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Jun 30, 2011 10:45 AM by Mark Thorsell (KPAX Media Center)

Morning Montana news headlines

KAILSPELL- Montana's marijuana law could be sealed once and for all or it could just get more complicated as a Helena judge is ruling on a legal challenge to the new legislation. The new law repeals the one passed by voters years ago and is stricter, including a ban on "for-profit" care giving. It also limits the number of plants a cardholder can have to four mature plants and redefines chronic pain and proof of pain. Medical marijuana supporters tell us they are stressing over the fate of their businesses.

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MISSOULA- One of the busiest intersections in town is getting a new turning lane to help deal with the congestion. North Reserve Street is gaining another left-hand turning lane for drivers headed west onto Mullan Road according to Montana Department of Transportation district administrator Doug Moeller.

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MISSOULA- The Clark Fork River is raging through the Garden City, but the muddy water can't keep a good kayaker down. The Montana Whitewater Championships will paddle on Brennan's Wave in downtown on Thursday after organizers had feared the event would be cancelled because the high river level is not ideal for freestyle kayaking on the wave.

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PABLO- Tribal authorities say they are looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 2-year-old grizzly bear that was found dead in the Charlo area on Wednesday. Tribal Bear Biologist Stacy Courville says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now investigating the death.

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BUTTE- A vacant house caught fire near Delaware and Second streets in Butte Thursday morning. KXLF News Anchor Laurel Staples says neighbors tell her the home was vacant, but that a transient person was living in the structure. Neighbors believe the transient escaped unharmed.

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EVARO- Montana spent millions to make U.S. Highway 93 North safe for people and animals. Now, those who created the People's Way project say it's paying off by saving lives. "For the most part I think we're intercepting a lot of the deer strikes and a lot of the bear collisions," said Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Wildlife Program Manager, Dale Becker.

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MISSOULA- Home field hasn't been giving much of an advantage to the Missoula Osprey this year as the O's had lost three of their first four in Ogren Park. The Billings Mustangs just came in and swept a quick two-game series and Wednesday, saw the Great Falls Voyagers come in for a three game set.

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Russ Thomas' StormTracker Weather Center forecast: Today will feature a mostly cloudy sky early with clouds decreasing later in the day. A few areas could see a quick passing showers but most spots will remain dry. It will be breezy and cooler than normal this afternoon with highs ranging from 65 to 70.

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