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Jan 18, 2013 4:07 PM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News

Friday afternoon Montana news headlines

MISSOULA - The sixth man wanted in connection to a robbery and beating of a Missoula clerk is now behind bars. Tureadon Thibodeax has been on the run since the alleged robbery. Prosecutors say he and his friends decided to rob Jay's Mart at South Reserve and 39th streets on the night of January 8th.

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HAMILTON - The Victor man who is accused of a 1996 Washington murder will be extradited to Seattle to face charges. Ravalli County prosecutors tell us they received a Governor's Warrant for Clifford Reed. Reed has been fighting extradition back to King County where he's expected to be charged with the death of his friend, Sandi Johnson, 28.

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MISSOULA - Local police had a busy Thursday night patrolling for impaired drivers. The Missoula Police Department reports that they arrested five people for DUI in less than 2½ hours during the overnight hours.

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MISSOULA - A phenomenon called "catfishing," pretending to be someone else on social media to lure a romantic prospect or even money, has been in the national spotlight this week after a college football player was possibly victim of a hoax.

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KALISPELL - Kalispell Public Schools has announced that they will officially launch their Graduation Matters Kalispell program on Feb. 1. All area eighth grade students who are attending partner schools in the Kalispell School District will be taking part in the program.

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HELENA - Montana's unemployment rate fell once again in December, dropping 0.1%, to sit at 5.7%, continuing a downward trend that started in the middle of 2011. Meanwhile, the national jobless rate held steady at 7.8%.

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Erin Yost's StormTracker Weather Center forecast: It's starting to sound like a broken record, I know, but inversions, morning fog and below average highs continue to plague western Montana. Our responsible ridge of high pressure will dominate through early next week with valley inversions and air stagnation issues sticking around.

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