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Glacier National Park moving forward on rebuilding Sperry Chalet

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The park received 72 comment letters during the EA review period, 58 of which support the plan. 

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Bear attack reported near Libby

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FWP personnel responded around 11:30 a.m. to the report of a bear attack on an adult woman.

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Kalispell students take part in Hooked on Fishing event

Edgerton School students teamed up with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Thursday to release west slope cutthroat trout.  (MTN News photo) Edgerton School students teamed up with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Thursday to release west slope cutthroat trout.  (MTN News photo)
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Edgerton School students teamed up with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on Thursday to release west slope cutthroat trout. 

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Planned power outages planned for Kalispell area

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The BPA has scheduled two brief power outages on Friday to replace equipment that was damaged during Wednesday night’s storm.

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Secretary Zinke visits Fort Peck, talks about pivot

US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke of Whitefish (MTN News photo) US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke of Whitefish (MTN News photo)
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with ranchers and farmers affected by the Lodge Pole Complex Fires. 

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1 killed in crash between Great Falls and Vaughn

One person died in a two-car crash on I-15 between Great Falls and Vaughn. (MTN News photo) One person died in a two-car crash on I-15 between Great Falls and Vaughn. (MTN News photo)
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One person died in a two-car crash on I-15 between Great Falls and Vaughn on Sunday.

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Section of Noxon Reservoir closed to recreation

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has temporarily closed Noxon Reservoir from the mouth of Blacktail Creek downstream to Noxon Rapids Dam. 

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Lower Clark Fork Valley feels flood pressures

The Clark Fork River near Plains. (Dennis Bragg/MTN News photo) The Clark Fork River near Plains. (Dennis Bragg/MTN News photo)
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Residents in the Lower Clark Fork Valley have been dealing with problems as floodwater pushes downstream. 

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Venezuelans, rocked by poverty and inflation, head to polls

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President Nicolas Maduro is seeking reelection for a six-year term in an electoral process that has been criticized both inside and outside Venezuela. 

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Trump demands Justice Department examine whether it or FBI spied on campaign

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President Donald Trump demanded Sunday that his Justice Department look into whether it or the FBI spied on his presidential campaign for political reasons. 

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Warm week with afternoon storms

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Happy Sunday! Mother Nature has given us a gorgeous Sunday, with a mostly sunny sky and warm highs.

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Army Corps will begin eroded levee repairs, waters rising slower than expected

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The Army Corps of Engineers will begin repairs on a levee starting Sunday after a concerned homeowner made a 911 call about dangerous erosion to a levee impacted by fast and high waters. A spokesperson for the Type 3 Incident Command Team Mel Holtz said the eroding levee off of East Mullan Road,  East of Turah and West of Clinton, could cause serious public infrastructure problems if not addressed.  Holtz added a handful of homes, th...

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Gunmaker Remington surfaces from bankruptcy

(Photo: Remington Arms Company, LLC) (Photo: Remington Arms Company, LLC)
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The nation's oldest gunmaker has exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy on firmer financial footing, with less red ink and better access to capital.

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Daines fights against ticket-agent cuts at MT Amtrak stations

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Amtrak says almost all tickets are now bought online or using the rail service's telephone ticket sale service.

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Man faces federal charge for assault that left Poplar man dead

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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Nearly one year after a Poplar man was beaten to death outside a convenience store, one of the three suspects charged in Fort Peck Tribal Court has been charged in federal court.

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Montana unemployment rate dips to 4.0%

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Montana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.0% for the month of April while the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.9%.

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Royal Wedding: A look at past weddings

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More than 100,000 people are expected to flock to Windsor to try to get a glimpse of the happy couple, millions more will watch on TV.

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Woman attacked by bear near Libby was working on grizzly project

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The type of bear involved in the conflict remains unknown, but trace evidence collected at the scene was submitted for analysis.

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Upcoming Western Montana events

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Here's a list of some of the upcoming events taking place across Western Montana.

