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Man still sought on attempted murder charges in the Flathead

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The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for a man accused of shooting at another man after a bar fight. 

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Man jailed after Columbia Falls stabbing

Spencer Blaney (photo credit: Flathead County Sheriff's Office) Spencer Blaney (photo credit: Flathead County Sheriff's Office)
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A Kalispell man was stabbed 12 times on Friday evening at a party in Columbia Falls.

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Man arrested, dog shot, in Columbia Falls

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When police used a Taser to subdue a man who ran from officers, his Pitbull tried to attack one of the officers. 

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Whitefish Energy halting Puerto Rico power repairs, claiming it's owed $83M

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Whitefish Energy is stopping its work to restore Puerto Rico's broken electricity grid because the company says it is owed more than $83 million by the island's power authority.

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Weather Forecast: Rain showers continue

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Good Tuesday everyone, Rain showers have tapered off and we will see some clearing during the morning hours today.  As the skies clear, fog will become more likely with some areas experiencing very dense fog.  This could make for some difficult travel this morning.  By the afternoon, rain showers will move back in.  The heaviest and most widespread rain showers will be in northern Idaho and northwest Montana especially along the Idaho and Montana border...

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Tuesday Montana news headlines

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Here's a look at your Tuesday top news stories from across Western Montana.

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Billings PD down 13 officers due to fatal shooting investigations

City dump trucks barricade the entrance of Big Bear Sports (MTN News photo) City dump trucks barricade the entrance of Big Bear Sports (MTN News photo)
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The Billings Police Department has been stretched thin after three fatal shootings involving officers in just over a month.

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Montana Made: My Dude Box

My Dude Box provides help for boys going through puberty (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) My Dude Box provides help for boys going through puberty (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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“My Dude Box," provides boys with information about puberty, along with different hygiene products and ‘swag.’

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Mueller to interview top-level White House officials as part of Russia probe

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CBS News has learned that special counsel Robert Mueller will soon interview top-level White House officials as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election. 

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Thompson Falls HS classes go on despite student threats

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The Thompson Falls Police department is working closely with the School District after a student made threats of violence last week.

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Under the Big Sky | Fort Peck Theater | Part 3

Fort Peck Theater performers pose for publicity shots. Fort Peck Theater performers pose for publicity shots.
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Fort Peck Theater has been staging musicals for nearly fifty seasons. One of those musical classics, Grease, presents certain challenges for young cast members.

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State work-comp fund sues to block $30M transfer approved last week by special session

Montana State Fund CEO Laurence Hubbard Montana State Fund CEO Laurence Hubbard
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The state workers’ compensation fund has sued to invalidate a $30 million charge on its investment assets, approved last week by the Legislature to help balance the state budget. 

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Link seen between domestic violence and mass killings

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A recent analysis of FBI data by the group Everytown for Gun Safety found that over a five-year period, 54 percent of mass shootings were related to domestic or family violence.

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Charlie Rose suspended by CBS after 8 women accuse him of sexual harassment

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Charlie Rose was suspended by CBS on Monday after eight women accused him of sexual harassment, with allegations including groping, unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate phone calls.

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Billings police identify decapitated body, $1,000 reward offered

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Police on Monday identified the man whose body was found decapitated last week in Billings.

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Justice Department sues to block AT&T-Time Warner merger

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Federal antitrust regulators are suing to stop AT&T's (T) proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner (TWX).

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On Special Assignment: Aging out of Montana's foster care system

Like nearly 4,000 other children in Montana this year, Jasmine McRae was thrust into the foster care system. She was just 13. (MTN News photo) Like nearly 4,000 other children in Montana this year, Jasmine McRae was thrust into the foster care system. She was just 13. (MTN News photo)
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According to data from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, 65 foster kids aged out just last year.

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Montana made food for the Holidays

Let delicious food produced by Montana farmers and ranchers be part of your holiday menu.  (MTN News photo) Let delicious food produced by Montana farmers and ranchers be part of your holiday menu.  (MTN News photo)
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Let delicious food produced by Montana farmers and ranchers be part of your holiday menu. 

