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Park service officials tackle bison management challenges at YNP

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The state of Montana has ordered the population of bison to be managed when they migrate off of federal lands to state lands like the ones outside of Yellowstone National Park.

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Budding MSU entrepreneurs present business ideas in Venture Pitch competition

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Freshmen pitched ideas to a panel of judges composed of their teachers and Bozeman-area business owners for a final semester grade.

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Native Americans, low-income clinics are big beneficiaries of Medicaid expansion

Anna Whiting Sorrell, director of operations, policy and planning for CSKT Tribal Health Anna Whiting Sorrell, director of operations, policy and planning for CSKT Tribal Health
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In the past 18 months, tribal health services on the Flathead Indian Reservation have added a physical therapist and more dental care, and will soon add a new clinic and new speech therapist -- and Medicaid expansion is a big reason why. 

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Time for a raise? Bozeman mayor, commissioners look for pay increase

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With the growth in Bozeman, Mayor Carson Taylor believes it’s time for the city’s commissioners and mayor to see a salary increase. “I think it’s time for us to look at it again,” said Taylor of the pay rates.

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Whittier Elementary School awarded One Class At A Time check

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BOZEMAN - Whittier Elementary School teacher Alyssa Kaufman accepted a "One Class At a Time" check for $250 Monday. The money will be used to purchase items for a sensory room. Stephanie Hartman from First Interstate Bank and KBZK's Patrice Parks presented the check. 

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Tavis Smiley's show suspended by PBS amid misconduct allegations

Tavis Smiley, PBS host. Tavis Smiley, PBS host.
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PBS has suspended distribution of "Tavis Smiley" amid "troubling allegations" against the news show's namesake host.

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Suspect killed by police in Great Falls has been identified

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The man was shot by police after he reportedly brandished a weapon.

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Net neutrality repeal drew 2 million fake comments, prosecutor says

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More than 5,000 people have reported that comments on the proposed repeal of net neutrality were falsely made under their names, according to the probe.

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1 person dead in crash east of Helena

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It happened near mile marker 48 on U.S. Highway 12, just east of Crossroads Parkway.

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Crook steals entire ATM from Billings hotel

The photo shows a man taking the ATM (Linnell) The photo shows a man taking the ATM (Linnell)
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Photos of a crook stealing an ATM from a Billings hotel have been shared over 1,000 times online and police said Wednesday they are investigating the incident.

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PSC sets terms for wind project; developer says they’re unworkable

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State regulators this week set the terms for a proposed wind-power project near Martinsdale, in central Montana – but the developer said Wednesday those terms make the project “uneconomic” and unable to go forward.

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National Park Service slashes "free days"

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The National Park Service has announced it's dramatically cutting free entrance days in 2018.

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New rules to affect air travel: How to streamline your holiday trip

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Holiday travelers will see something new this year when they go through security. Any electronic device larger than a cell phone will have to be scanned individually. "It's important to know that we have been telling you for years leave those in the bag,” said Lorie Dankers, Transportation Security Administration (TSA). “The circuitry is different in a tablet than a laptop, but that has now changed. We know that this could be electronic of choice for people that like...

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Hazardous Travel Likely Tonight Into Thursday Morning

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A fast paced snow storm is producing widespread snow across SW Montana Wednesday afternoon and numerous reports of accidents, slide offs, jackknifed semis and road closures. The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY until 8 pm tonight for SW Montana. Snow accumulations of 1" - 3" for most valleys and mountain passes 2" - 4" or more is possible. As this storm exits the region tonight freezing valley fog is possible. For those areas whe...

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Icy roads snarl traffic in Gallatin Co.

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Icy roads in the Gallatin Valley are causing a series of crashes and slide-offs. A quick-moving snow storm has snarled traffic on Interstate 90, with traffic being diverted at the 287 exit near Three Forks due to an injury crash. 

