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Flu continues to hit Western Montana

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Flathead County is leading the state with the most confirmed flu cases. 

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Sex-trafficking prevention draws Flathead law enforcement together for training session

The growing problem in northwest Montana area drew more than 30 officers from the region to FVCC. (MTN News photo) The growing problem in northwest Montana area drew more than 30 officers from the region to FVCC. (MTN News photo)
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"This is a crime that is supply-and-demand-driven, and if there wasn't a demand in the Flathead Valley it wouldn't be here," said Detective Guy Baker.

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Probe into Big Arm Post Office fire continues

A fire hit the Big Arm Post Office on Jan., 9 forcing the facility to close. (MTN News photo) A fire hit the Big Arm Post Office on Jan., 9 forcing the facility to close. (MTN News photo)
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A fire hit the Big Arm Post Office on Jan., 9 forcing the facility to close. 

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Republican enters race for Flathead County Commissioner

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Ronalee Skees officially declared her candidacy Monday at the Flathead County Election Department.

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Man accused of shooting up Hungry Horse home to appear in court

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Bryan McCully, 22, is pleading not guilty to felony attempted deliberate homicide in Flathead County District Court.

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Bullock orders internet providers to accept net neutrality to win Montana state contracts

Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) (MTN News photo) Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) (MTN News photo)
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Gov. Bullock has signed an executive order requiring internet service providers to commit to net neutrality if they want to receive state contracts.

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Trump signs bill to end government shutdown and reopen government

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The measure now goes to President Trump Monday night for his signature, enabling the government to reopen for business Tuesday morning.

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Missing/Endangered Person Advisory issued for 2-year-old Butte boy

Legend Ryan White, left, and Julie Gardiner. Legend Ryan White, left, and Julie Gardiner.
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The Montana Department of Justice has issued a Missing/Endangered Person Advisory for 2-year-old Legend White.

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Daines supports deal to break budget impasse; Tester votes 'no'

U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (left) and Jon Tester U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (left) and Jon Tester
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Montana’s U.S. House member, Republican Greg Gianforte, voted for the deal Monday evening

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Trump slaps tariffs on foreign solar panels and washing machines

President Trump is seen here speaking at the White House on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Pool photo via CNN) President Trump is seen here speaking at the White House on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Pool photo via CNN)
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The announcement marks President Trump's first major trade action of 2018 and follows his campaign promise to get tough on America's trading partners.

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Sheriff: Man shot by deputies in Lockwood did not fire his gun

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The man who was shot was transported to a local hospital but is expected to survive.

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Businesses file lawsuit to invalidate $30M work-comp funds transfer

The Montana state work-comp fund's Helena HQ The Montana state work-comp fund's Helena HQ
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A group of businesses filed suit Monday to invalidate and block the transfer of nearly $30 million in state workers’ compensation funds meant to help balance the Montana state budget. 

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Off-leash dog warning issued after Montana woman bit

A routine jog ended with a Helena woman paying more than $7,000 out of pocket and getting nearly a dozen shots. (courtesy photo) A routine jog ended with a Helena woman paying more than $7,000 out of pocket and getting nearly a dozen shots. (courtesy photo)
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A routine jog ended with a Helena woman paying more than $7,000 out of pocket and getting nearly a dozen shots.

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Missoula man confirmed as victim in Idaho avalanche

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Raymond John Moe, 46, of Missoula died in the Saturday afternoon snow slide that happened near the Idaho/Montana border.

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Helena woman ID'd as victim of Gates of the Mountains crash

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Kassandra Biller of Helena has been identified as the victim of a single vehicle weekend crash on the Gates of the Mountains Road.

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Workshop demonstrates how to release pets from traps

There are many different types of traps and most have different methods to release. (MTN News photo) There are many different types of traps and most have different methods to release. (MTN News photo)
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It's advised that pet owners not panic while their pet's foot is caught but instead be aware that the pet might snap or bite out of fear or pain.
 

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Montana Ag: Grant helps keep art of sheep shearing alive

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The wool collected at Cornell Farms will be stored until May and then shipped to Choteau to be weighed and core sampled. 

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Weather Forecast: Active weather continues

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Bottom line: the weather will remain very active running into next weekend!

