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The Lolo Peak fire was first spotted on July 17.  (Lolo National Forest photo) The Lolo Peak fire was first spotted on July 17. (Lolo National Forest photo)

Officials release name of Montana firefighter killed by falling tree Video included

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A Montana firefighter was killed by a falling tree in the Lolo National Forest. 

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Jury finds Billings man guilty of decades old child rape Video included

Calvin is charged with three felony sex offenses (MTN News) Calvin is charged with three felony sex offenses (MTN News)
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Before releasing the jury to deliberate on Wednesday, Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Mary Barry and Defense Attorney Lisa Bazant squared off over rape myths and victim credibility. 

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Q2 Weather: Fire concerns and a risk of severe storms Video included

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Wildfire risk will be high Thursday with a combination of wind, low humidity, and hot temperatures. Click for important details.

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Grizzly bear seen west of White Sulphur Springs

Grizzly bear seen west of White Sulphur Springs. Grizzly bear seen west of White Sulphur Springs.
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The grizzly appeared to be alone, and FWP is not aware of any conflicts involving the bear.

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Cecil the Lion’s son Xanda reportedly killed by trophy hunter

Cecil is seen, in this photo, several weeks before he was killed by a group of hunters, who now face poaching charges, in Zimbabwe.  Cecil was found beheaded and skinned.  CREDIT: Brent Stapelkamp Cecil is seen, in this photo, several weeks before he was killed by a group of hunters, who now face poaching charges, in Zimbabwe. Cecil was found beheaded and skinned. CREDIT: Brent Stapelkamp
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Cecil the Lion's cub, Xanda, has been killed by a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe.

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Bullock names new chief of staff with national political experience

Tom Lopach Tom Lopach
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Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday named a new chief of staff, who has national political experience, MTN News has learned. 

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Democrats really, really, really don't like Donald Trump

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Democrats are setting new records for just how much they don't like President Donald Trump. Over the last six decades, new presidents have garnered an average 46% approval rating in Gallup polling from the opposing party during the first six months of their tenure. For Donald Trump and the Democrats? 8%. 

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John Wayne Gacy victim identified as teenage runaway Video included

James Byron Haakenson is seen in a photo the Cook County Sheriff's Office provided to CBS Chicago. James Byron Haakenson is seen in a photo the Cook County Sheriff's Office provided to CBS Chicago.
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An Illinois sheriff's office has identified another victim of the notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy: a 16-year-old runaway from Minnesota. 

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Helena man sentenced for raping girl at health club

Andrew James Hohn of Helena in June 2016 court appearance. Andrew James Hohn of Helena in June 2016 court appearance.
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Prosecutors said the child was swimming in the pool with a relative when she went to use the restroom at the club. The man followed the girl and attacked her behind the locked door.

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Producers look toward industrial hemp future in Montana Video included

Senate Bill 261 passed in Montana in 2001, allowing the production of hemp as an agricultural crop. But, farming officials say it's taken the past 16 years to get the crop into the ground. Senate Bill 261 passed in Montana in 2001, allowing the production of hemp as an agricultural crop. But, farming officials say it's taken the past 16 years to get the crop into the ground.
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 Montana is now one of three states to allow industrial hemp farming and producers are hoping to benefit from the specialty crop.

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Boy trips, falls and discovers million-year-old Ice Age fossil

Jude Sparks, 10, said he literally fell on this 1.2-million-year-old stegomastodon skull on the outskirts of his neighborhood in Las Cruces, New Mexico. NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY Jude Sparks, 10, said he literally fell on this 1.2-million-year-old stegomastodon skull on the outskirts of his neighborhood in Las Cruces, New Mexico. NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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Researchers have their hands on a rare fossil from the Pleistocene era thanks to a 10-year-old's clumsiness.

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Motorcyclist killed in Bozeman crash

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A motorcyclist was killed in a crash Wednesday afternoon in Bozeman.

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Woman arrested in Anaconda arson; person of interest in two other fires

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A North Dakota woman has been arrested in connection with an arson fire at an Anaconda residence. 

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Bullock declares drought disaster in 28 counties, 5 Indian Reservations Video included

Governor Steve Bullock (MTN News photo) Governor Steve Bullock (MTN News photo)
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Montana Gov. Steve Bullock issued an Executive Order on Wednesday declaring the following 28 counties and five Indian Reservations are in a drought disaster. 

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Senator John McCain diagnosed with brain tumor

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Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, has been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, according to a statement released by his family and the Mayo Clinic. 

