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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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"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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Spring rains could lead to another bad fire season in Montana

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“In general, when you have a wet spring, it’s going to allow the grasses and the fine fuels to grow in abundance,” said Matt Jackson, National Weather Service senior meteorologist. 

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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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Big Horn County man charged with deliberate homicide of 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 was arrested and charged Tuesday in Billings with deliberate homicide 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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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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Weather Forecast: Lull in the wet weather for Wednesday

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Our current low pressure system will move on Wednesday providing us with a much needed break!  Look for partly to mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid 70s to low 80s.

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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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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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Weather Forecast: Scattered showers continue Tuesday

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Expect rain showers to become more scattered by the afternoon. Today's highs will be in the upper 60's to mid 70's today.  

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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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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>>

Film company started by MSU seniors sees international growth

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Two Montana State University seniors have their own film production company, and they have taken it to the next level. 

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One dead after crash near McLeod

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One person is dead after crashing their vehicle into the Boulder River near McLeod on Friday afternoon. 

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Creating Delicious Dinosaurs | La Chatelaine Bonus | Under the Big Sky

Chocolate dinosaur eggs crafted by La Chatelaine Chocolat Co. in Bozeman. Chocolate dinosaur eggs crafted by La Chatelaine Chocolat Co. in Bozeman.
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In our third Under the Big Sky bonus video, Wlady and Shannon Grochowski share their passion for creativity and playfulness at the heart of their chocolate creations including some delicious dinosaur themed chocolates.  La Châtelaine Chocolat is an artisan chocolaterie. A Frenchman and his American wife created La Châtelaine after longing for the delectable chocolates from childhood.  Wlady and Shannon Grochowski started La Chatelaine in Bozeman, Monta... More>>

Butte judge candidate arrested for DUI

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Butte-Silver Bow’s coroner and justice of the peace candidate was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence. 

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Kalispell kicks off Summer Food Service Program

A grant has allowed Kalispell to launch a Summer Food Truck this year to serve summer meals at six additional locations. (MTN News photo) A grant has allowed Kalispell to launch a Summer Food Truck this year to serve summer meals at six additional locations. (MTN News photo)
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A grant has allowed Kalispell to launch a Summer Food Truck this year to serve summer meals at six additional locations. 

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Customs and Border Protection official: "We created this situation by not doing anything"

Chief Manuel Padilla of the Rio Grande Valley Sector of Customs and Border Protection. (CBS News photo) Chief Manuel Padilla of the Rio Grande Valley Sector of Customs and Border Protection. (CBS News photo)
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The Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Manuel Padilla said it's the site of 40% of all apprehensions of people illegally crossing the border. 

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Sen. Tester goes solo on debate date before broadcasters in Whitefish

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In a wide-ranging public interview Sunday that substituted for a canceled debate, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester laid out his views on health care, energy, border security and gun violence – and jabbed Republican challenger Matt Rosendale for not attending. 

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Japan quake: Strong tremor shakes Osaka, killing at least 3

Water floods out from crack in the road, following the Osaka quake. (Source: AP) Water floods out from crack in the road, following the Osaka quake. (Source: AP)
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A strong earthquake hit the Japanese city of Osaka during morning rush hour Monday, killing at least three people and injuring 214.

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Man killed in weekend Flathead crash identified

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Rian Erik Britt, 41, of Kalispell died in the one-vehicle crash that happened just before 6:30 a.m. on Saturday. 

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Helena woman crowned Miss Montana 2018

Laura Haller of Helena was crowned Miss Montana 2018 in Glendive on Saturday night. Laura Haller of Helena was crowned Miss Montana 2018 in Glendive on Saturday night.
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Laura Haller of Helena was crowned Miss Montana 2018 in Glendive on Saturday night by Miss Montana 2017 Maddie Murray.

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Annual Flathead event brings fishing to disabled anglers

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hosts the Jerry Howard "Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake each year. (MTN News photo) Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hosts the Jerry Howard "Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake each year. (MTN News photo)
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hosts the Jerry Howard "Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake each year. 

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Montana Ag Network: 4-H camp teaches team building and leadership skills

4-H is a nationwide organization that teaches kids important skills to guide them in the future. (MTN News photo) 4-H is a nationwide organization that teaches kids important skills to guide them in the future. (MTN News photo)
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4-H is a nationwide organization that teaches kids important skills to guide them in the future.

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Garden of a Thousand Buddhas hosts celebration

The Garden of a Thousand Buddhas in Arlee is open daily from 9 a.m. until dusk  (MTN News photo) The Garden of a Thousand Buddhas in Arlee is open daily from 9 a.m. until dusk  (MTN News photo)
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The Garden of a Thousand Buddhas celebrated their founders and caretakers during the 5th annual Tibetan Culture festival.

