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Monforton School District seeks multi-million dollar bond for March ballot

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A growing population has Monforton School District looking to expand to accommodate additional students. The student population has grown more than 200% since 2008. The district is seeking a $3.5 million bond.  

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“Art Cade” provides MSU art and architecture for perspective students

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A new sculpture is known as the “art cade” gives Montana state students an opportunity to bring home a piece of MSU student-created art. The sculpture, designed by a university professor, is like a vending machine, but the treats are a little more artsy. 

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Minnesota man dies in Cooke City snowmobile crash

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A 29-year-old Minnesota man was found dead on Thursday after a snowmobile crash in the Cooke City area. According to a press release from Park County Sheriff Scott Hamilton, the man was found facedown in Stillwater Creek with a snowmobile on top of him. 

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Local organizations attempting to save Manhattan's Nixon Bridge

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In addition to the Manhattan Rotary, the Manhattan Historical Society and Gallatin Historical Preservation Board have also expressed interest in funding the effort.

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Record Snow Totals For Bozeman

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Cold and dry weather continued today for Bozeman and SW Montana. Clouds have been building over the region and will help slow the cooling process down by Friday morning. Temperatures will be only slightly warmer heading into Friday and the weekend but remain well below normal for this time of year. We will start to see increasing moisture and surface winds as a pacific storm rolls over Montana Friday through Sunday. There is a chance for valley snow but mountains and passes could... More>>

Delta and United join list of companies to cut ties with the NRA

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Two major airlines. A cybersecurity firm. Six car rental brands. A home security company. An Omaha bank. Companies have scrambled to cut ties with the National Rifle Association over the past couple of days.

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Inside the difficult and delicate process of making ice wine

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Every year some grapes are intentionally left to freeze on the vine. When harvested, they will become the coveted delicacy called ice wine

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Highway 89 from Choteau to Browning closed until Monday

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According to the Blackfeet Tribe Disaster and Emergency Services, all routes and cut across roads on the southern part of the reservation are also closed at this time.
 

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International Red Cross says 21 staffers paid for sexual services since 2015

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The International Committee of the Red Cross said 21 staff members have been dismissed or resigned for "paying for sexual services" since 2015. 

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Juvenile facing felony charge after Stevensville HS threat

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Stevensville Police say following the investigation a juvenile male was arrested and is facing a felony intimidation charge.

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Montana Western re-opened after bomb threat

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DILLON - Dillon Police Chief Don Guiberson confirmed there was a bomb threat at the University Montana Western in Dillon and officers are in the process of evacuating the campus. An official at Montana Western in Dillon reported receiving a bomb threat this morning. No further details were provided. This story will be updated as soon as new information becomes available.

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Mom talks about impact of DPHHS budget cuts

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Mom talks about impact of DPHHS budget cuts

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Billings man accused of sexually abusing young boy, threatening child's mom

Buck Feist is being held on three felony charges (YCDF) Buck Feist is being held on three felony charges (YCDF)
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A Billings man is accused of sexually abusing a young boy and threatening to kill the child’s mom. 

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Couples’ complaint accuses Reed Point school of bias

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Two Native American couples who say they were insulted and discriminated against at a basketball game in Reed Point early in 2017 intend to file lawsuit against the Reed Point School on Monday.

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Lone Peak Tram lap record broken by 50-year-old skier

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The man finished 35 Lone Peak Tram laps, a new record by many accounts. He started at 9:30 a.m. loading the first tram car and was in the last tram of the day at 3:06 p.m.

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“Setback for bison conservation” Illegal bison release under investigation

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For the second time in just months, fences have been cut at the Stephens Creek Facility outside of Yellowstone National Park. The facility is used to capture bison and then ship them off to be slaughtered. It’s part of the state’s method to control the population of bison in the park. 

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Coombs sentenced in connection with the death of Meriwether

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Brianna May Coombs was sentenced in Great Falls on Friday in connection with the September 2016 death of Megan Meriwether. 

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UM enrollment takes another expected slide

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Enrollment at the University of Montana has slid again, with just over 600  fewer students hitting the books for the spring semester.

