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Generous grant helps Montana Folk Festival continue in Butte

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It takes about $650,000 to put on the free festival, which has been held in the Mining City since 2008.

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Report: Feds turn down Montana's $44M firefighting request

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Montana blew through two years of fire funding during the most expensive season on record, sending the state into a budget emergency.

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Historic Dumas Brothel up for sale

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BUTTE - A historic and infamous building is on the market in Butte. Butte's former Dumas Brothel building is up for sale for nearly $170.000. The 42-room building on East Mercury Street was home to one of the longest operating brothels in the country, which was opened in 1890 and was closed in 1982.

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Four candidates vie to fill Judge Newman's seat on Butte's District Court

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BUTTE - Four people have filed for the seat of Butte district judge that's being vacated by Brad Newman. District Judge Newman announced this week he will not run for reelection to the bench which he's held since being elected in 2006. As of Thursday, four candidates have filed for Newman’s seat with the Security of State's Office. They include Brad Belke, Timothy Dick, Wayne Harper and Robert J. Whalen. The deadline to file is March 12th.

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123 years ago a massive explosion shook the Mining City

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BUTTE - It was on the spot in Butte 123 years ago a massive explosion would shake the Mining City. “It blasted out city windows, it shook the city, you could feel it miles away, hear it miles away. They saw it in Belgrade and they heard it in Willow Creek it was so large,” said Butte historian Lindsay Mulcahy. It was Jan. 15th, 1895, when Butte firefighters were called out to a fire at the Kenyon-Connell Warehouse on East Iron Street for a fire. They didn’t know ...

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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, Jan. 16, 2018 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

NASA preparing return to Mars

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NASA is counting down to their next journey to Mars. Scientists are preparing a new rover to send to the red planet - with a new mission.

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BuRec official, others dispute claims from river group

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The Montana area manager for the federal Bureau of Reclamation has taken issue with a report critical of the bureau’s management of Yellowtail Dam on the Bighorn River. 

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Shutdown looms as deadline approaches in DC

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The clock is ticking on an immigration deal as a government shutdown looms at the end of the week. Can Congress come to some agreement before the Friday night deadline? Omar Jimenez digs into the details.

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Montana Made: A river runs through Cynthia Out West creations

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BOZEMAN - Most artists will tell you they have that one thing that inspires them to create.  They call it their muse. In this week's Montana Made, we visit a Gallatin Valley jewelry maker whose muse is 120 miles long - with roots deep in Yellowstone National Park. 

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At 101, birthday wishes do come true

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A Washington state grandmother's wishes were granted for her latest birthday. Eileen Wilkinson has an online following thanks to her grandson. But what she really wants is to receive lots of letters. And this year, for her 101st birthday, that's exactly what she got. Jamie Thompkins reports. More>>

Four cops shot during manhunt in South Carolina

Authorities in North Carolina block road during pursuit of domestic violence suspect they say wound up shooting four officers early on January 16, 2018 / WBTV Authorities in North Carolina block road during pursuit of domestic violence suspect they say wound up shooting four officers early on January 16, 2018 / WBTV
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Three sheriff's deputies and a police officer looking for a domestic violence suspect were shot early Tuesday in South Carolina.

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Hotels revise room security measures in wake of Las Vegas shooting

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In response to the deadly Las Vegas shooting massacre in October, tighter security measures at some hotels will allow staff to enter guest rooms for just about any reason.

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A Waiting Child: Kiera

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Her soft-spoken nature could be confused for shyness, but beneath Kiera's shell lies a bright intelligence, a quick wit, a deep curiosity and a love of learning. 

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Will U.S. shale ruin the oil party (again)?

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U.S. shale producers need oil to be expensive enough to give them incentive to pump, and prices have once again reached that sweet spot.

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Holding in a sneeze can be a literal pain in the neck

A new report says a man blew a hole in his throat by holding nose, closing mouth while sneezing. courtesy CDC. A new report says a man blew a hole in his throat by holding nose, closing mouth while sneezing. courtesy CDC.
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If you are about to sneeze -- even if you are in a quiet place -- doctors would advise you to let it rip. 

