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A star is born: Belgrade company crafts US Capitol Tree topper

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This year's U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was grown right here in Montana. It only makes sense that the tree's topper was made in its home state as well.

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Suicide prevention and awareness event held at Capitol

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The event allowed people to share stories, heal, and find hope to move on.

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Bobcats fans revel in Brawl of the Wild victory

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It was a great day to be a Bobcat as Montana State defeated the Griz 31-23.

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Belgrade could benefit from special session liquor license change

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The Special Legislative Session has brought forward a bill that would help Belgrade get their own liquor licenses instead of sharing with Bozeman. 

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Big Sky Resort named one of top 3 ski resorts in US

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Big Sky Resort is ranked Number 2 among the best ski resorts in the U.S. according to a new ranking.

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Man arrested, dog shot, in Columbia Falls

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When police used a Taser to subdue a man who ran from officers, his Pitbull tried to attack one of the officers. 

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Charlie Rose suspended by CBS after 8 women accuse him of sexual harassment

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Charlie Rose was suspended by CBS on Monday after eight women accused him of sexual harassment, with allegations including groping, unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate phone calls.

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President Trump designates North Korea as state sponsor of terrorism

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During a Cabinet meeting Monday morning at the White House, President Trump announced the designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, effective immediately.

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Under the Big Sky | Fort Peck Theater | Part 3

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Fort Peck Theater has been staging musicals for nearly fifty seasons. One of those musical classics, Grease, presents certain challenges to young cast members.

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State work-comp fund sues to block $30M transfer approved last week by special session

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The state workers’ compensation fund has sued to invalidate a $30 million charge on its investment assets, approved last week by the Legislature to help balance the state budget. 

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Justice Department set to sue to block AT&T-Time Warner deal

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The Justice Department is set to file a lawsuit to block AT&T's takeover of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN, a source familiar with the matter says. AT&T says it is preparing a response.

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Stitt out as Montana Grizzlies coach

Bob Stitt's contract as University of Montana football coach will not be renewed. MTN Sports. Bob Stitt's contract as University of Montana football coach will not be renewed. MTN Sports.
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MISSOULA – According to a Monday afternoon report from Skyline Sports, Montana football coach Bob Stitt will not return to the Grizzlies. 

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Winds topple school trailer in Heart Butte

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Classes were canceled on Monday due to the incident.

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Border Patrol agent killed in southwest Texas

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A Border Patrol agent died Sunday morning from injuries he suffered while on patrol in southwest Texas, the US Customs and Border Protection said. 

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Montana food for the Holidays: from farm to table

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With another Thanksgiving and Holiday Season upon us, this year let delicious food produced by Montana farmers and ranchers be part of your holiday menu. 

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$27.6M awarded to build affordable homes, create jobs in MT communities

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HELENA – Butte and Livingston received part of multi-million dollar allocation to build affordable homes and create jobs. On Monday, the Montana Board of Housing (MBOH) allocated more than $27.6 million in federal Housing Credits that will help finance new construction and rehabilitation of rental housing that is affordable for families and individuals across Montana. 

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Active Weather Pattern Continues Into Tuesday For Bozeman

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Our weather pattern continues to be active through Wednesday especially west of the divide and into the pacific NW. If you are planning to travel over mountain passes heading west please see the latest Holiday Travel Forecast CLICK HERE Butte and SW Montana will continue to see off and on showers and gusty surface winds as a cold front passes through tonight and a warmer SW flow builds into the region beginning Tuesday.  Temperatures are expected to jump up into the 50s and... More>>

Missoula musician among finalists for American Idol

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The 18-year old is now competing against two other singers and is relying on the country's vote to push her through to the next round.

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Student of the Week: Wren Roe

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The Student of the Week airs on during the Tuesday 10:00 News on the Montana Television Network and in brought to you by Town Pump. Wren Roe is a senior standout at Belgrade High School.

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Student of the Week: Noah McGee

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The Student of the Week airs on during the Tuesday 10:00 News on the Montana Television Network and in brought to you by Town Pump. Noah McGee is a senior athlete at Butte Central High School where he excels in hockey, football, track and tennis. 

