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Possible suspect sought in Kalispell fire, explosion

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Investigators are looking for the public's help in identifying a possible suspect in connection with Thursday's early morning fire and explosion.

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Herberger's closing sales start Friday

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The parent company of Herberger’s announced Thursday that going-out-of-business sales at Montana stores will start Friday. 

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Mission Valley bears emerging from hibernation

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Warmer temperatures and new vegetation are being accompanied by bears emerging from dens on the Flathead Reservation. 

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Long Range forecast hints at above average MT fire season

The long-term projection doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but we are at a good starting point. (MTN News photo) The long-term projection doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but we are at a good starting point. (MTN News photo)
Updated: Apr 20, 2018 10:48 AM

The long-term projection for this year's fire season doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but we are at a good starting point.

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U.S. Senate candidate’s hunting-license citation morphs into full-blown criminal case

U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing says he didn’t falsely portray himself as a resident when buying in-state hunting licenses for the past half-dozen years – and can’t believe the issue has become a full-scale criminal case in a Bozeman court. 

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Man dies after reportedly being hit by a vehicle in Butte

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A 45-year-old man has died after apparently being hit by a vehicle in Butte after an argument.

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Multiple agencies contain Arlee fire

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Numerous fire agencies, including Arlee Fire Department responded to wildfire in Arlee on Pow Wow Road off of Highway 93 North. 

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Life-threatening bleeding linked to synthetic cannabinoids, CDC warns

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"Fake weed" products are marketed in shiny packages with hundreds of brand names, including Spice, K2, Joker, Black Mamba, Kush and Kronic.

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Wells Fargo fined $1 billion for insurance and mortgage abuses

(photo credit: John Nowak/CNNMoney) (photo credit: John Nowak/CNNMoney)
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Two federal regulators are fining Wells Fargo $1 billion for forcing customers into car insurance and charging mortgage borrowers unfair fees.

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North Korean leader: We no longer need nuclear tests, state-run media reports

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the regime no longer needs nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile tests, state-run KCNA reported Saturday. 

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CDC expands E. coli warning to all romaine lettuce

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The CDC has expanded its warning about an E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce to cover all forms of romaine.

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Commission adopts plan to manage chronic wasting disease in Montana wildlife

Mule deer. (courtesy photo) Mule deer. (courtesy photo)
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“We’re in this for the long haul now,” says FWP Game Management Bureau Chief John Vore. “CWD is here, probably forever, and we just need to deal with it.”

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Weather Forecast: Hello, spring!

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Spring?  Is that you? Another awesome spring day is on tap today with quite possibly the warmest day we've seen so far this year (highs in the upper 50s to mid 60s). 

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All Montana E. coli cases from romaine lettuce found in Western MT

The contaminated lettuce was sourced from the winter growing areas in Yuma. The contaminated lettuce was sourced from the winter growing areas in Yuma.
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All seven of the confirmed Montana E coli cases linked to romaine lettuce have been reported in western or northwest Montana.

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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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Man who led MT law enforcement on high-speed chase facing multiple felonies

Maurice Denaye Myers (MT CONWEB image) Maurice Denaye Myers (MT CONWEB image)
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The man who was arrested after attempting to ram a trooper’s car with a stolen vehicle after a high-speed chase faces multiple felony charges.

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FBI issues alert for 2 women suspected in Helena-area home invasion

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The FBI says it is searching for Jamie Milsten and Melissa Shurtliff

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Probe continues after fire, explosion at Kalispell business

A surveillance video captured from a nearby business shows a small fire breaking out before an explosion happens. A surveillance video captured from a nearby business shows a small fire breaking out before an explosion happens.
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Fire investigators believe an explosion that happened at a Kalispell business early on Thursday morning was human-caused.

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Bullock touts expanded Medicaid at Montana forum

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (MTN News photo) Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (MTN News photo)
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Gov. Steve Bullock led a roundtable Thursday in Billings on a new study touting the benefits of expanded Medicaid in Montana. 

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Montana Innocence Project marks "day of gratitude and celebration"

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Paul Jenkins and Freddie Lawrence left prison this week after serving almost 24 years.

