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Four legged therapists doing more than being a friend Video included

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Turns out man’s best friend can have more than one best friend. "He doesn't do anything to help me, he helps other people," said Nancy Dodd, Intermountain Therapy Animals volunteer. 

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day helps clean up your cabinets Video included

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Despite what happens in the movies, tossing old prescription pills into the toilet is actually not the right way to destroy them. 

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People's Climate March hits the streets in Bozeman Video included

Climate protest takes on Trump's policies (MTN News photo) Climate protest takes on Trump's policies (MTN News photo)
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Around four hundred people gathered in Lindley Park Saturday afternoon for the People's Climate March here in Bozeman. 

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Local kids take the stage at the Emerson Video included

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Local band Pinky and the Floyd is entertaining at the Emerson this weekend. The show this year includes local kids. Vocal teacher Jeni Fleming says it's a great chance for these aspiring musicians  to experience a live audience.

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"Out Of The Darkness" walk aims to prevent suicide

The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention (AFSP) hosted an "Out Of The Darkness" walk in East Helena on Saturday. The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention (AFSP) hosted an "Out Of The Darkness" walk in East Helena on Saturday.
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The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention hosted an "Out Of The Darkness" walk in East Helena on Saturday.

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US Marines return to volatile Afghan province

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The US Marines are back in Afghanistan's turbulent Helmand province for the first time since the NATO-led international coalition ended its combat operations three years ago. At least 300 Marines have been deployed to the southwestern province, the site of many battles during the Afghan war. They will train, advise and assist Afghan soldiers and police. "The Marines have landed," Task Force Southwest said on its Facebook page. They are replacing US Army advi... More>>

Montana's House Debate: Gianforte vs. Quist vs. Wicks (VIDEO & Facebook post-debate coverage) Video included

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MTN News presents "Montana's House Debate," your chance to see Greg Gianforte and Rob Quist make their case to represent Montana in Washington D.C.

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Trump leaves door open for military action against North Korea

President Donald Trump (CNN photo) President Donald Trump (CNN photo)
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President Donald Trump would not rule out the use of military force against North Korea in an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Saturday, just hours after Pyongyang launched a missile test in defiance of international pressure. 

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Willis Cruse Transitional Living Facility residents must find new homes

A homeless living facility for military veterans in Helena will officially close and the residents there will be forced to find a new place to go. A homeless living facility for military veterans in Helena will officially close and the residents there will be forced to find a new place to go.
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Hampson said they are back to square one and are focused on relocating the veterans.

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Victim identified in Evergreen murder

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Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says the victim of a recent murder in Evergreen is 34-year-old Anthony Andrew Walthers from the Kalispell area. 

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US service member killed near Mosul

US troops walk as a US Army C-47 Chinook helicopter flies over the village of Oreij, south of Mosul, on February 22, 2017. US troops walk as a US Army C-47 Chinook helicopter flies over the village of Oreij, south of Mosul, on February 22, 2017.
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A US service member died from wounds suffered in an explosive device blast on Saturday outside of Mosul, Iraq, according to a statement from the anti-ISIS coalition. ..

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Hawthorn coin war has a winner Video included

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Last week we told you about the coin war that Hawthorne school was conducting. Grades K through 5 donated loose change for the past several weeks to benefit the Bozeman 3.   

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Protest takes on Trump's climate policies -- and the heat -- in DC march

The nation's Capitol is the backdrop for Saturday's People's Climate March in Washington. (CNN photo) The nation's Capitol is the backdrop for Saturday's People's Climate March in Washington. (CNN photo)
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Protesters backing action on climate change are braving the sweltering heat Saturday to march through the nation's capital as part of the People's Climate March. 

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Ciara and Russell Wilson welcome baby girl

Russel Wilson and Ciara (CNN photo) Russel Wilson and Ciara (CNN photo)
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Ciara and Russell Wilson's baby girl is here. The singer and her Seattle Seahawks quarterback husband welcomed their new baby Friday, the couple announced on their social media accounts. 

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New look for Lewis and Clark county website

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Colorful graphics, backdrops of the state and some new features replace the old website.

