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Bozeman man accused of strangling, raping woman - bail set at $1M

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BOZEMAN - A Bozeman man is behind bars after being accused of raping a woman while repeatedly strangling her. Kenneth Wayne Johnson, 40, is charged with rape, strangulation, and tampering with a witness. His bail has been set at $1 million. 

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Sheriff: Missing Butte police officer killed self

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BUTTE - The body of the missing retired Butte Police Officer was located early Monday. Tim Tracy, 52, was found in the area of Homestake Lake, east of Butte.

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Campground assault lands man behind bars

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BOZEMAN - A man accused of assaulting a woman at a campground outside of Bozeman appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court Monday morning. 

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Small fire snuffed out at Belgrade High School

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BELGRADE - A construction trailer caught fire Monday morning at the Belgrade High School with minimal damage.   Construction employees working on a remodel of the high school noticed the fire coming from a small vent fan located near the corner of the trailer.  

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Where they stand: City Commission candidate responses from public forum

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One question asked what the candidates' idea of a good working relationship between the city and county commission would be.

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Federal appeals court panel reinstates Montana’s campaign contribution limits

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HELENA - In a 2-1 vote, a federal appeals court panel has reinstated Montana’s limits on direct contributions to political campaigns, reversing a district judge’s ruling.

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Conservation efforts help trumpeter swans in southwest Montana

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Trumpeter swans have been released in the Madison Valley for the sixth straight year. 

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Republican senators introduce bill to help prevent severity of wildfires

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A group of Republican senators are out with a draft bill that hopes to simplify forest management, while helping prevent and mitigate wildfires.

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Lone Colorado shooting survivor identified as university student

Megan Dierker, left, survived a shooting near Colorado State University. Her friend, Savannah McNealy, was killed in the attack. courtesy of CBS. Megan Dierker, left, survived a shooting near Colorado State University. Her friend, Savannah McNealy, was killed in the attack. courtesy of CBS.
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – The lone survivor of Thursday’s fatal shooting near Colorado State University has been identified as Megan Dierker.

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Unique run in Bozeman includes eating 12 donuts

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They're calling it the truest test of physical and gastrointestinal greatness. 

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Prosecutors: Billings woman had children in backseat when she ran over boyfriend

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BILLINGS -- A Billings woman had her four young children in the vehicle when she ran over their father, who was trying to get away on a bike, according to charging documents filed Monday.

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Evacuations lifted after 2 homes burn near Roundup

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A fire burning south of Roundup is responsible for the loss of two homes in the Bull Mountain area. 

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Hunters feeling effects of historic Montana wildfire season

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Many hunters are now finding themselves without their traditional hunting grounds with rifle season for deer and elk now underway

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Trial begins for former Montana doctor charged with negligent homicide

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Opening arguments begin Monday morning in the trial of former Florence doctor facing 22 felony drug charges, including the death of two patients who overdosed.

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Bowe Bergdahl says Taliban treated him better than U.S. Army

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl spent five years as a prisoner of the Taliban. 

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Ready For More Wind? It's Coming Soon To Montana

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A parade of storms are forming from Hawaii to Alaska so there will be more wind and a chance for a little rain or snow coming over the next 10 days. The first storm to arrive will be this Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. This storm will drop down into Montana from Canada and bring a sharp drop in temperatures by Thursday and could bring a quick shot of rain or snow with the front into Thursday morning. Ahead of this storm Monday and Tuesday High pressure will keep us ... More>>

Utah couple charged with murder of 13-day-old baby

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A Utah mother and her boyfriend are charged with murder and child abuse in the death of a 13-day-old baby. 

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Justin Timberlake says he's performing at Super Bowl LII halftime show in 2018

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For the third time in his career, Justin Timberlake is headed to the Super Bowl.

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For now, "perfection" is in the air on Wall Street

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As US equities continue their vertical ascent, posting a sixth straight weekly gain last week, Wall Street sentiment remains at a high fever. 

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Manhattan Christian School's Harvest Festival set for Oct. 28

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The annual Harvest Festival presented by Manhattan Christian School is set for Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event has been drawing people together in support of Manhattan Christian Schools since 1962.

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Montana AG: American wool in high demand

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American wool is in high demand by the U.S. textile industry, especially those with military contracts.

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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, Oct. 23, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

Billings police investigate shooting, 1 injured

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Billings police said a man was shot in the back early Monday.

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Program helping Lake County jail overcrowding

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The great need for more jail capacity has the Lake County Sheriff's Office coming up with creative ways to meet the need. 

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On the trail: Caribou hunting in Alaska

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At more than 200,000 animals, the Western Arctic is the largest Caribou herd in the United States.

