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Jan 29, 2013 4:16 PM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News

Tuesday afternoon Montana news headlines

MISSOULA - The defense attorney for a man who's accused of stabbing his estranged wife has asked the judge in the case for more time before setting the case for trial. Prosecutors says Emmitt Hogsten wanted to reconnect with his estranged wife, but the two ended up arguing in his truck, and that's when investigators say Hogsten stabbed his wife several times.

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MISSOULA - Missoula health authorities are continuing to track a fairly high number of flu cases, including nearly 30 people who've been hospitalized because of this winter's influenza outbreak. The Missoula City-County Health Department reports the most recent count showed 189-people had tested positive for flu, and 27 people have been serious enough to require hospitalization.

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MISSOULA - Congressman Steve Daines spent the day in Missoula on Tuesday to talk about economic development, making stops at Blue Marble Development, the Bonner mill development site, and Consumer Direct Montana. Daines says that as someone who's spent 28 years creating jobs, he wants to make sure he stays in touch with local small business owners who are on the front lines creating jobs.

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MISSOULA - New non-fiction curriculum additions are now required for children as early as first grade, but much of the material available is not age appropriate. The first grade Hawthorne School teacher says it's a relief to receive the grant, so she can purchase new books to meet the new requirements.

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KALISPELL - A generous bequest to the Flathead County Spay and Neuter Task Force means thousands more cats and dogs can be helped. A long-time volunteer at the task force, who was especially fond of feral cats, passed away in October.

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HELENA - The debate over where to expand Missoula College shifted from Missoula to Helena on Monday, where the state Legislature is hearing testimony on the so-called "Bonding Bill," which contains $100 million for nine construction projects across Montana.

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