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Man shot in chest at Lockwood house party

A young man was shot in the chest at a Lockwood house party Sunday. (MTN News photo) A young man was shot in the chest at a Lockwood house party Sunday. (MTN News photo)
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A young man was shot in the chest at a Lockwood house party Sunday.

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Charles Manson, leader of murderous '60s cult, dead at 83

Mug shot from 8/14/17 of Charles Manson ( photo credit: California Dept. of Corrections) Mug shot from 8/14/17 of Charles Manson ( photo credit: California Dept. of Corrections)
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Charles Manson, the wild-eyed 1960s cult leader whose followers committed heinous murders that terrorized Los Angeles and shocked the nation, died Sunday.

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Montana company crafts Capitol Christmas Tree topper

The owner of Split Mountain Metals in Belgrade never imagined it would soon top the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. (MTN News photo) The owner of Split Mountain Metals in Belgrade never imagined it would soon top the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. (MTN News photo)
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Taken from the Kootenai National Forest, this year’s Capitol Tree is a 79-foot Engelmann Spruce.

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Suicide prevention and awareness event held at Capitol

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The event allowed people to share stories, heal and find hope to move on. 

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Police investigating stabbing in Great Falls

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A stabbing on the Southwest side of Great Falls injured two people Saturday night.

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Tester and Bullock ask Congress to renew CHIP program

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Sen. Tester and Gov. Bullock held a news conference at the Montana State Capitol on Friday along with families who benefit from CHIP funding.

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Black Friday: Your ultimate holiday shopping guide

A steady stream of folks were hitting Missoula's Target store when we stopped by Monday. (MTN News photo) A steady stream of folks were hitting Missoula's Target store when we stopped by Monday. (MTN News photo)
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America's top retailers are gearing up for the biggest shopping weekend of the year. 

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Man shot in abdomen in Billings

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The suspect used a handgun to shoot the victim in the abdomen. He then fled the scene on foot.

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Police officer in Pennsylvania shot and killed after traffic stop

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Law enforcement agencies are searching for a suspect in the death of a western Pennsylvania police officer gunned down during a traffic stop.

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Missing Billings boy found safe

Slade Biglake (courtesy photo) Slade Biglake (courtesy photo)
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The Billings Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing boy that was last seen Friday evening.

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Bobcats rush for 322 yards, defeat Grizzlies for 2nd straight season

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The Bobcats totaled 322 rushing yards on 57 carries, and their defense made a big stand in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

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U.S. Optics opens its doors to the public in Kalispell

U.S. Optics, a company that makes scopes for the military and law enforcement, has recently located from southern California to Kalispell. (MTN News photo) U.S. Optics, a company that makes scopes for the military and law enforcement, has recently located from southern California to Kalispell. (MTN News photo)
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U.S. Optics, a company that makes scopes for the military and law enforcement, has recently located from southern California to Kalispell. 

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One dead in Billings officer-involved shooting

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Five officers, two using patrol rifles and three using handguns, fired at the vehicle, striking the suspect multiple times.

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Man sought on attempted murder charges in the Flathead

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Authorities are looking for Bryan McCully who may be in the Canyon or Columbia Falls areas.  

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Missing hunters found safe in Lincoln area

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After more than four hours, three missing hunters in the Lincoln area were found safe according to a Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s deputy.

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New documents show contradictory statements in Gianforte’s assault on reporter

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Newly-released documents show Representative Greg Gianforte made contradictory statements about his pre-election assault on a newspaper reporter.

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Former mayor, expert witness in Christensen trial under investigation in California

Dr. Forest Tennant testifying in Ravalli Co District Court on Monday. (MTN News photo) Dr. Forest Tennant testifying in Ravalli Co District Court on Monday. (MTN News photo)
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A physician who testified in the trial of a Florence doctor accused of over-prescribing drugs is now under investigation himself.

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Northwest MT Veterans Food Pantry gets big donation ahead of Thanksgiving

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Their annual fundraiser makes sure local veterans have plenty on their plates through the holiday season.