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MT National Guard impacted by federal government shut-down

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241 Air Guard and 257 Army Guard employees are being furloughed on Monday

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Monday Montana news headlines

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Here's a look at you top Monday news stories from across Western Montana.

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Small earthquake rattles Flathead area

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The Sunday evening quake was measured by the U.S. Geological Survey as magnitude 3.0.

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Montana military spouses react to government shutdown

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The federal government shut down continues and the ramifications are being felt by military members and their families in Montana.

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Yellowstone visitors speak out as federal government shuts down

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Facilities run by the National Park Service were closed. But privately-operated hotels, tour services, and gift shops were open.

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Here's what's affected by the shutdown

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Here's a rundown of what will happen if the government remains shut down.

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Several people arrested for narcotics at Great Falls hotel

Several people were arrested in a narcotics bust at the Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites on Sunday morning. (MTN News photo) Several people were arrested in a narcotics bust at the Crystal Inn Hotel and Suites on Sunday morning. (MTN News photo)
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Officers were called to the hotel after several reports of people using narcotics in a room.
 

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Limited access but National Parks stay open during government shutdown

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Unlike the shut down in 2013 where the parks were closed, National Park Services said that they will remain open throughout the shutdown.

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Zinke: Parks shouldn't be bargaining chip in shutdown showdown

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (CNN photo) U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (CNN photo)
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"Our public lands and our monuments really belong to the people and not the government." -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

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Man shot in officer-involved shooting in Lockwood

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Officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Canary Ave. in Lockwood early Sunday morning to check the welfare of a possible suicidal person.

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Yellowstone NP implements plan for government shutdown

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Yellowstone National Park implemented its plan for a government shutdown Saturday in response to the lapse in federal appropriations.

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One hurt in Bozeman stabbing

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A victim is recovering in the hospital after a stabbing Friday night in Bozeman.

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Woman dies in crash near Gates of the Mountains

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A 25-year-old woman was driving eastbound on the Gates of the Mountains Road when she failed to negotiate a righthand curve.
 

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Malmstrom airmen still reporting to work despite shutdown

Malmstrom Air Force Base main gate (MTN News photo) Malmstrom Air Force Base main gate (MTN News photo)
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Airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base are still reporting to work despite the government shutdown at midnight.

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Trump One Year: Approval Ratings

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A CBS News poll shows 37% of those surveyed approve of the job the president is doing, 58% disapprove. 

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Lawmakers scramble for a deal amid government shutdown-DACA 'chaos'

(Photo: LWYang / Flickr / CC BY 2.0) (Photo: LWYang / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)
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On the first day of the government shutdown, there's more sniping about who is to blame than serious progress towards ending it.

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State will not appeal FEMA denial for wildfire assistance

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Montana won't appeal the federal government’s decision to deny millions of dollars in additional aid to deal with Montana’s historic 2017 wildfire season.

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"March For Life" rally held in Helena

The Helena march was held in conjunction with other March For Life events across the country. (MTN News photo) The Helena march was held in conjunction with other March For Life events across the country. (MTN News photo)
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The march was held in conjunction with other March For Life events across the country.

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Government shuts down on one-year anniversary of Trump presidency

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Five Democrats voted with the Republicans to push a spending bill vote, and four Republicans voted with Democrats.

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Here's how a government shutdown will affect Montana

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For Montana, that means reduced services at community healthcare centers and restricted access to national parks, but services like Social Security and airport operations will remain functioning.

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Flathead nonprofit helps lift financial burdens facing cancer patients

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Wings Regional Cancer Support's biggest fundraiser is its annual radiothon.

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Bundy making Western MT appearance to discuss property rights

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Outspoken Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is coming to Montana this weekend, scheduled to make a Saturday appearance in Paradise in Sanders County. 

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As fed gov’t shutdown looms, political finger-pointing escalates

U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (left) and Jon Tester U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (left) and Jon Tester
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As the federal government headed toward a possible shutdown Friday, political opponents of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester pointed fingers at him and other Democrats, saying they’re to blame. Meanwhile, Montana’s Republican U.S. senator, Steve Daines, told reporters Friday evening that supporting a short-term budget fix from GOP leaders should be “a pretty easy vote.”

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Former Helena teacher accused of raping student in 2015

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A former Capital High School special education teacher is accused of the rape of an underage boy. 

