN News photo)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

(photo credit: Ronan Police Department) (photo credit: Ronan Police Department)
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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

File photo of grizzly bear (MTN News photo) File photo of grizzly bear (MTN News photo)
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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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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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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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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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Pilot walks away after plane crashes on I-90 near Lookout Pass

Samantha Kubota photo. Samantha Kubota photo.
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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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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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Murder suspect, convicted felon arrested in Hardin

Jacob Ozuna (courtesy photo) Jacob Ozuna (courtesy photo)
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The Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office arrested a murder suspect on who fled the state of Washington. 

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Club For Growth spends $1.16M supporting Rosendale and attacking Fagg in GOP primary

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Another outside group is making significant ad buys in Montana’s U.S. Senate Republican primary

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Ex-Montana residents ordered to stand trial in Utah for baby's murder

A pair of longtime Billings residents charged in Utah with the murder of their daughter have been ordered to stand trial. A pair of longtime Billings residents charged in Utah with the murder of their daughter have been ordered to stand trial.
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A pair of longtime Billings residents charged in Utah with the murder of their daughter have been ordered to stand trial. 

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Volunteers work to rebuild Butte carousel

It takes a stable of strong workhorses to put together a carousel. But this crew of volunteers said the hard work is worth it. (MTN News photo) It takes a stable of strong workhorses to put together a carousel. But this crew of volunteers said the hard work is worth it. (MTN News photo)
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It takes a stable of strong workhorses to put together a carousel. But this crew of volunteers said the hard work is worth it.

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Student of the Week: Aislynn Love

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Aislynn Love is a senior at Charlo High School.

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Man hopes to rewrite his story by kayaking Missouri River

Tomas Dawson finished his first full week of kayaking just after 5 p.m. on Monday in Ulm. (MTN News photo) Tomas Dawson finished his first full week of kayaking just after 5 p.m. on Monday in Ulm. (MTN News photo)
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A 57-year-old Colorado Springs man is doing something not many people do in their lifetime: Kayaking the Missouri River. 

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Montana Made: Montana Hydraulics

When it comes to components for industrial machines, Montana Hydraulics owners Mark and Della Ehlke say there isn’t much they can’t make.  (MTN News photo) When it comes to components for industrial machines, Montana Hydraulics owners Mark and Della Ehlke say there isn’t much they can’t make.  (MTN News photo)
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When it comes to components for industrial machines, Montana Hydraulics owners Mark and Della Ehlke say there isn’t much they can’t make. 

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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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Wildlife technician recovering from bear attack near Libby

Amber Kornak was attacked by a bear near Libby and sustained serious injuries. (courtesy photo) Amber Kornak was attacked by a bear near Libby and sustained serious injuries. (courtesy photo)
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A woman who was reportedly attacked by a bear in near Libby has been taken out of the ICU at a Kalispell hospital. 

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FVCC breaks ground on new Library and Learning Commons

The 12,000 square-foot Library and Learning Commons will be an addition to the Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing & Health Science. (MTN News photo) The 12,000 square-foot Library and Learning Commons will be an addition to the Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing & Health Science. (MTN News photo)
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The 12,000 square-foot Library and Learning Commons will be an addition to the Rebecca Chaney Broussard Center for Nursing & Health Science.

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Judge hears arguments about Montana bathroom initiative

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Judge John Kutzman heard the arguments under advisement and will issue a ruling at a later date.

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Senate veterans affairs chairman upbeat about VA nominee Robert Wilkie

Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Johnny Isakson  (photo credit: Johnny Isakson Senate office) Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Johnny Isakson (photo credit: Johnny Isakson Senate office)
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Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Johnny Isakson gave an upbeat assessment Monday of Robert Wilkie, the acting secretary of Veterans Affairs.

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Idaho’s largest school district changes lockdown policy

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The state's largest school district is changing its lockdown policy, but the big question is, could that decision ultimately put kids in harm's way? 

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Eagle Creek Fire teen ordered to pay $36 million

The Eagle Creek fire burned in the Columbia River Gorge in 2017. (inciweb.org photo) The Eagle Creek fire burned in the Columbia River Gorge in 2017. (inciweb.org photo)
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Circuit Court Judge John Olson issued his restitution opinion for the teenager who pleaded guilty to starting the Eagle Creek Fire last summer, ordering him to pay $36 million.

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Questioning of 2 Spanish-speaking people by Border Patrol agent in Havre goes viral

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Two U.S. citizens were stopped and questioned by a Border Patrol agent last week for speaking Spanish at a gas station in Havre, and the story and video have now gone viral.

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Bruce Oliveira

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The United States Marshals Service has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Bruce Oliveira. 

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Long time Montana wildlife biologist has no plans to retire

Shawn Stewart has only ever wanted to be just a wildlife biologist. Shawn Stewart has only ever wanted to be just a wildlife biologist.
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Shawn Stewart has only ever wanted to be just a wildlife biologist.

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Montana Ag Network: New fertilizer plant built in Lockwood

The new facility will help Town and Country meet the demands of their farmer customers especially in years like this. (MTN News photo) The new facility will help Town and Country meet the demands of their farmer customers especially in years like this. (MTN News photo)
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A new fertilizer plant has been built in south-central Montana that loads, stores and unloads more efficiently to help growers. 

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