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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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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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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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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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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

Randon Powell teaches recruits / CBS NEWS Randon Powell teaches recruits / CBS NEWS
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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

A Google Earth image shows an overhead of Sunday night massacre at a Las Vegas concert. courtesy of CNN A Google Earth image shows an overhead of Sunday night massacre at a Las Vegas concert. courtesy of CNN
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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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Next Storm Arrives Sunday

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Watch for a little bit of ice over mountain passes with temperatures well below freezing overnight combined with Friday evenings rain/snow event. We should be between storms Saturday with a few morning snow showers over area mountains and increasing clouds again this afternoon as a warm front begins to roll in from the west. Surface winds will continue to blow today, not as strong as Friday, West winds 10 to 20 mph will likely continue especially this afternoon. Sunday will be ... More>>

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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

Overview from Bridger Drive (The Trust for Public Land) Overview from Bridger Drive (The Trust for Public Land)
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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

Linemen work to restore a key central transmission route. (CNN) Linemen work to restore a key central transmission route. (CNN)
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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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Travel Weather Concerns Friday Afternoon

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A cold front is producing snow and wind across the western half of SW Montana at 1:10 pm Friday afternoon. Visibility is reduced and some mountain passes are seeing snow covered and slushy conditions along with lower visibility. Above is a special on demand STORMTracker video update with a look at the roads and weather in SW Montana. STORMTracker Travel Watch: Click Here More>>

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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2 Storms To Track This Weekend

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2 storms to pass through Montana this weekend producing scattered valley rain and mountain along with gusty winds. There is a HIGH WIND WATCH up for the Livingston to Big Timber area including I-90. Peak wind gusts 65 to 75 mph are possible Saturday night into Sunday morning. There is a good chance for valley and mountain snow and in the on demand STORMTracker video forecast above Chief Meteorologist Mike Heard will show you possible forecast totals. 

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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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Active Weather Pattern This Weekend

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2 storms to pass through Montana this weekend producing scattered valley rain and mountain along with gusty winds. There is a HIGH WIND WATCH up for the Livingston to Big Timber area including I-90. Peak wind gusts 65 to 75 mph are possible Saturday night into Sunday morning. There is a good chance for valley and mountain snow and in the on demand STORMTracker video forecast above Chief Meteorologist Mike Heard will show you possible forecast totals. More>>

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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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

The four U.S. soldiers who were killed. / CBS NEWS The four U.S. soldiers who were killed. / CBS NEWS
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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"

Democratic U.S. House candidate Grant Kier Democratic U.S. House candidate Grant Kier
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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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Drought Watch Thursday - Slow Improvements Continue

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Weekly updates on the drought monitor across Montana continue to show improvements. Despite the warm weather this week we are picking up just enough storm activity to nibble away at the severity of the drought over Montana. In today's report there is no more exceptional drought reported over Montana. NOAA and the Climate Prediction Center issued their annual winter weather outlook. CLICK HERE In that report is a forecast for drought improvements over some of Montana but this wi... More>>

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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Cool & Wet Arrives Tomorrow For SW Montana

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Today's weather will not repeat heading into Friday or the weekend. A strong cold front and upper level Low will dig into the pacific NW and northern Rockies tonight through Monday. Temperatures will fall to near normal levels beginning Friday. There is a good chance for wet weather as well with off and on valley rain showers and periods of snow possible above 6,000'. Gusty winds will continue as well Friday through Sunday especially for wind prone areas like Warm Springs, White... More>>

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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Slain soldier's father recounts his conversation with Trump

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Arnold Wright, father of Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, one of the four U.S. soldiers killed in Niger, told CBS News his recent phone call with President Trump went well.

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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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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

Killsback is contesting the decision to oust him from office (Facebook) Killsback is contesting the decision to oust him from office (Facebook)
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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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100-year-old grandma shares advice with strangers

Eileen Wilkinson is lending 100 years of wisdom to strangers on New York City's Upper West Side. / CBS NEW YORK Eileen Wilkinson is lending 100 years of wisdom to strangers on New York City's Upper West Side. / CBS NEW YORK
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CBS New York reports one special grandmother is lending 100 years of wisdom to strangers on New York City's Upper West Side.

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Earthquake drill will be conducted on Thursday across Montana

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On July 6, 2017, Montana experienced its largest earthquake in more than 10 years.

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Two scams reported to Gallatin County Sheriff's Office

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The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office is making the public aware of two scams it has received multiple calls about, according to a press release.