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Bozeman- Chilly Today And Possible Thunderstorms Tomorrow Video included

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Mostly cloudy skies today with a slight chance of showers this afternoon and then clearing skies for a brief time tonight. A better chance of showers come tomorrow with a cold front. We will see off and on showers for most of the day, but the cold front will be moving through our area West of the Divide by day break Sunday.  East of the Divide will see a slight chance of a thunderstorm that could produce some hail or graupel Sunday afternoon. High elevation snow and val... More>>

EPA removes climate change information from website

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The EPA removed most climate change information from its website Friday, saying in a press release that language on the website is being updated to "reflect the approach of new leadership." 

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Glacier National Park becomes 1st International Dark Sky Park

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is now an International Dark Sky Park. Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is now an International Dark Sky Park.
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The diamonds in the tiara of the Crown of the Continent that took center stage as Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park on Friday.

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Press freedom declines in US and globally, report says

The Press Freedom wall at the Time Warner News Gallery at the Newseum in Washington, DC is shown in this undated photo. The Press Freedom wall at the Time Warner News Gallery at the Newseum in Washington, DC is shown in this undated photo.
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Press freedom in the United States and across the world is at its lowest point in 13 years, according to a new report by the independent watchdog group Freedom House. 

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Diabetes, weight can combine to alter brain, study says

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It's well-known that type 2 diabetes can cause medical complications in certain organs, including the brain.

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Pope Francis in Egypt: 'No to every form of violence'

Pope Francis arrives in Egypt on Friday for an official visit. Pope Francis arrives in Egypt on Friday for an official visit.
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Pope Francis, speaking at the heart of Sunni Islam scholarship, stressed the importance of unity between Muslims and Christians to shape world peace and emphasized the "incompatibility of violence and faith."

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President George H.W. Bush released from hospital

Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush arrive for the coin toss prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017, in Houston. Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush arrive for the coin toss prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017, in Houston.
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Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from a Houston hospital, his spokesman said Friday. The 41st president, at age 92, had been recovering from a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.

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Copy-Health officials warn of mercury in skin cream

La Tía Mána face cream contains high levels of mercury. Cosmetics that contain mercury can be dangerous to users and their families, especially pregnant women, nursing babies and children, says the FDA. (California Department of Public Health) La Tía Mána face cream contains high levels of mercury. Cosmetics that contain mercury can be dangerous to users and their families, especially pregnant women, nursing babies and children, says the FDA. (California Department of Public Health)
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California health officials are warning consumers not to use a face cream because it contains mercury, a chemical that can affect the nervous system and other organs. 

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Trump warns of conflict with North Korea as Tillerson pushes diplomacy at U.N.

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A nuclear-powered U.S. Navy strike group and Japanese destroyers are now operating within striking range of North Korea, a show of force meant to counter leader Kim Jong Un's continued missile tests. 

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Sentinel wrestler one of the most exhilarating MMA fighters

Conall Powers is one of Montana’s most intimidating mixed martial artists. (MTN News photo) Conall Powers is one of Montana’s most intimidating mixed martial artists. (MTN News photo)
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Conall Powers is a typical teenager, but is also one of Montana’s most intimidating mixed martial artists.

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More Storms To Hit Bozeman Beginning Sunday Video included

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Weak High pressure should settle the weather pattern down a little Saturday across SW Montana but this ridge pattern will be short lived. Beginning Sunday a series of weak storms will pass through Montana. A cold front will roll over SW Montana Sunday producing scattered valley rain and a little mountain snow and isolated afternoon thunderstorms. Next storm will move in from the West Monday afternoon and scattered showers are possible with increasing wind. A few thunderstorms could ...

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The two biggest ways the Trump family could benefit from his tax plan

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The one-page outline of President Trump's tax plan is sparse on details, but it does show he favors tax cuts that help business owners, greatly benefiting the wealthiest among them. 

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Disaster Simulation Exercise wraps up Cascade County CERT Training course

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The Cascade County Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, trained twenty-two citizens, many of them Malmstrom personnel, on how to react in the event of a disaster this week. 

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U.S., New York officials declare war on deadly MS-13 street gang

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Long Island, New York, on Friday vowing to "devastate" the street gang MS-13, which is blamed for a recent surge in murders. 