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Butte teen charged after reportedly shooting Butte trophy deer

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Charges were filed last week against Tanner Maloney, 19, of Butte in a case involving the illegal killing of a large mule deer buck known to spend most of its time on the outskirts of the Berkeley Pit. 

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Billings police identify decapitated body, $1,000 reward offered

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The Billings man was found wrapped in a carpet just after 5 p.m. on November 15th in an area that appeared to be a transient camp.

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Ex-Florence doctor found guilty of 22 felony charges

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A Ravalli County jury found former Florence doctor Chris Christensen guilty of 22 felony charges Monday morning.

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Nebraska approves path for controversial Keystone XL pipeline

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Nebraska officials voted Monday to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to cross the state, a key step toward the completion of the Keystone Pipeline network. 

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Another woman says Al Franken touched her inappropriately

Lindsay Menz, 33, said she wanted to share an "uncomfortable" interaction that left her feeling "gross." Lindsay Menz, 33, said she wanted to share an "uncomfortable" interaction that left her feeling "gross."
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A woman says Sen. Al Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010, telling CNN that he grabbed her buttocks while taking a photo at the Minnesota State Fair.

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Denver girl taking medical marijuana for seizures suing Jeff Sessions and DEA

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A 12-year-old girl is spearheading a campaign to legalize medical marijuana across the whole country.

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

Charles Manson, leader of murderous '60s cult, dead at 83

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Charles Manson, the wild-eyed 1960s cult leader whose followers committed heinous murders that terrorized Los Angeles and shocked the nation, died Sunday of natural causes, according to the California Department of Corrections. He was 83. 

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Key vote on controversial pipeline looms days after leak

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Just a few days after a massive oil leak in the Keystone pipeline, a key vote is scheduled Monday for the controversial Keystone XL expansion plan. 

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President Trump: NFL should suspend Oakland Raiders' Marshawn Lynch over anthem protest

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President Trump on Monday said that the NFL should suspend one of its players for the rest of the season if decides to sit down during the national anthem again. 

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Former chemistry teacher creates Medicine Springs, a hot spring remedy

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And although Medicine Springs products are not cures, the prices say the products are remedies with effects lasting up to five or more days.

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Christmas trees provide chance to help community

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The Knights of Columbus Christmas tree lot is about much more than selling trees. It's also about community service. 

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Holiday Travel Forecast

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Here is a look at Holiday Travel impacts on the National level, regional level and statewide level Monday through Thursday from Chief Meteorologist Mike Heard. National Holiday Travel Forecast Regional Holiday Travel Forecast video through Thursday Statewide Holiday Travel Forecast through Thursday More>>

Billings Symphony Chorale concert celebrates Reformation

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The Billings Symphony Chorale performed it biggest concert at St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral and this year's program celebrates the 500th anniversary of the reformation.

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Former mayor, expert witness in Christensen trial under investigation in California

Dr. Forest Tennant testifying in Ravalli Co District Court on Monday. (MTN News photo) Dr. Forest Tennant testifying in Ravalli Co District Court on Monday. (MTN News photo)
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A physician who testified in the trial of a Florence doctor accused of over-prescribing drugs is now under investigation himself.

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Country music star Mel Tillis dies

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Tillis died at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida, after battling intestinal issues since 2016.

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Next Storm Rolls In Monday For Bozeman

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Strong winds are likely as the next storm drops through Montana tonight into Monday. The main concern is strong surface winds especially in high wind prone areas like Livingston and along the Rocky Mountain front where HIGH WIND WARNINGS are up through Monday afternoon with peak wind gusts 60 to 80 mph. Other areas of concern for strong surface winds will be Whitehall, Three Forks, Ennis and Norris Hill and up to Townsend to White Sulphur Springs. Bozeman the surface winds will... More>>

Pumpkin Spice invades the world

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Nowadays everything, it seems, is flavored like pumpkin pie, from lattes and martinis to pet shampoo.

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Missoula students help Humane Society of Western Montana

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Fifth-grade students at Chief Charlo donated their hand-crafted blankets and toys to the animals at the Humane Society of Western Montana.

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Ranchers help disentangle two rutting bucks near Broadus

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As whitetail bucks begin searching for mates, fights often break out.