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Proposed rules for medical marijuana coming soon

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Montana regulators say they’re almost ready to implement new permanent rules on the state’s medical marijuana industry.

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Montana man sentenced for killing wife with pickup truck

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A 61-year-old man was sentenced in federal court in Great Falls after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the death of his wife.  

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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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Police release preliminary investigative report on Las Vegas massacre

Las Vegas Blvd. closed off with crime scene tape two days after the mass shooting by Stephen Paddock. FBI investigators walk the street in front of Mandalay Bay and Luxor looking for clues. (photo credit: Traci Tamura/CNN) Las Vegas Blvd. closed off with crime scene tape two days after the mass shooting by Stephen Paddock. FBI investigators walk the street in front of Mandalay Bay and Luxor looking for clues. (photo credit: Traci Tamura/CNN)
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The report includes an overview of the incident, a sequence of events leading up to the attack and a brief profile of the gunman.

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Montana man sentenced for dismembering, burning body

Patrick Standsoverbull appearing in a Billings courtroom. (MTN News photo) Patrick Standsoverbull appearing in a Billings courtroom. (MTN News photo)
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Patrick Standsoverbull recieved the maximum sentence on all three of the charges.

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Learning CPR can help you save a life

Starting chest compressions on a cardiac arrest patient can make a big difference in their chance of survival. (MTN News photo) Starting chest compressions on a cardiac arrest patient can make a big difference in their chance of survival. (MTN News photo)
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Starting chest compressions on a cardiac arrest patient can make a big difference in their chance of survival.

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Gov. Bullock tells U.S. Supreme Court to preserve labor union `agency fees’

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Bullock, a Democrat, so far is the only governor to weigh in on the case.

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Flathead woman charged in 2017 murder accepts plea deal

Heather Joy Meeker (photo credit: Flathead County Sheriff's Office) Heather Joy Meeker (photo credit: Flathead County Sheriff's Office)
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A woman charged in connection with a murder that took place last year near the Old Steel Bridge in Evergreen has accepted a plea deal. 

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Butte group collects signatures demanding creek clean up

A group that wants to clean up mine waste along Butte's Silver Bow Creek is ready to present a petition to the city (MTN News photo) A group that wants to clean up mine waste along Butte's Silver Bow Creek is ready to present a petition to the city (MTN News photo)
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A group that wants to clean up mine waste along Butte's Silver Bow Creek is ready to present a petition to the city Wednesday action.

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Some of released bison near Yellowstone National Park located

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Yellowstone National Park officials say some of the 52 released bison from the Stephens Creek facility have been found in the Mammoth area.

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Sexual assault victim bringing powerful message to Kalispell

Grace Manchala came to the US in 2008 with a mission to create a safer place for young girls and boys in the community and beyond. (MTN News photo) Grace Manchala came to the US in 2008 with a mission to create a safer place for young girls and boys in the community and beyond. (MTN News photo)
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Grace Manchala came to the US in 2008 with a mission to create a safer place for young girls and boys in the community and beyond.

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Republicans in MT delegation support short-term budget fix

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont. U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont.
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Montana’s two Republican members of Congress said Wednesday they’ll support a GOP budget plan to keep the federal government open past Friday – including the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Plan. Yet Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte said any budget plan should not be linked to immigration reforms, which are a separate issue. 

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Two Bear Air credited with swift capture of armed Flathead suspect

Two Bear Air Rescue as instrumental in helping to quickly end a manhunt for an armed suspect near Lakeside. (photo credit: Two Bear Air) Two Bear Air Rescue as instrumental in helping to quickly end a manhunt for an armed suspect near Lakeside. (photo credit: Two Bear Air)
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Two Bear Air Rescue as instrumental in helping to quickly end a manhunt for a suspect high on meth with a cache of guns in Lakeside.

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TransCanada moving ahead on Keystone XL line

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TransCanada Corp. announced Thursday it's secured enough contracts to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Montana close to releasing final permanent medical marijuana rules

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Montana regulators say they’re almost ready to implement new permanent rules on the state’s medical marijuana industry. 

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Candidate announces run for Lake County Sheriff

The Lake County Courthouse in Polson. (MTN News photo) The Lake County Courthouse in Polson. (MTN News photo)
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David Coffman a retired lieutenant from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office who is now living in Polson.