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House fails to pass farm bill because of fight over immigration

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The farm bill has failed in the House on a vote of 213 to 198. 

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Black bear sightings reported outside Helena

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Black bears have recently been spotted on the backside of Mount Helena on the national forest land as well as up Priest Pass road west of Helena. 

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Officials identify suspect in shooting that killed 10 at Texas' Santa Fe High School

Multiple people have died as a result of a shooting Friday morning at a high school in the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe, two law enforcement sources told CNN. (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office) Multiple people have died as a result of a shooting Friday morning at a high school in the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe, two law enforcement sources told CNN. (Source: Harris County Sheriff's Office)
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Ten people were killed and ten others injured in a shooting Friday morning at a high school in the southeastern Texas city of Santa Fe,

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Kids Chance of Montana announces first round of scholarships

The applicants are from across Montana: Missoula, Roundup, Helena, East Helena, Billings and Bozeman.  (MTN News photo) The applicants are from across Montana: Missoula, Roundup, Helena, East Helena, Billings and Bozeman.  (MTN News photo)
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The applicants are from across Montana: Missoula, Roundup, Helena, East Helena, Billings and Bozeman.  

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Firing of deputy sparks controversy in Dillon

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The recent firing of Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Miles is causing controversy in Dillon. 

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Special Olympics Montana announces raffle winners

The annual event raised more than $560,000 for Special Olympics; a total of 100,582 raffle tickets were sold this year. (MTN News photo) The annual event raised more than $560,000 for Special Olympics; a total of 100,582 raffle tickets were sold this year. (MTN News photo)
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The annual event raised more than $560,000 for Special Olympics; a total of 100,582 raffle tickets were sold this year.

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2 buses collide in Lincoln Tunnel, dozens injured

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Two buses collided in the Lincoln Tunnel Friday morning, injuring at least 32 people.

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MT corrections officials change key part of sentence-reform package

MT Deputy Corrections Director Cynthia Wolken MT Deputy Corrections Director Cynthia Wolken
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About 250 offenders have been granted the release since last July, although not all of those are a result of the new law

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Gina Haspel confirmed as first female director of CIA

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Gina Haspel will officially become director of the Central Intelligence Agency. 

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Kilauea volcano erupts, Hawaii hands out 18,000 ash masks

An eruption from the Kilauea volcano's summit shot ash and smoke into the air early Thursday on Hawaii's Big Island.(USGS photo) An eruption from the Kilauea volcano's summit shot ash and smoke into the air early Thursday on Hawaii's Big Island.(USGS photo)
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Thursday's eruption is just the latest volcanic activity contributing to the nightmare on the Big Island since the volcano first went off on May 3.

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Utility pledges $4.5M to Colstrip for transition – but says plant closures a ways off

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The head of a Spokane-based utility using power generated at coal-fired plants in Colstrip told state regulators Thursday the newer plants won’t shut down “any time soon,” and are still part of his company’s resource plan. 

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2 killed in Big Horn County crash identified

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The two young girls killed in a Big Horn County crash on Monday night have been identified.

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Walmart's online sales grow 33%

Walmart's online sales are growing and Americans are still flooding into its stores. (Source: Shutterstock/CNN Money) Walmart's online sales are growing and Americans are still flooding into its stores. (Source: Shutterstock/CNN Money)
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Walmart's online sales are growing and Americans still flood into its stores. 

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FWP warns high water is dangerous for all boaters – be prepared or don’t go

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Those who have had to give up and return to shore due to poor boating conditions know it can be a tough decision. 

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Multiple injuries reported after "horrific" school bus, dump truck crash in NJ

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Mount Olive Mayor Robert Greenbaum called the scene "horrific."

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Summit of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts, sending plume of ash and smoke 30,000 feet high

An eruption from the Kilauea volcano's summit shot ash and smoke into the air early Thursday on Hawaii's Big Island.(USGS photo) An eruption from the Kilauea volcano's summit shot ash and smoke into the air early Thursday on Hawaii's Big Island.(USGS photo)
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Nearby residents are being asked to shelter in place if they are in the path of the ash plume, which the wind is carrying to the southeast.

