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Fire danger hiked to "high" in the Flathead

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Continued hot and dry weather in the forecast has prompted officials to hike the fire danger to "high" in Northwest Montana.

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The Event at Rebecca Farm kicks off in Kalispell

The four-day event is expected to draw more than 600 competitors and nearly 10,000 spectators. (MTN News photo) The four-day event is expected to draw more than 600 competitors and nearly 10,000 spectators. (MTN News photo)
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The four-day event is expected to draw more than 600 competitors and nearly 10,000 spectators.

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Grizzly bear euthanized after apparent fall in Glacier NP

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A grizzly bear has been put down at Glacier National Park after apparently falling onto the Going-to-the-Sun Road. 

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Report: Montana drug use is a "crisis"

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says the state is in the midst of a substance abuse crisis. (MTN News photo) Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says the state is in the midst of a substance abuse crisis. (MTN News photo)
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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says the state is in the midst of a substance abuse crisis

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Report: Investigation launched in Zinke Whitefish land deal

US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (MTN News photo) US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (MTN News photo)
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A Whitefish real estate deal between Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the chairman of Halliburton is now the subject of a formal investigation.

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Secretary of State Stapleton appeals ruling blocking Montana Green Party from ballot

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton (MTN News file photo) Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton (MTN News file photo)
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Montana Supreme Court Clerk Ed Smith said Thursday that the court will likely consider the appeal quickly, because of its time-sensitive nature.

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Ravalli County Sheriff's Office looking for missing Stevensville woman

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The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office is looking for 75-year-old Kay Hill Yaskus, who they say went missing from her home in Stevensville on Thursday morning.

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The definitive ranking of 2020 Democrats

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In a CNN power ranking of 10 potential 2020 Democratic candidates for president, Gov. Steve Bullock now sits at at No. 7.

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Developer of Billings mansion pleads not guilty to federal wire fraud charges

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The developer of the city's largest mansion accused of faking his own kidnapping in Virginia to flee massive debts pleaded not guilty in federal court in Billings Thursday to wire fraud charges.

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Part of Hwy 37 shut down as crews battle 30-acre fire north of Libby

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The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday that crews are battling a 30-acre wildland fire approximately 3.5 miles up Highway 37, north of Libby. 

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I-15 crash in Beaverhead County leaves one dead

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The Montana Highway Patrol reports that one person is dead after a single-vehicle crash north of Dillon on Thursday.

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Salmonella outbreak in 26 states tied to raw turkey

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An outbreak of salmonella linked to raw turkey products has sickened at least 90 people across 26 states.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin to be invited to the White House

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According to a tweet from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the administration will be inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington, D.C. in the fall.

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Father/son duo accused of selling heroin to parents of toddler

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Prosecutors allege that a father and son arrested in Bozeman have been dealing drugs to a couple with a 2½-year-old child.

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Lincoln County fire holding steady

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The Zulu Fire which is burning outside of Libby in Lincoln County is still holding at 20 acres. 

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Daines vows support for Supreme Court nominee, knocks Democrats' opposition

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Sen. Daines plans to vote for President Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee and laments that Democrats were already lining up against the jurist.

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VIDEO: Brady Bunch home up for sale

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Ever wanted to live like the Brady Bunch? Now you can! The TV family’s home is up for sale. More>>

Latest fundraising numbers released in Montana US House race

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The Republican and Democratic candidates for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat reported raising more than $400,000 since mid-May.

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Reynolds Lake fire grows to 1000+ acres

The Reynolds Lake Fire (inciweb.org photo) The Reynolds Lake Fire (inciweb.org photo)
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The latest numbers show that the Reynolds Lake fire has now burned 1,068 acres. 

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KPAX Archive: 2008 Flathead Cherry Harvest

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This week we look back at the harvest of Flathead Cherries in 2008 from the KPAX Archives. More>>

CBS News poll: Most Americans disapprove of Trump's handling of Putin summit

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Only a third of Americans approve of the way Donald Trump handled his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a CBS News poll shows. 

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Weather Forecast: Breezy end to the week

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A weak & mainly dry cold front will push through the region Friday/Saturday with wind the main byproduct.  Highs will be in the low to mid 80s with gusts in the 25-35mph range.

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One person shot in Sun Prairie

One person was shot in Sun Prairie on Wednesday evening. (MTN News photo) One person was shot in Sun Prairie on Wednesday evening. (MTN News photo)
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One person was shot in Sun Prairie on Wednesday evening.

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Shrine Stories: Meet Grant

Grant is one of the many Montana children who has been helped by the  Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane. (MTN News photo) Grant is one of the many Montana children who has been helped by the  Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane. (MTN News photo)
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The top high school football athletes in Montana will take the field for the annual East-West Shrine Game on Saturday.

