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Fire claims Butte business in Tuesday blaze (New Video)

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BUTTE - The smoke billowing from Ray’s Heating and Sheetmetal business on East Front Street was so thick, Butte firefighters who made the initial attack on the fire could not find the source of the flames. 

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Air Quality Alert For Butte

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Fire destroyed Ray's Heating & Sheet Metal on Front Street today in Butte, with the fire sending large amounts of smoke into the air. The Butte-Silver Bow Health Department has issued an Air Quality Alert -- high pressure continues over Montana, causing inversions in mountain valleys, including the Butte valley. Smoke from this fire is trapped in the inversion, which has caused unhealthy air quality conditions. The alert will remain until air quality conditions improve. Only peopl...

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From a miner’s meal to a quick treat on the go: Butte shop makes pasties for 7 decades

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BUTTE - If you worked in the underground mines, the work was long, hard, and dirty.  So imagine how important a good meal would be during a short break. Finding a way to get a meat and potatoes kind of meal lead to the creation of the pasty.   

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Butte High athletics warns of out-of-state soliciting scams

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BUTTE — Valued friends, and fans of Butte High School Athletics and Activities: We appreciate all of your enthusiastic help and financial support, and we thank you. 

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Missing since Dec. 1, search for Glen man suspended

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GLEN – The Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday that a Glen man remains missing after being reported missing on Dec. 1st. The sheriff’s office has suspended its search efforts for Calvin Charles Zimdars, 56, after nine days of extensive searching 

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Malmstrom airman arrested in connection with kidnapping

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She is facing charges of kidnapping, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

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Montana Supreme Court says suspect in child rape can withdraw guilty plea

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According to the Montana Supreme Court, the victim’s parents had inappropriate contact with jurors, and acts of intimidation and violence were directed at defense attorney Jeffry Foster.

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No tickets needed for this show: The best viewing for annual meteor shower Wednesday night

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Look to the skies Wednesday night for the annual Geminid Meteor Shower. According to NASA, the best night to see the shower is Dec. 13 into the early hours of Dec. 14. The peak of the meteor showers will be at 9 p.m Wednesday night. 

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Montana man's death 5 years ago remains a mystery

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It's a cold case that continues to haunt a Ronan family on the fifth anniversary of Bob Van Gunten's death.

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AAA: Don't be "fueled" by premium gas

AAA tests show premium fuel benefits some vehicles, but comes at a high cost. AAA tests show premium fuel benefits some vehicles, but comes at a high cost.
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AAA tests show premium fuel benefits some vehicles, but comes at a high cost.

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Medicaid expansion: The big impact of a big part of Obamacare still going strong

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Health-care professionals across the state say the expansion has had a huge impact

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Fire engulfs Butte business (RAW VIDEO)

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The fire broke out at around 11 a.m. and huge plumes of smoke and flames engulfed Ray's Heating & Sheetmetal. 

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Quick Shot Of Snow Possible For Butte Wednesday

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A fast paced Canadian storm front will pass through Montana Wednesday and there is a chance for valley and mountain snow late Wednesday morning into Wednesday afternoon. Snow accumulations should be less than an inch for most valleys and possibly a couple of inches for mountain passes. This storm could produce some minor travel impacts with snow covered and icy roads for your Wednesday evening commute. See the timing of this storm in your STORMTracker on demand video above with ...

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Man arrested in connection with 1980 murder of California teenager

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A notorious 37-year-old cold case has finally been closed in northern California.

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Proposed tax plan could hit Montana state revenues

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State Revenue Director Mike Kadas says the U.S. Senate’s tax cut bill would reduce state tax revenues by as much as $123 million a year. 

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Grizzly managers meet in Missoula amid growing discussion over bear protection

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Managers from local, state and federal agencies will meet in Missoula this week to discuss the next steps in grizzly bear management..

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Trump lashes out at senator amid calls to resign over sexual misconduct allegations

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York
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President Donald Trump used a suggestive tweet on Tuesday to attack a Democratic lawmaker who has called for his resignation after multiple women renewed their sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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Change to MT license plate tabs to help ID expired tags

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You may notice a change when you get your new registration for your vehicle next year. The state is making changes to your license plate tabs. Currently, the tabs are colored black and white, in an effort to save the state money.

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Boulder Elementary School awarded One Class At A Time check

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Boulder Elementary School teacher Ms. Sonsteng accepted a "One Class At a Time" check for $250 yesterday. The money will go toward purchasing OSMO Kits for the school. Amanda Badovinac from MT Tech and KXLF's Matt Elwell presented the check

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License for special hunt near Bridger sell out fast

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If you were planning on purchasing a license for the state wildlife department's special hunt Monday, you're too late. 