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Black Friday: Your ultimate holiday shopping guide

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America's top retailers are gearing up for the biggest shopping weekend of the year. 

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Jack Ruby told FBI informant to "watch the fireworks" day JFK died

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Jack Ruby, the man who eventually shot Lee Harvey Oswald, told an FBI informant to "watch the fireworks" on the day President John F. Kennedy was killed.

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Tester and Bullock ask Congress to renew CHIP program

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Tester and Bullock held a news conference at the Montana State Capitol on Friday along with families who benefit from CHIP funding.

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AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young dies at 64

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Young, along with his brother Angus, founded the legendary rock band in 1975 in Australia.

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U.S. Optics opens its doors to the public in Kalispell

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U.S. Optics, a company that makes scopes for the military and law enforcement, has recently located from southern California to Kalispell. 

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Roy Moore infected with "false religious virus": Evangelicals reject Moore at Alabama gathering

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With Alabama's special election just over three weeks away, religious leaders rallied on Saturday against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.

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Montana State defeats Montana 31 - 23

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The Cats win the 117th Brawl of the Wild

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One dead in Billings officer-involved shooting

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At 12:13 a.m. five officers, two using patrol rifles and three using handguns, fired at the vehicle, striking the suspect multiple times.

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Man sought on attempted murder charges in the Flathead

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Authorities are looking for Bryan McCully who may be in the Canyon or Columbia Falls areas.  

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Missing Billings boy found safe

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The Billings Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing boy that was last seen Friday evening.

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Missing hunters found safe in Lincoln area

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HELENA – Search and rescue crews are currently looking for a lost hunter in the Lincoln area. 

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TransCanada: Keystone leak contained in South Dakota

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A day after a leak in the Keystone Pipeline spilled 210,000 gallons of oil on the ground, owner TransCanada says the leak is controlled. Watch this video to find out more about the leak, the largest in Keystone's history.

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Trump says he has put big-game trophy decision on hold

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President Donald Trump said Friday that he has decided to put a decision about big-game trophies on hold.

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Can Bozeman Can the Griz again this year?

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We are in the final stretch of Can the Griz, and Bozeman has only lost the competition twice. This year, though, Missoula received a 50,000 pound donation. Bozeman has a lot of work to do to win again this year.

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MSU students kick off Cat-Griz Weekend with annual Undie Run

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MSU students only do the Undie Run when the game is in Bozeman; next year it will be UM's turn.

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Report: Gianforte misled police following election eve assault

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U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte misled police after he assaulted a Guardian reporter on the eve of his election in May, claiming that Jacobs had initiated the physical contact and blaming the media, according to a police incident report obtained by The Guardian Friday. 

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Santa Claus arrives in Great Falls on Saturday

Santa visits with a child at Holiday Village Mall (MTN News photo) Santa visits with a child at Holiday Village Mall (MTN News photo)
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Santa Claus will arrive in Great Falls in a stretch limousine on Saturday, November 18

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FCC scales back broadband program for low-income Americans

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The federal Lifeline program, established in 1985, provides discounted phone and internet service in poorer communities.

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U.S. Navy pilot draws obscene picture over Washington state

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A U.S. Navy pilot drew obscene pictures in the sky over Washington state on Thursday.

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Budget cuts stop snowplowing at several Northwest MT state parks

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State budget cuts mean the snow will be piling up at several state parks in Northwestern Montana this winter. 

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Montana town could lose coal-fired power plant in early 2018

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A Hardin coal-fired power plant with 30 employees and an annual payroll of $3 million could be shut down as early as the first quarter of 2018.

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Meet "The Rat Pack" of Arlee

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If you're looking for a pet that's clean, has a great personality and can travel with you on road-trips, have we got a deal for you.

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Montana man sentenced for causing the death of a bald eagle

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A Montana man has has been fined $1,000 fine and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution after he illegally killed a bald eagle near Plevna. 

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Fired Denver cheerleading coach defends methods after controversial splits video

Former East High School cheerleading coach Ozell Williams. Former East High School cheerleading coach Ozell Williams.
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A former high school cheerleading coach who was fired after viral videos showed girls screaming in pain while doing the splits is defending his methods.

