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The new facility is the latest addition to the new Glacier Rail Park in Kalispell. (MTN News photo) The new facility is the latest addition to the new Glacier Rail Park in Kalispell. (MTN News photo)

CHS breaks ground on new facilities at Kalispell Rail Park

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A groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of Cenex Harvest Systems at Kalispell's Glacier Rail Park was held on Thursday.

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Official cause of Sperry Chalet fire released

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 report concluded that despite firefighter's best efforts to protect the structure, an ember entered the building near a second story window and ignited the wooden portion.

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Report released on grizzly bear attack near Libby

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The report revealed that it was a 24-year-old male grizzly bear that attacked a woman working as a field assistant for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on May 18.

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School bus contractor accused of trading meth for cash, sex

Johnson Transportation’s Scott Johnson was arrested for possession of meth in late May. (MTN News photo) Johnson Transportation’s Scott Johnson was arrested for possession of meth in late May. (MTN News photo)
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Prosecutors believe he not only smoked meth on school buses, but also sold meth using cash and sex as payments. 

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Mission Mountains Merc rises from the ashes

The Mission Mountains Mercantile in Condon burned in a 2016 fire. (MTN News/Dennis Bragg photo) The Mission Mountains Mercantile in Condon burned in a 2016 fire. (MTN News/Dennis Bragg photo)
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Condon residents will gather Saturday to officially mark the comeback of the Mission Mountains Mercantile which burned in a 2016 fire.

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Sunday will be warm and dry under a sunny sky

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Happy Saturday! The hit-and-miss showers we expected on Saturday has turned into a gray, wet day with temperatures well below normal.

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President's son touts Montana Republican candidates during MT stop

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Donald Trump, Jr., son of President Trump, spoke in support of Montana candidates Friday night at the Billings Hotel & Convention Center.

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Glacier Park's Going to the Sun Road now fully open

Going to the Sun Road file photo (Dennis Bragg photo) Going to the Sun Road file photo (Dennis Bragg photo)
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The Going-to-the-Sun Road is now open in its entirety to motorized vehicle travel.  

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Montana attorney helps dispel myths surrounding immigration policy

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KPAX’s Kent Luetzen reached out to one of only four immigration lawyers in Montana to help answer some tough questions. 

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Feds decline to file charges in shooting at Lodge Grass that left three dead

The FBI, BIA, Montana Highway Patrol, and Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office all investigated the shooting that resulted in the deaths of three people. The FBI, BIA, Montana Highway Patrol, and Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office all investigated the shooting that resulted in the deaths of three people.
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Federal prosecutors said Friday they could not determine who was at fault when three people were shot and killed after breaking into a Lodge Grass home in August 2017.

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House passes bipartisan legislation on opioids

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The House on Friday voted 396 to 14 to send the Senate more than 50 bills aimed at tackling the opioid crisis, which is claiming more than 115 lives each day in the U.S.

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Rogers Pass reopens on Highway 200

MDT webcam image. MDT webcam image.
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Highway 200 from Lincoln to over Rogers Pass has re-opened. 

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Grizzly bear euthanized after killing cattle in Carbon County

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Four yearling calves were killed by bears on private land within two miles of each other this week

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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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New MSU residence hall to help meet student housing needs

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The new Montana State University residence hall will be a six-story living space with 480 beds.

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Arson suspected in Butte house fire

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Fire officials in Butte are calling a fire that destroyed a vacant home on Dakota Street suspicious. 

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NorthWestern Energy watching high-water conditions at Missouri River dams

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NorthWestern Energy warns that people should stay away from the areas above and below the dams.

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Daines among group of GOP U.S. senators headed to Russia

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) (MTN News photo) U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) (MTN News photo)
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Sen. Daines will be among a group of Republican US senators who will head to Russia next week.

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Montanans wonder why state bears brunt of Bakken waste

Alan Whitford stands on his property near Sidney. He is fighting a proposal to build an oilfield waste landfill in the hills visible across the highway from his place. (photo: Ed Kemmick/Last Best News) Alan Whitford stands on his property near Sidney. He is fighting a proposal to build an oilfield waste landfill in the hills visible across the highway from his place. (photo: Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)
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That Montana is bearing the burden of potentially dangerous waste from a neighboring state that so far refuses to accept it mystifies many opponents.

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Police looking for Dixon woman last seen in Missoula

Jermain Morigeau of Charlo (Missoula Police Department photo) Jermain Morigeau of Charlo (Missoula Police Department photo)
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Jermain Morigeau of Charlo was last seen in Missoula early on June 16 near the Orange Street Food Farm.