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Billings couple sentenced to prison for plan to sell 6 lbs of meth

Raymond (left) and Crystal (right) Tetzlaff were sentenced to prison (YCDF) Raymond (left) and Crystal (right) Tetzlaff were sentenced to prison (YCDF)
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BILLINGS -- A Billings couple convicted of trafficking the equivalent of 22,000 doses of methamphetamine in Montana will spend a collective 26 years in federal prison. 

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Weekend Weather Travel Concerns

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2 pacific storms will drop down into SW Montana from Canada. NW flow aloft will pave the way for a little valley snow and a better chance for accumulating snow over mountains and passes this weekend. First storm drops in Friday night into Saturday and the 2nd storm Sunday through Monday. At this time forecast models are telling us snow accumulations of 1" or less is possible for valleys in SW Montana but a few mountain passes could see up to or over 3" of snow.  ... More>>

Montana Western re-opened after bomb threat

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DILLON - Dillon Police Chief Don Guiberson confirmed there was a bomb threat at the University Montana Western in Dillon and officers are in the process of evacuating the campus. An official at Montana Western in Dillon reported receiving a bomb threat this morning. No further details were provided. This story will be updated as soon as new information becomes available.

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Threatening message written on bathroom stall in Havre High School

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The threat was written on the back of a bathroom stall door in the men's west restroom and indicated that there would be a

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Special Olympic athlete ready for Winter Games

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Jeremy Brooks of Bozeman joins Missy to visit about the 2018 Special Olympics Winter Games. The event is set for Monday, Feb. 26 at Big Sky. Click here for a complete schedule of events. More>>

Chicago father charged with murder in "near decapitation" of toddler son

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A 37-year-old Chicago man has been charged with the gruesome murder of his 2-year-old son.

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Is this Montana town in the middle of nowhere?

A town in Montana has been named the "middle of nowhere." (Stock photo) A town in Montana has been named the "middle of nowhere." (Stock photo)
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How close are you to the "middle of nowhere?" 

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Curling: Learn more about Olympic sport

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Bozeman Curling Club members Nik Grout and Victoria Niemann visit with Chet about the upcoming Bozeman Bonanza Extravaganza. Come learn about curling, watch a demonstration and get your hands on throwing a curling stone. 

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MT delegation not rushing to support repeal of fed restriction on gun-violence research

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As the national debate on gun violence intensifies, Montana’s members of Congress say they’d like a thoughtful approach to get to the “root cause” of the problem, and believe it can be done through existing law. 

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

NASA senior official inspires MSU students to be part of future Mars mission

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Members of the public and MSU students were invited to MSU Strand Union for an hour-long presentation from Dr. Paul McConnaughey, an associate director at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to discuss the future of space exploration.

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Obituary: Barbie Wallace

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Barbie Wallace, 54, of Bozeman passed away Monday, February 19, 2018. Barbie Jane Berndt was born March 16, 1963 to William R. Berndt and Barb A. Berndt, the fourth of five children.  Barbie graduated from Bozeman Senior High in 1982.  Shortly after, in 1983, Barbie married Mark Wallace.  They had two children, Mickey Lee and Naphtali Janine.  Mark Wallace was killed December 12, 1985 when the military transport he was flying home from Egypt in blew up over Gand...

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A look at Amazon's workforce

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Last year Amazon promised to create 100,000 new jobs in the US to keep up with the increase in E-Commerce orders. The need to get packages shipped as fast as possible is key to Amazon's effort to remain on top and a growing army of workers is helping the tech giant reach its goals. 

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Would giving teachers guns help with school safety?

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Improving school safety is a growing concern following last week's fatal shooting in Florida. Would giving guns to teachers help? John Lorinc reports. More>>

Woman rescued after snowmobile crash on Two Top Trail

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A 71-year-old woman who was injured after the snowmobile she was riding on crashed into a tree had to be rescued on Thursday morning on the Two Top Trail. According to a press release, the woman sustained knee and rib injuries in the crash 8 miles southwest of West Yellowstone. At 10:40 a.m. the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting the snowmobile crash. Rescuers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Hebgen Basin R... More>>

Montana ranks sixth highest in U.S. gun-related deaths

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Montana ranks sixth in gun related fatalities in the United States.

