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Special election absentee ballot return strong for Yellowstone County Video included

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Thursday's special election has a strong turn out of absentee ballots.

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Police warn of lawn care business scam in Montana

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Montana law enforcement agencies have had reports of a Lawn Care business scam, according to a press release from the Billings Police Department.

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Q2 Weather: Windy Wednesday Video included

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Gusty winds will highlight Wednesday’s weather. A cold front punching through will create warm afternoon temperatures, with the risk of a quick moving shower or thunderstorm. Click for more, including your 7 Day Forecast.

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Poplar woman admits stabbing boyfriend to death

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The Poplar woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in February of 2016 pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on Wednesday. 

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SUV rolls into Billings ditch, no one injured

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 A parked SUV crashed through a fence and down a short embankment into a ditch on Solomon Avenue just east of 24th Street West on Wednesday.

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Graco recalls more than 25,000 car seats

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Graco is recalling more than 25,000 car seats that might not adequately restrain children during a crash.

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Restaurant near site of Montana deputy's murder hands officers a "thank you" instead of a bill

The note was left for law enforcement at the Oasis Restaurant (Rosebud County Sheriff's Office Facebook) The note was left for law enforcement at the Oasis Restaurant (Rosebud County Sheriff's Office Facebook)
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A social media post about how the Oasis restaurant in Manhattan, MT showed its support for law enforcement with a free meal and a kind note has gone viral on Facebook. 

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Q2 Weather: Fire risk heightened Wednesday

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Gusty winds will highlight Montana’s Wednesday afternoon weather.  But, the threat of wildfires brings extra concern to Northeast Montana, and around Billings. Click for more.

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Beekeeping in Big Sky Country

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Honey bees may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Montana, but there is definitely a buzz under the Big Sky thanks to these hard workers.

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Montana Made: Parker's Hangover Tonic Video included

Parker's Hangover Tonic (MTN News) Parker's Hangover Tonic (MTN News)
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Tucked in an old poker room in the back of the Driftwood Bar in Cascade, Amy Eisenzimer (formerly Parker) mixes just five ingredients to make a drink with a kick: Parker's Hangover Tonic.

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New storage units benefit the homeless in Denver

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Storage units now sit on the sidewalk in downtown Denver.

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The average American doesn't use half of their vacation days

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Are you dreaming of a summer vacation you know you won't take? It's not just you.

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Landslide buries California's iconic coastal highway

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Dirt and stones are blocking the sweeping views of a coastal scenic highway in California.

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Quist makes last campaign stop in Billings Video included

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Dozens of supporters rallied at The Garage at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company to meet with Democratic candidate Rob Quist on Tuesday. 

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Billings Flying Service helps locate burglary suspect Video included

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The Billings Flying Services helped track down a man accused of felony burglary on Monday evening.

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Funeral honors life and service of fallen Montana Deputy Mason Moore Video included

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Hundreds of officers stood at attention, some wiping tears from their faces as Deputy Mason Moore’s body was taken to the Bridge Church for the funeral service on Tuesday. 

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FCC won't take action against Colbert over Trump joke

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The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that it will not take any action over a joke made by Stephen Colbert about President Donald Trump. 

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1 dead and 9 hospitalized with botulism after eating nacho cheese sauce

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One person is dead and nine others were hospitalized after they contracted botulism from eating contaminated nacho cheese sauce at a gas station outside of Sacramento, California, state and local officials said. 

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Butte woman killed by train in Miles City identified Video included

Alex Thatcher died Sunday (Facebook) Alex Thatcher died Sunday (Facebook)
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The Butte woman struck and killed by a train in Miles City early Sunday was identified in an obituary posted Tuesday in the Montana Standard. 

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Human Trafficking conference for community, law enforcement underway at MSU-B Video included

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In less than two years, nearly 70 human trafficking victims have been identified in Billings and the surrounding areas. 

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Billings businesses could be designated as safe haven for LGBT people Video included

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Businesses in Downtown Billings could soon become “safe places” for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. 

