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Invasive species found at FWP watercraft inspection station

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State wildlife officials report that a boat carrying invasive species was found late Friday in Anaconda.

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Montana Ag Network: Ranches sought to help preserve monarch habitats

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As monarch butterflies prepare to fly north, Montana farm and ranch families are encouraged to help provide a layover for the iconic insects.

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Meet the man who's spent a lifetime conserving Montana’s natural resources

Jim Posewitz has spent a lifetime conserving Montana’s natural resources and he hopes that future generations will carry on that fight. Jim Posewitz has spent a lifetime conserving Montana’s natural resources and he hopes that future generations will carry on that fight.
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Jim Posewitz has spent a lifetime conserving Montana’s natural resources and he hopes that future generations will carry on that fight.

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Temporary changes coming to Lake County Sheriff Labor Detail

The program aims to help ease overcrowding at the Lake County detention Facility. (photo credit: Lake Co. Sheriff Don Bell) The program aims to help ease overcrowding at the Lake County detention Facility. (photo credit: Lake Co. Sheriff Don Bell)
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Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says they are reducing program fees until June 21 in cooperation with Lake County Justice Court.

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Rashaad Collins

Rashaad Collins (MT Dept. of Corrections photo) Rashaad Collins (MT Dept. of Corrections photo)
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Rashaad Collins has several convictions including Partner/Family Member Assault and  Assault with a Weapon stemming from a Jan. 2011 incident in Missoula County.

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Sen. Tester asks for delay in confirmation hearing of VA secretary

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) (MTN News file photo) Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) (MTN News file photo)
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Sen. Jon Tester asked the chairman of the Committee to postpone Jackson's confirmation hearing, which was scheduled for Wednesday.

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Weather Forecast: Beautiful week ahead

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Good Tuesday everyone, A sunny, dry and warm week is ahead for the northern Rockies as an area of high pressure builds in.  Temperatures will be 10-15 degrees above average Tuesday-Thursday with highs in the upper 60's to middle 70's. Friday's temperatures will be 15-20 degrees above average with highs in the 70's to low 80's! Due to the very warm temperatures mainstream rivers are expected to rise around 2-5 feet by Sunday, however, no significant flooding is expected....

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FWP issues mandatory kill order for brown trout caught on Kootenai River

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FWP approved a proposal last week requiring all brown trout caught on the Kootenai River between Libby Dam and Kootenai Falls to be killed immediately, kept and reported to FWP within 24 hours.

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Search for person in Missouri River turns to recovery mission

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Workers saw a person in the river coming toward the dam. They say the person went through dam.

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Hard landing: Evel Knievel Days canceled

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The festival dedicated to the “King of the Daredevils” has been officially canceled this year after being an annual event for the last 15 years.

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City of Billings temporarily barred from naming police officers in sex case

photo by Ed Kemmick/ Last Best News. photo by Ed Kemmick/ Last Best News.
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A judge granted a temporary restraining order Monday barring the city of Billings from releasing the name of 3 police officers disciplined for having sex with a civilian employee on city property.

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Billings breaks snowfall record

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The National Weather Service reports the Monday morning snowfall has pushed Billings over the all-time record.

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Toronto collision leaves 9 dead, 16 injured; suspect in custody

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Nine people are dead and 16 are injured after the driver of a van plowed into multiple pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, Acting Police Chief Peter Yuen said.

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Michael Flynn to campaign for Montana Republican

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Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, will campaign in Montana for a Republican Senate candidate Troy Downing.

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Waffle House murder suspect Travis Reinking is now in custody

Travis Reinking, 29, is a suspect in a shooting that took place at a Waffle House in Tennessee (Source: Twitter/@MNPDNashville) Travis Reinking, 29, is a suspect in a shooting that took place at a Waffle House in Tennessee (Source: Twitter/@MNPDNashville)
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The man suspected of killing four people at a Nashville-area Waffle House on Sunday is now in custody.

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"Hero" customer wrestled rifle away from Waffle House shooter

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James Shaw Jr. is being hailed as a hero after he was able to grab the weapon from the shooter. Watch his story above.

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Middle-school girls mentored in STEM subjects at MSU workshop

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The workshop aimed to empower middle school girls to learn about science, technology, engineering and math.