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Boy speaks out on viral bullying video, mom addresses backlash

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Keaton Jones, a Tennessee middle schooler, is speaking out after an emotional Facebook video about being bullied. 

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

North Dakota woman admits killing pregnant neighbor to keep baby

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A woman has pleaded guilty to the murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. 

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A look back: Sheriff Johnny France Finds the Mountain Men

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It was a cold Montana December in 1984 when Madison County Sheriff Johnny France discovered the hidden camp of the father-son fugitives known as the Mountain Men, wanted for the kidnapping of Olympian Kari Swenson and the killing of her rescuer.

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Ruling: MT Dem Party violated campaign-reporting laws in 2016

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The Montana Democratic Party violated campaign-reporting laws last year by failing to identify which candidates it was supporting with $300,000 in ads and other spending, the state’s top campaign enforcer said Monday. 

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License for special hunt near Bridger sell out fast

Mule deer - courtesy photo Mule deer - courtesy photo
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If you were planning on purchasing a license for the state wildlife department's special hunt Monday, you're too late. 

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Biologists identify origin of illegally-introduced walleye found in Swan Lake

MTN News file photo. MTN News file photo.
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Staff with Montana FWP netted two walleye in Swan Lake in October 2015, which had never been discovered in the lake until then.

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Pair of films set in Montana to premier at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

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BILLINGS -- A pair of films shot in Montana will make their world premiers in 2018 on the big screens at the Sundance Film Festival. 

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Haley on Trump accusers: 'We should all be willing to listen to them'

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said during an interview on CBS' "Face The Nation" that the women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct "should be heard." CNN photo US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said during an interview on CBS' "Face The Nation" that the women who have accused President Trump of sexual misconduct "should be heard." CNN photo
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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday that any women who speak up about inappropriate sexual behavior "should be heard," including President Donald Trump's accusers.

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Transgender people free to enlist in US military starting in 2018 after court ruling

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The Pentagon said Monday that it will begin processing transgender applicants to the military on Jan. 1. 

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Bozeman police looking for crash suspect

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The Bozeman Police Department is looking for help in identifying a man suspected of being in a crash on Friday, Dec. 8. The was driving a white pickup when he was involved in a crash on December 8, 2017. The crash occurred at the Town Pump on Huffine and Cottonwood. If you have any information, please contact Officer Tracy Senenfelder (badge #172) (406) 582-7172. (Photos courtesy of BPD) More>>

GFPD: suspect was shot after he brandished a weapon

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When officers located the man, he brandished a weapon, according to Bowen, and was shot and killed.

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Police shoot man in Great Falls

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Police have blocked off 10th Avenue North from 57th Street to 38th Street.

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Changes To The Current Weather Pattern Coming Soon

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No change to the current weather pattern again for Butte and SW Montana. Strong inversions from Missoula westward to Spokane Washington continues to produce air stagnation problems with dense freezing fog and low visibility along with cold temperatures trapped down in the lower valleys. There is some good news later in the week this blocking High will break down and allow a few pacific storms to pass through with a cold fronts producing scattered snow and wind that should scrub o... More>>

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Under the Big Sky | Cajune Boatbuilding | Best Material

A Cajune boat on the banks of the Yellowstone River. A Cajune boat on the banks of the Yellowstone River.
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Under the Big Sky returns to the Paradise Valley where Jason Cajune crafts beautiful drift boats. Their material of choice may be old but Cajune believes his wooden boats stand up against modern building materials.

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California couple missing in Montana

Suzanne Michelle Labelle and Sherwin Fernandez Lamando Jr. have been missing for more than a week. (Photo: Mineral County Sheriff's Office) Suzanne Michelle Labelle and Sherwin Fernandez Lamando Jr. have been missing for more than a week. (Photo: Mineral County Sheriff's Office)
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Mineral County authorities are looking for your help in finding two California residents who have been reported missing after their car was found at an Interstate 90 rest stop. 

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Missoula veteran, stolen wheelchair reunited

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Authorities found former Lieutenant Colonel Tim Gardipee's missing trailer on Sunday morning. 

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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, Dec. 11, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

Fire department demonstrates how fast a Christmas tree burns

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Dry trees can make for an unfortunate holiday season and the Great Falls Fire Rescue demonstrated just that. 

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Explosion reported at NYC train station

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New York Police Department says it is responding to report of explosion near Times Square. 

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Health insurance enrollment window still open

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Less than a week remains in the enrollment period, which ends Dec. 15

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STEM inspires kids to learn

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About 90 kids joined in to learn about coding at Ben Steele Middle School on Saturday.