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Daines, Tester react to President Trump's budget proposal

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The White House sent its $4.1 trillion dollar spending plan to Capitol Hill Tuesday. 

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Quist battles against questions over finances, taxes Video included

Democratic U.S. House candidate Rob Quist Democratic U.S. House candidate Rob Quist
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Rob Quist is best-known for his music – but he’s also faced questions in the campaign about his finances and taxes. 

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Billings cardiologist enters agreement with prosecutors to dismiss criminal case Video included

John Wilson Verbsky (YCDF) John Wilson Verbsky (YCDF)
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The Billings cardiologist accused of committing domestic violence in December will not be prosecuted for the crimes as long as he follows the terms of his agreement with prosecutors.

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Q2 Weather: We are currently in the warm before the storm Video included

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If you could save the weather in a bottle and bring it out when you needed it, Tuesday would be that kind of day to save in a bottle.The temperatures are comfortable the sky is sunny the breezes are lights and southerly.It almost feels like room temperature outside on Tuesday.

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Trump's budget numbers: What gets cut, what gets bolstered

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President Donald Trump's team released its first full budget proposal on Tuesday, and while lawmakers are likely to dismiss most of it -- as they traditionally do with most White House wishlists -- the document provides fresh insight into the administration's priorities.

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Funeral service held for Deputy Mason Moore Video included

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A funeral service was held Tuesday morning for Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore.

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Woman charged with biting Cascade County jail officer

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Court documents state that Heggen had "defecated herself and smeared it across her cell floor." 

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Montana man accused of stabbing grandmother to death Video included

Tyler Smith is accused of stabbing Vicki Smith, 64, Monday afternoon in her home. Tyler Smith is accused of stabbing Vicki Smith, 64, Monday afternoon in her home.
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A 21-year-old Anaconda man is in jail Tuesday in connection with the stabbing death of his grandmother. 

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Elaborate senior photos allow students to live out their fantasies in yearbook

For her senior yearbook photo, Carlee Hebert skipped the studio and headed to her backyard pool. (CREDIT: Digi Smiles) For her senior yearbook photo, Carlee Hebert skipped the studio and headed to her backyard pool. (CREDIT: Digi Smiles)
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For her senior yearbook photo, 17-year-old Carlee Hebert skipped the studio and headed to her backyard pool. 

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"007" actor Sir Roger Moore dies at 89, family says Video included

Roger Moore has died at age 89. Roger Moore has died at age 89.
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Sir Roger Moore, the actor famed for portraying James Bond in seven "007" films has died.

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Townsend preps for deputy’s procession

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Nearly 500 law enforcement officers and first responders will participate in honoring Broadwater County Deputy Mason Moore on Tuesday.

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ACLU complaint alleges racial discrimination at Montana high school basketball game Video included

During a public forum in Billings, Meg Singer, left, with the Montana ACLU, introduced Brandy and Elsworth GoesAhead. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News) During a public forum in Billings, Meg Singer, left, with the Montana ACLU, introduced Brandy and Elsworth GoesAhead. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana has filed a discrimination complaint to the Montana Human Rights Bureau on behalf of four Native Americans who allege that they were denied admission to a high school basketball game while white fans were being admitted.

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First Manchester concert attack victim identified Video included

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Georgina Callander is the first person killed in the Manchester, England concert attack to be publicly identified. 

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Q2 Weather: Roller coaster temperatures with a tail wind Video included

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Temperatures take a bit of a roller coaster ride through the rest of the week. And there is some wind to talk about as well. 

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Randy Lee Wittman

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The United States Marshals Service District of Montana has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lookout) for Randy Lee Wittman. 

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On Special Assignment: The Truth about Trafficking - Part 2 Video included

Billings is not immune to the human trafficking problem (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) Billings is not immune to the human trafficking problem (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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Pimps and traffickers are expert manipulators, often starting out as a boyfriend figure and gaining the victims trust and dependence before they start their abuse. 