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Ranchers help disentangle two rutting bucks near Broadus

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Once free, both deer were exhausted but eventually got up and hightailed their whitetails to the treeline.

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Power transmission line problem blamed for massive outage

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The power went out after a fault occurred on a main Bonneville Power Administration transmission line.

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Budget cuts stops snowplowing at several Northwest MT state parks

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State budget cuts mean the snow will be piling up at several state parks in Northwestern Montana this winter. 

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Montana town could lose coal-fired power plant in early 2018

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A Hardin coal-fired power plant with 30 employees and an annual payroll of $3 million could be shut down as early as the first quarter of 2018.

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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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Butte Rescue Mission secures new homeless shelter after difficult search

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The Butte Rescue Mission’s nearly year-long search for a homeless shelter is over.

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Head of Puerto Rico's electric power authority resigns

(photo credit: Whitefish Energy / Twitter) (photo credit: Whitefish Energy / Twitter)
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Ricardo Ramos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority submitted his resignation to the bankrupt utility's board. 

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Meet "The Rat Pack" of Arlee

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If you're looking for a pet that's clean, has a great personality and can travel with you on road-trips, have we got a deal for you.

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Montana man sentenced for causing the death of a bald eagle

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A Montana man has has been fined $1,000 fine and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution after he illegally killed a bald eagle near Plevna. 

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Father wants justice for woman shot dead near Vaughn

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Keith says there is more to the incident than what has been released by official sources.

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FBI highlights Crow Reservation cold case in Montana

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Robert Garrett Stewart, Sr., talks about his son, who disappeared four years ago.

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Assessment set for Lake County Courthouse, jail

The Lake County Detention Center in Polson (MTN News file photo) The Lake County Detention Center in Polson (MTN News file photo)
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The Lake County Courthouse and jail will undergo a check to make sure facilities are up to date and secure. 

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Local brewery celebrates 70 years of Big Mountain

The Great Northern Brewing Company in downtown Whitefish. (MTN News photo) The Great Northern Brewing Company in downtown Whitefish. (MTN News photo)
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A Whitefish brewery is celebrating the 70th year of skiing on Big Mountain by re-releasing their seasonal beer.

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New businesses coming to Kalispell

The first ever Panera Bread in Montana is among the stores set to open next year. (MTN News photo) The first ever Panera Bread in Montana is among the stores set to open next year. (MTN News photo)
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The first ever Panera Bread in Montana is among the stores set to open next year along Highway 93 in Kalispell.

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Montana woman sentenced for negligent endangerment

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Since being charged, prosecutors said Devynn Blyseth has taken positive steps to address her situation.

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New warden named at Montana Women's Prison

Jennie Hansen (courtesy photo) Jennie Hansen (courtesy photo)
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Jennie Hansen has been selected as the new warden of the Montana Women’s Prison.

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Senate tax reform bill advances out of committee

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The Senate Finance Committee approved the $1.5 trillion Republican tax overhaul proposal late Thursday night after four days of markup.

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Man hospitalized after Kalispell stabbing

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A man was stabbed several times after an argument, leading to the arrest of a man in Kalispell. 

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Name chosen for new Kalispell elementary school

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After a months-long process of meetings votes and public input, the Kalispell Public School Board of Trustees unanimously voted Tuesday to name the new elementary school Rankin Elementary School.

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DPHHS releases proposed medical marijuana regulations

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The Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services has unveiled new proposed regulations on medical marijuana in the state – the latest step in a wide-ranging reform of the industry. 

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Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

More than 200,000 gallons of oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota Thursday. More than 200,000 gallons of oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota Thursday.
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A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota, the pipeline's operator, TransCanada, said.

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Billings police investigating after headless body found on West End

Police closed off a road off of South 32nd Street Wednesday evening. (Samantha Harrelson/ Q2 News photo) Police closed off a road off of South 32nd Street Wednesday evening. (Samantha Harrelson/ Q2 News photo)
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A headless body wrapped in carpet was discovered near the intersection of South 32nd Street and Gable Road in Billings on Wednesday night.