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Color Fun Run raises money for Mariah's Challenge

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Mariah Daye McCarthy was killed in October of 2007 in Butte by an underaged driver who had been drinking.
 

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Royal baby boy: Duchess Kate and Prince William welcome No. 3

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Prince William and his wife Kate welcomed a healthy baby boy on Monday morning. 

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Tennessee Waffle House shooting suspect may be armed, police say

Travis Reinking, 29, is a suspect in a shooting that took place at a Waffle House in Tennessee (Source: Twitter/@MNPDNashville) Travis Reinking, 29, is a suspect in a shooting that took place at a Waffle House in Tennessee (Source: Twitter/@MNPDNashville)
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Police warn that a gunman accused of killing four people early Sunday at a Waffle House near Nashville is on the run and is armed and dangerous. 

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Dinosaurs roam around Missoula fairgrounds

Jurassic Tour is a traveling show that brings moving, breathing, walking, and roaring dinosaurs to towns all across the U.S.  (MTN News photo) Jurassic Tour is a traveling show that brings moving, breathing, walking, and roaring dinosaurs to towns all across the U.S. (MTN News photo)
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Jurassic Tour is a traveling show that brings moving, breathing, walking, and roaring dinosaurs to towns all across the U.S.

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Boy dies after Jefferson County ATV crash

A nine-year-old boy died in a Sunday afternoon ATV crash near Boulder after suffering severe head injuries. (MTN News photo) A nine-year-old boy died in a Sunday afternoon ATV crash near Boulder after suffering severe head injuries. (MTN News photo)
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A nine-year-old boy died in a Sunday afternoon ATV crash near Boulder after suffering severe head injuries.

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Body found in Yellowstone River in Billings

Police responded to Two Moon Park after several reports of a body seen floating in the Yellowstone River Sunday afternoon. (MTN News photo) Police responded to Two Moon Park after several reports of a body seen floating in the Yellowstone River Sunday afternoon. (MTN News photo)
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Police responded to Two Moon Park after several reports of a body seen floating in the Yellowstone River Sunday afternoon.

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Five good (and bad things) that have happened since last Earth Day

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Earth Day turns 48 this year and millions of people in roughly 200 countries will unite Sunday to find ways to protect and celebrate the planet.

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Fun run serves as reminder of dangers of underage drinking

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It’s been over a decade since an underage drunk driver claimed the life of a Butte teenager. 

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Montana Red Cross volunteer embodies mission of organization

Montana Red Cross volunteer Lewis Savic (MTN News photo) Montana Red Cross volunteer Lewis Savic (MTN News photo)
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This Salute to Service report features a volunteer who has more than a decade of service to the Montana Red Cross. 

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Bishop responds to priest's Facebook post about Billings Catholic Schools Mayfair

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The Diocese of Great Falls Billings responded to the Facebook post by a Great Falls priest who wrote about the annual Mayfair fundraiser leadership.

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Sen. Tester hosts wildfire prevention roundtable in Missoula

The discussions come on the heals of a record wildfire season across Montana. (MTN News photo) The discussions come on the heals of a record wildfire season across Montana. (MTN News photo)
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Sen. Jon Tester was in Missoula on Saturday to discuss how to move forward, without burning the bank. 

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UM hosts 50th Annual Kyiyo Celebration

Some of the best Native American dancers and drum groups in North America gathered at the UM for the 50th Annual Kyiyo Celebration. (MTN News photo) Some of the best Native American dancers and drum groups in North America gathered at the UM for the 50th Annual Kyiyo Celebration. (MTN News photo)
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Some of the best Native American dancers and drum groups in North America gathered at the UM for the 50th Annual Kyiyo Celebration.

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Montana farmers finally see window to start planting crops

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Farmers across Montana are struggling to start planting their fields because of wet conditions.

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Family of murder victim thinks 2 Montana men should still be in jail

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Time, it turns out, does not heal all wounds. After more than 20 years, Donna Meagher's family still feels the pain of her loss.

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Hundreds of mourners pay their respects to Barbara Bush

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Family, friends, and dignitaries attended the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston Saturday.

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U.S. Senate candidate’s hunting-license citation morphs into full-blown criminal case

U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing
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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing says he didn’t falsely portray himself as a resident when buying in-state hunting licenses for the past half-dozen years – and can’t believe the issue has become a full-scale criminal case in a Bozeman court. 