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Forever Stamp to commemorate total eclipse of the sun, debut in Wyoming

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One stamp...two images. The Postal Service will soon release a first-of-its-kind stamp that changes when you touch it.

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US House candidates debate live Saturday on the Montana Television Network

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The May 25th special election for the U.S. House seat for Montana is less than a month away.

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Two separate elections in one month cause confusion

Two elections in one month in Gallatin County (MTN News photo) Two elections in one month in Gallatin County (MTN News photo)
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May's two elections are causing some confusion among voters. Due to previously established laws and regulations, the two elections could not be on the same ballot. 

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Authorities investigating death on North Montana

Emergency crews, including the county coroner, were called to a home on the 6100 block of North Montana at around 2 p.m. on Friday. Emergency crews, including the county coroner, were called to a home on the 6100 block of North Montana at around 2 p.m. on Friday.
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Emergency crews, including the county coroner, were called to a home on the 6100 block of North Montana at around 2 p.m.

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Great Falls man charged with felony after attempting to smother child at the ER

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A Great Falls man is behind bars after attempting to smother his child in the ER Thursday morning.

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North Korea's missile test fails, US military says

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North Korea on Saturday launched a ballistic missile that blew up over land, a spokesman for the US Pacific Command said. The missile didn't leave North Korean territory, US Navy Cmdr. Dave Benham said. 

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Bobcat Fest takes over Main Street Video included

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The annual Bobcat Fest is in full swing downtown  .The rain isn't stopping people from heading down and enjoying the 9th annual event on Main Street.

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Groups gather to discuss the Yellowstone River after fish kill Video included

Checking the Yellowstone River (MTN News photo) Checking the Yellowstone River (MTN News photo)
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Last summer thousands of fish turned up dead in the Yellowstone River. All of them were victims of a parasite.  

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Orediggers build robot to mine on Mars Video included

Mining on Mars with this Montana Tech robot (MTN News photo) Mining on Mars with this Montana Tech robot (MTN News photo)
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These Montana Tech students hope this robot will do well at a NASA-sponsored competition in May that pits other universities against each other to see who can make the best robot for mining on Mars. 

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42 year old man killed in head-on crash near Lolo

The scene of a head-on crash on Highway 93 north of Lolo on April 28, 2017. (Jack Ginsburg/MTN News photo) The scene of a head-on crash on Highway 93 north of Lolo on April 28, 2017. (Jack Ginsburg/MTN News photo)
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The accident was reported just after 9 a.m. on U.S. Highway 93 South near the intersection with Valley Grove Drive in the Lolo Flats.

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North Korea fires ballistic missile, US official says

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North Korea on Saturday launched a missile that landed in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, a US official said. 

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Infrastructure bonding bill fails again; Legislature adjourns Video included

House Speaker Austin Knudsen adjourns the session House Speaker Austin Knudsen adjourns the session
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Montana’s 2017 Legislature came to a bitterly familiar close Friday morning, as lawmakers adjourned the session after failing to pass a bonding bill to fund scores of infrastructure projects across the state. 

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Stevensville man sentenced to 100 years for child sex abuse

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Gary Gene Dowdle admitted guilt to three charges, including sexual assault and sexual abuse of children. 

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Trump says he thought being president "would be easier"

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President Trump says he thought that his job in the White House "would be easier" than he anticipated. "I loved my previous life.

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Montana woman resentenced for murdering her parents

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A Townsend woman convicted of murdering her parents in 1995 has been resentenced after being kicked out of two group homes in Billings. 

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A Little More Snow For Bozeman Through Tonight Video included

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A cool northerly flow aloft is producing scattered hit and miss snow showers across SW Montana and Bozeman Pass on I-90 is picking up some minor snow accumulations with low visibility at 1:30 pm and slushy snow covered roads. Allow extra travel time tonight. Snow will be ending overnight, however, temperatures will fall well below freezing and wet roads could be icy early Saturday morning over area mountain passes. Watch this short on demand video forecast for a look at the forecast ... More>>

Exxon profits surge 122%, ending two-year slump

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After more than two years, ExxonMobil's bottom line has finally stopped shrinking. 