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State Revenue Director Mike Kadas stepping down

State Revenue Director Mike Kadas State Revenue Director Mike Kadas
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One of Gov. Steve Bullock’s longest-serving cabinet members, state Revenue Director Mike Kadas, is retiring next month, closing out a political and public-service career that spans four decades. 

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Reward offered for information on Missoula woman's homicide

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The Missoula County Sheriffs Office is offering a $10,000 reward for any helpful information in the investigation into the homicide of Susan Wood.

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DNA just one tool to review old cases in Montana

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"There’s also many other kinds of new evidence that we look for as well,” said MTIP Staff Attorney Toby Cook.

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Rudy Giuliani joins Trump's legal team

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In 2016, U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani appeared to be vying for the job that now belongs to Jeff Sessions — attorney general.

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Ex-Montana TV reporter integrates blind actress in NCIS episode

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Three months ago while in the infant stages of creating his latest NCIS episode, writer Brendan Fehily decided to take a chance. 

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Man pleads not guilty to killing his parents near Helena

Kaleb Taylor pleaded not guilty to five charges, including two counts of deliberate homicide, felony tampering with evidence and burglary.. (MTN News photo) Kaleb Taylor pleaded not guilty to five charges, including two counts of deliberate homicide, felony tampering with evidence and burglary.. (MTN News photo)
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Kaleb Taylor pleaded not guilty to five charges, including two counts of deliberate homicide, felony tampering with evidence and burglary. 

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More illnesses reported in E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce

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Eighteen more people have been sickened by the E. coli outbreak tied to chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.

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Man charged in connection with Great Falls bank robbery

Robert A. Szkutnik (courtesy photo) Robert A. Szkutnik (courtesy photo)
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A 28-year-old man has been charged in connection with the robbery of Stockman Bank in downtown Great Falls. 

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Missoula gets "F" for air quality

(MTN News file photo from 2016) (MTN News file photo from 2016)
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The city of Missoula ranks as the 12th most polluted for short-term particle pollution. 

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Hi-Line residents prepare as flooding worsens

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With the record breaking snowfall, it’s time for spring. But with the warmer temperatures, the snow is melting and causing extreme flooding.
 

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Arlee hoops coach visits Great Falls with suicide-prevention message

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The movement by the Arlee Warriors basketball team focuses on bringing respect back to the community.

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Fraud Watch: Jury duty scam

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Like many common telephone scams, the so-called “jury duty scam” can appear at first to be a serious phone call. 

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MT native tried to save passenger sucked out of Southwest flight

Hollie Mackey was sitting next to the woman who died from injuries when one of the jet engines exploded. (courtesy photo) Hollie Mackey was sitting next to the woman who died from injuries when one of the jet engines exploded. (courtesy photo)
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A former Montana woman lived through the nightmare of Southwest Flight 1380 Tuesday and played a key role the horrific story. 

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Wraps coming off Whitefish Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship

The Whitefish Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship (MTN News photo) The Whitefish Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship (MTN News photo)
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The center will provide applied learning experiences for students in sustainable energy, agriculture, forestry, natural resources, and entrepreneurship.

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MT man adjusts to life outside of prison after murder conviction overturned

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64-year-old Paul Jenkins is spending his first 24 hours in 23 years a free man. 

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3 Billings police officers disciplined for having sex on city property

Billings Police Chief Rich St. John. (Ed Kemmick/ Last Best News) Billings Police Chief Rich St. John. (Ed Kemmick/ Last Best News)
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Three Billings police officers who admitted having sex on city property with a civilian employee of the department were given either one or two-week suspensions without pay.

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Signature-gathering will begin on initiative to raise tobacco taxes and extend Medicaid expansion

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I-185, if approved, would increase state taxes on a pack of cigarettes by $2

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Montana Herberger's stores, including Kalispell & Missoula, may close

The stores likely to close include the newly-renovated location in Kalispell. (Nicole Miller/MTN News photo) The stores likely to close include the newly-renovated location in Kalispell. (Nicole Miller/MTN News photo)
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Herberger's locations throughout Montana are in danger of closing after their parent company filed for bankruptcy.

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Wyoming school board OKs arming some teachers

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After two months of deliberation, the Park County school board has agreed to allow its teachers to carry guns.