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Jail overcrowding could mean service for some Butte offenders

Overcrowding in Butte’s jail has been a problem in recent years. (MTN News photo) Overcrowding in Butte’s jail has been a problem in recent years. (MTN News photo)
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A new program is aimed at easing overcrowding in Butte’s jail which has been a problem in recent years.

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Distracted driving dangers rise during peak Montana traffic season

A new survey shows that 56% of U.S. motorists who admitted to distracted driving don’t think that it’s dangerous. (MTN News photo) A new survey shows that 56% of U.S. motorists who admitted to distracted driving don’t think that it’s dangerous. (MTN News photo)
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A new survey shows that 56% of U.S. motorists who admitted to distracted driving don’t think that it’s dangerous.

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Sen. Tester: Trump tariffs hurting Montana farmers

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Sen. Jon Tester said Wednesday that farmers are suffering in the trade war between the United States and China.

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Firefighters, police in Butte will carry Narcan for opioid overdoses

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Quick shots of Naloxone up the nose of a Butte woman in the throes of an opioid overdose last week helped Butte firefighters save the victim’s life. 

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Pence visit to Billings bumped back one day

Vice President Mike Pence will be at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark on July 25. Vice President Mike Pence will be at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark on July 25.
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Vice President Mike Pence will appear in Billings Wednesday, July 25, a day later than previously announced.

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Couple files lawsuit against Customs & Border Protection for Montana incident

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A former Montana couple is suing U.S. Customs & Border Protection for what they say was an unlawful arrest and detainment in April 2016.

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Montana Supreme Court grants new trial for man convicted in 2015 Billings murder

Joseph Richard Polak. (Q2 News) Joseph Richard Polak. (Q2 News)
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The Montana Supreme Court ruled that a lower court improperly excluded evidence indicating a key witness may have been on drugs during the crime.

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Mission Valley family bringing grizzly bears to the world

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One Mission Valley family is giving you the chance to get up close and personal with grizzly bears from the safety of your phone or computer. 

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Montana Ag Network: "Fill Your Freezer" spotlights 4H kids and teens

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The 4H Fill Your Freezer event recently brought many people from across Montana to Great Falls.

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Trump, contradicting top intelligence official, says Russia no longer targeting the US

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President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his top intelligence official who said the opposite earlier this week.

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Montana crime survivor launches support group for others to share stories

Sharon Wilson was the victim of an armed robbery at a casino in Butte in 2007 and continues to suffer from the traumatic event. (MTN News photo) Sharon Wilson was the victim of an armed robbery at a casino in Butte in 2007 and continues to suffer from the traumatic event. (MTN News photo)
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Sharon Wilson was the victim of an armed robbery at a casino in Butte in 2007 and continues to suffer from the traumatic event.

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Morning Rounds: Plastic Surgery

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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Lincoln County wildfire grows to 20 acres

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The lightning-sparked Zulu Fire was first reported on July 15 and is burning about 23 miles north of Libby in the Zulu Creek area 

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Shrine Stories: Meet Bob

Bob is one of the many Montana children who has been helped by the  Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane. (MTN News photo) Bob is one of the many Montana children who has been helped by the  Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane. (MTN News photo)
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The top high school football athletes in Montana will take the field for the annual East-West Shrine Game on Saturday.

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FVCC receives $2.5M gift from anonymous donor

Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell (MTN News photo) Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell (MTN News photo)
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Flathead Valley Community College received a $2.5 million gift from an anonymous donor to support the development of a new College Center.

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BOLO Alert: MT man traveling with woman who may be in danger

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Law enforcement is seeking information about the whereabouts of Marco Antonio Guzman and Sandra Carris.

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New Whitefish elementary school set to break ground

A $26.5 million bond request was passed by voters to build a new elementary school. (MTN News photo) A $26.5 million bond request was passed by voters to build a new elementary school. (MTN News photo)
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Voters approved a $26.5 million bond last October to build the new elementary school and address critical upgrades needed at the aging school. 

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Montana launches perinatal drug and alcohol use initiative

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The three step plan provides support and care throughout a women’s pregnancy.

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Small fire corralled near Lakeside

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The Somers Lakeside Fire Department responded Tuesday to reports of smoke being seen off of Blacktail Road. 

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Couple sues Customs & Border Protection for Montana incident

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Miriam Rojas-Rosas and Julio Santiago-Ortiz are seeking damages for emotional and mental distress.

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Murder-suicide suspected in deaths of two found in Helena home

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Lewis and Clark County officials identified the two people found dead inside a Helena home Monday in what they believe was a murder-suicide.

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Organizers celebrate Montana Folk Festival success

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Three days of hot music and warm weather made the perfect storm for a successful Montana Folk Festival in Butte last weekend.

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2 people hit by suspected drunk driver in Whitefish

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A Whitefish man is in custody and accused of hitting two pedestrians with his vehicle while driving drunk.