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Friendly fire may have killed Army Rangers during ISIS raid in Afghanistan

Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, were killed in action in Afghanistan on April 27, 2017 DEFENSE DEPARTMENT Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, were killed in action in Afghanistan on April 27, 2017 DEFENSE DEPARTMENT
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The Defense Department on Friday released the names of two Army Rangers who died during a raid on a compound in Afghanistan on Thursday. Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, were killed by small arms fire 

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Trial for man charged with animal abuse will stay in Gallatin County Video included

No change of venue for animal cruelty case (MTN News photo) No change of venue for animal cruelty case (MTN News photo)
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Dayle Kountz filed a motion for change of venue, arguing the local population has been tainted by media coverage. 

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2 arrested, victim identified in Evergreen murder

The incident happened Wednesday evening on the Old Steel Bridge over the Flathead River. (MTN News photo) The incident happened Wednesday evening on the Old Steel Bridge over the Flathead River. (MTN News photo)
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The investigation into Wednesday night's murder in Evergreen continues and now two people are behind bars. 

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Lessons in learning: As Bozeman looks to expand high school, Kalispell offers experience Video included

Bozeman High School (MTN News photo) Bozeman High School (MTN News photo)
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Bozeman is the last large city in Montana with only one High School.  The School District is hoping voters will pass a $125 Million bond to build a second High School.

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Plant a tree: Cashman brothers give planting advice for Arbor Day

Dan and Jerry Cashman join Chet on today's Montana This Morning to talk about the importance and tradition of Arbor Day.

You can celebrate Arbor Day planting with Jerry Cashman from Cashman Nursery by planting trees at a Bozeman school.  Meet at Chief Joseph Middle School (4255 Kimberwicke St), bring a shovel if you have one - rain or shine, 1 pm today.

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Amid nuclear threat, what are the U.S. military options against North Korea?

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What are U.S. military options against North Korea? As President Trump raises the real possibility of "major conflict" with North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs, the U.S. is putting on a show of force intended to convince the regime that it doesn't stand a chance against the American military. 

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

Top stories from today's Montana This Morning, Friday, April 28, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world.

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Snow slows travel on I-90 near Lodge Grass

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One eastbound lane of Interstate 90 at approximately mile marker 551.9 was blocked early Friday, according to the Montana Department of Transportation. 

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Web-based radio a new outlet for musician’s passion

Jimmy Kujala says a few words on his Music Ranch radio station outside of Red Lodge. (Credit: Ed Kemmick/Last Best News) Jimmy Kujala says a few words on his Music Ranch radio station outside of Red Lodge. (Credit: Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)
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There was never much question that Jimmy Kujala’s life would revolve around music.

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Zero Suicide: Addressing the myths about suicide

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A number of common myths surround suicide.  We want to address those myths and share the facts to break down stigma. 

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Wilderness Walks program gearing up for summer hikes

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The Montana Wilderness Association is encouraging everyone to get outside with their summer Wilderness Walks program.

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Friday Morning Forecast - Cool Again With Area Showers Video included

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A few light snow showers are possible again for your Friday with a rain/snow mix possible for the middle or late afternoon.  Highs will stay chilly with temperatures topping out in the low 40s for most of the region. Scattered showers will linger through the late afternoon before our skies slowly clear for the evening.  

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Crash-related deaths are down in Montana this year

So far this year, there have been 36 traffic-related deaths compared to 52 at the same time last year. So far this year, there have been 36 traffic-related deaths compared to 52 at the same time last year.
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So far this year, there have been 36 traffic-related deaths compared to 52 at the same time last year.

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Whip count: House GOP leaders struggling to secure votes for revised health care bill

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House Republicans are unlikely to hold a vote this week over a revised version of their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare as they try to convince enough moderates members to support it. 

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KBZK STORMTracker Weather Launches New Weather App

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BOZEMAN - Your KBZK STORMTracker Weather team of meteorologist's has been working hard on upgrading our digital weather coverage online and we are now launching a new weather app. This new weather app is iOS and Android compatible.  Our slogan "Montana's Weather Leader" is a statement we have followed for over 30 years with a dominate presence with weather coverage on TV with Chief Meteorologist Mike Heard and now we lead the way with enhanced online we...