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Hacktivists targeting Montana government computers

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Many local and state government employees have received an internal email warning about a cybersecurity threat.

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MT church campers, staff safely evacuated from flood waters

100 kids and 37 staff members were taking part in a camp at the school. (MTN News photo) 100 kids and 37 staff members were taking part in a camp at the school. (MTN News photo)
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There were 100 teenagers and 37 staff members at the camp, which is operated by C Bar N Ministries.

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US Forest Service warns of using flood impacted roads

Several USFS roads across the state have been severely impacted due to recent flooding. (MTN News photo) Several USFS roads across the state have been severely impacted due to recent flooding. (MTN News photo)
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The U.S. Forest Service is asking the public to be cautious and mindful when traveling on Montana’s back roads after recent flooding. 

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KPAX Archive: Remembering Lewis and Clark's return to Lolo (2009)

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A 2009 event at Travelers’ Rest State Park commemorated Lewis & Clark’s return trip from the Pacific Ocean.

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Missoula man sentenced 30 years for sex trafficking of girls

Terrance Tyrell Edwards (Yellowstone County Detention Facility photo) Terrance Tyrell Edwards (Yellowstone County Detention Facility photo)
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A Missoula man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison Wednesday for "pimping" underage girls all over Montana

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Trump’s tariffs could increase costs for Butte mining company

Recently announced tariffs are sparking concern at Montana Resources in Butte. (MTN News photo) Recently announced tariffs are sparking concern at Montana Resources in Butte. (MTN News photo)
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The Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum could have an effect on Butte’s mining industry. 

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Backers of tobacco tax and Medicaid initiative turn in 40K signatures

I-185 volunteer and supporter Lois Fitzpatrick of Helena I-185 volunteer and supporter Lois Fitzpatrick of Helena
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“We’re very excited about the the numbers we have in the short time we’ve had to gather (signatures),” Cooney said.

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GOP immigration bills falter as vote on compromise delayed

(photo credit: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center) (photo credit: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center)
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The Trump administration admitted on Thursday a court ruling prevents it from housing children with their detained parents for longer than 20 days, putting more pressure on Congress to act.

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Wandering kangaroo causes rollover crash in northern MT

A kangaroo, but not the one that caused a wreck in Montana. (Courtesy photo) A kangaroo, but not the one that caused a wreck in Montana. (Courtesy photo)
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Two women were sent to the hospital after a rollover crash involving a kangaroo west of Dodson.

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Flooding prompts emergency declaration in Lewis and Clark County

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An emergency declaration has been enacted in response to the flooding in Augusta and the Helena valley.

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Business leaders discuss impact of Montana's tech growth

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With technology continuing to develop and improve, what does this mean for Montana and its economic development?

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Sun River residents hit by flooding rescued by emergency crews

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Rainfall pushed already swollen rivers in Montana to flood stage Wednesday, and state officials are predicting more to come.

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Butte man faces attempted homicide charge after shooting in Whitehall

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A 33-year-old man is in jail in connection with the shooting and wounding of another man in Whitehall late Tuesday evening.

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Man who killed Washington Walmart shooter called a hero

"This was a traumatic experience for us and all those involved," David George recalled. (CBS News photo) "This was a traumatic experience for us and all those involved," David George recalled. (CBS News photo)
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"This was a traumatic experience for us and all those involved," David George recalled. 

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Questions raised over Whitefish land deal with Zinke foundation

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At issue is a piece of land donated by BNSF Zinke’s Great Northern Veterans Peace Park Foundation to create a park for children to sled and skate in the winter. 

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Supreme Court rules states can force online retailers to collect sales tax

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court building (Source: Mallory Hughes/CNN) The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court building (Source: Mallory Hughes/CNN)
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The ruling overturned a 1992 Supreme Court precedent and potentially paves the way for consumers to pay more for their online purchases. 

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Governor Bullock creates Future Ready MT Cabinet

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The Future Ready MT Cabinet aims to ensure the goal of ensuring the state has a trained and talented workforce for the present, and future. 

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Technology, consumers can help contain contaminated food outbreaks

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Several recent outbreaks related to contaminated food have affected dozens of people across the US but health officials say technology and consumers are helping contain these infections.

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YNP's Steamboat Geyser keeps erupting, and scientists want to know why

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Steamboat Geyser, the world's tallest and far more powerful than Old Faithful, is roaring back to life.

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Helena Valley residents dealing with next round of flooding

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Local authorities are preparing for the possibility of more rain over the coming days, which could extend the flooding danger.

