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Nov 9, 2012 10:11 AM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News

Friday morning Montana news headlines

FRENCHTOWN - Residents gathered Thursday night to learn about the fate of the old Smurfit Stone paper mill site, and whether or not the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found dangerous toxins that could affect their health.

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ST. IGNATIUS - On a cold spring day some 30 years ago, a little girl vanished while playing in the front yard of her home in St. Ignatius. The two-year-old was there one second, gone the next. Megan vanished in 1980 and her picture, which still is on the missing children's websites, shows what she might look like today.

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ST. IGNATIUS - A little girl who was in the backseat of her mother's car was flown to a Spokane hospital on Thursday night after she was seriously hurt in a crash. The wreck happened at around 4:30 p.m. when a woman pulled into oncoming traffic on U.S. Highway 93 North.

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ROCK CREEK - Icy roads caused the driver of a SUV to lose control and collide with a semi truck on Interstate 90 Thursday just before 5 p.m. near the Rock Creek Exit. Authorities say the SUV, with children on board and, a semi truck were both heading west on I-90 when the wreck happened.

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MISSOULA - The first significant snow of the season, along with the onset of cold weather, often brings the first visit to the thermostat or the space heater to warm homes in Western Montana. But, home heating technicians say it's wise to take a few precautionary measures, before the really cold air moves in.

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SAN FRANCISCO - The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has given a victory to the states of Montana and Idaho, as well as some sportsmen groups in the legal battle over hunting wolves. The court ordered that a 2010 district court ruling concerning the partial de-listing of wolves from the Endangered Species Act be vacated, and that the underlying case be considered as moot.

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KALISPELL - The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation will play host to an annual art exhibit and silent auction on Friday night. The proceeds from the event are the primary funding source for the volunteer program, which restores trails and eliminates noxious weeds.

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