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Teamsters Union Local 190 endorses Kier in congressional race

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This is the first time the Teamsters Union local 190 has picked sides in a primary since 2006, when it endorsed Jon Tester for Senate.

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Shodair hosts Youth Suicide Prevention Summit

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A select group of professionals and those who work within the mental health field were invited to the event.

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Morning Rounds: What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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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Black bear escapes from Helena rehab facility

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The bear apparently escaped sometime overnight; there is no word on how it managed to get away.

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Woman dead, family injured in crash near Glen

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A family of three was traveling northbound on Interstate 15 Monday afternoon when their vehicle went off the road.

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Great Falls bank robbery suspect arrested

A man was arrested on Tuesday after reportedly robbing a Stockman Bank in downtown Great Falls. (MTN News photo) A man was arrested on Tuesday after reportedly robbing a Stockman Bank in downtown Great Falls. (MTN News photo)
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A man was arrested on Tuesday after reportedly robbing a Stockman Bank in downtown Great Falls. 

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Flathead County primary candidates meet for forum

The next candidate forum will be held on April 25 in Kalispell. (MTN News photo) The next candidate forum will be held on April 25 in Kalispell. (MTN News photo)
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The June 5th ballot will feature some of the most competitive races Flathead County offices has seen in years.

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Starbucks will close 8,000 US stores May 29 for racial-bias training

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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Starbucks says it will close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States for one afternoon to educate employees about racial bias. 

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NTSB: Engine in deadly Southwest jet incident missing a fan blade

The National Transportation Safety Board is onsite inspecting a Southwest airline plane after engine failure caused the plane to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia (Source: @NTSB_Newsroom/Twitter) The National Transportation Safety Board is onsite inspecting a Southwest airline plane after engine failure caused the plane to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia (Source: @NTSB_Newsroom/Twitter)
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Passengers aboard a Southwest Airlines flight struggled to pull a woman back into the plane after she was sucked into a hole left by a shattered window.

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MT group launches campaign to oppose so-called 'bathroom bill' initiative

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A coalition fighting against another so-called bathroom initiative in Montana has launched its effort to oppose it.

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MT Catholic priest condemns school fundraiser for having gay couple among event chairs

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A priest has condemned Billings Catholic Schools for allowing a gay couple to serve as event chairs for an upcoming fundraiser.

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Men previously convicted of 1994 MT murder to be released from prison

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Two men previously convicted of a 1994 murder and robbery have been ordered released from prison. 

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Barbara Bush, Republican matriarch and former first lady, dies at 92

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Barbara Bush, the matriarch of a Republican political dynasty and a first lady who elevated the cause of literacy, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.

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Tester surpasses $11M in campaign funds; three Republicans near $1M each

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.
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Three of the potential Republican challengers to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester are near or past the $1 million mark in campaign funds this year – but their totals stand in stark contrast to Tester, who’s now raised more than $11 million in campaign cash. 

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IRS website suffers partial outage on Tax Day

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A page on the IRS website that allows taxpayers to make a payment directly is not working for many as of Tuesday afternoon.

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Student of the Week: Sadie Bailey

Sadie Bailey is a senior at Victor High School. (courtesy photo) Sadie Bailey is a senior at Victor High School. (courtesy photo)
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The Student of the Week airs on during the Tuesday 10:00 News on the Montana Television Network and is brought to you by Town Pump.

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Joey Rene Gallegos

Joey Rene Gallegos (MT Dept. of Corrections photo) Joey Rene Gallegos (MT Dept. of Corrections photo)
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The United States Marshals Service District of Montana has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Joey Rene Gallegos. 

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Comment sought on plans to rebuild historic Sperry Chalet

Part of the historic Chalet burned in last summer's Sprague fire. (file photo) Part of the historic Chalet burned in last summer's Sprague fire. (file photo)
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The National Park Service is proposing that the Sperry Chalet dormitory building be rebuilt at its original site within the original walls.

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'Pornographic' assignment denounced by parents at Billings school meeting

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Parents are infuriated by an assignment in a psychology class at the Career Center that some deemed 'pornographic.' 