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FBI highlights Crow Reservation cold case in Montana

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With his wife beside him at the kitchen table in their home on the Crow Reservation in Montana—and many of his children, grandchildren, and extended family members nearby—Robert Garrett Stewart, Sr., talks about his son, who disappeared four years ago. &ldq...

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

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Happy Friday! Here's a look at our top stories from today's Montana This Morning, Nov. 17, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

UPDATE: Power restored to Flathead Valley

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Thousands are in the dark across the Flathead this morning.

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President Trump set to pardon...a turkey!

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Tuesday afternoon in the Rose Garden, Trump will pardon the two birds handpicked by the National Turkey Federation to get official amnesty from Thanksgiving dinner plates by the President.

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Aging out of Montana's foster care system

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At the age of 21, Jasmine McRae is raising her son, King, alone. She's thankful to have an apartment in Billings, where she's spent several nights on the streets in the not so distant past. 

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Dog helps man realize he has cancer

Michael DiZoglio was diagnosed with testicular cancer, thanks to help from his father's dog. (MICHAEL DIZOGLIO) Michael DiZoglio was diagnosed with testicular cancer, thanks to help from his father's dog. (MICHAEL DIZOGLIO)
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Michael DiZoglio has a dog to thank for saving his life.

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Capitol Christmas tree journeys across Montana

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This year’s tree is a 79-foot tall Engelmann Spruce from the Kootenai National Forest

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Gallatin Valley Food Bank in need of turkeys

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It's the busiest time of year for the Gallatin Valley Food Bank and they need your help. 

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Billings hospital bringing 'baby cuddlers' program to NICU

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Babies at the St. Vincent Healthcare NICU will be getting some extra love starting next month. 

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Father wants justice for woman shot dead near Vaughn

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Keith says there is more to the incident than what has been released by official sources.

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DPHHS releases proposed medical marijuana regulations

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Earlier this year, lawmakers approved SB 333, which overhauled Montana’s medical marijuana laws.

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Man charged with killing infant asking for charges to be dismissed

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A man charged with deliberate homicide for allegedly killing a baby in Bozeman has made a motion to dismiss the charge due to lack of evidence.

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Keystone Pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota

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A total of 210,000 gallons of oil leaked Thursday from the Keystone Pipeline in Marshall County, South Dakota, the pipeline's operator, TransCanada, said.

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Inspector General finds Zinke didn’t file proper documents for plane travel

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The Office of the Inspector General says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke hasn’t filed the proper paperwork to document his airplane travel since he was appointed earlier this year.

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The worst excuses for taking a sick day

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If you've ever called in sick to work when you weren't ill, you're not alone.

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Tracy Rearden

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The U.S. Marshals Service has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Tracy Rearden, also known as Tracy Sibra.

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Montana woman sentenced for negligent endangerment

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Since being charged, prosecutors said Blyseth has taken positive steps to address her situation.

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Obituary: Leta Marie Wallace

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Leta Marie Wallace, 84, of Belgrade passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Leta was born July 9, 1933 in Howe, Oklahoma, to Robert Chester and Oma Lee (Bowles) Underwood.  She graduated from Poly High in Long Beach, California. 

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Couple pledge $1 million to support Montana students attending MSU

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University has announced that an alumnus and his wife will donate a $1 million portion of their estate to support the university’s Hilleman Scholars Program, which helps Montana high school graduates succeed in college. In addition to the $1 million in charitable gift annuities, donors and Montana natives Gerald and LaDona Geise have also pledged $5,000 a year for two years to further support the Hilleman program. “We are continually am... More>>

Brothers facing felony charges following Montana poaching investigation

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Two brothers have been charged with 16 crimes, including eight felonies, stemming from what Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials describe as years of poaching activity on a ranch in Fergus County. 

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FBI offers reward for info about this summer's crop-duster shooting

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BOZEMAN - A reward has been offered for information about a shooting of a crop dusting plane in Belgrade this summer. The FBI is offering a reward up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this shooting. 

