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Jan 2, 2013 3:56 PM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News

Wednesday afternoon Montana news headlines

MISSOULA - A man who is accused of driving drunk over a Missoula footbridge and then hitting a pedestrian, once again, asked the judge to give him more time in his case. A Missoula District judge rejected Paul Amyotte's plea agreement in December, because he wanted him to serve prison time for last February's incident.

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LOLO- Lolo School administrators will be rolling up their sleeves again tonight, as they continue working on a proposal to solve the school's serious space problems. Lolo School is simply bursting at the seams, with an aging facility composed of a mix of buildings erected over the decades above U.S. Highway 93 South.

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MISSOULA- We might not have seen record hot weather in 2012, but the National Weather Service says when you take temperatures on average, last year was one of the warmest in recent decades in Western Montana. NWS released the latest stats Tuesday showing in was one of the warmest years for the west half of the state since 1948.

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HELENA - The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking public comment on fishing access site rules for camping fees, group use permits, facility rentals, and special recreation permits on the Blackfoot and Madison rivers. The new rules would also authorize FWP to require bear resistant food storage at some fishing access sites.

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MISSOULA - The winner of the latest First Night Star competition in Missoula is Michelle Duflocq-Williams, who attends Hellgate High School. The event was part of a musical singing competition held at the Wilma, with bragging rights and a trophy on the line to claim stake as Missoula's brightest star.

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HELENA - A Helena man who's accused of running a marijuana grow operation was sentenced to one year in prison. Paul Roy Schmidt, 57, pleaded guilty to manufacturing marijuana and money laundering. He was sentenced in federal court in Helena by Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell to 12 months in prison, four years supervised release and a $750,000 money judgment.

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From the StormTracker Weather Center:Thursday will start with fog and end with sunshine, with the highs climbing into the upper teens to upper 20s. Friday and Saturday will bring a partly cloudy to mostly cloudy sky highs ranging from the middle 20s to lower 30s. We'll only see a slim chance of a showers during the is time period.

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