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Small Business Saturday puts the spotlight on small businesses each year and encourages folks to support local merchants. (MTN News photo) Small Business Saturday puts the spotlight on small businesses each year and encourages folks to support local merchants. (MTN News photo)

Flathead businesses gearing up for Small Business Saturday

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Small Business Saturday puts the spotlight on small businesses each year and encourages folks to support local merchants.

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Kalispell diner continues tradition of hosting free Thanksgiving meal

Sykes Diner in Kalispell dished out 1,200 free Thanksgiving dinners this year. (MTN News photo) Sykes Diner in Kalispell dished out 1,200 free Thanksgiving dinners this year. (MTN News photo)
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A favorite local diner has a four-decade tradition of serving a free community Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings.

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Montana Ag: Ranching with grizzlies

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Ranching along the Rocky Mountain Front has always been tough, but a growing population of grizzly bears can make that job even tougher.

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Bullock approves six bills to cover $227 million gap in Montana budget, vetoes two others

Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) (MTN News photo) Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) (MTN News photo)
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Gov. Steve Bullock gave approval Friday to six bills passed during last week's special legislative session, which will most of the state's $227 million budget gap.

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Top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says war "still in a stalemate"

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The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said the war there is "still in a stalemate," but on an upward trajectory in an interview with NBC News Thursday. 

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Identities released of married couple killed in Tuesday crash

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The Flathead County Sheriff has released the names of the husband and wife killed in a single vehicle crash on Highway 2 just west of the McGregor Lake Lodge earlier this week.

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Dry weather expected through Sunday afternoon

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Happy Friday! It's been a nice day for those getting their early Christmas shopping in, and as we head into the weekend it appears the nice weather will continue.

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More Montanans putting retirement on hold

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Montana's labor force over 55 is growing by nearly 4,000 people per year.

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Troy woman killed in Flathead County crash

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A crash on Montana Highway 35 near Kalispell killed at least one person on Thursday night. 

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Elle's Belles: What's next after being featured on Oprah?

Baking guru Elle Fine exudes joy -- you can feel her passion for what she does. (MTN News photo) Baking guru Elle Fine exudes joy -- you can feel her passion for what she does. (MTN News photo)
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Baking guru Elle Fine exudes joy -- you can feel her passion for what she does. 

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Family meets Montana dispatcher after live-saving call

When Shelly Abbott dialed 911, dispatcher Megan Haynes answered - and it was the start of an unforeseeable bond. (MTN News photo) When Shelly Abbott dialed 911, dispatcher Megan Haynes answered - and it was the start of an unforeseeable bond. (MTN News photo)
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Ed recalled, "I literally died and through the 911 operator and first responders, they brought me back to life."

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On Special Assignment: Cancer, Courage and Creativity

Cancer survivors are finding themselves again as they get lost in their own originality at one Missoula warehouse. (MTN News photo) Cancer survivors are finding themselves again as they get lost in their own originality at one Missoula warehouse. (MTN News photo)
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The impacts of cancer often continue long after treatment is over -- it's a hard-fought, emotional journey of survival 

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Online holiday shopping scams to watch out for

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For the first time, more shoppers say they plan to shop online than at big box retailers like Walmart and Target. 

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Firefighters battle Thanksgiving Day fire near Malta

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Phillips County authorities say the fire was reported around 1 p.m. along Highway 191.

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Can the world's mightiest naval fleet survive the perfect storm?

South Korean and US Navy drills (photo credit: South Korean Ministry of Defense) South Korean and US Navy drills (photo credit: South Korean Ministry of Defense)
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Behind the dramatic show of force, questions are emerging as to whether the US Navy is up to the challenges it faces in the Pacific.

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Holiday Shopping: How much will we spend?

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Are you ready to shop?! 

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KPAX Archive: Thanksgiving travel (1999)

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In this week's KPAX Archive we take a look back at Thanksgiving travelers in 1999 as they navigate their way through busy airports for the holiday season.

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OSHA looking into fatal accident that killed Laurel man

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The man who died Tuesday night in at the Knife River industrial site in Billings was identified Wednesday as Justin Cruea, 28, of Laurel, according to Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder.

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The most popular Thanksgiving side dish in every state

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Not everyone serves up the same side dishes on Thanksgiving. In fact, the menu seems to vary depending on where you live.

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Billings man stabbed early Thanksgiving morning

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A person of interest was detained, but there is no threat to public safety, police said.