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Controlled burning planned for Mount Sentinel

MTN News file photo of a prescribed burn on Mount Sentinel. (photo credit: Lisa Savard) MTN News file photo of a prescribed burn on Mount Sentinel. (photo credit: Lisa Savard)
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A controlled burn is set to take place over the next several days on Mount Sentinel. 

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Man charged with 10th DUI, and soliciting sex from a woman in Billings

Wesley Couture, 60, (Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office photo) Wesley Couture, 60, (Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office photo)
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A man with nine DUI convictions was arrested by Billings police on for allegedly driving drunk and soliciting oral sex from a woman he picked up. 

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Special Olympics celebrate Summer Games with opening ceremony

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The Special Olympics State Summer Games kicked off on Wednesday and to celebrate, the opening ceremonies took place.

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Fraud Watch: Beware of the driveway paving scam

Folks need to be wary of scammers offering to pave your driveway as the weather gets warmer. (MTN News photo) Folks need to be wary of scammers offering to pave your driveway as the weather gets warmer. (MTN News photo)
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Folks need to be wary of scammers offering to pave your driveway as the weather gets warmer

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Insurance agents advise residents to submit flood damage claims

With floodwaters starting to recede in some areas of Montana homeowners are now assessing the damage. (MTN News photo) With floodwaters starting to recede in some areas of Montana homeowners are now assessing the damage. (MTN News photo)
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With floodwaters starting to recede in some areas of Montana homeowners are now assessing the damage.
 

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Montana Ag Network: Big Equipment's big return after devastating fire

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Christmas Eve of 2017 will be a day that the owners will never forget after Big Equipment caught fire.

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Remembering Mason Moore: “They were hunting cops to kill”

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Looking back on the tragedy, a trio of sheriffs remember that fateful day and how they banded together to support their law enforcement families.

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Motorcycle pursuit begins in Livingston, ends in Billings

The suspects were originally wanted for a burglary which sparked the pursuit out of Livingston over 100 miles away. (MTN News photo) The suspects were originally wanted for a burglary which sparked the pursuit out of Livingston over 100 miles away. (MTN News photo)
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A police pursuit out of Livingston involving a motorcycle and several law enforcement agencies ended in Billings late Wednesday night. 

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Missing Martin City man found

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Chris Byrd, 70,  Martin City has been found safe in Eureka.

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U.S. citizen questioned by Border Patrol in Havre for speaking Spanish

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Ana Suda - born in Texas and living in Havre - stopped with a friend at a Town Pump to buy a few items

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Construction will cause delays on Going to the Sun Road this summer

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Spring and summer construction on Glacier National Park's Going to the Sun Road is underway.

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Secretary charged with stealing $38K+ from Montana High School Rodeo Association

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The former secretary of the Montana High School Rodeo Association has been charged with embezzling several thousand dollars from the group. 

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Wilderness therapy program forges 2nd life after budget cuts

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Wilderness therapy programs teach teens outdoor survival skills while providing treatment for a variety of mental and behavioral health issues.

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Yanny vs. Laurel: What do you hear?

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Is it Yanny or is it Laurel? A short audio clip is completely puzzling the world and pitting friend against friend in the online debate. 

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Federal prosecutor who tried Montana Freemen accused of misconduct in Billings drug case

Seykora during an interview with Q2 in 2007. Seykora during an interview with Q2 in 2007.
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The former U.S. Attorney for Montana who prosecuted the 1998 Freemen case is accused of withholding information from a defendant in a decade-old Billings drug trafficking case.

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Philipsburg vandalism suspects identified

(photo credit: Granite County Sheriff's Office) (photo credit: Granite County Sheriff's Office)
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The Granite County Sheriff's Office has announced that they has identified the suspects in a Philipsburg vandalism case.