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Great Falls Rescue Mission facing lawsuit over alleged assault at summer camp

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In 2016, a girl attending the camp was reportedly sexually assaulted by a 14-year old camp volunteer.

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Lake County woman facing felony drug charges

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Amber Michelle Parizeau is facing several criminal charges after being arrested outside a Ronan car wash

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Transition to new UM president completed

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Interim President Sheila Stearns delivered her final administrative recommendations to current President Seth Bodnar on Friday.

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Kalispell's Montana Pond Hockey Classic called off

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Unstable ice conditions across Northwest Montana have forced organizers to cancel the event which was set to run from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21. 

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FBI arrests 2 Billings men for meth-trafficking operation

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BILLINGS -- Federal authorities believe two Billings men were involved in a methamphetamine trafficking operation out of a West End apartment. 

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Montana launches initiative to reduce child abuse, neglect, deaths

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State leaders have announced a new effort to reduce child abuse, neglect and deaths in Montana.

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Victim of fatal crash near Forsyth identified

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MILES CITY - A Miles City woman is dead after she was ejected during a multi-vehicle crash west of Forsyth on Saturday morning. 

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Montana Outdoor Report: Swift Fox management

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Once thought to no longer exist in the Treasure State, the swift fox is making a comeback.

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Colder Forecast Lows Tonight For Butte & SW Montana

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Tonight will be one of the coldest nights this week for Butte and SW Montana. Clearing skies to blame. Forecast lows are down into the single digits and a few of you could fall a little below zero. A gradual warming trend will develop with the first in a series of disturbances Tuesday afternoon and stronger storms late Wednesday into Thursday. A quick shot of snow is possible Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday evening. See the latest forecast temperatures for Butte tonight into Tues... More>>

MT Spotlight: Special Olympics to host Polar Plunge

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Mandy Patriarche joins John to promote the Special Olympics of MT's Polar Plunge, which is set for Jan. 20, 2018 at 4 p.m. Sign up at www.SOMT.org/plunge. More>>

MT Spotlight: Gear up for annual SnoFlinga Festival

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Krissy Kraczkosky joins John to promote the 3rd Annual SnoFlinga Festival, set for Jan. 18-21 at multiple locations throughout the city of Butte. For a complete schedule of events and to register for an event, go to www.snoflinga.org. More>>

MT Spotlight: Volunteers needed for United Way event

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Julie Crnich joins John to promote the United Way Stone Soup event, set for Jan. 27, 2018. Volunteers are needed to prep and cook for the event. You can sign up at www.uwbutteanaconda.org or call the United Way at 782-125 More>>

Police identify Sheridan shooting victim

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The victim of a deadly shooting in Sheridan last week was identified Monday by police.

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Walmart acknowledges racist incident, apologizes to MSU professor

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Walmart has issued an official apology to MSU professor Dr. Gilbert Kalonde for racism he suffered at the chain’s Bozeman location in 2016.

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Emergency responders learn about farm trauma

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Montana is home to a large population who make their living in Agriculture, and when farm accidents happen many times it’s the emergency responders who arrive on the scene who can make a difference between life or death. 

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Great Falls pharmacy manager accused of stealing drugs

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Stephen Scott Hargis has been charged in Great Falls with stealing hundreds of dollars of prescription medication.

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Gianforte: Tax plan will benefit Montanans

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US Representative Greg Gianforte joins Dr. David Parker to weigh in on the recent tax reform and how it will impact Montanans. The congressman also talks about net neutrality and what new rules could mean for consumers. More>>

Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 - latest local news and headlines from across the world. More>>

Trending video: Car vs. dentist office

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Police say the driver of this Nissan Altima hit the center median in Santa Ana, Calif. sending it into the air. The car became wedged on the second story of this building. Police believe the driver might have been speeding right before the crash. The people inside the car escaped with minor injuries.  More>>

Great Falls family recovering after house fire

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Although the fire was confined to the basement with some extension to the upper floor, the Redhorn family lost everything.
 