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Lawsuit challenging Keystone XL approval will move forward

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A federal judge has rejected a motion from the owners of the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit against the project.

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Man facing ID theft, other charges after Lake County pursuit

Jay Vallejo (photo credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office) Jay Vallejo (photo credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
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A man is facing identity theft, deceptive practices and theft charges for stealing items from Missoula homes and then leading police on a high-speed chase.

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Montana rape law redefines "consent"

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A new Montana rape law is making the definition of consent much clearer, according to Missoula Deputy County Attorney Suzy Boylan.

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Bail set at $1 million for Bozeman man accused of stabbing father to death

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A Bozeman man accused of stabbing his father to death is facing $1 million bail after an appearance in Gallatin County Justice Court Wednesday.

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At least 81 percent of Sen. Tester’s campaign money from outside MT

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.
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U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, bracing for another tough election battle in 2018, has received at least 81 percent of his nearly $8 million campaign war chest from sources outside Montana, an MTN analysis shows. 

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Hunter shoots charging grizzly bear west of Augusta

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The bear turned and ran, and the hunter left the area and then notified FWP.

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Local groups start countdown clock for mining ban near Yellowstone

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Local businesses and environmental groups want a ban on mining next to Yellowstone National Park before the end of the year. 

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Oil prices hit 2½-year high on Keystone pipeline shutdown

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Oil prices jumped 2% on Wednesday, touching $58.09 a barrel, the highest since July 2015.

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Thanksgiving dinner easier on the wallet this year

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The American Farm Bureau Federation says you won’t be spending as much as you did last year for your turkey dinner.

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Driver arrested after Lake County pursuit hits 100 mph

Jay Vallejo (photo credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office) Jay Vallejo (photo credit: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
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Polson Police say the chase reached speeds of up to 100 mph on U.S. Highway 93 south of Polson.

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Montana health officials issue food safety reminder

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Health departments across Montana are offering up some advice to help stay healthy this holiday season. 

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Mineral County lumber mill may see new life

a new operator is taking over ownership of Tricon Timber's mill in St. Regis. (MTN News file photo) a new operator is taking over ownership of Tricon Timber's mill in St. Regis. (MTN News file photo)
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A new operator is taking over ownership of Tricon Timber's mill in St. Regis.

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Flathead County seeing increase in hand, foot and mouth disease

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Local health officials are seeing an increase in reports in the community, schools, and daycare facilities.

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Morning Rounds: avoid binge eating during the holidays

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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Don’t look now – but here comes Election Year 2018 in Montana

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.
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This story is the first of a two-part series previewing Montana’s 2018 election year. Montana’s 2018 general election may be considered an “off year,” with a limited menu of big-time races – but those on the front line of politics in Big Sky country are gearing up for some epic battles. 

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Chrome for Kids program grants to help Montana groups

When motorcycle owners register their vehicles, they can pay an extra $35 to get a Chrome for Kids license plate. (MTN News photo) When motorcycle owners register their vehicles, they can pay an extra $35 to get a Chrome for Kids license plate. (MTN News photo)
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Three nonprofit organizations that help seriously ill children in Montana got additional support Tuesday.

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Bullock to choose new Montana Supreme Court justice from 3 finalists

Montana Supreme Court candidates (left to right): Ingrid Gustafson, Mike Lamb, Russ McElyea MT SUPCO candidates Montana Supreme Court candidates (left to right): Ingrid Gustafson, Mike Lamb, Russ McElyea MT SUPCO candidates
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Ingrid Gustafson, Mike Lamb and Russ McElyea are the finalists for the state's top court. 

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Great Falls woman raises money for Montana Wildfire Fund

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Susie Watson says she understands the sacrifices these firefighters make because she used to be one.

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Malmstrom Air Force Base: Always On Alert

Montanans drive past these launch control centers every day but they might not realize it. (MTN News photo) Montanans drive past these launch control centers every day but they might not realize it. (MTN News photo)
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Montanans drive past these launch control centers every day but they might not realize it.

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Border Patrol agent's death in Texas leaves many questions

A Border Patrol agent died from injuries he suffered while on patrol in southwest Texas, the US Customs and Border Protection said. (photo credit: CBP) A Border Patrol agent died from injuries he suffered while on patrol in southwest Texas, the US Customs and Border Protection said. (photo credit: CBP)
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Details remain scant in what the FBI describes as a "tragic incident" that left one Border Patrol agent dead and another in serious condition. 