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Montana man charged for meth-related deaths of wife, infant

Devin Michael Olson (courtesy photo) Devin Michael Olson (courtesy photo)
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Devin Michael Olson has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide

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Flooding hits Great Falls, Cascade County

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There is a state of emergency for imminent flooding in some areas of Great Falls and Cascade County.

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Montana Ag Network: Ranchers hoping calmer cattle will lead to beefed-up profits

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Beef Quality Assurance guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase.

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Opponents of initiative to restrict mining permits rally in Butte

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Mining supporters in Montana claim a proposed ballot initiative could be dangerous to the mining industry.

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Daines, Tester join bipartisan push for public lands funding

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Montana’s US senators joined in a bipartisan effort Wednesday outside the U.S. Capitol steps to push for money supporting public lands.

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Frenchtown teacher charged with sexual assault appears in court for status hearing

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A Frenchtown High School music teacher accused of sexually assaulting two students appeared in court Wednesday for a status conference to schedule further proceedings.

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Rosendale takes aim at drug-benefit managers

State Auditor Matt Rosendale State Auditor Matt Rosendale
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State Auditor Matt Rosendale took action Wednesday against a pair of prescription drug-benefit managers, saying the companies must reveal more information about how they do business and influence drug prices in Montana. 

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Kalispell hospital under investigation over physician payments

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KRMC is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for matters of compensation to certain physicians.

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MT congressional delegation differs on border-crackdown controversy

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines U.S. Sen. Steve Daines
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The two Republicans in Montana’s congressional delegation – Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte – told MTN News this week they were mostly standing behind President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican border. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester denounced the policy of separating migrant kids from their parents. 

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Trump signs executive order on family separation but says "zero tolerance" to stay

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President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to solve the issue of family separation at the border, while keeping in place key components of the administration's "zero tolerance" policy of prosecuting illegal border crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

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Crimestoppers mascot "Tipper" encourages people to be tipsters

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With every handshake, Tipper reminds kids to be a tipster.
 

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Butte tavern owners ask for break in liquor fees

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The Butte-Silver Bow Tavern Association is asking the city to give them a break on its yearly liquor fee.

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Trump: “I’ll be signing something in a little while"

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President Trump says he will sign "something" in the near future that will end family separation at the southern border. 

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Flooding hits areas along the Sun River

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The Sun River at Simms is cresting now and it will be at above moderate flood stage through Thursday.

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Video Extra: Hawaii "lava berg"

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A piece of floating lava from one of Hawaii’s fissures caught the attention of boaters this week. 

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Woman killed in crash into the Boulder River near Big Timber

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Park County authorities are investigating a fatal crash where a vehicle was found in the Boulder River south of Big Timber. 

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Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

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Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed a "historic" bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29. 

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Morning Rounds: Juuling is a growing health concern

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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Montana Folk Festival ready to fill Butte with music fans

The Montana Folk Festival will be held in Butte from July 13th until June 15th. (MTN News file photo) The Montana Folk Festival will be held in Butte from July 13th until June 15th. (MTN News file photo)
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The Montana Folk Festival will be held in Butte from July 13th until June 15th

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Efforts helping to preserve Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout population

Partnerships between FWP and many other groups have helped the fish north of Yellowstone National Park. Partnerships between FWP and many other groups have helped the fish north of Yellowstone National Park.
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Partnerships between Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and many other groups have helped the fish north of Yellowstone National Park.

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13 people stranded in Scapegoat Wilderness safely evacuated

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A group of 13 people became stranded near the headwaters of Dearborn River west of Augusta on Monday night.

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Poll: Williams leads Gianforte in Montana U.S. House race

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The first Montana U.S. House race poll shows incumbent Republican Greg Gianforte trailing Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams by six points.

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New Children's Advocacy Center celebrated in Kalispell

The Flathead County Children's Advocacy Center is leading the way in the state. (MTN News photo) The Flathead County Children's Advocacy Center is leading the way in the state. (MTN News photo)
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The Flathead County Children's Advocacy Center is leading the way in the state. 

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Montana DOJ launches new website for sexual-assault survivors

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The Montana Department of Justice has announced it's developed a new website and hotline for survivors of sexual assault.

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Starbucks says it will close 150 stores next year

(Source: Ferre' Dollar/CNN) (Source: Ferre' Dollar/CNN)
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The affected stores are located in mostly urban areas that are densely populated with Starbucks locations. 

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Severe shortage of mental health professionals in rural areas

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A new study finds that 65% of non-metropolitan counties do not have a psychiatrist and almost half do not have a psychologist.