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Upcoming Western Montana events

Check out some of the events happening across Western Montana Check out some of the events happening across Western Montana
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Here's a list of some of the upcoming events taking place across Western Montana.

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Northeast braces for possible flooding after powerful storms kill 2 people

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Several thousands of customers were left without power on Tuesday as nickel to golf ball-sized hail and a possible tornado were reported.

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It's really tough to be a homebuyer in Seattle

After months of online searching, open houses and having several offers rejected, Kayela Robertson and her husband, Cody, finally snagged a home in Seattle. (Source: Courtesy Kayela Robertson) After months of online searching, open houses and having several offers rejected, Kayela Robertson and her husband, Cody, finally snagged a home in Seattle. (Source: Courtesy Kayela Robertson)
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If you're hoping to buy a home in Seattle, be prepared for rejection -- a lot of it.

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Man arrested in connection with Anaconda murder

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An Anaconda woman was found dead in her East Part Street home Tuesday and Butte police have the man suspected of that murder in custody.

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Student of the Week: Aidan McCloy

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Aidan McCcloy is a senior at Valley Christian School.

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Meeting spotlights growing prescription drug problem in the Flathead

Statistics show that 2,500 kids begin abusing prescription drugs each day in the United States. (MTN News photo) Statistics show that 2,500 kids begin abusing prescription drugs each day in the United States. (MTN News photo)
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Statistics show that 2,500 kids begin abusing prescription drugs each day in the United States.

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Ceremony for fallen Montana law enforcement officers held in Deer Lodge

More than 120 officers have been killed in the line of duty in Montana’s history. (MTN News photo) More than 120 officers have been killed in the line of duty in Montana’s history. (MTN News photo)
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The emotional ceremony in Deer Lodge held Tuesday reminds those in law enforcement about the harsh reality of their job. 

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Senators will vote on repealing changes to net neutrality rules

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The Senate is set to vote to repeal changes to net neutrality rules that were recently adopted by the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission. 

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Montana DPHHS awards statewide case management contract to AWARE

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Four contractors – including Opportunity Resources of Missoula -- had previously shared case management responsibilities.

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Environmental groups, land owners sue to block new oil and gas leases in MT

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Two environmental groups and three land owners filed suit in federal court Tuesday to block 287 new oil and gas leases in Montana. 

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Three-way Dem primary for PSC District 5 in western Montana

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In a primary race flying under the radar, three Helena men are vying for the Democratic nomination in Public Service Commission District 5 in western Montana – with the winner taking on PSC Chairman Brad Johnson this fall. 

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One Class at a Time: Paxson Elementary

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This week’s One Class at a Time Winner is searching for non-fiction text for her classroom. 

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Final approval given to build 102-space RV park in West Glacier

The 102-space RV park will be near the back of the property away from the road with 25 rental cabins closer to the road. (MTN News photo) The 102-space RV park will be near the back of the property away from the road with 25 rental cabins closer to the road. (MTN News photo)
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Glacier Park Incorporated has received final approval to build the West Glacier RV & Cabin Village.

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Montana AG intervenes in case against Neo-Nazi blogger

Whitefish real-estate agent Tanya Gersh filed the suit in Missoula federal court. (MTN News photo) Whitefish real-estate agent Tanya Gersh filed the suit in Missoula federal court. (MTN News photo)
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AG Tim Fox has filed a motion in federal district court to intervene in a Whitefish woman’s case against a Neo-Nazi blogger.

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3 Billings police officers who had sex on city property ID'd, 1 resigns

Paul Lamantia has resigned from his role as an officer. Paul Lamantia has resigned from his role as an officer.
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Paul Lamantia has resigned from his role as an officer, according to a statement from an attorney representing one of the other officers involved. 

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Montana Threat Assessment Conference underway at MSU

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The inaugural Montana Threat Assessment Conference began Monday at Montana State University.

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Glacier National Park visitors should be prepared for changes

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Folks heading to Glacier National Park.should be prepared for some changes this spring and summer.