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Man dies after reportedly being hit by a vehicle in Butte

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A 45-year-old man has died after apparently being hit by a vehicle in Butte after an argument.

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Multiple agencies contain Arlee fire

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Numerous fire agencies, including the Arlee Fire Department, responded to a wildfire in Arlee on Pow Wow Road off of Highway 93 North. 

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Life-threatening bleeding linked to synthetic cannabinoids, CDC warns

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"Fake weed" products are marketed in shiny packages with hundreds of brand names, including Spice, K2, Joker, Black Mamba, Kush and Kronic.

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Wells Fargo fined $1 billion for insurance and mortgage abuses

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Two federal regulators are fining Wells Fargo $1 billion for forcing customers into car insurance and charging mortgage borrowers unfair fees.

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North Korean leader: We no longer need nuclear tests, state-run media reports

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the regime no longer needs nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile tests, state-run KCNA reported Saturday. 

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CDC expands E. coli warning to all romaine lettuce

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The CDC has expanded its warning about an E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce to cover all forms of romaine.

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FWP Commission adopts plan to manage CWD in Montana wildlife

Mule deer. (courtesy photo) Mule deer. (courtesy photo)
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“We’re in this for the long haul now,” says FWP Game Management Bureau Chief John Vore. “CWD is here, probably forever, and we just need to deal with it.”

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All Montana E. coli cases from romaine lettuce found in Western MT

The contaminated lettuce was sourced from the winter growing areas in Yuma. The contaminated lettuce was sourced from the winter growing areas in Yuma.
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All seven of the confirmed Montana E coli cases linked to romaine lettuce have been reported in western or northwest Montana.

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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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Mission Valley bears emerging from hibernation

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Warmer temperatures and new vegetation are being accompanied by bears emerging from dens on the Flathead Reservation. 

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Man who led MT law enforcement on high-speed chase facing multiple felonies

Maurice Denaye Myers (MT CONWEB image) Maurice Denaye Myers (MT CONWEB image)
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The man who was arrested after attempting to ram a trooper’s car with a stolen vehicle after a high-speed chase faces multiple felony charges.

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Possible suspect sought in Kalispell fire, explosion

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (406) 752-8477 or Detective Sergeant Wardensky at (406) 758-7794. (KPD photo) Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (406) 752-8477 or Detective Sergeant Wardensky at (406) 758-7794. (KPD photo)
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Investigators are looking for the public's help in identifying a possible suspect in connection with Thursday's early morning fire and explosion.

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FBI issues alert for 2 women suspected in Helena-area home invasion

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The FBI says it is searching for Jamie Milsten and Melissa Shurtliff

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Herberger's closing sales start Friday

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The parent company of Herberger’s announced Thursday that going-out-of-business sales at Montana stores will start Friday. 

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Probe continues after fire, explosion at Kalispell business

A surveillance video captured from a nearby business shows a small fire breaking out before an explosion happens. A surveillance video captured from a nearby business shows a small fire breaking out before an explosion happens.
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Fire investigators believe an explosion that happened at a Kalispell business early on Thursday morning was human-caused.

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Long Range forecast hints at above average MT fire season

The long-term projection doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but we are at a good starting point. (MTN News photo) The long-term projection doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but we are at a good starting point. (MTN News photo)
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The long-term projection for this year's fire season doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but we are at a good starting point.

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Bullock touts expanded Medicaid at Montana forum

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (MTN News photo) Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (MTN News photo)
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Gov. Steve Bullock led a roundtable Thursday in Billings on a new study touting the benefits of expanded Medicaid in Montana. 

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Montana Innocence Project marks "day of gratitude and celebration"

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Paul Jenkins and Freddie Lawrence left prison this week after serving almost 24 years.

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State Revenue Director Mike Kadas stepping down

State Revenue Director Mike Kadas State Revenue Director Mike Kadas
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One of Gov. Steve Bullock’s longest-serving cabinet members, state Revenue Director Mike Kadas, is retiring next month, closing out a political and public-service career that spans four decades. 

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Reward offered for information on Missoula woman's homicide

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The Missoula County Sheriffs Office is offering a $10,000 reward for any helpful information in the investigation into the homicide of Susan Wood.

