Montana News

Apr 7, 2011 10:30 AM by Mark Thorsell (KPAX Media Center)

Wednesday morning Montana news headlines

BILLINGS- Congress is working on a budget to prevent a government shutdown at midnight Saturday and any closure would affect 10,664 employees in Montana. The Office of Personnel Management reports that the biggest federal government employers in Montana are the Department of Agriculture with 2,985 followed by the Department of Interior with 2,112.

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LIBBY- Two men were arrested and booked into the Lincoln County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon, one on charges of possession of dangerous drugs and the other on family member assault. James Hernvall, 30 and Patrick Massey, 36, were taken into custody after police searched two homes and also stopped a vehicle.

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WEST GLACIER- It's that time of year again when the plows start removing snow that fell on Glacier National Park's roads. Park official report that crews are finding a lot of snow and that last week, snow survey crews recorded 100 inches of snow on the ground at Siyeh Bend, two miles east of Logan Pass, and 140 inches of snow at the 7,500 foot elevation nearby.

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GREAT FALLS- More than 300 military families from Great Falls and across Montana were reunited with their loved ones on Wednesday evening, following a six month separation. Members of Malmstrom's 819th RED HORSE unit and the Montana Air National Guard's 219th RED HORSE unit returned home from Afghanistan, arriving in Great Falls on Wednesday evening.

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HELENA- The House and Senate of the Montana Legislature have two different versions of the state budget, so a bipartisan committee from both houses is trying to strike a compromise. Republicans aren't budging on the budget, and Democrats have little say in the matter.

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MISSOULA- The upcoming weekend brings a larger than life opportunity for a former Hellgate wrestler turned mixed martial arts professional. Shane Ewing has part one of our Athlete of the Week series with Lloyd Woodard. He's a hometown fighter on the verge of making the big time and we may soon be able to say that Lloyd Woodard is to Missoula, what Rocky was to Philly. Hey they've even got the same girlfriend.

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Russ Thomas' StormTracker ON DEMAND forecast: Today will bring a little more sunshine with an opportunity for a few isolated showers. Our high temperatures will continue to be about 10 degrees below the norm with most areas ranging between 46 and 48.

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