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Hundreds still in the dark after Northwest Montana windstorm

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At one point on Tuesday, over 100 outages occurred causing over 13,000 people to lose power.

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GOP U.S. Senate candidate loans $250K to his own campaign

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Downing is one of six Republicans competing for the party’s nomination

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Mussel-sniffing dogs find no evidence of invasive mussels

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The dogs, from Alberta, scoured the shores of Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs during the past week but came up empty in their search.

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Glacier and Yellowstone contribute to economic revenue growth for Montana

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Over 12.4 million nonresident travelers visited Montana, a 5 percent increase from last year. 

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Student of the Week: Megan Michelotti

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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.

Megan Michelotti is a senior athlete from Butte Central High School, excelling in Volleyball and Softball.

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Billings officers shoot man armed with shotgun at downtown motel

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The shooting happened in the parking lot of the Lazy KT Motel, 1403 First Ave. N., shortly after 1 a.m.

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Latest GOP U.S. Senate-race entry says he’ll talk about fed deficit, his background

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Russell Fagg of Billings Republican U.S. Senate candidate Russell Fagg of Billings
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The latest entry to Montana’s crowded Republican U.S. Senate primary – former state District Judge Russell Fagg – says he’ll be emphasizing his Montana roots and professional record, as he tries to distinguish himself from his GOP competitors. 

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UM Western recognized as top 25 university in western region

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The University of Montana Western in Dillon continues to rack up national accolades. Both the US News and World Report and the website College Choice recently ranked the small Dillon college in the top 25 of universities in the western region. 

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Montana Wildlife Federation criticizes Arby’s elk, venison sandwich promotions

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A Montana sportsmen’s group is raising concerns about a popular restaurant chain’s promotion to highlight the start of hunting season. 

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City looks at improvements to Bozeman Beach

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BOZEMAN - Bozeman City Commissioners discussed some improvements for the land known as 'Bozeman Beach' at their meeting Monday night. 

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

Music therapy changing lives in Dillon

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DILLON - “Go! Go, Bobby. Play, play, play your instrument, play, play, play,” Bethany Venekamp, Musical Therapist, sings to her class. Music is more than just fun. At Parkview Elementary, Bethany says music has scientific qualities that are good for therapy. 

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Obituary: Marietta Johnstone

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Marietta lost her courageous battle with cancer and entered into eternal rest on October 12, 2017. She leaves a loving family and many devoted friends who loved her and admired her for her many qualities.

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Christopher Michael Duncan

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The United States Marshals Service District of Montana has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Christopher Michael Duncan.

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Rescued dogs and cats arrive in Montana

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18 dogs and cats landed in Missoula on Monday.

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NFL commissioner "did not ask" players to stand during national anthem

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke out Tuesday evening in a brief press update following an annual meeting with NFL players and owners at the league's headquarters in New York City.

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President Trump told slain soldier's widow that he "knew what he was getting into," Congresswoman says

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President Trump told the widow of one of the soldiers killed in Niger that he "knew what he was getting into," said U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami), who said she was in the car during the phone call.

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Outrage after plea deal for accused Great Falls rapist

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Goodell had initially been charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

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Report: Rate of obesity on the rise again in Montana

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BILLINGS -- The rate of obesity in Montana adults is on the rise again, according to a new report. 

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Montana Highway Patrol begins issuing front license plate waivers

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The Montana Highway Patrol says it will provide front license plate waivers, but there is a catch. 

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Gianforte pushes for tax reform by end of year

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Congress has a long list of issues to tackle by the end of the session.  28 working days to get tax reform passed. 

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Montana father takes case against Remington to social media

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The purpose of Barber's Facebook page is fairly basic: For people to see the evidence for themselves.

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Wildland fire breaks out near Harlem

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The fire was first reported around 7 pm on Tuesday near the Milk River between Harlem and the Fort Belknap Agency.

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Bozeman joins ACLU lawsuit over locker room privacy act

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BOZEMAN - The Bozeman City Commission unanimously voted in favor of a motion to join as a plaintiff in the American Civil Liberty Union's lawsuit against Initiative 183, also known as the Montana Locker Room Privacy Act. 

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Northern Cheyenne Tribe ousts tribal president with apparent backing of BIA

Killsback is contesting the decision to oust him from office (Facebook) Killsback is contesting the decision to oust him from office (Facebook)
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The Northern Cheyenne Tribe issued a statement on Tuesday defending its decision to oust the tribal president and noting that the Bureau of Indian Affairs agrees with its decision. 

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