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Police arrest two suspects in Butte mine yard robbery

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Police responded to the Highland Mine in the Highland Mountains about 8 p.m. Sunday when a caretaker at the mine yard detained two men, Gary Rubusch and Ryan Hansen.

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Montana fire officials: Fire resources stretched thin across nation

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“The initial attack, we want them freed up so they can help out and be there for new fire starts and not having to respond to a human-caused fire such as a campfire,” said Crystal Beckman.

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Monument Fire burns more than 4,200 acres, Wigwam Fire nearly 2K

Monument Fire (InciWeb photo) Monument Fire (InciWeb photo)
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Two wildfires in the Gravelly mountains have together burned more than 6,000 acres, according to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Service.

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Structures burn in Glacier National Park wildfire

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The fast-growing Howe Ridge Fire that forced evacuations at Glacier National Park on Sunday has destroyed some structures on the north end of Lake McDonald. 

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Butte law enforcement investigate vandalism at Big Butte

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Butte police are looking for the person responsible for deliberately driving a truck through a barrier at Big Butte.

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Judge approves $20 million settlement between Diocese of Great Falls/ Billings and sexual-assault victims

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GREAT FALLS- A federal bankruptcy judge in Montana approved a $20 million settlement between the Diocese of Great Falls/ Billings and survivors of sexual abuse.

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Montana Ag Network: Controlling leafy spurge with sheep on Tippet Rise Ranch

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Noxious weeds are devastating to a healthy landscape. That’s why a ranch in south central Montana is using both art and sheep to promote good land stewardship.

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Utah dive team to aid in recovery of two men missing after Bighorn Lake boat crash

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A Billings woman was killed and two men remain missing in Bighorn Lake following a boating accident.

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Significant rise in mosquito "disease danger days" in U.S., report warns

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As global temperatures continue to rise, the number of mosquito "disease danger days" is increasing across much of the United States, representing a greater risk for transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, according to a new report. 

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Video extra: Pearl Jam rocks out in Missoula

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MISSOULA- Seattle grunge band kicked off its Missoula concert Monday night.

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MT Board of Investments offers top job to Bullock’s budget director

State Budget Director Dan Villa State Budget Director Dan Villa
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The state Board of Investments, which manages $18 billion in state assets, has offered its top administrative job to Gov. Steve Bullock’s budget director, Dan Villa. 

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Dry Weather Pattern Continues For Butte & SW Montana

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City by City Forecast: BOZEMAN: LOW: 47°; HIGH WEDNESDAY: 86°. Mostly dry tonight into Wednesday. Cool overnight but warming back up into the upper 80s Wednesday. Lingering wildfire smoke will continue. Winds generally on light side. BUTTE: LOW: 43°; HIGH WEDNESDAY: 85°. Dry pattern will continue for Butte over the next 24 hours. This dry atmosphere will cool temperatures down nicely tonight but quickly warm up Wednesday afternoon. Wildfire smoke w... More>>

Helena man accused of raping girl

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A 39-year-old Helena man has been charged with raping a girl under the age of 14. 

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"Extremely important historic buildings" lost in Glacier National Park wildfire

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Glacier National Park officials are still tallying up the destruction being caused by the Howe Ridge fire which burning near Lake McDonald. 

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Montana Green Party files suit in federal court to gain ballot access

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In an attempt to get its candidates back on the Montana ballot this fall, the Montana Green Party has sued the state in federal court, seeking to void part of Montana’s requirements for political parties to qualify for the ballot. 

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Montana Made: Butte’s Shepperd’s Candy, promoting a sweet lifestyle for more than 60 years

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BUTTE - A lot of things have changed in Butte in the past six decades, but one sweet thing has not. Shepperd's Candy has been making life a little sweeter in Butte the same way since 1954. 

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Temperatures building as smoke lingers

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Today's Forecast: Temperatures will build to the low and middle 80s for the afternoon.  Expect a cloudless sky with smoke and haze lingering. 

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Howe Ridge Fire in Glacier National Park has burned more than 1,500 acres (video)

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There have not been any reported injuries associated with the fire.

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Several people dead after highway bridge collapses in Italy

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Several people have died after a section of a highway bridge in northern Italy partially collapsed Tuesday.

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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, Aug. 14, 2018 - latest local news and headlines from across the world.

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Carnival worker charged with sexually assaulting 2 young girls at the Montana State Fair in Great Falls

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GREAT FALLS - Roberto Salaman Garcia, initially charged with two misdemeanor counts of sexual assault, has now also been charged with two felony counts of sexual assault.

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Firefighters battling multiple blazes on Northern Cheyenne reservation

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Crews are battling several wildfires on the Northern Cheyenne reservation Monday that were sparked by a lightning burst Sunday night. 