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Montana teacher fired for hiding student's gun

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The Hardin teacher facing felony charges for hiding a gun in her classroom has been fired. 

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"Vigilant Guard" exercise starts next week in Great Falls

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The exercise will start with an earthquake that takes place in the western part of Montana, which causes dam failures leading to Great Falls.

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3 people charged after high-speed chase

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Allen is accused of trying to drive away with the witness partially in the vehicle.

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Great Falls hosts Montana Rural Water Systems conference

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The annual Montana Rural Water Systems Conference had more than 100 vendors and more than 900 attendees.

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Billings pimp sentenced to prison for promoting underage girls for sex work

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The Billings man found guilty at trial of promoting a teenage girl for prostitution will spend more than two decades behind bars. 

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Belgrade schools, police taking any mention of threats seriously

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Due to the numerous school shooting over the last month-and-a-half, both Belgrade schools and the police department are taking any mention of a possible threat very seriously. 

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FBI's deputy director admits there was "a mistake made" regarding tip on Florida shooter

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The FBI's acting deputy director on Thursday admitted that there was a "mistake made" within the agency when it received tip regarding concerns about the Florida school shooter.

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Health groups propose voter-initiative to hike tobacco taxes, extend Medicaid expansion

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Hospitals and other health-related organizations Thursday proposed a voter initiative to extend Montana’s expanded Medicaid program past 2019 and raise cigarette and other tobacco taxes to finance it. 

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Montana Ag: Precision agriculture is changing farming

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Agriculture is the backbone of Montana’s economy and during the recent MATE Show in Billings, farmers could see some of the latest agricultural equipment and precision agriculture technology.
 

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Different faiths work to save Mission Valley murals

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The inspiration came to producer Janis Cates two years ago but it wasn’t until recently the idea really started to gel.

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Bison held at Stephens Creek released through illegal fence opening

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Around 73 of the 96 bison being held at the Stephens Creek facility in Yellowstone National Park were released early Thursday after “unknown individuals intentionally compromised the fences,” according to a YNP press release.

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Perimeter "lock-in" remains in place at Missoula's Big Sky High School

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Another threat has been found at Big Sky High School prompting what's being described as "a perimeter lock-in" at the facility.

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Red Lodge man arrested for killing homeless man he said was "disrespectful"

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Authorities are investigating a murder south of Red Lodge. 

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No threat found at Belgrade High School

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BELGRADE - Officials say the shelter in place at Belgrade High School has been lifted.  It has been determined that there is no credible threat at this point. 

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Homeless man accused of failing to register as violent offender held on $25K bail

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A Bozeman man arrested four times since January appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court Thursday on a felony charge of failing to register as a violent offender.

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Eagle Mount prepares for annual Chicken Dip

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BOZEMAN - Eagle Mount’s Aquatics Director Amber Waters and Events Manager Stephanie Uter stopped by the studio to give us the details on the 4th annual CHICKEN DIP coming up this Friday. More>>

NRA's Wayne LaPierre makes it clear he isn't backing down on guns

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National Rifle Association Executive Director and CEO Wayne LaPierre launched into criticisms of socialists, the FBI and the media Thursday, as he defended gun rights from the stage of the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 sends satellites into space in spectacular predawn launch

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Just two weeks after launching a Tesla Roadster into space in the maiden flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX got back to business Thursday.

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Investigators ask public's help to solve mysterious murder of federal prosecutor

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The reward for information in the case has been raised from up to $1 million to more than $1.5 million after previous leads went nowhere.

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Bullock admin proceeds with medical, dental budget cuts

David Hemion, executive director, Montana Dental Association David Hemion, executive director, Montana Dental Association
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The Bullock administration is going ahead with $37.5 million in proposed budget cuts.

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This Week in Fish and Wildlife: Brucellosis study in elk continues

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Andrea Jones joins Chet to discuss the ongoing brucellosis study in the state's elk herds. More>>

Murder investigation underway near Red Lodge

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Authorities are investigating a murder south of Red Lodge. 