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National Park Service grants 30-days extension on controversial fee

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The National Park Service will give park users an additional month to comment on a controversial proposal to dramatically bump park entrance fees in the summer.

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Nonstop flights to Los Angeles coming to Kalispell

Montanans with travel plans this holiday season will be able to board flights with their Montana drivers license. (MTN News photo) Montanans with travel plans this holiday season will be able to board flights with their Montana drivers license. (MTN News photo)
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Glacier Park International Airport will significantly expand West Coast access to the Flathead with new daily non-stop flights to Los Angeles this summer. 

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Man charged in reported stabbing death in Bozeman

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The incident remains under investigation and the victim’s name is being withheld pending family notification. 

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2 killed in Flathead County crash after hitting ice

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Two people were killed in a single-vehicle crash after hitting black ice early Tuesday in Flathead County.

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Uber hacked, data for 57 million people exposed

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The stolen information includes names, home addresses, mobile phone numbers and emails of 50 million people who have used Uber around the world.

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What an FCC rollback of net neutrality may mean for you

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American consumers are used to thinking of their internet service as a public utility, similar to turning on the tap and getting a consistent stream of water. 

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Northwest Montana hunt harvest shows slight uptick

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FWP reports the hunt harvest picked up slightly over the weekend with the percentage of hunters with game at 7.5%, up from 6.8%.

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Man charged with poaching Berkeley Pit buck

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Charges have been filed against a 19-year-old man in a case involving the illegal killing of a large mule deer buck known to spend most of its time on the outskirts of the Berkeley Pit.

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Deep frying your turkey for Thanksgiving? Be safe!

Great Falls Fire Rescue hopes the demonstration will help people realize the dangers of frying a turkey. Great Falls Fire Rescue hopes the demonstration will help people realize the dangers of frying a turkey.
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Great Falls Fire Rescue hopes the demonstration will help people realize the dangers of frying a turkey.

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One Class at a Time: Frenchtown High School

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Frenchtown High School Life Skills students are making an impact in the community in a variety of ways. 

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Student of the Week: Jared Townsend

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The Student of the Week airs on during the Tuesday 10:00 News on the Montana Television Network and is brought to you by Town Pump.

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Libraries serve as a crucial resource for rural MT communities

People living in rural Montana often depend on the services libraries provide. (MTN News photo) People living in rural Montana often depend on the services libraries provide. (MTN News photo)
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People living in rural Montana often depend on the services libraries provide. 

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CBS News cuts ties with Charlie Rose after sexual misconduct allegations

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CBS News has cut ties with "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose over allegations of sexual assault.

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Griz "Can the Cats" in annual food drive competition

The Missoula Food Bank on Wyoming Street (MTN News photo) The Missoula Food Bank on Wyoming Street (MTN News photo)
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UM’s total weighed in at 394,078 pounds, while MSU fans collected 389,093 pounds of food.

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On Special Assignment: Confronting Native American suicide

Montana's Native American population has the highest rate of suicide in a state that already has the highest rate in the country. (MTN News photo) Montana's Native American population has the highest rate of suicide in a state that already has the highest rate in the country. (MTN News photo)
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Montana's Native American population has the highest rate of suicide in a state that already has the highest rate in the country. 

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Montana man guilty of negligent homicide for the death of wife

Roy Edward Scott (MTN News photo) Roy Edward Scott (MTN News photo)
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A man has been found guilty of negligent homicide for the death of his wife in Great Falls.?

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Man still sought on attempted murder charges in the Flathead

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

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Man arrested, dog shot, in Columbia Falls

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

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Billings PD down 13 officers due to fatal shooting investigations

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

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Montana Made: My Dude Box

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

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

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

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

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

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Thompson Falls HS classes go on despite student threats

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

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Under the Big Sky | Fort Peck Theater | Part 3

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

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

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

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Link seen between domestic violence and mass killings

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

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

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

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

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

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Man jailed after Columbia Falls stabbing

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

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

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

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Montana made food for the Holidays

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

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Man shot in chest at Lockwood house party

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

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

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

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Montana company crafts Capitol Christmas Tree topper

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

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Suicide prevention and awareness event held at Capitol

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

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Police investigating stabbing in Great Falls

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

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Tester and Bullock ask Congress to renew CHIP program

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

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Black Friday: Your ultimate holiday shopping guide

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

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