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Sweating it out in summer heat? Tips to avoid dehydration

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Whether you’re running around town or hitting the trails, the most important thing about running in this heat is making sure you’re hydrated.

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Yellowstone experiences fifth busiest July on record

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Yellowstone National Park hosted 940,563 visits in July 2018. This is a slight decrease from last year (962,404 visits) and makes it the fifth busiest July ever recorded in the park.

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Man killed in western Montana head-on crash

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A Ronan area man died Friday evening in a head-on collision on Kerr Dam Road near Polson. 

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Sen. Daines on board with bill to permanently re-authorize land fund

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.
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U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Monday he’s signing onto a Democrat’s bill to permanently authorize and fully fund the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. 

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Relief From The Heat But Not The Smoke This Week

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City by City Forecast: BOZEMAN: LOW: 50°; HIGH TUESDAY: 81°. Warm and dry with considerable wildfire smoke. Light winds BUTTE: LOW: LOW: 45°; HIGH TUESDAY: 81°. Warm and dry with considerable wildfire smoke. Light winds DILLON: LOW: LOW: 45°; HIGH TUESDAY: 86°. Warm and dry with considerable wildfire smoke. Light winds WEST YELLOWSTONE: LOW: 34°; HIGH TUESDAY: 77°. Warm and dry with considerable wildfire smoke. Light win... More>>

Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Timothy Gibson

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The United States Marshals Service has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Timothy Gibson.

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The Farm | Wheat Montana | Under the Big Sky

Dean Folkvord inspects a Wheat Montana field as harvest approaches. Dean Folkvord inspects a Wheat Montana field as harvest approaches.
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In this Under the Big Sky bonus video, Dean Folkvord discusses his farm and the unique qualities that produce some of the country’s best grain. The Folkvord family has been involved in agriculture for three generations. Through hard work, determination and good fortune, Wheat Montana Farms has become the model agriculture operation of the Northern Great Plains. Dale Folkvord, Deans father purchased the first sections of Wheat Montana Farm in 1958 while working a part time ...

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Milder temperatures today but air quality remains a concern

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Today's Forecast: Temperatures will remain mild for your Monday with highs near 80° under sunny skies.  Active wildfires in the region will keep our air quality a main concern for the day.  Rain is not likely though we may see a few clouds build into the area during the afternoon and early evening. BOZEMAN: High - 80; Low - 50. Mild with sun and smoke through the day.  Expect light east to southeast wind through the evening between 5-10 mph. BUTTE:&n... More>>

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Glacier NP fire grows, evacuations remain in place

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The evacuation order for the Howe Ridge fire includes the Lake McDonald Lodge area, the Avalanche Campground and about 55 private residences.

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Pearl Jam concert prompts Missoula road work reminder

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People from all over the state are heading to Monday's Pearl Jam concert in Missoula but road work could cause some headaches.

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Bacon Rind Fire grows, public meeting planned

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The Bacon Rind Fire south of Big Sky grew again this weekend. It's now mapped at 973 acres and groups of trees were seen torching over the weekend and smoke continues to be seen over highway 191 near the border with Yellowstone National Park. The blaze is burning in heavy down and dead timber in a particularly remote and difficult to access area. Because of the fire, the first six miles of the Specimen Creek trail is closed. There will be a public meeting about the fire Wednes... More>>

House and barn total losses after fire by Virgelle Ferry

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The fire is estimated to have burned 2,000 acres.

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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, Aug. 13, 2018 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

Growing wildfire triggers evacuations in part of Glacier National Park

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The park has established a Fire Information Line with updated recorded information: 406-888-7077.

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Billings woman killed, 2 men remain missing after boating accident on Bighorn Lake

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A Billings woman was killed and two men remain missing in Bighorn Lake following a boating accident.

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It’s more than music that keeps fans coming back for Rockin’ the Rivers

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BOZEMAN - As the last day of the week-long rock festival, Rockin’ the Rivers simmered down, long-time festival campers tried to stop and savor the moment. 

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Closely monitoring fire weather conditions across the area.

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Fire weather conditions are expected to continue for the next couple of days The above on demand STORMTracker video forecast with Meteorologist Carson Vickroy will walk you through the forecast hour by hour for next 24 hours so you can have an idea of what the start of your week will look like. City by City Forecast: BOZEMAN: LOW: 52°; HIGH MONDAY: 80°. Very hazy through the evening hours with a slight chance of rain especially to the south of the area. T... More>>

Public meeting planned for Monument, Wigwam fires burning in Gravelly mountains

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Wildfire officials are holding a public meeting Sunday evening to release more information about the Monument and Wigwam fires burning in the Gravelly mountains. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Fire Station No. 3, at 74 Fish Hatchery Road in Ennis. Here’s a look at the latest information provided by the US Forest Service: Monument Fire - The lightning-caused Monument Fire detected on Aug. 6, is currently about 1,500 acres and is in the head of Ruby Creek, roughly 18 m... More>>

Northwest Montana wildfire explodes to 5,200 acres

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The Davis fire burning northwest of Yakk grew from 1,700 acres to about 5,200 acres on Saturday as winds pushed the blaze.