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Act Normal Theatre's Zombie Walk raises money for library foundation

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The Theatre chooses a different charity each year and the proceeds this year are going to the Great Falls Public Library Foundation.

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General big game hunting underway in Montana

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Open rifle season also marks the beginning of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks survey program.

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Drivers detour off I-90 due to intense winds in Livingston

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In Livingston, high-profile vehicles were strongly urged to get off the interstate due to high winds.

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Winds across Montana causing power outages

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The largest outage in the area is affecting 147 customers near Canyon Ferry Lake by Helena. 

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Texas police find body of small child, believe it may be missing girl

Police in Richardson, Texas, found the body of a small child Sunday morning. / CBS DALLAS FORT WORTH/KEN MOLESTINA Police in Richardson, Texas, found the body of a small child Sunday morning. / CBS DALLAS FORT WORTH/KEN MOLESTINA
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Police in Richardson, Texas, found the body of a small child Sunday morning, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports.

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Helena's Lewis and Clark Library celebrates '1,000 Books Before Kindergarten'

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According to the library, the goal is to instill a love of reading in small children who haven't entered elementary school yet.

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The heart of "The Cloud" is in Virginia

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You use the Cloud without knowing it.

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New bear and bison sculptures welcome travelers at Great Falls airport

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Most of the material is rebar as Klemperer likes to work with the rebar's curves, shapes, and textures to form different lines.

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Neighborhood bears causing problems In Colorado

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Those living in an Aspen neighborhood have two new furry neighbors.

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GOP senator on Niger ambush: Need to get "full, accurate story"

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"At this point we have conflicting stories," Sen. James Lankford said on "Face the Nation"

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Suspect at large after stabbing in Billings

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One of the two victims sustained serious injuries and was taken to a hospital

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REAL ID compliance extension will help Montana travelers

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Montanans with travel plans this holiday season will be able to board flights with their Montana drivers license.

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Jimmy Carter: I'd go to work with Trump

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President Donald Trump may have found an unlikely ally in the presidents' club.

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Salute the Badge: Missoula firefighters flip pancakes instead of fire hoses

There’s nothing like a stack of pancakes for comfort food on a chilly Montana morning. (MTN News photo) There’s nothing like a stack of pancakes for comfort food on a chilly Montana morning. (MTN News photo)
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There’s nothing like a stack of pancakes for comfort food on a chilly Montana morning. 

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Waterfowl return to the 'Honker Hilton' in Great Falls winter roundup

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The department held the roundup during the fall break so students could watch.

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Cancer survivors moved by Tough Enough to Wear Pink

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Nearly 250,000 people will learn they have breast cancer this year. That's why thousands turned out in pink for the NILE Rodeo in Billings on Friday night.

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Obituary: Albert Skaar

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Albert Skaar, age 97, of Billings, MT, died on October 14, 2017. Albert was born on his parent’s homestead on March 2, 1920, in Wibaux County, Montana, the son of Edward and Anna Hagna Skaar. 

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Possible serial killer "terrorizing" Florida neighborhood

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A serial killer might be on the loose in Tampa, Florida. Police are warning people not to walk alone at night in the Seminole Heights neighborhood after a third person in 10 days was shot to death on Thursday night.

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Kenyon Noble pumpkin carving contest brings out children of all ages

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It was pumpkins galore at Kenyon Noble's Annual Junior Pumpkin Carving Contest.

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Former presidents raise $31 million for hurricane relief fund

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The fundraising figure comes ahead of a Saturday night concert One America Appeal is hosting at Texas A&M to raise money for hurricane victims.

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Section of Going to the Sun Road reopens

The historic Going-to-the-Sun Road has reopened to Avalanche from the west entrance of Glacier National Park. (MTN News photo) The historic Going-to-the-Sun Road has reopened to Avalanche from the west entrance of Glacier National Park. (MTN News photo)
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The historic Going-to-the-Sun Road has reopened to Avalanche from the west entrance of Glacier National Park.

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Great Falls ranks last in Montana for LGBTQ+ municipal policies

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On a scale of zero to 100, Great Falls scored 12 points whereas Missoula scored 100.

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How one police department is tackling cop bias

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Dealing with communities sensitive to bias is a consequence of many highly-charged confrontations that have landed officers in court.

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Man arrested in Glendive on suspicion of murdering his father

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A 44-year-old man was arrested Friday on suspicion of the Oct. 16 murder of his father in Glendive, Dawson County Deputy Attorney Bret Irigoin announced.