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Construction begins on 2-mile stretch of Central Avenue Video included

The road is down to one lane in each direction (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) The road is down to one lane in each direction (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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Construction: It's one of Montana's most important and expensive summer traditions. 

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Sen. Daines dines with the president; talks about filibuster, 'getting things done'

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.
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The discussion included health care, tax reform, the federal debt ceiling and the nation’s $20 trillion federal debt, he said.

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World Champion The Burger Dive set to appear on 'Man vs. Food'

The Burger Dive in Billings will be featured on the upcoming season of "Man Vs. Food" (MTN News Photo) The Burger Dive in Billings will be featured on the upcoming season of "Man Vs. Food" (MTN News Photo)
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The Burger Dive is the reigning world champion, so it only makes sense that a television food series would make its way to the Magic City to taste World Burger Champion.

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ZooMontana receives sponsorships, $10K for several projects

(ZooMontana) (ZooMontana)
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ZooMontana received a flurry of donations this week to kick off several projects.

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Q2 Weather: Here we go again ramping up the temperatures Video included

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Wednesday our weather seems to be in kind of a holding pattern, we seem to be just in between weather disturbances. The skies in Billings appear to be mostly clear except for a little haze or stagnant air in it. However, the temperature is starting to warm up into the upper 80s on our way to the low 90s. Even with that type of temperature we are only expecting a few isolated showers across Montana. 

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President Trump to GOP senators: 'Inaction is not an option'

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President Donald Trump asked Republican senators not to leave town for their August recess without passing a health care reform plan that makes good on seven years of promises to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. 

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Wednesday morning on 1 Billings West End street: 2 crashes, 5 vehicles, 6 injuries Video included

A two-vehicle crash between a pickup truck and a mini van closed a West End intersection Wednesday morning. (MTN news/ Paul Humphrey photo) A two-vehicle crash between a pickup truck and a mini van closed a West End intersection Wednesday morning. (MTN news/ Paul Humphrey photo)
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Six people were injured Wednesday morning in two separate crashes involving five vehicles on 56th Street West. 

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Serial rapist sentenced to 365 years in prison

Shawn Freeman Shawn Freeman
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An Oklahoma man convicted of kidnapping and raping several women in 2014 and 2015 has been sentenced to 365 years in prison. 

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Police still looking for body of missing Billings man identified as murder victim

Wanner (Facebook) Wanner (Facebook)
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Three weeks after he was reported missing, the body of a Billings man has yet to be found. 

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University of Montana student arrested, detained in China Video included

University of Montana senior Guthrie McLean (left). (Courtesy photo) University of Montana senior Guthrie McLean (left). (Courtesy photo)
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A University of Montana student remains behind bars in a Chinese prison after an altercation with a cab driver.

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TIP-MONT line helps catch poachers

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Callers are kept confidential and rewards of up to $1,000 are possible.

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US Congress takes step toward giving baby Charlie Gard residency

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A US Congressional committee has voted in favor of giving the terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard and his parents permanent residency so the child can undergo an experimental treatment in the country.

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Missing Swiss couple found frozen in Alps after 75 years Video included

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A Swiss couple who disappeared from their farm in the Alps during World War II have finally been found, 75 years later, mummified in a glacier. 

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Wildfire forces thousands from homes, threatens power at Yosemite

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Around 4,000 people have been forced from their homes as a massive wildfire quickly grows in California.  Hundreds of firefighters are pushing through rough terrain to fight the flames. The fire is only five percent contained.  It has burned thousands of acres in central California and could cut power to Yosemite National Park.  CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers reports fire crews are coming in from all over California to fight what's being called the Detwiler... More>>

Montana sheriff denies accusations in recall effort Video included

Pondera County Sheriff Carl Suta. (MTN News photo) Pondera County Sheriff Carl Suta. (MTN News photo)
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The sheriff said Tuesday the accusations in the recall petition are false. 

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Candidates for Billings mayor discuss city's future at first forum Video included

Hafer, Essmann, Cole, Egnew (MTN News Photo) Hafer, Essmann, Cole, Egnew (MTN News Photo)
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The 90 minute forum in front of several dozen people at the Fortin Culinary Center tackled a wide-variety of topics from tax increment financing to whether or not a candidate would support a non-discrimination ordinance.

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Billings to host second Montana Young Professionals Summit Video included

McCandless (MTN News Photo) McCandless (MTN News Photo)
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Montana's workforce is aging, but an upcoming summit hopes to help grow and keep the younger generation in the state. 