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Lightning sparks Glacier National Park wildfires

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A Saturday night lightning storm has sparked several small wildfires in Glacier National Park 

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Pair of wildfires in Gravelly mountains force evacuation warnings, road closures

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A new wildfire in the Gravelly Mountains has forced evacuation warnings on Saturday afternoon. 

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Basset on offense: Dog crashes Montana high school football practice

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The latest walk on at Geraldine-Highwood has four legs...and likes belly rubs. 

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One dead, others injured in crash south of Lolo

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One person is dead and others seriously injured after a Saturday afternoon fatal crash on Highway 93 south of Lolo. 

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Wildfire update for southwest Montana

Monument Fire (InciWeb photo) Monument Fire (InciWeb photo)
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A quick look at wildfires in southwest Montana.

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New fires reported in central Montana

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At least three new fires have been reported in central Montana following storms on Saturday afternoon.

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Authorities searching for teen who left foster family in Yellowstone National Park

Lachaela "Shay" Putnick (Kanawha County Sheriff's Office) Lachaela "Shay" Putnick (Kanawha County Sheriff's Office)
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A West Virginia girl is missing, after running away from a her foster family in Yellowstone National Park.

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1 dead, 3 injured in crash near Lodge Grass

1 dead in crash near Lodge Grass (MTN News Photo) 1 dead in crash near Lodge Grass (MTN News Photo)
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One man is dead after a crash near Lodge Grass on Friday morning. 

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Raising awareness and scholarships with flag football

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BOZEMAN - Montana had a rate of 29.2 suicides per 100,000 people from 2014-2016, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Nearly double the national rate of 15.4 per 100,000 people during the same time frame. 

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Garden Creek Fire grows to 2K+ acres

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The Garden Creek Fire that's burning near the town of Hot Springs has burned an estimated 2,573 acres and is 10% contained.

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Investigation into jail riot in Great Falls continues

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At the time of the riot, the jail population was 484 inmates.

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Montana auditor Rosendale’s office finalizes 2019 health insurance market rates

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HELENA- Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale’s office has finalized the 2019 rates for health insurance plans available on the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

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Girl injured after falling off fair ride in Missoula in serious condition

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Emergency personnel responded to reports of an injured girl at the Missoula County Fairgrounds on Thursday evening.

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Caught on camera: Police shootout

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This traffic stop was anything but routine.  Check out this police dash-cam footage what happens. 

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Airline employee allegedly steals plane, takes off, then crashes

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An airline mechanic who worked on the ground stole a plane at Seattle-Tacoma Airport (SeaTac), took off unauthorized and then later crashed, SeaTac airport said.

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Butte businesses hope An Ri Ra keeps the good times rolling

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BUTTE - The band Girsa, like many people, have traveled far to be in Butte this weekend to perform at the An Ri Ra Irish festival. The annual event has spent the last 16 years keeping alive the history and impact of Irish culture on the Mining City. 

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Bozeman men plead guilty in USA Brass lead-contamination case

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BOZEMAN - Both the CEO and Chief Production Officer of USA Brass pleaded guilty to charges related to reported lead-contaminated wastewater that was discharged into the City of Bozeman’s sewer system in 2013. 

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Ridge Run ready to challenge runners on Saturday

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BOZEMAN - Runners will take part in the annual Anacker Bridger Ridge Run Saturday. 250 runners from across the U.S. will race approximately 20 miles in one of the most technical runs in the U.S.

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MSU seeks student artists for new hall

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BOZEMAN - The College of Engineering at Montana State, is now accepting student proposals for art to be displayed in the new building, Norm Asbjornson Hall. 

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Searchers find body of drowning victim in Tongue River in Rosebud County

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ROSEBUD COUNTY- Searchers have found and identified the body of the man who drowned in the Tongue River this week. 

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New Missoula addiction center to help recovering moms and their kids

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A new resource for mother’s and all women recovering from addiction is coming to Missoula next week.

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Human case of West Nile Virus reported in Cascade County

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos through bites. West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos through bites.
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Approximately 80% of people infected with WNV experience no symptoms

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California's Holy Fire intensifies, forces thousands from their homes

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The so-called Holy Fire has burned 10,000 acres in Orange and Riverside counties, and it's only 5% contained. 

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Fatal crash reported in central Montana

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The crash happened along Stockett Road just south of Centerville school.

