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The Highway 37 fire is burning approximately 1.5 miles from the old WR Grace vermiculite mine. (courtesy photo) The Highway 37 fire is burning approximately 1.5 miles from the old WR Grace vermiculite mine. (courtesy photo)

Crews battling wildfire near Libby

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The Highway 37 fire is burning approximately 1.5 miles from the old WR Grace vermiculite mine near Libby.

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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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Info sought on missing person in Flathead County

Alex Ruth Beltran (courtesy photo) Alex Ruth Beltran (courtesy photo)
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Authorities are looking for information on a female who has been reported missing. 

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The definitive ranking of 2020 Democrats

Dennis Bragg photo. Dennis Bragg photo.
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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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Weather Forecast: Slightly cooler for the weekend

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A mainly dry cold front will move through western Montana throughout the afternoon/evening hours Friday bringing gusty west winds up to 30-35mph. Another breezy day is expected Saturday as the front progresses eastward. 

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Norovirus hits Missoula

Local health officials report that the norovirus Local health officials report that the norovirus
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The highly contagious Norovirus has made an appearance in Missoula in recent days 

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Montana DNRC prepares for later, longer wildfire season

The Reynolds Lake Fire (inciweb.org photo) The Reynolds Lake Fire (inciweb.org photo)
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The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is ready to go into action as fire danger rises across the state. 

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FWP wardens extinguished an illegal campfire on Wild Horse Island State Park

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The fire was found in same area as the illegal campfire that sparked a five-acre fire in July 2015.

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NFL puts the brakes on policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem

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In a joint statement they are now saying: "No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing."

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KPAX Country: The Event at Rebecca Farm

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Flathead valley anchor Don Fisher and reporter Nicole Miller join us from The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell

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Death penalty no longer sought in killing of MT deputy

Lloyd Barrus in court on May 26, 2017. (MTN News file photo) Lloyd Barrus in court on May 26, 2017. (MTN News file photo)
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In court documents filed on June 19th, prosecutors cite an extensive analysis of Lloyd Barrus' history of mental health issues.

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Reynolds Lake fire holds steady at 1K+ acres

The Reynolds Lake fire was sparked by lightning on July 17, 2018. (MTN News photo) The Reynolds Lake fire was sparked by lightning on July 17, 2018. (MTN News photo)
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There are now 175 people assigned to battle the lightning-sparked fire which is near the Lake Reynolds trailhead.

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Interior Secretary Zinke kept some meetings off public calendar

US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (file photo) US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (file photo)
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke kept about a dozen meetings off his public calendar, calling into question the details of these appointments.

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Rosendale discusses workforce development, health care in White House visit

Republican US Senate candidate Matt Rosendale (MTN News photo) Republican US Senate candidate Matt Rosendale (MTN News photo)
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The U.S. Senate candidate was at the White House to discuss issues like workforce development and health care. 

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DPHHS asks for help locating harmful Montana algae blooms

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No human deaths have been caused by harmful algal blooms exposure, but some animal deaths have been linked to it.

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Shrine Stories: Meet McKenzie

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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Missoula man stranded after trailer stolen in Utah

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Joe Stone, 33, has been traveling the country helping people with disabilities.

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Cohen recorded Trump discussing payment to ex-Playboy model

Michael Cohen (Cropped Photo: IowaPolitics.com / CC BY-SA 2.0 ) Michael Cohen (Cropped Photo: IowaPolitics.com / CC BY-SA 2.0 )
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The FBI is in possession of a recording between President Donald Trump and Michael Cohen in which the two men discuss a payment to a former Playboy model who has alleged an affair with Trump.

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Montanans urged to be careful with campfires

Rising fire danger is prompting a reminder from the US Forest Service. (MTN News photo) Rising fire danger is prompting a reminder from the US Forest Service. (MTN News photo)
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With more wildfires starting to pop up across the northwest, it’s important to know how to properly extinguish campfires.

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Osprey chicks help biologists gauge waterway health in Montana

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Biologists recently tested three osprey chicks at the Warm Springs Ponds just northwest of Butte. 

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Crews working to stop spread of Reynolds Lake fire

Resources are continuing to arrive to battle the Reynolds Lake fire in the Bitterroot. (MTN News photo) Resources are continuing to arrive to battle the Reynolds Lake fire in the Bitterroot. (MTN News photo)
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Fire managers say they are working to stop the fire while plenty of resources are available, and before this summer’s fire season takes off.

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Storm sinks duck boat in Missouri, killing 13 people, including children

Crews from multiple Missouri agencies are on the scene of a mass casualty incident with a "tourist-type boat involved." (photo credit: Southern Stone County Fire Protection District) Crews from multiple Missouri agencies are on the scene of a mass casualty incident with a "tourist-type boat involved." (photo credit: Southern Stone County Fire Protection District)
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The Ride the Ducks Branson duck boat capsized and sank on Table Rock Lake near Branson during a storm that "came out of nowhere."

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Jerry Ronald Hall (MTN News photo) Jerry Ronald Hall (MTN News photo)
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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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  • Police: Mom faked daughter's abduction, tried to frame former business partner

    Police: Mom faked daughter's abduction, tried to frame former business partner

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:48 PM EDT2018-07-21 02:48:33 GMT
    Authorities say a Pasco mom staged an elaborate fake abduction of her daughter and coached the girl to point the blame at a former business partner.
    Authorities say a Pasco mom staged an elaborate fake abduction of her daughter and coached the girl to point the blame at a former business partner.
  • Missouri duck boat accident among deadliest in nearly 20 years

    Missouri duck boat accident among deadliest in nearly 20 years

    Friday, July 20 2018 2:53 PM EDT2018-07-20 18:53:10 GMT
    Crews from multiple Missouri agencies are on the scene of a mass casualty incident with a "tourist-type boat involved," the Stone County Fire Department said in a statement.  Full Credit: Southern Stone County Fire Protection DistrictCrews from multiple Missouri agencies are on the scene of a mass casualty incident with a "tourist-type boat involved," the Stone County Fire Department said in a statement. Full Credit: Southern Stone County Fire Protection District
    Thursday's sinking of a duck boat in Missouri isn't the first time trouble with the tour vessel turned fatal. At least 39 people have died in duck boat accidents in the past 20 years.
    Thursday's sinking of a duck boat in Missouri isn't the first time trouble with the tour vessel turned fatal. At least 39 people have died in duck boat accidents in the past 20 years.
  • NYPD officers in Eric Garner case will face internal trial

    NYPD officers in Eric Garner case will face internal trial

    Thursday, July 19 2018 5:07 PM EDT2018-07-19 21:07:03 GMT
    Eric Garner died in 2014 after police attempted to arrest the 43-year-old father of six for allegedly selling cigarettes illegally in Staten Island.Eric Garner died in 2014 after police attempted to arrest the 43-year-old father of six for allegedly selling cigarettes illegally in Staten Island.
    The NYPD will immediately begin the disciplinary process regarding two officers involved in the Eric Garner case, city and law enforcement officials confirmed to CNN on Thursday.
    The NYPD will immediately begin the disciplinary process regarding two officers involved in the Eric Garner case, city and law enforcement officials confirmed to CNN.
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