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Crews continue to look for mudslide victims

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Crews continue to search through debris after deadly mudslides in California. 20 people have been confirmed dead and at least 4 people remain missing. Alys Martinez has more. More>>

Texas police officer helps make autistic teen's dream come true

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GARLAND, TEXAS -- A Garland police officer is using his time off as an opportunity to give back this Christmas by granting a teenager his ultimate wish, CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports. Carlos Saldivar and Officer Craig Dockter have lost touch since their days at Bradfield Elementary. 

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"Several victims" reported in shooting on S.F. highway

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Police were investigating a shooting on a busy highway in San Francisco early Monday morning, CBS San Francisco reported. The California Highway Patrol reports that there were "several victims" in the shooting on Interstate 280 but there was no word on their conditions. 

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Unique Airbnb is a book lover's dream come true

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The tiny town, population 900, has 14 book-themed shops.

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Truck catches fire near Bozeman Pass

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Fort Ellis firefighters responded to a truck that was engulfed in flames near Bozeman Pass on Sunday.

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Very Dangerous Avalanche Conditions Near West Yellowstone

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The Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center Sunday evening reported two snowmobile triggered slides in the Lionhead area. Dangerous avalanche conditions exist in the Lionhead area near West Yellowstone. Large avalanches are easy to trigger. Avoid travel on and below all steep slopes in the mountains near West Yellowstone. Sunday's rating in the Southern Gallatin and Southern Madison ranges is "Considerable" for new avalanches along with the Bridger range all other ra... More>>

Opportunity residents eager for day in court over contamination lawsuit

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Ninety-eight residents of Opportunity, Montana are involved in a lawsuit with Atlantic Richfield Company.

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Small earthquake shakes Flathead area

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The quake was measured by the U.S. Geological Survey as magnitude 3.0.

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Speeding car goes airborne, crashes into second floor of California building

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A car slammed into the second floor of a building in Orange County.

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Montanan visiting Hawaii describes reaction to false missile alert

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A UM student and her family they tried their best to stay calm when they heard of the warning that a ballistic missile was headed toward them.

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Bridger woman killed in head-on crash near Rockvale

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The second fatal crash in two days occurred on Highway 310 near Rockvale, killing one woman in a head-on crash.

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Ex-Idaho lawmaker kills himself amid sex abuse investigation

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A former Idaho state representative who resigned last fall amid sexual abuse accusations has killed himself, officials said. 

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Montana AmeriCorps members organize MLK Day events

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Eleven communities in Montana are participating in Read for Peace events across the state.

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Ford brings back the Ranger

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The Ford Ranger is back.

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Denver teacher on leave after bringing joint to school

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The teacher said it was for an anti-pot campaign, but district officials say the project wasn’t approved by the school’s administration.

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Annual Snobar event kicks off at Big Sky Resort

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Snobar brings more than 1,000 locals and tourists to Big Sky Resort.

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Great Falls man wins $100K in Montana Millionaire drawing

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Sargent bought his winning ticket at the Gas N’ Shop on Smelter Avenue in Great Falls

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Tours of Original Governor's Mansion highlight history

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In Helena, the second Saturday of each month people can get a tour

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Outfitters and guides learn about Chronic Wasting Disease

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Mule deer are the main source and it is also found in elk and whitetail.

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Chelsea Manning files to run for Senate in Maryland

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Manning filed to run as Democrat in the 2018 midterm elections, challenging incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Maryland.

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Missile threat alert for Hawaii a false alarm

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An emergency alert notification sent out on Saturday claiming a "ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii" was a false alarm.

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Teen dies of hypothermia in Blaine County

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The Blaine County Sheriff has identified the teen whose body was found in a field along US Highway 2.