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Helena man killed in Eastern Montana crash

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A 28-year-old Helena man was killed in a crash Monday evening on Montana Highway 200 near Jordan. 

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Lake County commissioners declare emergency

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The emergency declaration opens the way for county agencies to respond to any flooding. 

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Tom Wolfe dies at 88

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Tom Wolfe, the innovative journalist and author who wrote such best-selling masterpieces as "The Bonfire of the Vanities" and "The Right Stuff" has passed away.

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Saddling up for the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale

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The event attracts people from all over the world for four days of rodeo, fast-talking auctioneers, dancing in the streets and a whole lot more.

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History lives on in letters at the Montana Historical Society

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Famous or well-known people make up a fraction of the letters, but most are written by everyday Montanans chronicling their lives.

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MT photographer claims Netflix used his famous photo in 'Stranger Things' without permission

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Heavey said the Netflix series "Beyond Stranger Things" used his photo to create a concept art piece.

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Montana Made: Technology helps Harlowton ticket printing company thrive

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Behind a small storefront on Harlowton’s Central Avenue is a company that doesn’t quite fit in with the notion of “small town.” 

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2 killed in Big Horn County crash

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A fatal crash in Big Horn County claimed two lives Monday night. 

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Despite SUPCO ruling, sports gambling may not arrive in Montana anytime soon

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Several states are expected to jump at the opportunity immediately, but you probably won't see sports books in Montana very soon.

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West Glacier boat inspection stations open

All watercraft will be inspected to make sure its clean, drained, and dry to receive a launch permit. (MTN News photo) All watercraft will be inspected to make sure its clean, drained, and dry to receive a launch permit. (MTN News photo)
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All watercraft will be inspected to make sure its clean, drained, and dry to receive a launch permit.

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Amid shake-up reports, Yellowstone superintendent mulls future at park

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. (MTN News file photo) Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. (MTN News file photo)
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The Washington Post reports YNP Superintendent Dan Wenk could be heading to Washington, D.C. in a shake-up of the National Park Service.

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Water gushes over Diversion Dam near Gibson Reservoir

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Flooding season is in full swing in Montana and many regions are grappling with floodwaters. 

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Judge orders names of Billings officers released, stays order for 48 hours

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The names of three Billings police officers disciplined for job-related sexual encounters will remain private for at least two more days.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash was deliberate, aviation experts suggest

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An investigation by an Australian TV news program suggests the pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 deliberately crashed into the Indian Ocean.

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Salmonella outbreak that prompted egg recall sickens more people

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says at least 35 people across nine states have been infected by the bacteria.

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Special Olympics Montana needs volunteers for State Summer Games

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The games will take place from May 15 – 18, and will feature over 900 athletes taking part in eleven different sporting events.

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U.S. embassy opens in Jerusalem amidst protests

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The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem opened Monday as protests intensified along the Gaza border. Palestinian officials say dozens of people have been killed by Israeli gunfire. 

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Preserving Montana's history through old letters and photos

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Reference historian Zoe Ann Stoltz is passionate about preserving that everyday history and she frequents estate sales looking for historical items. ?

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Power outage planned for the Mission Valley

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The outage will run from 6 a.m. until 6:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15.

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Superman actress Margot Kidder dies in Livingston

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Superman actress Margot Kidder has died in Livingston. She was 69.

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Outdoors Report: Saving water for Montana trout

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While there are many challenges to leasing water rights for conservation, Hells Canyon shows that simply saving a little water can vastly improve a fishery.

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Montana Ag Network: ranching teen is a finalist for $50K scholarship

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“It said 50 grand and I’m like that’s the worst typo ever,” said Kate Indreland from Big Timber.

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Supreme Court lets states legalize sports gambling

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The 6-3 ruling is a victory for New Jersey and other states who have considered allowing sports gambling as a way to encourage tourism and tax revenue. 

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A Waiting Child: Destiny

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In this week's A Waiting Child, MTN's Augusta McDonnell introduces us to Destiny.

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