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Cleanup efforts at former Bozeman pole plant near completion

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The Idaho Pole Company operated a wood treating facility near the northern limits of Bozeman from 1945 until the plant’s closure in 1997. During plant operations, hazardous substances were released, resulting in soil and groundwater contamination.   “The contamination started in the late 70s or early 80s and it was not done on purpose,” said Les Lonning, a representative with the Idaho Pole Company. “It was a well that broke in one of the tanks.” ...

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Remains of 3 children found in Missoula shed

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Missoula police have confirmed they found a box containing bones and teeth believed to be from three children in a shed. 

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Couple donate to improve writing across MSU

The Writing Center in Montana State University's Wilson Hall is seen in this 2012 MSU photo. The Writing Center in Montana State University's Wilson Hall is seen in this 2012 MSU photo.
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BOZEMAN – Montana State University has announced that Ann Jackson and her husband, Ken Wilson, have committed to donating $570,000 to support programs and initiatives that will expand writing support for students and faculty. “We are grateful for Ken and Ann’s generosity and insight in supporting MSU students and faculty to improve student writing from several strategic angles,” said Chris Murray, president and CEO of the MSU Alumni Foundation. The Jackson-Wi... More>>

Fatal crash reported on I-90 in Big Horn Co.

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The Montana Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash on Interstate 90. 

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Quick-moving weather system bringing daytime snow for your Wednesday

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Scattered snow showers are expected to develop during the morning hours in southwest Montana a quick-moving weather system slides through the region.  Most of the snow potential will be during the daytime hours with 1”-2” of snow possible by your evening commute.  

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Malmstrom airman arrested in connection with kidnapping

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She is facing charges of kidnapping, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

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Montana Supreme Court says suspect in child rape can withdraw guilty plea

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According to the Montana Supreme Court, the victim’s parents had inappropriate contact with jurors, and acts of intimidation and violence were directed at defense attorney Jeffry Foster.

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Fire claims Butte business in Tuesday blaze (New Video)

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BUTTE - The smoke billowing from Ray’s Heating and Sheetmetal business on East Front Street was so thick, Butte firefighters who made the initial attack on the fire could not find the source of the flames. 

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No tickets needed for this show: The best viewing for annual meteor shower Wednesday night

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Look to the skies Wednesday night for the annual Geminid Meteor Shower. According to NASA, the best night to see the shower is Dec. 13 into the early hours of Dec. 14. The peak of the meteor showers will be at 9 p.m Wednesday night. 

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Montana man's death 5 years ago remains a mystery

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It's a cold case that continues to haunt a Ronan family on the fifth anniversary of Bob Van Gunten's death.

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AAA: Don't be "fueled" by premium gas

AAA tests show premium fuel benefits some vehicles, but comes at a high cost. AAA tests show premium fuel benefits some vehicles, but comes at a high cost.
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AAA tests show premium fuel benefits some vehicles, but comes at a high cost.

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Medicaid expansion: The big impact of a big part of Obamacare still going strong

Ian Ballard of Kalispell Ian Ballard of Kalispell
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Health-care professionals across the state say the expansion has had a huge impact

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MSU graduate shares latest on two new novels

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Author and MSU graduate Diamond Wilson stopped by Montana this Morning to share the latest on her two novels, mixing mystery with history:  QUEST FOR THE QUEEN, The Caves of Qumran as well as Dangers in the Desert. Diamond will be holding a book signing at Zocalo Coffee on Main Street in Bozeman from 10am-1pm on Saturday, December 23.

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Fire engulfs Butte business (RAW VIDEO)

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The fire broke out at around 11 a.m. and huge plumes of smoke and flames engulfed Ray's Heating & Sheetmetal. 

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Snow Likely Wednesday For Bozeman

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A fast paced Canadian storm front will pass through Montana Wednesday and there is a chance for valley and mountain snow late Wednesday morning into Wednesday afternoon. Snow accumulations should be less than an inch for most valleys and possibly a couple of inches for mountain passes. This storm could produce some minor travel impacts with snow covered and icy roads for your Wednesday evening commute. See the timing of this storm in your STORMTracker on demand video above with ...