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Gov. Bullock highlights Kalispell hospital program

Montana Governor Steve Bullock (MTN News photo) Montana Governor Steve Bullock (MTN News photo)
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Gov. Bullock highlighted a new innovative program Kalispell Regional Healthcare has implemented that's improving the lives of children and families.

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Big Sky Pride celebrated in Helena

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The weekend brought stormy weather in Helena, but that wasn’t enough to keep people from celebrating Big Sky Pride.

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Body of man missing after Rock Creek raft capsized recovered

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Authorities have recovered the body of a man who was reported missing after a Sunday afternoon rafting accident on Rock Creek.

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KPAX Country: Philipsburg gearing up for another busy summer

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KPAX’s Augusta McDonnell visited one local spot that’s becoming a destination for foodies and microbrew fans alike. 

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Western Montana photographer set to release new Sperry Chalet book

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A photographer who gained attention for taking one of the most iconic photos of the Sperry Chalet just weeks before it burned in a forest fire last August is releasing a book.

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Special Olympic athlete struggles to recover after baseball bat assault

Gary Fuller photo. Gary Fuller photo.
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A well-known Special Olympics athlete is fighting to recover from critical injuries Friday after being assaulted with a baseball bat at a Missoula apartment.

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Budget cuts: Montanans with developmental disabilities may see reduction in care

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AWARE-Inc. is optimistic about making it through the next year, but are not accepting the new standard of care that they are expected to deliver with limited resources, he said.

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University of Montana hires VP for enrollment

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The University of Montana hires vice president of enrollment and strategic communications.

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Montana experts offer tips to protect consumers from credit and debit card skimmers

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As Montanans hit the road for summer trips, law enforcement leaders are reminding travelers to watch out for credit-card skimmers.

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“Kindergarten coders” might surprise you this summer

Dennis Bragg photo. Dennis Bragg photo.
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More and more schools are teaching “coding”, even to the littlest learners, and it’s not just about computers.

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Body of 2nd missing hunter recovered near Selway River

(photo credit: Two Bear Air) (photo credit: Two Bear Air)
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The body of a second man who vanished into the Selway River while on a bear hunting trip last month has been recovered. 

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"Obamacare" policies for 2019 in Montana: Likely not a lot of change

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The three companies filed their proposed rates for 2019 marketplace policies on Thursday, with the state auditor's office.

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Charlo man accused of leading deputies on pursuit through alfalfa field

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A Charlo man is in custody after being accused of threatening two females with a machete-type knife and leading Lake County deputies on two pursuits in one week.

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ZooMontana otter pup dies

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One of the four baby otters at ZooMontana has died. Zoo officials made the announcement Thursday in a Facebook post. 

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Montana woman's search for new puppy ends in scam

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Puppy lovers beware: Internet scammers have turned at least one Belgrade woman looking for a new pet into a victim. 

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4 cars hit by gunfire near Sea-Tac Airport

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Police are asking the public for help as they try to find the shooter who opened fire and hit four vehicles driving on State Route 509 near Sea-Tac Airport. 

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Tester plays bipartisan role in major bills – but gets snubbed by Trump

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.
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Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, in the throes of a re-election battle, has made working with President Trump part of his campaign pitch – and played a central role in two of the bigger bipartisan bills to pass Congress this spring. But when it the president signed the banking-reform and veterans’ health-care bills, Trump didn't invite Tester to the ceremonies.

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Miles City superintendent: We took 'immediate' action after learning of allegations against teacher

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Officials say a former teacher accused of sex with a 15-year-old student was placed on paid administrative leave "immediately" after school administrators learned of the allegation.

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Body of missing hunter pulled from the Selway River

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The body of one of the four missing bear hunters who vanished into the flood swollen Selway River last month has been recovered and identified. 

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Montana man sentenced to prison for elder fraud scheme

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A Whitehall man will spend three years in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding thousands of elderly victims.

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Sarah Sanders, Raj Shah planning to depart the White House

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Press secretary Sarah Sanders and principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah are both heading for the exits, according to sources inside the White House and close to the administration.

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Fewer tankers under contract, but Neptune Aviation looks to busy fire season

Dennis Bragg photo. Dennis Bragg photo.
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In fact, the Neptune tankers have already been getting a lot of flight time this spring. 

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Grizzly dies after eating insecticide in north-central Montana

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A grizzly bear died near Carter on Monday after getting into insecticide that was in an open garage.

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Ex Miles City teacher in jail on suspicion of sex with underage student

Morgan Pett, 38 was a science teacher at Custer County High School. (Montana PBS photo) Morgan Pett, 38 was a science teacher at Custer County High School. (Montana PBS photo)
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A former Custer County High School science teacher is behind bars on suspicion of multiple sexual encounters with a 15-year-old female student.