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

After recent school shooting, gun debate rages

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One week after the fatal school shooting in Florida, the gun issue is being debated in great detail. Students, parents, politicians and officials all gave their views on the divisive topic. John Lorinc reports. More>>

Westmoreland Coal teetering on the brink

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A storm is brewing in the American coal industry, and it's about to get even more serious.

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Daines accused of dodging Wilderness Study Area advocates during Hamilton visit

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They say they're upset that the U.S. Senator came and went without discussing the bill with them, saying there should be local, public meetings to discuss the merits and impacts of the WSA change.

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Missoula high school students hold walkout in response to FL shooting

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Students from Hellgate, Sentinel and Big Sky joined other high schools across the country in holding a walkout on Wednesday.

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Hot Springs students working with NASA

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The five Hot Springs High School students were invited to join an exclusive group of 400 from around the world to work with NASA GLOBE scientists.

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Following massive theft of drug evidence from Billings police, Yellowstone County attorneys to 'continue on'

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BILLINGS -- After learning a former Billings Police Department employee tampered with dozens of criminal drug cases, the Yellowstone County attorney is moving forward. 

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TV White Space may offer more internet access to rural communities

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TV White Space Technology uses the unused spectrum between over the air TV station channels to provide broadband internet.
 

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State: Ice jam threat rising across Eastern Montana

An ice jam formed on the Missouri River earlier this month. MTN News An ice jam formed on the Missouri River earlier this month. MTN News
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HELENA – The danger of ice jams and related flooding is rising in the Yellowstone River and other Eastern Montana waterways, state officials warned Wednesday. 

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MSU among top schools for Peace Corps volunteers in 2018

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According to the Peace Corps, more Montana State students are volunteering with the agency. MSU ranked sixteenth among medium schools in 2018.

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MSU researchers develop extra-strength concrete

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Researchers at MSU made a concrete that can carry up to 20,000 pounds, which is five times stronger than regular concrete.

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Center for Children and Families in Billings to close

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BILLINGS -- The Center for Children and Families in downtown Billings is set to close Friday after the Board of Directors voted Thursday to close the facility. It's unclear what prompted the board's decision. 

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Proposed concept for Hastings shopping center envisions new businesses, retail space

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It was back in July that Hastings announced it would be closing its doors in downtown Bozeman. At the end of January, a concept review was submitted to bring some changes to the plaza.

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Apprenticeship program seeks to train more healthcare workers in Montana

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The Montana Department of Labor is pushing a program that is attempting to get more interns training in the healthcare industry in the state.

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Shooting survivor responds to being called an 'actor'

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David Hogg, who survived last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, has become an outspoken voice in the national gun control debate.

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Report: Illinois man fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park while treasure hunting

Murphy fell to his death in 2017 (YNP report) Murphy fell to his death in 2017 (YNP report)
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BILLINGS -- An Illinois man fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year, according to a recently released report from the park, marking what may be the third person to die while searching for Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure. 

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Student arrested, charged with threatening Philipsburg School students

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Granite County Sheriff Scott Dunkerson said the juvenile student is being charged with one count of felony intimidation and three counts of misdemeanor assault.

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Parents speak out against Conrad Public Schools' PLE program

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A lot of parents disagree with the program because they said it lacks structure and discipline younger children need.
 

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Helena School District investigating Capital High student over Snapchat video with firearm

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HELENA - Helena School District leaders say they removed a Capital High School student from class Tuesday in response a video posted on the social network Snapchat, but they do not believe the video was an explicit threat of violence. 

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Search for missing Flathead skier enters 5th day

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The search for a Columbia Falls man who went missing over the weekend has entered its fifth day. 

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More threatening social media posts made toward Darby High School

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Darby Schools Superintendent Loyd Rennaker said the school is not in lockdown mode and that he does not believe there is a dangerous person on campus.

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Former Helena teacher pleads not guilty to raping student

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Rene Carter, a former Capital High School special education teacher, is accused of the rape of an underage boy.