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Man arrested in connection with 1980 murder of California teenager

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A notorious 37-year-old cold case has finally been closed in northern California.

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Proposed tax plan could hit Montana state revenues

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State Revenue Director Mike Kadas says the U.S. Senate’s tax cut bill would reduce state tax revenues by as much as $123 million a year. 

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Grizzly managers meet in Missoula amid growing discussion over bear protection

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Managers from local, state and federal agencies will meet in Missoula this week to discuss the next steps in grizzly bear management..

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Trump lashes out at senator amid calls to resign over sexual misconduct allegations

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York
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President Donald Trump used a suggestive tweet on Tuesday to attack a Democratic lawmaker who has called for his resignation after multiple women renewed their sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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Change to MT license plate tabs to help ID expired tags

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You may notice a change when you get your new registration for your vehicle next year. The state is making changes to your license plate tabs. Currently, the tabs are colored black and white, in an effort to save the state money.

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License for special hunt near Bridger sell out fast

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If you were planning on purchasing a license for the state wildlife department's special hunt Monday, you're too late. 

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Boy speaks out on viral bullying video, mom addresses backlash

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Keaton Jones, a Tennessee middle schooler, is speaking out after an emotional Facebook video about being bullied. 

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From a miner’s meal to a quick treat on the go: Butte shop makes pasties for 7 decades

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BUTTE - If you worked in the underground mines, the work was long, hard, and dirty.  So imagine how important a good meal would be during a short break. Finding a way to get a meat and potatoes kind of meal lead to the creation of the pasty.   

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

North Dakota woman admits killing pregnant neighbor to keep baby

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A woman has pleaded guilty to the murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. 

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A look back: Sheriff Johnny France Finds the Mountain Men

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It was a cold Montana December in 1984 when Madison County Sheriff Johnny France discovered the hidden camp of the father-son fugitives known as the Mountain Men, wanted for the kidnapping of Olympian Kari Swenson and the killing of her rescuer.

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Ruling: MT Dem Party violated campaign-reporting laws in 2016

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The Montana Democratic Party violated campaign-reporting laws last year by failing to identify which candidates it was supporting with $300,000 in ads and other spending, the state’s top campaign enforcer said Monday. 

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License for special hunt near Bridger sell out fast

Mule deer - courtesy photo Mule deer - courtesy photo
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If you were planning on purchasing a license for the state wildlife department's special hunt Monday, you're too late. 

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Biologists identify origin of illegally-introduced walleye found in Swan Lake

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Staff with Montana FWP netted two walleye in Swan Lake in October 2015, which had never been discovered in the lake until then.

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Pair of films set in Montana to premier at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

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BILLINGS -- A pair of films shot in Montana will make their world premiers in 2018 on the big screens at the Sundance Film Festival. 

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Haley on Trump accusers: 'We should all be willing to listen to them'

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said during an interview on CBS' "Face The Nation" that the women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct "should be heard." CNN photo US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said during an interview on CBS' "Face The Nation" that the women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct "should be heard." CNN photo
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday that any women who speak up about inappropriate sexual behavior "should be heard," including President Donald Trump's accusers.

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Transgender people free to enlist in US military starting in 2018 after court ruling

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The Pentagon said Monday that it will begin processing transgender applicants to the military on Jan. 1. 

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Bozeman police looking for crash suspect

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The Bozeman Police Department is looking for help in identifying a man suspected of being in a crash on Friday, Dec. 8. The was driving a white pickup when he was involved in a crash on December 8, 2017. The crash occurred at the Town Pump on Huffine and Cottonwood. If you have any information, please contact Officer Tracy Senenfelder (badge #172) (406) 582-7172. (Photos courtesy of BPD) More>>

GFPD: suspect was shot after he brandished a weapon

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When officers located the man, he brandished a weapon, according to Bowen, and was shot and killed.