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Inspector General finds Zinke didn’t file proper documents for plane travel

U.S. Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke (MTN News photo) U.S. Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke (MTN News photo)
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The Office of the Inspector General says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke hasn’t filed the proper paperwork to document his airplane travel since he was appointed earlier this year.

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KPAX Archive: Brawl of the Wild 1989

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This week's KPAX Archive profiles Montana athletes from 1989's Griz-Cat game. More>>

Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Tracy Rearden

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The U.S. Marshals Service has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Tracy Rearden, also known as Tracy Sibra.

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Security increased for upcoming Cat/Griz football game

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Montana State University will have extra security on hand at the Cat/Griz game this Saturday. 

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FBI offers reward for info about MT crop-duster shooting

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The FBI is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this shooting. 

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House Republicans pass tax plan, Senate plan's future unclear

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The vote was 227-205, with 13 House Republicans joining all Democrats to oppose the bill. 

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MT Senate passes bill to block rule about birth certificate gender change

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The Montana House adjourned early Thursday morning without taking up Senate Bill 10.

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MSU, UM face off in student newspaper competition

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A new type of rivalry between Montana State University and the University of Montana started this week.

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'Guerrilla Turkey Drive' again helping those in need

Donations are being accepted until Friday afternoon, (MTN News photo) Donations are being accepted until Friday afternoon, (MTN News photo)
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The radio stations of Cherry Creek Media are teaming up with listeners for the 23rd year to collect turkeys and cash to help area food banks.

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Montana Ag: Risk management important in new Farm Bill

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For the Montana Farm Bureau, maintaining the Farm Bill’s commodity title is important.

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MT special legislative session works late into night to finalize budget deal

Sen. Llew Jones, R-Conrad Sen. Llew Jones, R-Conrad
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Bullock said they “reached a reasonable and responsible compromise to balance our budget and pay for Montana’s record fire season.”

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"Can the Cats" food drive receives big donation

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The Missoula Federal Credit Union has donated 50,000 pounds of food in the form of potatoes and onions.

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Kalispell man accused of assaulting 4 teens

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Joseph Lee Kurns, 43, is charged with two counts of felony family member assault and two counts of misdemeanor assault.

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NorthWestern Energy warns about scam calls to customers

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NorthWestern Energy has teamed with other utility companies around the country to warn customers about scammers.

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MN fugitive wanted after child shoots himself arrested in Montana

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William Dickerson, 28, was arrested during a traffic stop and is being held in Montana until he can be extradited to Minnesota,

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Rural education in Montana: Charm and challenges

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Education in rural Montana has charm but also challenges that educators and students face every day. 

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Public comment period on raising national park fees closing soon

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The public comment period is open online until Thanksgiving Day.

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Billings police discover body wrapped in carpet on West End

Police closed off a road off of South 32nd Street Wednesdya evening. (Samantha Harrelson/ Q2 News photo) Police closed off a road off of South 32nd Street Wednesdya evening. (Samantha Harrelson/ Q2 News photo)
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Police have closed off a dirt road off of South 32nd Street as a "crime scene."

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Lake Co. Sheriff disagrees with county attorney's findings

Ryan Black (Lake County Sheriffs Office photo) Ryan Black (Lake County Sheriffs Office photo)
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Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says he believes negligent homicide charges should be filed in the case.

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Glacier visits still up, new record will be above 3.2M

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The latest report, covering October traffic, shows Glacier’s visitation was up by more than 11 percent from the same month last year.

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Missing hunter found safe in Sanders County

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The Sanders County Sheriff's Office says the missing hunter has been located and is safe. 

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Police: Passengers in Billings crash flee scene, leave injured driver behind

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As officers were arriving two occupants of the vehicle left a third injured occupant, a 32-year -old Billings man, with the vehicle and fled on foot. 

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Sears and Kmart brands: A disappearing act this holiday season

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The advertising pullback comes as difficulty mounts at the two chains, prompting Sears Holdings to admit there is "substantial doubt" about its ability to stay in business.

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Cats-Griz game inspires History Museum exhibit

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The taxidermy creation is called 'Stuck Between A Rock and A Hard Place.'

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