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Hot, dry weather increases Western Montana wildfire risk

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Hot and dry weather in recent weeks has left Western Montana on the brink of a wildfire outbreak.

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VIDEO: Young wolverines caught on film in Bitterroot National Forest

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A wildlife monitoring project has captured what they believe may be the first documentation of wolverine kits in the Bitterroot National Forest. 

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Missoula police arrest man after 80 grams of meth discovered

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A 44-year-old is in custody after police say they discovered over 80 grams of meth in his possession along with over $2,500 in cash.

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Bald eagle gets some TLC after being found near Flathead Lake

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Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks recently shared the story of an eagle that was had apparently become ill.

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Trump claims he misspoke about Russian meddling in Putin press conference

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Mr. Trump appeared to be reading from typed notes — with some handwritten additions — during his remarks in which he stated that Russians were behind the meddling. 

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New details emerge about VP Mike Pence's Montana visit

Vice President Mike Pence will be at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark on July 24. Vice President Mike Pence will be at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark on July 24.
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Vice President Mike Pence will be at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark in Billings on July 24.

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Tech business ranking shows Bozeman leading the pack in Montana

The businesses were ranked on bringing wealth to the state, investing in the community and creating jobs. (MTN News photo) The businesses were ranked on bringing wealth to the state, investing in the community and creating jobs. (MTN News photo)
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The businesses were ranked on bringing wealth to the state, investing in the community and creating jobs.

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Officers assaulted while arresting Bozeman man

Thane Michael Grey (MTN News photo) Thane Michael Grey (MTN News photo)
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A Bozeman man faces multiple felony charges after allegedly fighting police officers attempting to arrest him for assaulting his girlfriend. 

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Officials doing damage control following Trump's comments about election meddling

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Mr. Trump refuted the conclusion of his own intelligence agencies and appeared to accept Putin's denial that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

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Helena man accused of throwing lit fireworks at children

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A 61-year-old man has been charged with three counts of assault with a weapon and one count of lighting fireworks in city limits. 

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Joseph Mullaney

Joseph Mullaney is wanted by the Montana Violent Offender Task Force. Joseph Mullaney is wanted by the Montana Violent Offender Task Force.
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Joseph Mullaney is wanted based on a felony warrant for Supervised Release Violation.

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Fake money again making the rounds in the Mission Valley

Ronan Police reports that counterfeit money has been turning up around town recently. (Ronan Police Department photo) Ronan Police reports that counterfeit money has been turning up around town recently. (Ronan Police Department photo)
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Police in Ronan report that counterfeit money has been turning up around town recently. 

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Shrine Stories: Meet Macy

Macy is one of the many Montana children who has been helped by the  Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane. (MTN News photo) Macy is one of the many Montana children who has been helped by the  Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane. (MTN News photo)
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The top high school football athletes in Montana will take the field for the annual East-West Shrine Game on Saturday.

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Montana Made: Aqua Creek Products of Missoula

Aqua Creek Products has been helping the disabled, the elderly -- or just people struggling to get around -- since 2002. (MTN News photo) Aqua Creek Products has been helping the disabled, the elderly -- or just people struggling to get around -- since 2002. (MTN News photo)
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Aqua Creek Products has been helping the disabled, the elderly -- or just people struggling to get around -- since 2002. 

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Spate of fatal Montana crashes prompts helmet use reminder

Anyone under the age of 18 is required by law the wear a helmet in Montana and all riders are highly recommended to use a one. (MTN News photo) Anyone under the age of 18 is required by law the wear a helmet in Montana and all riders are highly recommended to use a one. (MTN News photo)
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Anyone under the age of 18 is required by law the wear a helmet in Montana and all riders are highly recommended to use a one.

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Crews douse wildfire near Fish Creek

The blaze near Fish Creek was held at 6 acres burned. (The Frenchtown Rural Fire District photo) The blaze near Fish Creek was held at 6 acres burned. (The Frenchtown Rural Fire District photo)
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Frenchtown Rural Fire District and US Forest Service crews battled a wildland fire in the Fish Creek area west of Missoula on Monday.

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America, its flag and a possible 51st star

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What happens if the American flag needs to accommodate another star? Or five? There are various efforts across the country to create new states.

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Why White Sulphur? | Red Ants Pants | Under the Big Sky

Red Ants Pants is an innovative workwear company located in White Sulphur Springs. Red Ants Pants is an innovative workwear company located in White Sulphur Springs.
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In this Under the Big Sky bonus, Sarah Calhoun talks about how she made her way from a small farm in Connecticut to living and working in White Sulphur Springs. Sarah Calhoun started the workwear for women apparel company Red Ants Pants in an old saddle shop on main street in White Sulphur Springs. It has now grown into a huge annual music festival as well as a foundation supporting leadership roles for women, working family farms and ranches and rural communities. Recently na... More>>

MT congressional delegation back intelligence agencies on Russia election interference

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Montana's congressional representatives backed the assessments of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election in statements issued Monday.