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MSU’s Callis and Jutila named Montana University System Regents Professors

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BOZEMAN -- Two Montana State University faculty who for decades have exhibited dedication to research, education, students and the university have been named Montana University System Regents Professors, the most prestigious designation to be attained by a professor in the system. The MUS Board of Regents confirmed the nominations of Patrik Callis and Mark Jutila for the MUS Regents Professor distinction during a meeting held Nov. 16 at MSU. Montana State Unive... More>>

Senators introduce bipartisan deal on gun background checks

Six controversial new gun control measures will take effect on New Year's Day in California, including an expanded ban on assault weapons. Six controversial new gun control measures will take effect on New Year's Day in California, including an expanded ban on assault weapons.
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In a bipartisan effort to craft gun control reforms in the wake of numerous mass shooting events across the country, eight Senators have introduced new gun legislation that enhances state compliance and accuracy of existing background check systems in place for firearm purchases. 

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Al Franken accused of groping, unwanted kissing by radio anchor Leeann Tweeden

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Television host, sports broadcaster and model Leeann Tweeden says that Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, "kissed and groped" her without consent while entertaining troops on a USO Tour in December 2006.

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Kalispell man accused of assaulting 4 teens

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Joseph Lee Kurns, 43, is charged with two counts of felony family member assault and two counts of misdemeanor assault.

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MT special legislative session works late into night to finalize budget deal

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Bullock said they “reached a reasonable and responsible compromise to balance our budget and pay for Montana’s record fire season.”

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Poacher facing charges after shooting Butte trophy deer

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BUTTE - A person who killed a trophy mule deer in Butte is facing a number of charges, including hunting within city limits, unlawful possession, and hunting without a proper license.

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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, Nov. 16, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

Public comment period on raising fees at 17 national parks closing soon

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The public comment period is open online until Thanksgiving Day.

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Cats-Griz game inspires History Museum exhibit in Great Falls

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The taxidermy creation is called 'Stuck Between A Rock and A Hard Place.'

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  • $27.6M awarded to build affordable homes, create jobs in MT communities

    $27.6M awarded to build affordable homes, create jobs in MT communities

    Monday, November 20 2017 4:33 PM EST2017-11-20 21:33:39 GMT

    HELENA – Butte and Livingston received part of multi-million dollar allocation to build affordable homes and create jobs. On Monday, the Montana Board of Housing (MBOH) allocated more than $27.6 million in federal Housing Credits that will help finance new construction and rehabilitation of rental housing that is affordable for families and individuals across Montana. 

    HELENA – Butte and Livingston received part of multi-million dollar allocation to build affordable homes and create jobs. On Monday, the Montana Board of Housing (MBOH) allocated more than $27.6 million in federal Housing Credits that will help finance new construction and rehabilitation of rental housing that is affordable for families and individuals across Montana. 

  • Student of the Week: Wren Roe

    Student of the Week: Wren Roe

    Monday, November 20 2017 3:57 PM EST2017-11-20 20:57:06 GMT

    The Student of the Week airs on during the Tuesday 10:00 News on the Montana Television Network and in brought to you by Town Pump. Wren Roe is a senior standout at Belgrade High School.

    The Student of the Week airs on during the Tuesday 10:00 News on the Montana Television Network and in brought to you by Town Pump. Wren Roe is a senior standout at Belgrade High School.

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  • Man arrested, dog shot, in Columbia Falls

    Man arrested, dog shot, in Columbia Falls

    Monday, November 20 2017 11:00 PM EST2017-11-21 04:00:39 GMT

    When police used a Taser to subdue a man who ran from officers, his Pitbull tried to attack one of the officers. 

    When police used a Taser to subdue a man who ran from officers, his Pitbull tried to attack one of the officers. 

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    Under the Big Sky | Fort Peck Theater | Part 3

    Under the Big Sky | Fort Peck Theater | Part 3

    Monday, November 20 2017 8:03 PM EST2017-11-21 01:03:38 GMT
    Fort Peck Theater performers pose for publicity shots.Fort Peck Theater performers pose for publicity shots.

    Fort Peck Theater has been staging musicals for nearly fifty seasons. One of those musical classics, Grease, presents certain challenges to young cast members.

    Fort Peck Theater has been staging musicals for nearly fifty seasons. One of those musical classics, Grease, presents certain challenges to young cast members.

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