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Woman killed by train in Miles City

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A Butte woman was killed when she was struck by a train in Miles City, according to a BNSF spokesman on Monday.

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Crews working hard to open Beartooth Pass for Memorial Day weekend Video included

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Plowing crews working the Beartooth Highway south of Red Lodge are confident the scenic road to Cooke City and the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park will be open in time for the start of the Memorial Day weekend Friday morning.

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Gianforte campaigns in Billings to win crucial county Video included

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Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte made a final push for votes in Montana's largest city on Monday. 

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Billings man charged for machete assault

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A Billings man is behind bars after threatening people with a machete for taking his girlfriend's phone. 

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Trump's budget to include paid family leave, but proposal may face trouble in Congress

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President Donald Trump's 2018 budget will push for the creation of a federal paid family leave program that will provide families after the birth or adoption of a child with six weeks of paid leave, a Trump administration official tells CNN. 

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Elephant crushes big game hunter to death after it is fatally shot

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A big game hunter was crushed to death after an elephant, which his friends had fatally shot, collapsed on top of him.

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Explosions kill 19 at concert in England, terrorism suspected

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There are fatalities following an incident at Manchester Arena in England on Monday, according to local police.

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Bullock vetoes health-care price transparency bill Video included

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Gov. Steve Bullock on Monday vetoed the session’s major bill to help health-care consumers do some comparison shopping, saying it might actually increase health-care costs.

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In final days of MT U.S. House campaign, healthcare is a focus Video included

U.S. House candidates Greg Gianforte (left) and Rob Quist U.S. House candidates Greg Gianforte (left) and Rob Quist
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The special election will be on Thursday, May 25th.

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Missoula photographer sues for unauthorized use of Rob Quist photo in attack ad

The mailer was sent out with Peterman's photo (U.S. District Court in Missoula) The mailer was sent out with Peterman's photo (U.S. District Court in Missoula)
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A Missoula photographer is suing the Republican National Committee for the unauthorized use of her photo in an attack ad against Montana’s democratic congressional candidate.

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Gov. Bullock orders flags at half-staff on Tuesday for Deputy Mason Moore Video included

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Governor Steve Bullock ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff on Tuesday to honor Broadwater County Deputy Sheriff Mason Moore. 

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Livingston metal shop destroyed by fire, still under investigation Video included

The metal shop was completely destroyed (Livingston Fire Department) The metal shop was completely destroyed (Livingston Fire Department)
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The cause of a massive fire that destroyed a metal shop in Livingston on Friday was still under investigation on Monday, according to the Livingston Fire Chief. 

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Billings man accused of threatening neighbor with machete over gardening mishap

Naasz is charged with one count of felony assault (YCDF) Naasz is charged with one count of felony assault (YCDF)
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A Billings man is accused of threatening his neighbor with a machete because he thought the victim was killing his flowers with a weed whacker, according to court documents filed Monday.  

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Victim of motorcycle crash in Big Horn County identified

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The motorcyclist killed in the crash south of Hardin on Sunday morning was identified Monday by the Big Horn County coroner.

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A Waiting Child: May Video included

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This month’s waiting children are a pair of twins, Aaron and Arianna. 

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American oil companies deepen Saudi ties, despite rivalry

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Saudi Arabia and American shale oil companies remain in a battle for global dominance that has sparked a rare bout of financial trouble for the kingdom and forced it to think about life after oil. 

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Missoula shooting sends man to hospital with head wound Video included

A man was shot in the head on West Broadway in Missoula early Monday. (Kent Luetzen/MTN News photo) A man was shot in the head on West Broadway in Missoula early Monday. (Kent Luetzen/MTN News photo)
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One man is in the hospital after being shot in the head Monday morning on West Broadway in Missoula. 

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Bicyclist, driver identified in fatal hit-and-run Video included

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The bicyclist who was hit and killed in Lake County on Sunday has been identified and a suspect is in custody.