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Avalanche danger persists in Southwest Montana

Fresh snow, melting and refreezing, and the right amount of wind, can lead to hazardous conditions. (MTN News photo) Fresh snow, melting and refreezing, and the right amount of wind, can lead to hazardous conditions. (MTN News photo)
Updated: Apr 17, 2018 02:30 PM

Fresh snow, melting and refreezing, and the right amount of wind, can lead to hazardous conditions.

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University of Montana details proposed employee, program cuts

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We are beginning to learn more about the budget and personnel cuts being proposed at the University of Montana.

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Facebook under fire for storing facial recognition data without consent

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Facebook is once again under fire, but this week the company is taking flack for its facial recognition software and not a geopolitical data scandal.

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MT Attorney General Fox reveals he had colon-cancer surgery

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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox revealed Monday that he had a cancerous section of his colon surgically removed less than three weeks ago – and that he’ll undergo chemotherapy for further cancer treatment. 

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One-time Montana TV reporter writes for hit show "NCIS"

Brendan Fehily is wrapping up his third year of writing for NCIS. (MTN News photo) Brendan Fehily is wrapping up his third year of writing for NCIS. (MTN News photo)
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Brendan Fehily is wrapping up his third year of writing for NCIS.

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Lodge Grass man killed by BIA officer ID'd

Big Horn County Sheriff Terry Bullis identified the man killed as Ruben Stewart, 36, of Lodge Grass. (MTN News photo) Big Horn County Sheriff Terry Bullis identified the man killed as Ruben Stewart, 36, of Lodge Grass. (MTN News photo)
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The Lodge Grass man killed by a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer Sunday night was identified Tuesday.

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Montana Made: Caffeic Coffee Roasters

Coffee means business to Rayna and Scott Bouma of Helena. (MTN News photo) Coffee means business to Rayna and Scott Bouma of Helena. (MTN News photo)
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A Helena couple with a passion for a good cup decided to brew up their own coffee company.  

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FVCC, UM team up to offer early education program degree

The partnership between the UM and FVCC and program was first launched in 2015. (MTN News photo) The partnership between the UM and FVCC and program was first launched in 2015. (MTN News photo)
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FVCC students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from the University of Montana without having to leave the Flathead Valley.

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Small earthquake rumbles near Lincoln

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Tuesday morning's quake was centered about eight miles east-southeast of Lincoln at a depth of 6.2 miles.

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Forecasters predict "above normal" fire season in Northern Rockies

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There are more indicators we’re heading for an “above normal” fire season in Western Montana again later this summer. 

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Suspect in murder of MT woman blames another man

Julia Stump. Stump was beaten to death on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in 2016. Julia Stump. Stump was beaten to death on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in 2016.
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A man charged with the beating death of a Lame Deer woman has been granted the opportunity to introduce evidence at his trial.

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In first quarter, GOP Rep. Gianforte out-raises all Democrats combined

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Grant Kier and John Heenan continue to be the top fundraisers among the six Democrats

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Interior watchdog report: Zinke travel 'generally followed' policy

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (MTN News photo) U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (MTN News photo)
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Zinke has faced scrutiny over his travel after reports that he had used military and private aircraft, in addition to his practice of mixing business and personal trips.

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Health officials say E. coli outbreak in Montana linked to lettuce from Arizona

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Confirmed and suspected cases have been identified in Missoula, Flathead, Lincoln and Ravalli counties, according to the DPHHS press release.

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Program teaches Montana high school students about politics

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The program's goal is to provide a fun and educational youth legislature while also modeling the Supreme Court.

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Montana 2017 income-tax returns due Tuesday

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The deadline for filing state, and federal, income-tax returns is usually April 15 – but the combination of a weekend and a holiday this year have pushed it to Tuesday, April 17. 

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Allegiant Air responds to critical "60 Minutes" report

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A seven-month "60 Minutes" investigation into Allegiant Air found more than 100 serious incidents involving mechanical issues.

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Man charged after allegedly driving 100 mph in wrong direction on I-90

Juan Carlos Espejel (MTN News photo) Juan Carlos Espejel (MTN News photo)
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A Mexican citizen was arrested early Monday after allegedly driving approximately 100 mph the wrong way on I-90 near Bozeman.

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