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New attorneys joining Frenchtown School District lawsuit

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John Clune and Lauren Groth, of the Denver law firm Hutchinson Black and Cook, will be joining the case against the Frenchtown School District and Superintendent Randy Cline.

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Missoula officer puts photography skills to use for community charities

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It started out as a dream to explore the underwater world.

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Teens are eating laundry detergent for the "Tide Pod Challenge"

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A government watchdog is expressing concern over the dangerous misuse of a laundry detergent. 

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Paul Ryan calls Trump's 'sh*thole' comment 'very unfortunate' and 'unhelpful'

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Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday afternoon broke his silence and condemned President Trump's remark about "sh*thole countries" from a day earlier.

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Airbnb increases guests in Montana

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Airbnb, a way to open your own home for guests and make a little money, has increased 91 percent in Montana over the past year.

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Las Vegas Shooting: Unsealed documents reveal new details

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Hundreds of pages of court documents unsealed Friday in the case of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock offer a blueprint of investigators' pursuits in determining how and why the reclusive high-stakes gambler carried out the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history. 

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Collins responds to President's reported statements on African countries

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“We have to look at the international ramifications of the statement.”

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Student of the Week: Lindsay Lee

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Lindsay Lee is a senior athlete from Park County High School in Livingston. She plays golf and is on the softball team. With a 3.8 GPA, Lindsay is involved with the National Honor Society. She would like to go to medical school and become a pathologist. Lindsay is the daughter of Robin and Todd Lee. More>>

DPHHS announces program to reduce child abuse, neglect, and deaths

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DPHHS chief Sheila Hogan announced the agency’s new "First Years Initiative"

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Trump issues warning, but continues to honor Iran deal

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President Donald Trump warned in a statement previewed by senior administration officials that that the waiver will be the last he issues. 

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Young father of 3 killed in Idaho avalanche

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Adam Wayne Andersen, 36, was snowmobiling with a group in the Mt. Jefferson area of Fremont County when the avalanche was triggered.

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Founder of Yellowstone Club in Montana agrees to $3 million settlement with creditors

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The founder of the high-end Yellowstone Club resort near Big Sky agreed Friday to pay $3 million to investors who said they were owed hundreds of millions, according to court documents. 

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Actor and Montana Resident Bill Pullman premieres new movie in Whitehall

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BUTTE - People will get a chance to meet a star at Whitehall's Star Theatre later this month. Actor and Montana Resident Bill Pullman will be at the Star Theatre for the Premier of his latest film "The Ballad of Lefty Brown." The premiere of this western, which was shot in Montana, will also be a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Museum. Organizers say it was Pullman's idea to support the Museum. “He had the idea of giving back to the museum as an homage to the... More>>

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte honors two Butte veterans

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BUTTE -  The Assembly call was made at Butte’s Marine Corps League hall in Butte to honor two local veterans, Michael Lawson and the late Phillip Lyons. U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte honored these men along with other veterans around the state who should honorable service in the military and to their communities. “Montana has the second highest number of veterans per capita of any state in the country and we all have an incredible debt, so on behalf of the U.S. govern... More>>

MHP trooper charged with assault in Great Falls

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Michael George Flood has been charged with partner/family member assault in Great Falls. 

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Leadership Montana meets in Helena

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Growing tomorrow’s leaders today for Montana was the focus of a luncheon held at the Capitol rotunda.

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Polson postal contractors arrested in drug sting

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Lake County Sheriff Don Bell reports that the contractors are facing felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute charges. 

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Student of the Week: Roman Hendrickson Jr

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Roman Hendrickson, Jr. is a senior standout at Twin Bridges High School where he participates in cross-country and track. Roman is also a volunteer firefighter. With a 3.8 GPA, he is a member of the National Honor Society. Roman would like to attend Carroll College and enter the medical field. More>>

Dick Durbin refutes Trump, says he did say "sh*tholes" -- repeatedly

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Sen. Dick Durbin refuted President Trump's tweeted denials that he used the phrase "sh*thole countries" when discussing legal protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. 

