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Jun 23, 2011 10:50 AM by Mark Thorsell (KPAX Media Center)

Montana news headlines

MISSOULA- Police are looking for a blond female who was involved in an early morning robbery. Missoula Police Sergeant Dustin Delridge says a man and woman went into the Big Sky Health Cannabis Shop on Brooks Street just after 3 a.m. by breaking a window to gain entry.

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HELENA- Testimony continued on Wednesday in Helena over the future of medical marijuana in Montana. The Montana Cannabis Industry Association filed suit in May to stop Senate Bill 423, claiming it violates both constitutional and statutory issues. Medical marijuana advocates believe that the Legislature's new marijuana bill does not follow the spirit of Montana's voter-approved medical marijuana initiative.

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KALISPELL- Restricted mobility can be one of the greatest challenges for independence, but one transportation service in the Flathead Valley is acquiring more and more riders each year, providing a safe, cost-effective way of transportation. Flathead County Eagle Transit has grown from 74,000 rides last year to about 80,000 so far in 2011. The growth is a combination of regular bus service and the growing use of people with disabilities or those over the age of 60.

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WEST GLACIER- Crews are slowly making progress in clearing the snow off of Glacier National Park's famed Going to the Sun Road. A picture from the park's flicker account shows how the big machines are moving closer to Rim Rocks. The incredible snowfall dumped so much snow on the road, that it's taking longer than usual to reach Logan Pass.

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EAST HELENA- The Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office is investigating the drowning of a 3-year-old boy who was swept away by fast waters in Prickly Pear Creek early Wednesday evening. According to East Helena Police Chief Dale Aschim, the 911 call came in at 7:17 pm when a bystander at JFK Park said the child was in the creek and the father needed help.

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MISSOULA- Maintenance work will force drivers to find another route around the Orange Street "tunnel" on Thursday. The underpass beneath the Montana Rail Link line is the direct access to the heavily used Orange Street exit on I-90. Missoula leaders say the underpass will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. so railroad crews can perform regular maintenance work on the bridge.

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MISSOULA- The questions are stacking up over a car in Missoula. You might think it's loaded down with junk, but its driver thinks otherwise. Robert Oscar Walker said the first item he decided to put atop his Dodge Colt Vista was a toilet. "I thought it was a new one, but it wasn't. It was a used one," he said. "But it was heavy. I have it on the front part of my car."

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MISSOULA- Mother Nature gave us the nicest day of the year so far, so what better night to head out to the ballgame. It was opening night at Ogren Park and the Missoula Osprey returned home for the first time this season, after dropping two one-run games in Helena to start the year.

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Chrissy Kohler's StormTracker Weather Center forecast: Today highs will back off into the upper 70s after several days in the 80s. We'll see scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day but we'll also see sunshine during the breaks in the rain. Some of the storms could become severe as we head into the late afternoon hours, especially in the southwest part of the state and east of the divide. Winds will pick with the passage of the cold front as the pressure gradient behind it is tightly packed.

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