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CBS News looks into how sexual assault cases are handled at U.S. Air Force Academy

Emily Hazen (L) and Melissa Hildremyr (R) speak with "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell. / CBS NEWS Emily Hazen (L) and Melissa Hildremyr (R) speak with "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell. / CBS NEWS
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More than a dozen current and former cadets tell CBS News they reported their sexual assaults to the Academy and then experienced retaliation

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Billings family honors son's memory by giving toys to kids

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A Billings family lost a baby boy last year and now honors and remembers him with Cody's Crusade. The McDonald family brought toys to the Toys for Tots collection on Saturday.

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Missoula deputy getting ready to celebrate 1st Christmas as a dad

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A Missoula County Sheriff’s deputy decided to be the change he wanted to see in his community, and in the process, became a dad.

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California Governor: Extreme wildfires are 'the new normal'

(courtesy Brandy Gillespie / CNN) (courtesy Brandy Gillespie / CNN)
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Gov. Jerry Brown has a sobering message for Southern Californians after a week of raging wildfires: This is your new normal. A half dozen fires have collectively scorched nearly 200,000 acres since last week and destroyed 792 structures, according to officials.

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Environmental group attacks proposed national park fee hikes

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A national environmental group is launching an ad campaign in Montana calling on lawmakers not to cut funding to the National Park Service. 

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Holter Museum of Art celebrates 30 years in Helena

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Hines added that the Museum is meant to bring families and the community together through art.

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Near To Below Normal Temperatures Continue

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Strong High pressure is stalled over the pacific NW with air stagnation problems producing dense valley freezing fog and worsening air quality throughout the Washington state into the Idaho panhandle. The impacts are not as dire for western Montana but similar with patchy valley fog and poor to moderate particulates air quality for Butte to Missoula. Along and east of the Rocky mountain front temperatures have again today jumped well above average with Chinook winds pushing tempe... More>>

Missing 14-year-old girl found safe

Kyra Turns Plenty Kyra Turns Plenty
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Turns Plenty is described as an American Indian or an Alaskan Native with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 pounds. 

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Line Of Lights Over Denver Prompts Calls, Curiosity

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The lights belonged to a group of military aircraft traveling to an exercise in Nevada, according to CBS affiliate WLTX.

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Uptown ice sculpting event draws artists from across Montana

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Butte's annual ice sculpting competition brought in some artists who literally stay cool under pressure.

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Why your SUV needs winter tires

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If you have all-wheel-drive, it could be argued that you need winter tires in the snow even more. 

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Millions of potentially explosive airbags still on the road

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Fewer than half of the 41 million potentially explosive air bag inflators made by Japanese company Takata have been replaced in the several years since the largest auto-safety recall in U.S. history.

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Firefighters show how quickly Christmas trees can start a blaze

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Heavy black smoke eventually filled the trailer and the tree went up in flames.

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"New Alabama vs. old Alabama": On the ground for the special election

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Big names will be pouring into Alabama in the final days before the election: Sen. Cory Booker is set to campaign Saturday, Steve Bannon on Monday

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Montana Organic Association conference addresses women in agriculture

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They held a session specifically geared towards women in the agriculture business.

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Kids in Butte get chance to Shop with a Cop

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Law enforcement officers and emergency responders in Butte went on a shopping spree Saturday morning with some needy children.

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Zinke calls reports on helicopter use a "wild departure from reality"

U.S. Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke (MTN News photo) U.S. Department of the Interior Ryan Zinke (MTN News photo)
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Zinke's use of helicopters was revealed earlier this year when the department released his office and travel schedules in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.

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Helena man charged for DUI with kids in the car

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Investigators say Bergan has four convictions for DUI.

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Democratic senator wants probe into Zinke's helicopter use

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A Democratic senator is calling for the investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's travel to include his use of government helicopters.

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Veterans honored with Christmas wreaths at Helena cemetery

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The wreaths were placed by The Montana Field of Honor and represent all Montana veterans

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Iraqi PM: Dear Iraqis, your land has been liberated

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The Iraqi military has "fully liberated" all of Iraq's territory of "ISIS terrorist gangs" and retaken full control of the Iraqi-Syrian border, it said Saturday in a statement.

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Missoula Police: Man arrested for robbery is connected with high-speed chase suspects

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The man is allegedly connected to the two women arrested this week for leading officers on a high-speed chase, which ended in a shootout.

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51 officers graduate from Montana Law Enforcement Academy

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The 51 new officers who will serve 31 agencies across the state.

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Video captures teen stealing AR-15 from cop car

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The video clearly showed the face of the teen as he took a taser and cartridges, a tactical vest with police markings, a 16-round .45 caliber magazine, and an AR-15 assault rifle with three fully loaded magazines.

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Helena airport aims for grant to bring more flights

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The goal is to attract a second daily flight to Seattle and new service to Portland.