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Robots take over CES

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Whether they walk, roll or bark, robots are big at CES this year.  

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Idaho school district cancels classes due to flu outbreak

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According to reports, as of Jan. 10 the district absentee rate reached 28 percent. In one school building 15 staff members were on sick leave.

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NorthWestern Energy electric rates in MT: Still among highest in region

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Montana’s largest electric utility will file its first full rate case this year in a decade – but, as a starting point, NorthWestern Energy’s residential rates already are close to the highest in the region, for private utilities. 

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Inmate dies in Jefferson County Detention Center

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Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle said an inmate died in the county jail Thursday morning. 

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Teens are eating laundry detergent for the "Tide Pod Challenge"

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A government watchdog is expressing concern over the dangerous misuse of a laundry detergent. 

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Top stories from today's Montana This Morning

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Trending video: A snowstorm that delights

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More than 12,000 pounds of snow is falling at The Sunshine Cottage School for the Deaf in Texas. Children took to the slopes this morning for the special snow day. More>>

Powerful storm slams Midwest

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A powerful storm takes aim across the Midwest this morning as a large swath of the US is experiencing huge up and down extremes in temperatures.  Just days after matching the longest cold snap on record, Chicago was flirting with historic warmth on Thursday but is headed for below freezing temperatures again over the weekend.  More>>

Flu season warning: Babies and children hit particularly hard this year

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The U.S. is being hit with one of the worst flu seasons in years, with 45 states reporting widespread illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — four times as many as this time last year. Experts warn that young children are particularly vulnerable. 

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User group says Bureau of Reclamation damaging the Bighorn River in Montana

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BILLINGS - A group of Bighorn River water users issued a report Thursday that raps the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for managing the Yellowtail Dam in ways that have cost taxpayers, farmers, ranchers and the fishing economy tens of millions of dollars.

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Facebook to show more content from friends, less from publishers and brands

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Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to devote 2018 to "fixing" Facebook.

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Montana Sam's Club stores spared amid wave of closures for company

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No Montana Sam's Club locations are among the list of closure the company announced Thursday. 

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Cashless businesses stir concern

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More businesses are no longer accepting cash payments; it's credit and debit cards only.

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Trump uses vulgar term to describe some immigrants as he rejects bipartisan deal

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President Donald Trump, using vulgar terms, rejected a pitch Thursday from a bipartisan team of senators on a compromise immigration deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security.

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Belgrade shooting: Estranged husband of victim arrested, HAVEN issues statement

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Joseph Paul Dewise was arrested on an initial charge of deliberate homicide.

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MT candidate filing kicks off for 2018 elections

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Candidate filing for state offices in Montana’s 2018 elections kicked off Thursday at the Capitol

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Big Horn County Attorney announces "crackdown" on expecting mothers for drug and alcohol use

The Big Horn County Attorney in Hardin announced Thursday plans to crack down on women who use drugs or alcohol while pregnant. 

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Two face drug charges after police stop man twice in same day

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A man and woman appeared in Justice Court Thursday on felony drug charges -- less than 24 hours after the man was involved, but not charged, in a separate incident involving meth and firearms.

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Tester announces he's joining Senate Commerce Committee

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Saying he will help boost Montana's economy, Sen. Jon Tester announced Tuesday he has been appointed to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. 

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NASA 3D Telescope Flight - Orion Nebula

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Astronomers and visualization specialists from NASA's Universe of Learning program have combined visible and infrared vision of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to create an unprecedented, three-dimensional, fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula, a nearby star-forming region. 

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Montana Ag: Optimism at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention

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Farmers and ranchers are attending the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention this week in Nashville and they were treated to an address from President Donald Trump.

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MSU researcher pioneers study of wildlife crossings

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Scientists at Montana State University’s Western Transportation Institute and their influential research on the world’s largest complex of wildlife crossing structures were featured in a recent article in Canadian Geographic magazine.

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