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Butte PD attempting to locate missing person Timothy Tracy

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Retired Butte police officer Timothy Tracy, 52, was last seen approximately 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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Trump plans to release classified JFK documents

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President Donald J. Trump said Saturday he intends to allow the release of classified government documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Man who killed three in Belfry shooting sentenced to 300 years in prison

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The man convicted of killing his wife and her two relatives at their Belfry home in 2016 was sentenced Friday to prison. 

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Montana collects $380K in new tax on medical marijuana providers

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Montana state leaders say they have already collected about $380,000 in the first three months of a new tax on medical marijuana providers.

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Merman proposes to mermaid at the Sip 'n Dip Lounge in Great Falls

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The Sip 'n Dip Lounge is well-known for Piano Pat at the keyboard, fish-bowl drinks, and of course the mermaids.

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Hunters prepare for general opening day on Saturday

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The holidays come early for hunters in October as the general big game season opens Saturday.

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Las Vegas massacre: Families, investigators still asking why

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Athena Castilla struggles to concentrate, the words slipping from her sentences as she tries to describe her sister, Andrea. "She was just so silly all the time, happy, constantly taking videos and pictures and recording her life," says Athena.

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Colorado student murdered after night out celebrating birthday

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FORT COLLINS, COLO. – The Larimer County Coroner’s Office identified the three people killed in Thursday morning’s shooting near Colorado State University.

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Burned out Sperry Chalet braced for winter

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The Sprague fire badly damaged the historic Sperry Chalet in Glacier Park historic building in late August. 

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Heart of the Valley to celebrate 10th anniversary with open house

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Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter is celebrating their 10th anniversary on Saturday.

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Bozeman man allegedly reaches for officer's weapon, faces felony charges

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Twenty-year-old Daniel Layeux appeared in Justice Court on felony charges of Assault on a Peace Officer.

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Man accused of killing twin brother in eastern Montana found dead

Eric Carlson has been found dead of an apparent suicide (Newell Broadcasting Corp.) Eric Carlson has been found dead of an apparent suicide (Newell Broadcasting Corp.)
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Authorities in eastern Montana said Friday that the man accused of killing his twin brother on Thursday has been found dead of an apparent suicide.

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After 40 days, Washington shelter director finds lost cat in Butte

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It took more than a month for Laura Carlson to find one of her shelter cats that got lost in Butte.

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Daines and Tester split on key tax-cut vote

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Montana’s two U.S. senators split on a key tax-cut vote Thursday night – although both said they favor some form of overhauling the nation’s federal tax system. 

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Montana unemployment rate holds steady

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Montana’s unemployment rate has once again held steady, remaining at 3.9 percent in September.

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Community members question City Commission candidates at public forum

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More than 100 members of the Bozeman community had the chance to meet with candidates for city commission and mayor in the Bozeman City Commission Candidate Forum.

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FBI offers reward for alleged Montana heroin trafficker

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Mehl's last known residence was in Helena.

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Story Mill Community Park honored with Award of Excellence

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The Idaho/Montana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects has honored Story Mill Community Park with the 2017 President’s Award of Excellence.

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A Gold Star widow says Trump understood her loss

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Two days after the arrival of her husband's body, Trump called as she sat with an Army casualty officer.

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Montana workers are dangling from helicopters to fix Puerto Rico's power lines

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Montana may be 3,000 miles from Puerto Rico and far from tropical, but the CEO of Whitefish Energy says his workers and contractors have the skills needed to get the island back on line.

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Viewer photos: grizzly bears near Choteau

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The person said the late-night visitors were feasting on apples.

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Police: Missing Billings boy located

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Police said the missing 10-year-old boy has been found and is safe.

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Montana cyclist on Lance Armstrong: 'The truth is the truth, and it wasn't pretty behind the scenes'

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Watch the full, raw interview with Tyler Hamilton, who was in Billings Thursday to speak with a group at Montana State University-Billings.

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Events planned to support Breast Cancer Awareness

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Warriors & Wine: an event to support breast cancer awareness is set for Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at 3 p.m. 

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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, Oct. 20, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

Sliding NFL ratings could deliver hit to TV networks

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The NFL's declining TV ratings, blamed by some on the national anthem controversy, could soon take a financial toll on the broadcasters that have spent tens of billions dollars for the right to air pro football, investment analysts say. 

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Billings boy reported missing

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The Billings Police Department is asking the public for help locating a missing boy. 

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Senate approves budget kick-starting GOP tax reform effort

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The 51 to 49 vote was split mostly on party lines. Only GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky voted no.

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Steve Bannon endorses Rosendale for Montana U.S. Senate race

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Steve Bannon is creating a list of candidates he will support in the 2018 Congressional elections.  In Montana, his choice is Matt Rosendale. 