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Forecast on track for active fire season

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Forecasters are still expecting a drier and warmer-than-normal summer this year, saying it could create a “normal significant potential” for wildfires. 

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Federal Reserve hikes key interest rate another quarter-point

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Consumers can expect interest rates to rise for all types of debt. The most immediately affected will be credit-card interest rates.

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MT carjacking victim was former Big Horn County sheriff

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The suspect, Donald Gray Jr., admitted to police he killed the man because he needed a car to get home.

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Former Smurfit owners given 30 days to join environmental damage assessment

Dennis Bragg photo. Dennis Bragg photo.
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The former owners of the Smurfit Stone mill are being given 30 days to decide whether they’ll participate in an assessment of the environmental damage caused by decades of mill operations.

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Two women get kicked out of Uber after kiss

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Alex Iovine, 26, and Emma Pichl, 24, live together in Manhattan and have been dating for nearly two years. 

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DPHHS marks anniversary of statewide diabetes prevention program

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The Diabetes Prevention Program is aimed at those with a high risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Montana summer camp teaches teens cyber security

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The department head for computer technology at the college said this type of camp is rewarding for the teens.
 

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Morning Rounds: What you need to know about PTSD

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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Raccoon scales St. Paul skyscraper to roof

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The raccoon that captured the country's attention when it scaled a St. Paul skyscraper has managed to climb to the building's roof. 

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FEMA touring Montana to look at flood damage

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FEMA employees are spread out across the state working with state and local officials to assess the damage done by recent flooding.

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St. Ignatius school board discusses meth contaminant cleanup

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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The District is attempting to hold Johnson Transportation responsible for the cost of cleaning any meth contamination found in the school bus facility.

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Montana health officials offer up safe swimming tips

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Montana health officials are offering up some tips on how you can stay safe and healthy while taking a dip to cool off.

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New Yellowstone National Park superintendent named

Cameron Sholly will replace Dan Wenk as the head of the nation's oldest national park. (courtesy photo) Cameron Sholly will replace Dan Wenk as the head of the nation's oldest national park. (courtesy photo)
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Cameron Sholly will replace Dan Wenk as superintendent at Yellowstone National Park. 

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Interior Dept., Blackfeet Nation implement 2016 water settlement

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The settlement was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2016. Tribal members then ratified the compact in a vote last spring. 

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Social media can help advocate suicide prevention

Warnings signs of suicidal ideation are similar to those of depression, such as big changes in personality or behavior. (MTN News photo) Warnings signs of suicidal ideation are similar to those of depression, such as big changes in personality or behavior. (MTN News photo)
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One Montana suicide crisis hotline has seen a 12% increase since last week.

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Kalispell hospital offering breast cancer test that saves lives

The test has been available for some time at KRMC and experts say that early detection is critical in utilizing the tool. (MTN News photo) The test has been available for some time at KRMC and experts say that early detection is critical in utilizing the tool. (MTN News photo)
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A genetic test that's giving hope to thousands who are diagnosed in the early stages of breast cancer is available at Kalispell Regional Medical Center.  

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Donald Trump Jr. coming to Montana to stump for GOP

Donald Trump, Jr. during a campaign stop in Kalispell. (Nicole Miller/MTN News photo) Donald Trump, Jr. during a campaign stop in Kalispell. (Nicole Miller/MTN News photo)
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Donald Trump Jr. will be returning to Montana this month to deliver the keynote address to the Republican Party's Platform Convention Dinner. 

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Public comment period opens for Rice Ridge Fire salvage

The Rice Ridge fire burned over 160,000 acres and was the largest fire in Western Montana last summer. (MTN News file photo) The Rice Ridge fire burned over 160,000 acres and was the largest fire in Western Montana last summer. (MTN News file photo)
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The lightning-caused fire scorched over 160,000 acres and was the largest fire in Western Montana last summer.

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MT contractor tapped to rebuild Sperry Chalet

Great Northern Railway photo of the Sperry Chalet (NPS photo) Great Northern Railway photo of the Sperry Chalet (NPS photo)
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The construction will be done in two phases, beginning this summer and continuing into 2019.

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Flathead River Plan meeting to look at wildlife habitat

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Flathead National Forest is moving forward with a series of meetings as it works with Glacier National Park on a comprehensive river management plan for all three forks of the Flathead River.

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Montana PSC approves sales that includes $4.5M for town of Colstrip

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Montana’s utility regulators Tuesday voted to approve the proposed sale of Avista Corp. to a Canadian power company – a deal that includes a $4.5 million payment to the city of Colstrip. 

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KPAX Archive: Investigating the Flathead Lake monster (2009)

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In this week's edition of KPAX Archive we take a look back in 2009 at the search for the elusive Flathead Lake monster.

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