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Augusta residents caught off-guard by area flooding

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The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office says Highway 200 is closed at Bowman's Corner.

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MT House Minority Leader Eck won’t run for re-election

MT House Minority Leader Jenny Eck, D-Helena MT House Minority Leader Jenny Eck, D-Helena
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The top Democrat in the Montana House, Rep. Jenny Eck of Helena, said Tuesday she won’t run for re-election this year, because of the obligations of a new job. 

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Bond set at $100K for fatal Missoula hit-and-run suspect

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Court documents state Daniel Grady was the driver of the pickup truck that struck and killed a woman early Sunday in Missoula.

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Montana man charged with killing 5-year-old foster child

Bridger Boyd. (Yellowstone County Detention Facility) Bridger Boyd. (Yellowstone County Detention Facility)
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A 34-year-old Big Horn County man is facing a deliberate homicide charge in connection with the recent death of a 5-year-old girl.

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Man who died in Rock Creek floating accident ID'd

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The Granite County Sheriff has released the name of the man who drowned in a floating accident near Rock Creek this weekend.

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Rescue efforts underway for people stranded in Scapegoat Wilderness

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Efforts are underway to get 13 people stuck in the Scapegoat Wilderness to safety.

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Yellowstone NP looks to visitors to solve overcrowding issues

US Park Service officials are beginning a new project to help collect that information this summer. (MTN News photo) US Park Service officials are beginning a new project to help collect that information this summer. (MTN News photo)
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US Park Service officials are beginning a new project to help collect that information this summer.

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Montana Made: Girlwood

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Melissa Burns started Girlwood six years ago in Billings as a way to deal with the pain.

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Darol Roberts

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The United States Marshals Service District of Montana has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Darol Roberts.

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VIDEO: Flooding hits the Augusta area

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Heavy rain in recent days is causing flooding in and around Augusta.

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Body of missing Montana man found

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Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies recovered the body of Noah Hofeldt in Chinook on Sunday.

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Info sought on Whitefish burglary suspect

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The Whitefish Police Department is looking for the public's help in finding a suspect in a recent burglary. 

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Video game addiction named disorder by World Health Organization

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WHO has been studying the issue and now has formally classified “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition.

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"Taste of Kalispell," event to benefit Kalispell Museum

The "Taste of Kalispell" will take place on Thursday on the big lawn at the Museum at Central School. (MTN News photo) The "Taste of Kalispell" will take place on Thursday on the big lawn at the Museum at Central School. (MTN News photo)
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The "Taste of Kalispell" will take place on Thursday -- rain or shine -- on the big lawn at the Museum at Central School in Kalispell. 

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Bomb reportedly found in armed robbery suspect's vehicle in Bozeman

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The Belgrade man who is accused of armed robbery of a Bozeman business reportedly had a homemade bomb in his vehicle when he was arrested. 

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Chamber of Commerce declines to endorse a candidate in MT’s U.S. Senate race

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Montana’s top business lobby Monday declined to endorse a candidate in the state’s top election race, the U.S. Senate. 

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CBS News poll: Two-thirds of Americans say separating children, parents at border unacceptable

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Sixty-seven percent of Americans call it unacceptable to separate children from parents who've been caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally. Much of this is driven by large percentages of Democrats (90%) and independents (66 percent) who find it unacceptable, while Republicans are more divided overall, with 39% calling it unacceptable, and one in five had not heard enough about it. Older, very conservative Republicans are more apt to say it is acceptable, while young... More>>

Bullock requests federal disaster declaration for flooding in Montana

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Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday requested a major disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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DNA results show mysterious Montana canine is a wolf

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State wildlife officials report that the canine creature shot in Montana is actually a gray wolf.

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State-revenue rebound could lead to undoing budget cuts this year

State Rep. Nancy Ballance, R-Hamilton State Rep. Nancy Ballance, R-Hamilton
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A rebound in Montana’s state tax revenue could lead to undoing $46 million in state budget cuts later this year, a legislative report says – although lawmakers Monday said the final budget picture won’t be clear until next month. 

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Study: Almost half of diabetics skip medical care due to costs

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Almost half of diabetics are cutting back on treatment because of costs, according to a new survey that comes as the skyrocketing price of insulin is prompting lawmakers and physicians to call for more oversight. The American Medical Association, the largest association of physicians in the U.S., last week called for federal intervention to protect diabetics from being exploited by price gouging on insulin products. The group wants the Federal Trade Commission and the Justi... More>>

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