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Teen girl pushed off bridge into river, breaks five ribs

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A 16-year-old girl was seriously injured after being pushed off a bridge into the the Lewis River in Yacolt, Washington.

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NFL players kneel, raise fists or sit out National Anthem as they kick off slate of preseason games

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The first full slate of preseason games kicked off Thursday night, bringing NFL players back into the field for more football and more protests. 

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Search continues for man who reportedly drowned in Tongue River in Montana

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ROSEBUD COUNTY- Authorities are searching for a man who reportedly drowned in the Tongue River Wednesday. 

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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, Aug. 10, 2018 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

Yellowstone Park superintendent talks career and how it ended in exit interview

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Dan Wenk, the superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, reflected on his career with the U.S. Forest Service in a call with reporters Thursday, including his controversial exit. Watch the video above to hear his thoughts.

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Child injured after falling off ride at Western Montana Fair in Missoula

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Emergency personnel responded to reports of an injured girl at the Missoula County Fairgrounds on Thursday evening.

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Governor visits picket line in Three Forks

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THREE FORKS - It's been over a week since the lockout at the Imerys talc plant and the union workers have more support than they’ve ever had before. 

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Get ready to rock: Rockin’ the Rivers kicks off Friday

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BOZEMAN - Rockin’ the Rivers Music Festival is up and running after campers loaded into the venue near Three Forks. 

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Suicide hotline expects increased calls following Kidder death

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BOZEMAN - The Help Center located in Bozeman expects increased calls on its suicide hotline following the news that Margot Kidder’s May death was a result of suicide by drugs and alcohol. 

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Marijuana grow operation in former school shuttered in Butte

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BUTTE -  Butte is ordering a medical marijuana provider to stop growing marijuana in the building that used to be the Greeley School claiming it violates local zoning rules. 

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Warnings, evacuations and more: What you need to know during wildfire season

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With the Montana wildfire season in full swing, you should know what the warnings and evacuation from local law enforcement mean.

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Irish eyes are smiling: Annual An Ri Ra festival starts Friday

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BUTTE   - Butte’s annual Irish festival kicks off Friday. This is the 16th year for the An Ri Ra Irish festival at the Original Mine Yard. The music starts at 3 p.m. by Butte's Dublin Gulch and will feature music from performers from around the world as well as plenty of Irish dancing. 

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Montana responders raise level of preparedness for fires

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An interagency firefighting group has raised its level or preparedness for all of Montana to fight wildfires.

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Billings police officer rescues family from burning house

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A Billings police officer rescued a woman and two young children Thursday morning after the family became trapped inside their burning house.  

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When the thunder roars: How to keep safe during a lightning storm

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One of the most talked about dangers of thunderstorms is lightning. With thousands of outdoor adventurers hitting the trails this summer, it’s always good to have a plan when a storm approaches.

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This Week in Fish and Wildlife: Hot weather challenges fish health

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Travis Horton, fish biologist with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, joins Chet on the Madison River to talk about how hot weather can impact area fishery health. More>>

Butte fire deemed suspicious

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BUTTE - Fire investigators in Butte say a fire that destroyed two garages earlier this week in Uptown Butte appears to be suspicious.

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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, Aug. 9, 2018 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. 

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Perseids 2018: Where and how to watch the dazzling meteor shower

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The Perseids will light up the sky with dozens of meteors an hour on August 11 to 13, setting up a spectacular show for stargazers. 

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Award-winning political documentary, filmed largely in Montana, hits theaters

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“Dark Money,” the award-winning documentary film focusing on Montana’s battle over disclosure of campaign funds, hits local theaters this weekend. 

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Volunteers helping bring Dillon park renovation to completion

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Throughout this week, hundreds of volunteers will put their backs into completing the nearly $800,000 renovation of Dillon’s Jaycee Park

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Montana’s U.S. House race still the sleeper – but slowly creeping on the radar

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A Democrat hasn’t won Montana’s lone U.S. House seat for 24 years, but political prognosticators are saying in this unusual year, Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams could make things interesting.

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Man caught taunting bison in Yellowstone National Park pleads not guilty

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MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo.- The Oregon man who was shown on a viral video taunting a bison in Yellowstone National Park pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday in a Wyoming federal court. 

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Congressional candidates will debate live on MTN Network and Yellowstone Public Radio

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The hour-long debates will air live on MTN’s nine TV stations across the state

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Suspect in Sentinel High School shooting arrested

2 teens were shot on the Sentinel High School campus in Missoula on June 24, 2018. (MTN News file photo) 2 teens were shot on the Sentinel High School campus in Missoula on June 24, 2018. (MTN News file photo)
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Missoula Police say they have arrested the suspect involved in a June shooting on the Sentinel High School campus.

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