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Moon dust-stained bag expected to fetch millions at auction

The bag used to bring moon rocks home from Neil Armstrong's 1969 moon landing. CBS NEWS The bag used to bring moon rocks home from Neil Armstrong's 1969 moon landing. CBS NEWS
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The bag is expected to fetch $2-4 million.

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Q2 Weather: Our pattern of hot days and evening storms continues Video included

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Shower and thunderstorm activity will take a brief break Wednesday. But the heat is definitely on duty.

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Montana man sent to prison for smothering crying baby Video included

Marc Palmer was sentenced for negligent homicide, tampering with physical evidence and aggravated assault. (Don Fisher/MTN News photo) Marc Palmer was sentenced for negligent homicide, tampering with physical evidence and aggravated assault. (Don Fisher/MTN News photo)
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The 26-year-old man was sentenced for negligent homicide, tampering with physical evidence and aggravated assault.

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Northern Cheyenne veteran walks across U.S. to honor fallen heroes

Gray in North Carolina (Nash County Sheriff's Office) Gray in North Carolina (Nash County Sheriff's Office)
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A retired Marine and Northern Cheyenne man is thousands of miles away from home, all to recognize fallen heroes.

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President Trump: 'We'll let Obamacare fail'

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The collapse of the Republican bid to repeal and replace Obamacare Monday, alongside chaos brewed by the Russia scandal, has revealed a stunted presidency and a White House struggling to master the levers of power. 

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Researchers conclude T. Rex couldn't run, walked instead

An image from digital modelling done by researchers at the University of Manchester, in northern England, shows a skeletal model of Tyrannosaurus rex walking. The modelling led the scientists to conclude that T. rex couldn't run. UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER An image from digital modelling done by researchers at the University of Manchester, in northern England, shows a skeletal model of Tyrannosaurus rex walking. The modelling led the scientists to conclude that T. rex couldn't run. UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
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Tyrannosaurus rex was a slowpoke. 

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Fairview man killed, passenger injured in weekend rollover crash Video included

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A Fairview man is dead after his pickup rolled early Sunday morning. Montana Highway Patrol reported the Dodge Dakota pickup was northbound on Highway 162 north of Fairview. 

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Victim in Yellowstone County rape trial testifies about 10 years of sexual abuse Video included

Calvin is on trial for rape (MTN News) Calvin is on trial for rape (MTN News)
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A woman took the stand Tuesday to share publically for the first time the details of sexual abuse she suffered in Melstone, Huntley and Billings when she was a child. 

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MT GOP’ers want straight repeal of `Obamacare’; Tester and Bullock preach bipartisan fix Video included

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.
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As U.S. Senate Republicans’ latest plan to repeal and replace “Obamacare” crashed and burned, two of the state’s top GOP officeholders said Tuesday they support a straight repeal of the health-care law – with a delayed effective date. 

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Tip-a-Cop fundraiser brings in money for Special Olympics Montana Video included

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Good food for a good cause was served up at MacKenzie River Pizza on Tuesday. 

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Gov. Bullock forms PAC to support possible run for federal office

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Montana Gov. Steve Bullock
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Gov. Steve Bullock confirmed Tuesday that he's formed a political action committee to fund a possible run for federal office – but won't say which office. 

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Krispy Kreme returning to Billings after nine years Video included

Construction crews are already working on the northwest corner of the property (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) Construction crews are already working on the northwest corner of the property (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is returning to Billings.

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Newborn dies of viral meningitis after kiss

Baby Mariana Sifrit contracted viral meningitis caused by HSV-1 when she was 1 week old. Baby Mariana Sifrit contracted viral meningitis caused by HSV-1 when she was 1 week old.
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Mariana Sifrit, the infant girl who contracted viral meningitis caused by HSV-1 when she was less than a week old, died Tuesday morning, her mother posted on Facebook. 

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Montana woman charged after she reportedly tried to swallow a bag of meth

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Earlla Nelson has been charged in Great Falls after she reportedly tried to swallow a bag of meth in order to hide it from a police officer. 

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Walmart releases fruit punch-flavored pickles

These pickles are fruity (Walmart) These pickles are fruity (Walmart)
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In a world where you can have any flavor you like, it is now possible to have fruit punch-flavored pickles. 

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Donations sought for family of Lolo girl killed in crash

Carli Miller, 8, died in the accident. (gofundme photo) Carli Miller, 8, died in the accident. (gofundme photo)
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A gofundme account has raised $9,500 of a $10,000 goal as of Tuesday morning.