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DNA just one tool to review old cases in Montana

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"There’s also many other kinds of new evidence that we look for as well,” said MTIP Staff Attorney Toby Cook.

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Rudy Giuliani joins Trump's legal team

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In 2016, U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani appeared to be vying for the job that now belongs to Jeff Sessions — attorney general.

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Ex-Montana TV reporter integrates blind actress in NCIS episode

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Three months ago while in the infant stages of creating his latest NCIS episode, writer Brendan Fehily decided to take a chance. 

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Man pleads not guilty to killing his parents near Helena

Kaleb Taylor pleaded not guilty to five charges, including two counts of deliberate homicide, felony tampering with evidence and burglary.. (MTN News photo) Kaleb Taylor pleaded not guilty to five charges, including two counts of deliberate homicide, felony tampering with evidence and burglary.. (MTN News photo)
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Kaleb Taylor pleaded not guilty to five charges, including two counts of deliberate homicide, felony tampering with evidence and burglary. 

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More illnesses reported in E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce

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Eighteen more people have been sickened by the E. coli outbreak tied to chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.

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Man charged in connection with Great Falls bank robbery

Robert A. Szkutnik (courtesy photo) Robert A. Szkutnik (courtesy photo)
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A 28-year-old man has been charged in connection with the robbery of Stockman Bank in downtown Great Falls. 

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Missoula gets "F" for air quality

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The city of Missoula ranks as the 12th most polluted for short-term particle pollution. 

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Hi-Line residents prepare as flooding worsens

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With the record breaking snowfall, it’s time for spring. But with the warmer temperatures, the snow is melting and causing extreme flooding.
 

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Arlee hoops coach visits Great Falls with suicide-prevention message

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The movement by the Arlee Warriors basketball team focuses on bringing respect back to the community.

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Fraud Watch: Jury duty scam

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Like many common telephone scams, the so-called “jury duty scam” can appear at first to be a serious phone call. 

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MT native tried to save passenger sucked out of Southwest flight

Hollie Mackey was sitting next to the woman who died from injuries when one of the jet engines exploded. (courtesy photo) Hollie Mackey was sitting next to the woman who died from injuries when one of the jet engines exploded. (courtesy photo)
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A former Montana woman lived through the nightmare of Southwest Flight 1380 Tuesday and played a key role the horrific story. 

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Wraps coming off Whitefish Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship

The Whitefish Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship (MTN News photo) The Whitefish Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship (MTN News photo)
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The center will provide applied learning experiences for students in sustainable energy, agriculture, forestry, natural resources, and entrepreneurship.

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MTN News Exclusive

MT man adjusts to life outside of prison after murder conviction overturned

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64-year-old Paul Jenkins is spending his first 24 hours in 23 years a free man. 

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3 Billings police officers disciplined for having sex on city property

Billings Police Chief Rich St. John. (Ed Kemmick/ Last Best News) Billings Police Chief Rich St. John. (Ed Kemmick/ Last Best News)
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Three Billings police officers who admitted having sex on city property with a civilian employee of the department were given either one or two-week suspensions without pay.

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Signature-gathering will begin on initiative to raise tobacco taxes and extend Medicaid expansion

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I-185, if approved, would increase state taxes on a pack of cigarettes by $2

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Montana Herberger's stores, including Kalispell & Missoula, may close

The stores likely to close include the newly-renovated location in Kalispell. (Nicole Miller/MTN News photo) The stores likely to close include the newly-renovated location in Kalispell. (Nicole Miller/MTN News photo)
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Herberger's locations throughout Montana are in danger of closing after their parent company filed for bankruptcy.

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Wyoming school board OKs arming some teachers

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After two months of deliberation, the Park County school board has agreed to allow its teachers to carry guns.

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Teamsters Union Local 190 endorses Kier in congressional race

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This is the first time the Teamsters Union local 190 has picked sides in a primary since 2006, when it endorsed Jon Tester for Senate.

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Shodair hosts Youth Suicide Prevention Summit

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A select group of professionals and those who work within the mental health field were invited to the event.

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Morning Rounds: What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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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Black bear escapes from Helena rehab facility

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The bear apparently escaped sometime overnight; there is no word on how it managed to get away.

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