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"It's time for him to support us": Coal miners look to Trump to fulfill promises

U.S. investigators are looking into whether Trump campaign representatives had a role in helping Russian intelligence as it carried out cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political targets in March 2016. (CBS News photo) U.S. investigators are looking into whether Trump campaign representatives had a role in helping Russian intelligence as it carried out cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political targets in March 2016. (CBS News photo)
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They're worried about a lot of things in the coal mines of western Pennsylvania. But how President Trump is doing at 100 days just isn't one of them. "I give him just a flat A": Students grade Trump's first 100 days Brian Thompson has spent 20 years in the mines. Tim Hroblak spent 39 years before retiring five years ago. "Rome wasn't built in a day you know," Hroblak said. "It's a process, you have to see how things go." "Every... More>>

3 more students in custody for threats against Browning school

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Five juveniles are now in custody following online threats to students at Napi Elementary School in Browning.

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New city yard location decided in Butte

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Butte has finally chosen the relocation site of its maintenance shop. The Council of Commissioners voted 8 to 2 Wednesday to move the shop to an 18-acre lot off of Beef Trail Road owned by Hollow Contracting.  The county needs to relocate its maintenance shop from Civic Center Road to make room for the removal on mine waste buried in that area. More>>

Trump turns to once-mocked executive orders to tout wins

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President Donald Trump, hoping to stack his first 100 days with as many achievements as possible, has relied heavily on the use of executive orders, actions he decried as a 2016 candidate. 

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Special Election Candidate's hunting and fishing licenses come into the spotlight Video included

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Public land issues are center stage for the Special Congressional  Election, with both candidates pushing themselves as avid sportsmen. Appealing to the Montana way of life, that is what both Rob Quist and Greg Gianforte have been portraying in the ads.

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The county attorney's office released new details on the two MSU football players facing drug-related felonies Video included

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Naijiel Hale, the son of rapper Nate Dogg, is now facing an additional felony charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. 

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Butte baseball stadium set to be named Video included

New name for the stadium (MTN News photo) New name for the stadium (MTN News photo)
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Butte plans to name its new American Legion baseball stadium after three people who dedicated their lives to the program. 

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Exclusive: Federal probe of Fox News expands

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The U.S. Justice Department's investigation of Fox News has widened to include a second law enforcement agency. Financial crimes experts from the United States Postal Inspection Service are now involved, according to four sources connected to the investigation. 

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Toyota recalls 228,000 Tacoma trucks

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Toyota is recalling 228,000 Tacoma vehicles over an issue that could cause drivers to lose control of their cars. 

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Dems threaten to oppose short-term spending bill if health care vote happens this week

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House Democrats are threatening to oppose a short-term spending bill if their Republican counterparts decide to hold a floor vote this week on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Long winter didn't impact Western Montana deer, elk populations

While some places in the Northwest saw a higher mortality rate for deer and elk, that wasn't the case in Western Montana. (MTN News photo) While some places in the Northwest saw a higher mortality rate for deer and elk, that wasn't the case in Western Montana. (MTN News photo)
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While some places in the Northwest saw a higher mortality rate for deer and elk over the winter, that wasn't the case in Western Montana.

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Butte City Theater welcomes a new troupe Video included

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A new theater troupe will take the stage Thursday with a one-act performance in Butte. 

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David Dao, United Airlines agree on settlement over dragging incident

In a video posted online, United Airlines passenger David Dao is shown with a bloody face after he was forced off an overbooked flight on Sun., April 9, 2017, by officers at Chicago O'Hare airport. In a video posted online, United Airlines passenger David Dao is shown with a bloody face after he was forced off an overbooked flight on Sun., April 9, 2017, by officers at Chicago O'Hare airport.
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Dr. David Dao, the Kentucky physician who was dragged off a plane at O'Hare International Airport earlier this month, has reached a confidential settlement with United Airlines, CBS Chicago reports

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Montana VA addresses sexual trauma in the military

Montana's Veterans Affairs office hosted an event Wednesday to bring light to a problem that often hides in the shadows. Montana's Veterans Affairs office hosted an event Wednesday to bring light to a problem that often hides in the shadows.
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Major General Matthew Quinn, Montana's Adjutant General, said prevention must come from the front lines. 

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