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Suspicious fires investigated in Anaconda Video included

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Anaconda police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are assisting the Anaconda Fire Department in investigating two structure Fires that occurred just days apart and a few blocks away from each other. 

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Montana Made: Goertzen Adventure Equipment Video included

Goertzen Adventure Equipment owner Joe Goertzen inside his Missoula shop. (MTN News photo) Goertzen Adventure Equipment owner Joe Goertzen inside his Missoula shop. (MTN News photo)
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What started as a hobby has grown into a lucrative career for one Missoula entrepreneur.

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Semi rollover crash blocks I-94 east of Billings

A semi rolled over and blocked both westbound lanes of I-94 east of Billings on Tuesday morning. (MTN News/Rob Monaco photo) A semi rolled over and blocked both westbound lanes of I-94 east of Billings on Tuesday morning. (MTN News/Rob Monaco photo)
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A semi rollover crash blocked the westbound lanes of Interstate 94 east of Billings. 

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Thunderbirds land in Great Falls ahead of weekend air show Video included

USAF Thunderbirds arrive in Great Falls. (MTN News photo) USAF Thunderbirds arrive in Great Falls. (MTN News photo)
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Organizers are expecting as many as 50,000 people to attend the weekend-long event.

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Helena police sergeant charged with aggravated DUI Video included

Helena police Sgt. Corey Livesay has been charged with aggravated DUI. Helena police Sgt. Corey Livesay has been charged with aggravated DUI.
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A sergeant with the Helena Police Department pleaded not guilty to two driving under the influence charges after allegedly having a blood-alcohol content level more than twice the legal limit. 

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for Franklin Stanley

Franklin Stanley Franklin Stanley
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The United States Marshals Service District of Montana has issued a BOLO Alert (Be-on-the-Lokkout) for Franklin Stanley. 

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Petition to recall Montana sheriff approved

Suta said Monday he is aware of the petition but is reserving comment until after he has spoken with his lawyer. (Facebook photo- Carl Suta for Pondera County Sheriff) Suta said Monday he is aware of the petition but is reserving comment until after he has spoken with his lawyer. (Facebook photo- Carl Suta for Pondera County Sheriff)
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Petitioners cite incompetence as their reason for recall.

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Girl, 8, identified as victim of fatal crash near Lolo

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An 8-year-old Lolo girl has been identified as the victim in a head-on fatal crash west of Lolo.

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Tens of thousands of mink worth some $750K set free in Minnesota

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Authorities say up to 40,000 mink are on the loose in central Minnesota after being released late Sunday or early Monday from a fur farm.

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Pigs as pets ordinance discussed again at Billings city council Video included

(Courtesy: PotbelliedPigs.com) (Courtesy: PotbelliedPigs.com)
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Pigs as pets was taken up in a Billings city council work session again on Monday. 

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Latest health care bill collapses following defections from 2 Republican senators

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was handed devastating news Monday evening just hours after the Senate was gaveled back into session: Two more defections on his health care bill. 

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Billings man who ran over teenage pedestrian charged with driving drunk

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The driver that hit a 14-year-old boy as he was crossing the street in Billings on Saturday was allegedly drunk, according to court documents filed Monday. 

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After mistrial in March, decades old child rape case tried again in Yellowstone County Video included

Robert Calvin is charged with three felony sex offenses (MTN News) Robert Calvin is charged with three felony sex offenses (MTN News)
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The decades old child rape case that resulted in a mistrial in March, commenced for the second time on Monday in Yellowstone County District Court. 

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State budget draining $30M from fire fund – but firefighting money still available

MT DNRC Director John Tubbs MT DNRC Director John Tubbs
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A state budget-reduction bill is likely to drain $30 million from Montana’s firefighting fund this year, but enough money remains to cover 2017 firefighting costs, the state’s top lands official said Monday. 

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Montana Native Women's Coalition director sentenced to prison for embezzlement

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One of the two administrators at a pair of Montana agencies designed to better the lives of battered and sexually abused Native American women accused of stealing money from the nonprofits has been sentenced. 