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23 injured when lava bomb hits Hawaii tour boat

Lava flows toward the ocean in Hawaii. (Source: USGS) Lava flows toward the ocean in Hawaii. (Source: USGS)
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A lava bomb hit a tour boat on Monday morning in Hawaii, injuring 23 people, the Hawaii County Fire Department said. 

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Firefighters battling small fire near Libby

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The Kootenai National Forest reports that at least one helicopter is being used to fight the fire, with no structures threatened at this time. 

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West Nile Virus-positive mosquito confirmed in Cascade County

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A WNV positive sample of adult Culex tarsalis mosquitos was collected approximately six miles north of Great Falls on Thursday, July 12.

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Camping restriction lifted at Many Glacier Campground

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Camping for the last several weeks had been restricted to hard-sided camping only due to grizzly bear activity.

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Kalispell hospital: Settlement reached in compensation case

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Kalispell Regional Hospital has reached a potential settlement in an ongoing federal investigation into compensation for their physicians.

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Trump declines to side with US intelligence over Putin

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a summit in Helsinki, Finland. (POOL photo via CNN) President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a summit in Helsinki, Finland. (POOL photo via CNN)
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US President Donald Trump, in a stunning rebuke of the US intelligence community, declined Monday to endorse the US government's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

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Shrine Stories: Meet Mollie

Mollie Oswalt of Havre shares her experience at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Spokane. (MTN News photo) Mollie Oswalt of Havre shares her experience at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Spokane. (MTN News photo)
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Mollie Oswalt of Havre shares her experience at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Spokane. 

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Police investigating after 2 bodies found at Helena home

Two bodies have been found at a home in the 1100 block of North Hannaford Street in Helena. (MTN News photo) Two bodies have been found at a home in the 1100 block of North Hannaford Street in Helena. (MTN News photo)
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Two bodies were found Monday morning in a home in the area of the 1100 block of North Hannaford Street in central Helena.

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MTN Nine O'Clock News debuts Monday on The CW

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The MTN Nine O’Clock News premieres on Monday, July 16. 

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Upcoming Western Montana events and announcements

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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Road repair project starting up at Glacier National Park

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Bowman Lake Road will undergo a significant road grading and gravel replacement project beginning on July 17.

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Missoula man dies in crash near Turah

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A 45-year-old man from Missoula died in a Sunday evening in a rollover accident that happened east of Missoula.

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Montana state parks facing $22M maintenance backlog

Maintaining Montana's 55 state parks is increasingly challenging as a result of a $22 million maintenance backlog. Maintaining Montana's 55 state parks is increasingly challenging as a result of a $22 million maintenance backlog.
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Maintaining Montana's 55 state parks is increasingly challenging as a result of a $22 million maintenance backlog.

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Missoula Marathon competitor runs 50 marathons for fallen soldiers

George Kraehe has been running in support of the surviving families of fallen soldiers in every state across the U.S. (MTN News photo) George Kraehe has been running in support of the surviving families of fallen soldiers in every state across the U.S. (MTN News photo)
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George Kraehe has been running marathons in support of the surviving families of fallen soldiers in every state across the country.

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Woman recalls arrest of Montana manhunt suspect

Shaunesy Cole, who was captured last week, is being held on $5 million bail. (courtesy photo) Shaunesy Cole, who was captured last week, is being held on $5 million bail. (courtesy photo)
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Quinn Creek Road near Bozeman Pass had been on complete lockdown as law enforcement searched for a man that shot at officers.

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Woman survives a week after driving off California cliff

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A couple on a camping trip found an Oregon woman who had survived for a week after her car went over a cliff on the California coast.

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Database tracks missing and murdered indigenous women cases

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Annita Lucchesi's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Database had 2,501 cases as of April of 2018.

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Trump and Putin summit underway in Helsinki

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a summit in Helsinki, Finland. (POOL photo via CNN) President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak at a summit in Helsinki, Finland. (POOL photo via CNN)
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President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he hopes their two countries can have an "extraordinary relationship" going forward.

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Montana Ag Network: Prairie Heritage Farm Store offers 'Made of Montana' products

Prairie Heritage Farm offers all organic and family-farmed produce, bread, and heritage and ancient grains. (MTN News photo) Prairie Heritage Farm offers all organic and family-farmed produce, bread, and heritage and ancient grains. (MTN News photo)
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Prairie Heritage Farm offers all organic and family-farmed produce, bread, and heritage and ancient grains.

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Body found in Billings

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The Billings Police said the deceased person was a 60 year old female and has been identified. 

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