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Our Community First: Bozeman’s Thrive helping children succeed

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BOZEMAN - Thrive is recognized as the December Community First Award. Check out the impact they have been making in the Gallatin Valley for the past 30 years.   Nominate a nonprofit you think is doing outstanding work in the community by submitting your entry and be sure to look for each month’s recognition of the community first award the second Monday of every month. More>>

Changes To Current Weather Coming Soon To SW Montana

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No change to the current weather pattern again for Butte and SW Montana. Strong inversions from Missoula westward to Spokane Washington continues to produce air stagnation problems with dense freezing fog and low visibility along with cold temperatures trapped down in the lower valleys. There is some good news later in the week this blocking High will break down and allow a few pacific storms to pass through with a cold fronts producing scattered snow and wind that should scrub o... More>>

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Under the Big Sky | Cajune Boatbuilding | Best Material

A Cajune boat on the banks of the Yellowstone River. A Cajune boat on the banks of the Yellowstone River.
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Under the Big Sky returns to the Paradise Valley where Jason Cajune crafts beautiful drift boats. Their material of choice may be old but Cajune believes his wooden boats stand up against modern building materials.

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California couple missing in Montana

Suzanne Michelle Labelle and Sherwin Fernandez Lamando Jr. have been missing for more than a week. (Photo: Mineral County Sheriff's Office) Suzanne Michelle Labelle and Sherwin Fernandez Lamando Jr. have been missing for more than a week. (Photo: Mineral County Sheriff's Office)
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Mineral County authorities are looking for your help in finding two California residents who have been reported missing after their car was found at an Interstate 90 rest stop. 

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Missing since Dec. 1, search for Glen man suspended

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GLEN – The Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday that a Glen man remains missing after being reported missing on Dec. 1st. The sheriff’s office has suspended its search efforts for Calvin Charles Zimdars, 56, after nine days of extensive searching 

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Police shoot man in Great Falls

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Police have blocked off 10th Avenue North from 57th Street to 38th Street.

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Missoula veteran, stolen wheelchair reunited

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Authorities found former Lieutenant Colonel Tim Gardipee's missing trailer on Sunday morning. 

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

Fire department demonstrates how fast a Christmas tree burns

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Dry trees can make for an unfortunate holiday season and the Great Falls Fire Rescue demonstrated just that. 

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Explosion reported at NYC train station

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New York Police Department says it is responding to report of explosion near Times Square. 

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Obituary: Byron L. McAllister

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Byron L. McAllister 1929 – 2017 Byron was a scholar, mathematician, published poet, dutiful son, gardener, Korean War veteran, brother, educator, husband for 60 years, history buff, professor emeritus, father of three, published author of three mysteries and a book of short stories, community volunteer, amateur linguist, mentor, painter of pictures, grandfather, musician, roofer, and mushroom hunter. Byron was intellectually curious, witty, dapper, persistent, fair, honest, k... More>>

Health insurance enrollment window still open

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Less than a week remains in the enrollment period, which ends Dec. 15

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STEM inspires kids to learn

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About 90 kids joined in to learn about coding at Ben Steele Middle School on Saturday.

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CBS News looks into how sexual assault cases are handled at U.S. Air Force Academy

Emily Hazen (L) and Melissa Hildremyr (R) speak with "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell. / CBS NEWS Emily Hazen (L) and Melissa Hildremyr (R) speak with "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell. / CBS NEWS
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More than a dozen current and former cadets tell CBS News they reported their sexual assaults to the Academy and then experienced retaliation

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Billings family honors son's memory by giving toys to kids

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A Billings family lost a baby boy last year and now honors and remembers him with Cody's Crusade. The McDonald family brought toys to the Toys for Tots collection on Saturday.