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U.S. Army awards heroism medals to junior cadets killed in Florida shooting

Peter had been a member of the ROTC program, and his parents owned a restaurant in West Palm Beach, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Peter had been a member of the ROTC program, and his parents owned a restaurant in West Palm Beach, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
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The U.S. Army is awarding its Medal of Heroism to three Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Snowmobilers rescued after getting stuck in canyon near Lion's Head Mountain

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A group of snowmobilers was rescued after getting lost and stuck in a deep canyon near West Yellowstone on Tuesday.

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Bison roundup underway at Yellowstone

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Crews at Yellowstone National Park have begun rounding up bison as part of its Interagency Bison Management Plan for 2018. So far 96 bison have been captured. The goal is to take between 600 and 900 animals. Some will be held in quarantine, others will be slaughtered. Others will also be used for Native American tribal hunts. The operation will continue through next month. Right now the bison herd at Yellowstone is about 4,800. According to a press release from the park, the S... More>>

Open space advocates seek help from county commissioners

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BOZEMAN - The Gallatin Valley Land Trust (GVLT) is asking Gallatin County Commissioners for some help. Members of GVLT presented a bond request letter to commissioners on Tuesday. It was signed by 200 citizens to fund the Gallatin County Open Lands Program for the June ballot. The land trust is asking for the funds to go to the Gallatin County Open Lands Program to help preserve the county’s parks and trails. Voters approved two similar bonds of $10 million each in the ye... More>>

Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

Billy Graham dies at 99

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Graham became a counselor and confidante to every American president, beginning with Harry Truman, but Graham himself denied he had a role in making policy.

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Trump hosting "listening session" amid pressure to act on mass shootings

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President Trump is holding a "listening session" with high school students, parents and teachers in the wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

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Worldwide Crossfit competition kicks off

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Over the next few weeks, around half-a-million athletes from all over the world are all going to be taking part in the same competition.  It's massive, it's difficult, and it's a secret. CNN's Will Edmonds investigates the world of Crossfit. More>>

Two school walkouts planned for Montana

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A website tracking planned school walkouts shows just two planned for Montana. 

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Billings man admits he had pure meth to sell

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BILLINGS -- A Billings man with a prior conviction dealing methamphetamine admitted Tuesday that he intended to sell about 33 grams of pure meth. 

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Billy Graham, renowned TV evangelist, dead at 99

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The Rev. Billy Graham, whose sermons were broadcast in churches around the country, has died, a spokesman confirmed to CBS News. He was 99. This is a developing story and will be updated. © 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. More>>

Trump announces crafting of regulations to ban bump stocks

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The regulations will be finalized "very soon," President Trump said. 

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Billings man found asleep at the wheel with beer in hand faces 10th DUI

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BILLINGS -- A Billings man may earn his 10th drunk driving conviction after a sheriff’s deputy found him passed out behind the wheel with an open beer bottle in his hand on Saturday. 

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Darby High School threat suspect makes first court appearance

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Court documents say he made statements that students should wear certain colors to avoid being shot at school.

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Small fire snuffed out at Bozeman Post Office

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A small fire was quickly knocked down Tuesday afternoon at the US Post Office on Baxter Lane in Bozeman. The fire in a storage room was reportedly sparked by a small lawn tractor used for snow removal. 

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    Montana Western re-opened after bomb threat

    Montana Western re-opened after bomb threat

    Saturday, February 24 2018 4:00 PM EST2018-02-24 21:00:15 GMT

    DILLON - Dillon Police Chief Don Guiberson confirmed there was a bomb threat at the University Montana Western in Dillon and officers are in the process of evacuating the campus. An official at Montana Western in Dillon reported receiving a bomb threat this morning. No further details were provided. This story will be updated as soon as new information becomes available.

    DILLON - Dillon Police Chief Don Guiberson confirmed there was a bomb threat at the University Montana Western in Dillon and officers are in the process of evacuating the campus. An official at Montana Western in Dillon reported receiving a bomb threat this morning. No further details were provided. This story will be updated as soon as new information becomes available.

  • Mom talks about impact of DPHHS budget cuts

    Mom talks about impact of DPHHS budget cuts

    Saturday, February 24 2018 2:00 PM EST2018-02-24 19:00:12 GMT

    Mom talks about impact of DPHHS budget cuts

    Mom talks about impact of DPHHS budget cuts

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