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Oct 8, 2013 4:47 PM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News

Tuesday afternoon Montana news headlines

MISSOULA - A man was taken to the hospital on Tuesday morning after falling through a skylight and landing on a boiler at the University of Montana Physical Plant. The UM employee fell about 15 to 20 feet while he was working on some equipment, but authorities aren't sure yet what caused him to fall. He was conscious and alert after the accident.

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KALISPELL - A Kalispell man who was arrested after leading authorities on a high speed chase was arraigned in Flathead District Court on Tuesday. Ryan Denny appeared before Judge Ted Lympus Tuesday morning on a felony charge of Criminal Possession of Dangerous Drugs and a misdemeanor charge of Criminal Mischief.

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MISSOULA - Missoula Police are looking for the public's help in finding a robbery suspect. The above photograph is from surveillance video that was taken during the robbery, that happened in the 3300 block of Brooks Street on Sept. 26.

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CHARLOTTE, NC - The growing trend of "dollar stores" is starting to make itself felt in the Treasure State, with a North Carolina company planning to open new stores in Montana. The Charlotte Business Journal is reporting that Family Dollar Stores, Inc is moving forward with plans to expand its presence in the Northwest, including Montana, which would give it locations in all of the Lower 48 states.

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Managers with Lee Enterprises, which runs most of the major newspapers in Montana, say they're ahead of schedule with a plan to pay down the corporation's debt. The news comes almost two years after the company launched a major effort to refinance its debt to settle a "pre-packaged" Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

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BUTTE - A human rights group is accusing the Montana Highway Patrol of illegally checking the immigration status of Hispanic drivers who are pulled over for routine traffic violations. The civil suit was filed Monday against Montana Highway Patrol Chief Tom Butler and Attorney General Tim Fox on behalf of several individuals by the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance in U.S. District Court.

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From the StormTracker Weather Center: This system will begin to impact Southwest Montana by mid-day, with Lolo Pass and Lookout Pass possibly picking up snow by late this evening and into early Wednesday. Although it looks like we'll dry out beginning midday Wednesday with partly sunny skies, the temperatures remain on the cooler end in the 50s.

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