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Early Morning Risers on MTM: Lonnie Bell on the radio Video included

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If you know KGHL’s classic country radio show host Lonnie Bell, then you know he's a man with some stories. 

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Billings man killed in motorcycle crash Video included

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The Montana Highway Patrol was dispatched to a crash in Big Horn County at 10:20 a.m. on Sunday.

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New fruit juice guidelines include big change for babies

The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines on how much fruit juice children should drink. ISTOCKPHOTO The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidelines on how much fruit juice children should drink. ISTOCKPHOTO
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Kids love their juice, but new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise parents to pull back on fruit juices of all kinds for children of all ages.

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Surf's up! Wayyy up: 64-foot monster wave recorded in Southern Ocean

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A buoy moored about 400 miles south of New Zealand recorded a monster wave Saturday towering nearly 20 meters high. 

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Trump becomes first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall

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President Trump on Monday became the first sitting American president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, which is considered Judaism's holiest site. 

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"Wear It Montana" campaign promotes use of life jackets Video included

The event was part of National Boat Safety Week The event was part of National Boat Safety Week
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"Wear It Montana" is a program that is part of a national program to stress the importance of wearing a life jacket when you are anywhere near water. 

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Killing at University of Maryland probed as possible hate crime Video included

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Police say 23-year-old Richard Collins III was stabbed and killed by Sean Urbanski while waiting for an Uber. 

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Colorado couple and 4-year-old son found dead in home

Elizabeth Stacy and John Paul Farrar (credit: Facebook) Elizabeth Stacy and John Paul Farrar (credit: Facebook)
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Police are investigating the deaths of a father, mother and their 4-year-old son at their home in Erie. 

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Q2 On Special Assignment: The Truth About Trafficking - Part 1 Video included

Billings sees three times the amount of human trafficking activity than any other city in Montana (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) Billings sees three times the amount of human trafficking activity than any other city in Montana (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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Billings sees three times the amount of human trafficking activity than any other city in Montana.

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Laurel High School seniors say goodbye in bittersweet graduation ceremony Video included

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Hundreds of students around the region graduated high school Sunday. In Laurel, it was bittersweet.

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Small town Roberts ready for Memorial Day with big display of American pride Video included

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With just about a week before the Memorial Day holiday, the town of Roberts has started remembering those who served the country.

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Bozeman neighborhood hit with anti-Semitic messages again Video included

Dan Lourie received the literature and joined in the walk. (MTN News) Dan Lourie received the literature and joined in the walk. (MTN News)
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Anti-Semitic pamphlets were dropped in one of Bozeman's neighborhoods on Saturday,  the second time the flyers have been distributed to those residents in 10 days.

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Flames destroy red Corvette Video included

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A Corvette went up in flames on Sunday afternoon in Lolo.

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Billings West End house fire causes $650K in damages Video included

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Firefighters responded quickly to a structure on fire in the Billings West End on Sunday afternoon. 

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Trump calls on Muslims to share burden in terror fight and 'drive them out'

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"This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations," Trump said. 

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Governor signs bill to protect domestic violence victims Video included

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Governor Steve Bullock came to Billings Saturday and signed four bills into law. One of the bills would help prevent domestic violence fatalities.

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Sea lion snatches girl from pier (Video)

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Some tourists in British Columbia got a bit of a scare when a sea lion grabbed a little girl and dragged her into the water. 

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Red Lodge teen killed in rollover crash, identified Video included

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A Carbon County resident was killed in a vehicle crash on Saturday afternoon, according to authorities. 

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Signal Peak suing companies for 2014 fire that caused $2.4 million in damages Video included

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Signal Peak Energy in Roundup is suing a trio of companies for allegedly causing more than $2 million in damage after the improper installation of equipment caused a fire in 2014. 

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State AGs to Sessions: Rescind criminal charging guidance

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More than a dozen state attorneys general sent US Attorney General Jeff Sessions a letter Thursday asking him to rescind criminal charging guidance he sent to prosecutors last week.

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