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Feb 22, 2013 11:50 AM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News

Friday morning Montana news headlines

MISSOULA - Suspended University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson said in a taped interview with police last spring that he would never rape someone. Missoula Police Detective Connie Brueckner told the jury Thursday about her investigation and the day the accuser reported that she was raped by Jordan Johnson.

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MISSOULA - Sexual assaults in Missoula was a big focus of the State of the Community Address last year, the issue was discusses, but didn't take center stage on Thursday. University of Montana President Royce Engstrom, Missoula Mayor John Engen and Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss focused more on the positive news coming out of the Garden City.

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HELENA - John Marshall Denny has been reported as missing and/or endangered by the Whitefish Police Department. The announcement has been posted on the Montana Department of Justice website. Denny, 25, was last seen leaving his residence in Whitefish on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at about 12:30 p.m. He is 6'1" tall, weighs about 250 pounds and has blue eyes and brown hair.

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HELENA - A senator from the Flathead says Montana's tax code is far too complicated and it needs an overhaul. Sen. Bruce Tutvedt says reforming Montana's tax code is a top priority this session. Montanans now pay an average 6.9% tax rate on their individual income tax returns. Tutvedt's bill would lower the rate to 5.9%, and for those making less than $15,000 a year, the rate drops to 4%.

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DARBY - The wood industry is finding a new grain of existence, and a man from the Bitterroot Valley is helping to lead the way. "Right now we have a sellable product and we're ready to start marketing it," Ryan Connor said. His energy log was in the research and development phase back in November, but now it has a name, and is being sold throughout western Montana, which seems to be a first.

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KALISPELL - Kidsports is one step closer to expanding its Kalispell sports complex which is expected to bring in millions of dollars each year to the Flathead. The Montana State Land Board unanimously approved the city's application for a permanent easement this week.

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Courtney Olish's StormTracker Weather Center forecast: The valleys will see cloudy conditions with a mixture of both rain and snow on Friday, with temperatures average before the approaching cold front, in the upper 40's and even low 50's. This system is expected to bring significant mountain snow along with wind gusts up to 40 mph at times, with elevations above 4,000 feet having the potential of seeing 8''-10'' of snow by Saturday evening.

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