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Investigation into fatal Arlee shooting continues

The fatal shooting happened on Sanders Street near Arlee High School. (MTN News photo) The fatal shooting happened on Sanders Street near Arlee High School. (MTN News photo)
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Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says it appears the fatal shooting was a case of self-defense.

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Bullock administration estimates fed tax cuts will cost state $20 million

State Budget Director Dan Villa State Budget Director Dan Villa
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The Bullock administration Thursday issued its final estimate on how federal tax cuts will impact state tax revenue, saying the new law will cost the state budget $20 million through June 2019. 

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Park lodge operator monitoring possible government shutdown

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The operators of the lodges in Glacier and Yellowstone National parks are monitoring the possibility of a federal government shutdown.

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Shutdown looms larger in Senate after House vote

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The Senate adjourned with no sign that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had or would have the votes to pass a measure to keep the government funded.

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Medicaid expansion enrollment in MT passes 91K

Medicaid enrollee Amanda Childers of Thompson Falls Medicaid enrollee Amanda Childers of Thompson Falls
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Montana’s expanded Medicaid program, enacted in 2016 to provide government-funded health coverage for low-income adults, is now covering more than 91,500 people, state heath officials said Thursday. 

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3 people charged for Subway robbery in Helena

The Subway store on North Sanders in Helena (MTN News photo) The Subway store on North Sanders in Helena (MTN News photo)
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Three people have been arrested for their alleged role in a robbery at the Subway restaurant on North Sanders on Monday.

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Government shutdown inches closer amid Congressional impasse

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Lawmakers must extend funding by Friday night or the government will shut down early Saturday.

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Former Montana legislator sentenced to prison for dealing meth

Michael Lange, 57, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Billings to 18 years in prison for two felony drug distribution charges.

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Fraud Watch: The Do Not Call Registry

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The federal Do Not Call Registry gives you the opportunity to stop most unwanted calls from telemarketers.

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Montana Historical Society showcases state's microbrewing history

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The presentation was based on 14 oral history interviews from last year that were conducted with some of Montana’s first microbrewers.

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Montana Ag: Census of agriculture underway in Montana

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Montana farmers and ranchers are being asked to fill out an important survey to help paint an accurate picture of American agriculture.

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Closed Mineral County jail to reopen in February

The Mineral County jail in Superior (MTN News file photo) The Mineral County jail in Superior (MTN News file photo)
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The facility has been closed since last November after safety concerns arose over the diminishing number of detention officers. 

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Shooting in Butte sends one to hospital

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Butte police are currently investigating a shooting that occurred at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Thursday.

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Police: Gallatin Co. man threatens to “shoot-up” the Capitol

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A Gallatin County man was arrested and sent to the State Hospital at Warm Springs after threatening to "shoot up" the State Capitol. 

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Keith Urban to make Western MT stop on new '18 tour

Keith Urban will appear in the Adams Center on Sept. 29 with opening act Kelsea Ballerini. (courtesy photo) Keith Urban will appear in the Adams Center on Sept. 29 with opening act Kelsea Ballerini. (courtesy photo)
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Country music superstar Keith Urban will appear in the Adams Center on Sept. 29 with opening act Kelsea Ballerini. 

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Annual Wings radiothon returning to the Flathead

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The 22nd annual event will take place at the Sportsman and Ski Haus in Kalispell and can be heard on the radio on all Bee Broadcasting radio stations.

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Former VP Biden headlines MT Dems’ annual fundraising dinner

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Former Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the Montana Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner here in March. 

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Evergreen house fire prompts reminder to clear hydrants of snow

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Fire officials have a message for residents after a fire tore through an Evergreen home Tuesday evening.

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ACLU vows to challenge Big Horn Co. attorney's crackdown on pregnant substance abusers

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The ACLU of Montana will challenge any action by Big Horn County to restrain or incarcerate pregnant women based on alleged harm to the fetus.

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Wildfire salvage projects underway

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700,000 acres burned on National Forest land in this summer’s wildfires, and there are plans now in place proposing to salvage about 30,000 of those acres.

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EPA puts Libby Superfund site on priority list for redevelopment

Dennis Bragg photo. Dennis Bragg photo.
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The Environmental Protection Agency is putting the Libby Superfund site on a list of locations which will be a focus for new business. 

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