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Bridger Special Chronic Wasting Disease Hunt begins Dec. 15

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The goal of the Bridger Special Chronic Wasting Disease Hunt is to determine the prevalence and distribution of CWD within the hunting area.

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Rebuilding efforts planned for Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park

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The building burned in August when the Sprague Fire surrounded the Sperry complex.

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Butte, Anaconda named priority Superfund sites by Environmental Protection Agency

The Berkeley Pit in Butte (MTN News photo) The Berkeley Pit in Butte (MTN News photo)
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The sites on the list will be targeted for immediate and intense attention.

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Annual ice sculpting event set for Uptown Butte

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The event will feature up to 40 artists making ice sculptures in front of various businesses in the Mining City.

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World Museum of Mining seeks to expand with new building

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Groundbreaking on the new facility will depend on how soon funding becomes available, but officials are hopeful it can happen in the next two years.

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Havre officials vote on medical marijuana ordinance

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The first reading ended with a split vote, leaving Solomon to make the final decision.

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Montana firefighters arrive in California to assist with massive fires

Massive California fires have burned over 200 structures (CNN Photo) Massive California fires have burned over 200 structures (CNN Photo)
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Montana fire crews have made it safely to California, where they will pitch in to help battle the huge, wind-driven fires in the southern part of the state.

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Donor sought for Bozeman nurse in need of life-saving kidney transplant

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Looking at Ginger Bokma, you can tell she’s a loving wife, mother, and an amazing RN. What you may not notice is that she has been battling kidney disease for the last 9 years.

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Missoula police looking for trailer, wheelchair stolen from veteran

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The Missoula Police Department is investigating the theft of a trailer and wheel chair belonging to a disabled veteran.

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Surveillance video released of Helena vandal

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All the vandalized properties were “tagged” with black paint and shared the same design.

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MT Revenue Dept: GOP tax-cut bill could cut deeper into state budget

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State revenue officials are now saying the Republican tax-cut bill before Congress could reduce state tax revenue by as much as $123 million a year – although the final version has yet to be determined. 

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One person dead in I-15 rollover crash

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The driver died at the scene; there were no passengers. 

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All-American Indian Shootout finds a home in Billings

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The Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings has a March Madness feel to it a little early this year. The All-American Indian Shootout is calling Billings home once again this weekend.

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Billings-area burglar panics when alarm sounds (video)

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Ra Ra's Pizzeria & Sandwiches near Billings had an unwanted visitor over the weekend.

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New medical implant could replace prescription pills for some chronic pain sufferers

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A promising new high-tech medical device the FDA recently gave the go-ahead to could help some people move away from prescription painkillers. 

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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, Dec. 8, 2017 - latest local news and headlines from across the world.

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November jobs report shows businesses hired strongly

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Businesses hired at a brisk pace in November, adding 228,000 jobs, a sign of the economy's continued strength in its eighth year of expansion. 

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Pondera County Sheriff can serve without firearm

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There is no legal requirement that a sheriff carry a firearm in order to hold the position.

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Blackfeet actor Steve Reevis from Browning has died

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Among the films he was featured in: "Twins," "Dances with Wolves," "Fargo," and "The Longest Yard."

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Billings man accused of raping teenage daughter's friend

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A Billings man allegedly admitted he raped his daughter’s friend over 10 times, according to court documents filed ahead of the man’s Thursday court appearance. 

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  • Boulder Elementary School awarded One Class At A Time check

    Boulder Elementary School awarded One Class At A Time check

    Tuesday, December 12 2017 12:55 PM EST2017-12-12 17:55:20 GMT

    Boulder Elementary School teacher Ms. Sonsteng accepted a "One Class At a Time" check for $250 yesterday. The money will go toward purchasing OSMO Kits for the school. Amanda Badovinac from MT Tech and KXLF's Matt Elwell presented the check

    Boulder Elementary School teacher Ms. Sonsteng accepted a "One Class At a Time" check for $250 yesterday. The money will go toward purchasing OSMO Kits for the school. Amanda Badovinac from MT Tech and KXLF's Matt Elwell presented the check

  • Butte Central Elementary awarded One Class At A Time check

    Butte Central Elementary awarded One Class At A Time check

    Tuesday, December 5 2017 3:13 PM EST2017-12-05 20:13:30 GMT

    BUTTE - Butte Central Elementary teacher Heidi Burgess accepted a "One Class At a Time" check for $250 Monday. The money will be used for hands-on Social Studies resource boxes. Mike Metesh from MT Tech and MTN's Matt Elwell presented the check.

    BUTTE - Butte Central Elementary teacher Heidi Burgess accepted a "One Class At a Time" check for $250 Monday. The money will be used for hands-on Social Studies resource boxes. Mike Metesh from MT Tech and MTN's Matt Elwell presented the check.

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