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Next steps for Black Olive following City Commission approval

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After so much controversy around the plan, what is next for Black Olive?

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Montana Educator Conference comes to Missoula

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More than 2,000 Montana teachers and paraprofessionals are spending two days fine tuning their skills.

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What we know about the deadly ambush in Niger

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The American soldiers killed in Niger were helping that country's military combat Islamic militants.

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M4.2 earthquake shakes near Lincoln

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The small quake was centered about 4.5 miles east-southeast of Lincoln.

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Zero Suicide Initiative: Military Veterans in Montana

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If you are in crisis and want help, call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 1-800-273-TALK

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Dem U.S. House candidate Kier pitches himself as a "problem-solver"

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Democratic U.S. House candidate Grant Kier calls himself a “pragmatic problem-solver” – and says that’s what Montanans want, and aren’t getting, from their current congressman. 

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Gen. John Kelly "stunned" by congresswoman who detailed Trump's phone call to widow

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White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room Thursday afternoon to address the controversy stirred by President Trump about the contacts of presidents with the families of deceased soldiers.

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Wardens seek information in Townsend area poached elk case

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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens are asking the public to help identify the person or persons responsible for the illegal killing of at least one elk on private property just east of Canyon Ferry recently.

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Man sleeping in dumpster gets dropped into Helena city truck

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Officers arrested the man on two outstanding warrants, one from District Court and one from Municipal Court.

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Billings woman sentenced for dismembering her boyfriend

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Hewitt's head, which had been removed from his body, has still not been found.

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Montana girl donates birthday money to Angel Fund

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An 8-year-old gave back to the foundation that helped her and her family recover after a medical operation in 2015.

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New Yellowstone Youth Campus plan approved

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Yellowstone National Park plans to construct a new youth campus at Mammoth Hot Springs which will replace and improve the park’s existing education facilities and better serve today’s needs.

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Wildfire burns 60+ acres near Hardy Creek

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Responding firefighting agencies include Dearborn, Wolf Creek, Ulm, Cascade, and MT Air National Guard.

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Body of Illinois man recovered after fall at Mystic Lake

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An Illinois man is dead after a fall above Mystic Lake, according to the Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. 

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This Week in Fish, Wildlife & Parks: Chronic Wasting Disease threatens state

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Emily Almberg, a Fish, Wildlife & Parks Biologist, joins Chet to talk about the threat of Chronic Waste Disease of the deer family, which has caused population declines in some of the neighboring states.  More>>

Alaska's thawing permafrost puts huge portions of state's foundation at risk

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A new report just issued by NOAA says September's Arctic sea ice coverage was about 25 percent less than it was between 1981 and 2010. 

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Mid-size cars show improvement in passenger side crashes

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is out with its latest round of crash tests. 

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Stagecoach Trail Road temporarily closed next week

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The Gallatin County Road and Bridge Department say Stagecoach Trail Road will be closed between Heeb Road and Curtiss Lane on Tuesday, October 24th and Wednesday, October 25th for bridge work.  

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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, Oct. 19, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

Study sees troubling trend of self-harm in teen girls

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New research from the U.K. finds a sharp increase in the number of adolescent girls reporting self-harm in recent years. 

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U.S. military loves American wool

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Wool is one of the world's most diverse natural fibers. It's this diversity that has made the U.S. military the American wool industry's number one customer. 

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Billings trucking company selected to transport Capitol tree from Montana to D.C.

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Christmas came early for one Billings trucking company that learned it has the honors of transporting the Capitol tree to Washington D.C. 

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Commissioners vote yes on Black Olive proposal

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After many meetings and special sessions, commissioners voted to approve the Black Olive apartments.

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West Paw expands international distribution to include China

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Bozeman pet toy manufacturer West Paw is making huge strides with exporting internationally.

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Missoula double-murder suspects accused of violence, threats while in custody

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Both are now accused of threats and violence toward other inmates and detention center staff, according to court documents.

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Young hunters getting a head start on big game season

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Kids between the age of 12-15 will be allowed to hunt for deer for two days on Oct. 19 and 20.

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Montana receives Real ID compliance extension

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Montana residents can still use their current ID for domestic travel for at least one more year.

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Man threatens Butte police, arrested after tense standoff

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A tense standoff Tuesday evening at a residence in Uptown Butte ended with the arrest of 29-year-old James Wasson.

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Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council refutes president's fraud allegations

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The Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council issued a response Wednesday to allegations of fraud in tribal government made by the tribe’s president, who the council is seeking to remove.

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