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Missoula deputy getting ready to celebrate 1st Christmas as a dad

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A Missoula County Sheriff’s deputy decided to be the change he wanted to see in his community, and in the process, became a dad.

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California Governor: Extreme wildfires are 'the new normal'

(courtesy Brandy Gillespie / CNN) (courtesy Brandy Gillespie / CNN)
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Gov. Jerry Brown has a sobering message for Southern Californians after a week of raging wildfires: This is your new normal. A half dozen fires have collectively scorched nearly 200,000 acres since last week and destroyed 792 structures, according to officials.

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Environmental group attacks proposed national park fee hikes

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A national environmental group is launching an ad campaign in Montana calling on lawmakers not to cut funding to the National Park Service. 

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Holter Museum of Art celebrates 30 years in Helena

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Hines added that the Museum is meant to bring families and the community together through art.

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Missing 14-year-old girl found safe

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Turns Plenty is described as an American Indian or an Alaskan Native with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 pounds. 

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Line Of Lights Over Denver Prompts Calls, Curiosity

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The lights belonged to a group of military aircraft traveling to an exercise in Nevada, according to CBS affiliate WLTX.

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Shop with a Cop unites families, police officers for holiday fun

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The sixth annual Shop with a Cop took place Saturday at the Target in Bozeman.

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Why your SUV needs winter tires

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If you have all-wheel-drive, it could be argued that you need winter tires in the snow even more. 

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Millions of potentially explosive airbags still on the road

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Fewer than half of the 41 million potentially explosive air bag inflators made by Japanese company Takata have been replaced in the several years since the largest auto-safety recall in U.S. history.

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Firefighters show how quickly Christmas trees can start a blaze

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Heavy black smoke eventually filled the trailer and the tree went up in flames.

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Belgrade celebrates return of Festival of Lights

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BELGRADE - The Belgrade Festival of Lights was in full swing under new direction by the Belgrade Community Coalition. MTN's Kenneth Webb was live in Belgrade with a look at this year’s festivities. More>>

"New Alabama vs. old Alabama": On the ground for the special election

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Big names will be pouring into Alabama in the final days before the election: Sen. Cory Booker is set to campaign Saturday, Steve Bannon on Monday

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Montana Organic Association conference addresses women in agriculture

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They held a session specifically geared towards women in the agriculture business.

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Bozeman Fire Department conducts annual ice rescue training

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The Bozeman Fire Department says if you are recreating on the ice, have someone with you at all times just in case of an emergency.

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Zinke calls reports on helicopter use a "wild departure from reality"

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Zinke's use of helicopters was revealed earlier this year when the department released his office and travel schedules in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

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Helena man charged for DUI with kids in the car

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Investigators say Bergan has four convictions for DUI.

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Democratic senator wants probe into Zinke's helicopter use

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A Democratic senator is calling for the investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's travel to include his use of government helicopters.

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Veterans honored with Christmas wreaths at Helena cemetery

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The wreaths were placed by The Montana Field of Honor and represent all Montana veterans

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Iraqi PM: Dear Iraqis, your land has been liberated

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The Iraqi military has "fully liberated" all of Iraq's territory of "ISIS terrorist gangs" and retaken full control of the Iraqi-Syrian border, it said Saturday in a statement.

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Missoula Police: Man arrested for robbery is connected with high-speed chase suspects

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The man is allegedly connected to the two women arrested this week for leading officers on a high-speed chase, which ended in a shootout.

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51 officers graduate from Montana Law Enforcement Academy

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The 51 new officers who will serve 31 agencies across the state.

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Video captures teen stealing AR-15 from cop car

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The video clearly showed the face of the teen as he took a taser and cartridges, a tactical vest with police markings, a 16-round .45 caliber magazine, and an AR-15 assault rifle with three fully loaded magazines.

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Helena airport aims for grant to bring more flights

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The goal is to attract a second daily flight to Seattle and new service to Portland.

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