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Vehicle of suspect in triple homicide case found at Wyoming campground Video included

The vehicle involved in a triple homicide last month has been discovered in a remote Wyoming campground, police said Monday. The Canyon County Sheriff's Office says the white 2007 Ford Focus was found northwest of Moran, Wyo. The vehicle involved in a triple homicide last month has been discovered in a remote Wyoming campground, police said Monday. The Canyon County Sheriff's Office says the white 2007 Ford Focus was found northwest of Moran, Wyo.
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The vehicle involved in a triple homicide last month has been discovered, CBS-affiliate KBOI reports, in a remote Wyoming campground. 

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Woman with 95-inch hips determined to break world record despite health warnings

Bobbi-Jo Westley, 42 (INSIDE EDITION) Bobbi-Jo Westley, 42 (INSIDE EDITION)
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For this Pennsylvania woman, big is not big enough. Bobbi-Jo Westley, 42, has hips that measure a whopping 95 inches and says she won’t stop growing them until she shatters the world record. 

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Former Montana U.S. Senator Conrad Burns laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery Video included

Burns was laid to rest on Monday (Burns Family) Burns was laid to rest on Monday (Burns Family)
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The late U.S. Senator for Montana known for his powerful broadcast voice that sometimes sparked controversy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. 

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4.0 earthquake rattles Lincoln area

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.0 temblor hit 13 miles southeast of Lincoln shortly before 3 a.m. on Monday.

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Sidney man admits to fatal shooting at construction site Video included

Ray Hansen pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide (RCDF) Ray Hansen pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide (RCDF)
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The Sidney man accused of gunning down a construction worker while he was on a job site in Sidney last August has admitted to the murder.

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Doctors find 27 contact lenses in woman's eye

This clump of 17 contacts was found in one patient's eye. Another 10 were pulled out later. This clump of 17 contacts was found in one patient's eye. Another 10 were pulled out later.
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A 67-year-old woman scheduled for routine cataract surgery in November thought it was just dry eye and old age causing her discomfort.

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Delta vs. Ann Coulter: Why it's is a big deal

Coulter went off on the airline in a tweetstorm starting Saturday when she was moved from a seat she had pre-booked. Coulter went off on the airline in a tweetstorm starting Saturday when she was moved from a seat she had pre-booked.
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Delta Air Lines willingly picked a social media street fight on Sunday with professional provocateur Ann Coulter, who has 1.6 million Twitter followers. 

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Smoke from wildfires causing haze in some parts of Montana

Smoky skies over Great Falls on Monday morning. Smoky skies over Great Falls on Monday morning.
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Smoke from wildfires near Lincoln and Wolf Creek are creating hazy conditions in some places.

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Minnesota man drowns in Flathead River Video included

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The Minneapolis man died Friday evening in the north fork of the Flathead River.  

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Billings lawyer faces sanctions for obstructing political probe

A District Court judge has agreed to impose sanctions on Billings lawyer Emily Jones, for her interference in a political practices investigation. A District Court judge has agreed to impose sanctions on Billings lawyer Emily Jones, for her interference in a political practices investigation.
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A District Court judge has agreed to impose sanctions on a Billings lawyer accused of attempting to obstruct an investigation into a so-called dark money group by the state Commissioner of Political Practices.

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Caitlyn Jenner latest celebrity to float run for office Video included

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Caitlyn Jenner is the latest celebrity to float a run for political office in the age of President Donald Trump. 

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Meet Jigabug, Montana's first therapy miniature horse Video included

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You may have heard of therapy dogs, but what about a therapy horse? 

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Hot dogs recalled over pieces of bone

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Millions of pounds of Sabrett hot dogs and sausages -- as well as similar foods sold under other popular brand names -- have been recalled after customers reported small pieces of bone and cartilage in some of the foods.

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1 killed, several hurt in crash near Lolo Video included

One person died and five others were taken to Missoula hospitals after a Sunday crash west of Lolo. 

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Rescue Mission in Billings reopens bargain centers Video included

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The Montana Rescue Mission recently reopened its Bargain Center Second Chance Store. 

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Answers demanded after Minneapolis cop shoots woman dead with body camera off

Justine Damond in undated family photo / CBS MINNEAPOLIS Justine Damond in undated family photo / CBS MINNEAPOLIS
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Family, residents and this city's mayor are demanding to know why a woman was fatally shot by a police officer over the weekend and why the officer's body camera was off at the time.

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Family of woman killed by pit bull mauling holds fundraiser

Melissa Barnes (GoFundMe) Melissa Barnes (GoFundMe)
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Family and friends of Melissa Barnes, the Bozeman woman who was killed by two dogs late last month, gathered at Smith’s Grocery Store on Saturday for a fundraiser. 

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