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Gov. Bullock declares drought emergency in eastern counties Video included

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On Friday, Gov. Steve Bullock issued an Executive Order declaring a drought emergency in Montana's eastern counties.

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Fire warnings in Big Horn County Video included

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Crow Native Days are underway in Big Horn County this weekend, and authorities are asking everyone to be extra careful with fire.

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Q2 Weather: Early summer fire concerns

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With unusually dry conditions already in existence across much of east and northeast Montana, we’re now looking at elevated fire concerns early next week for portions of central, south central and southeast Montana and north central Wyoming.

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Last of 3 defendants sentenced for murder, decapitation of man near Cody Video included

Pedro Garcia was sentenced to prison (MTN News) Pedro Garcia was sentenced to prison (MTN News)
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The last of three suspects in the murder of a man who was decapitated and dumped near Cody, Wyo. in 2013 was sentenced to prison on Friday. 

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Weekend planner for June 24-25, 2017 Video included

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There are some fan favorites on the list of events to pick from this weekend.

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15 bodies recovered, 118 missing in China landslide, according to state news Video included

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At least 15 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a landslide in southwestern China, state news outlets reported, citing emergency officials. 

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North Dakota family loses three homes in fire

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A family in Manning, N.D. is still trying to assess the damage a fire caused to their property.

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From cold case to case closed: Remains in Montana solve decades-old mystery

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After more than 40 years of wondering, a family now has closure. 

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With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House briefing

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The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so on Friday CNN got creative and sent a sketch artist.

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Great Plains Dinosaur Museum highlights discovery of dinosaur in new area

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Montana has a rich history when it comes to dinosaurs.

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Six inmates who saved guard's life rewarded with shorter sentences

The six Georgia inmates who chose to save a guard's life, rather than fleeing. (Courtesy of Polk County Sheriff's Office) The six Georgia inmates who chose to save a guard's life, rather than fleeing. (Courtesy of Polk County Sheriff's Office)
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Officer down. It's one of the scariest calls a sheriff can receive. 

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Missing hiker found alive in Bob Marshall Wilderness Video included

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The Lewis and Clark County Undersheriff Jason Grimmis confirmed Eric Hellmuth, 21, was found alive on Friday. 

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Q2 Weather: The cool down continues for Montana and Wyoming Video included

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A cool Northwest flow of air aloft will continue Friday across Montana as a strong jet stream remains over the region.

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Driver OK after vehicle crashes into Madison River

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At approximately 4 a.m. on Friday, deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash in the Madison River.

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Missoula man convicted of killing exchange student appeals case to US Supreme Court Video included

Marcus Kaarma sentenced for 2014 murder of exchange student (MTN News photo) Marcus Kaarma sentenced for 2014 murder of exchange student (MTN News photo)
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The man who was convicted of murdering a foreign exchange student in December of 2014 is now taking his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Woman identified in deadly crash near Crow Agency Video included

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Authorities have released the name of the woman, killed in a rollover crash near Crow Agency on Thursday.

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Cody banks fall victim to "quick change scam" Video included

The suspects got away with $7,500 (Cody Police Department) The suspects got away with $7,500 (Cody Police Department)
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The Cody Police Department issued a warning of a scheme that’s cost local banks about $7,500. 

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White House calls Johnny Depp's remark about assassination "sad"

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The White House responded Friday to actor Johnny Depp's comments alluding to assassinating President Donald Trump, calling his words 'sad.' 

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Missing Texas teen Kaytlynn Cargill's body found in landfill

Kaytlynn Cargill  CBS DFW Kaytlynn Cargill CBS DFW
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A missing 14-year-old's body was found in an Arlington, Texas, landfill on Wednesday. 

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Montana woman unearths mother’s story of survival

Angelica Osborne had a postcard her mother wrote to a friend from a German concentration camp, with a facing translation, copied onto a metal display panel. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News) Angelica Osborne had a postcard her mother wrote to a friend from a German concentration camp, with a facing translation, copied onto a metal display panel. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)
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Before her mother’s death in 1995, Angelica Osborne knew only a few things about her mother’s life in World War II-era Germany, before she married an American soldier and came to the United States.

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Communication gap between women, doctors over heart attack risk Video included

KC Maurer suffered a heart attack when she was 40 years old. CBS NEWS KC Maurer suffered a heart attack when she was 40 years old. CBS NEWS
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Heart disease kills more American women than all types of cancer combined, yet many don't discuss the dangers with their doctor. 

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Manhunt for son who allegedly killed father with bat on Father's Day

Police have a warrant for the arrest of Michael Marchalk for allegedly killing his father with a baseball bat PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE VIA WHP Police have a warrant for the arrest of Michael Marchalk for allegedly killing his father with a baseball bat PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE VIA WHP
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Authorities are searching for a man suspected of beating his father to death with a baseball bat on Father's Day. 

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Montana woman charged after police say they found meth in home with children

Monica L. Richards, 35, is charged with possession of dangerous drugs and endangering the welfare of children, both felonies. Monica L. Richards, 35, is charged with possession of dangerous drugs and endangering the welfare of children, both felonies.
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A Montana woman accused of having meth in a house with her children is facing a $10,000 bond after being seen in court Thursday.

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Woman's body found in Flathead River Video included

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This is the third body to be recovered from the Flathead River in the county this year.

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Fire destroys building in Grass Range

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Two people live in the building but were able to get out safely.

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Worst drought in nearly 30 years affecting northeast Montana Video included

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Numerous farmers and ranchers in the area said these are the worst conditions they've experienced since 1988.

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Search launched for man missing at Hebgen Lake

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A search is underway for a man thought to be missing from a campsite on the Madison Arm of Hebgen Lake. 

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Vandals spray paint homes and cars in Billings Video included

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A Billings neighborhood woke to a black spray paint mess.

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Vehicle involved in hit-and-run crashes, sends two to hospital Video included

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Local law enforcement responded to a single-vehicle crash on Thursday evening in Billings.

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Montana Department of Agriculture offers "Hay Hotline"

Severe droughts in the eastern portion of the state can mean a shortage of hay for cattle to graze on. (MTN News photo) Severe droughts in the eastern portion of the state can mean a shortage of hay for cattle to graze on. (MTN News photo)
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Severe droughts in the eastern portion of the state can mean a shortage of hay for cattle to graze on, so the Montana Department of Agriculture wants to remind people that its "Hay Hotline" is still available.  

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Gianforte hits the ground running on first day in office Video included

U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (right) shakes hands with U.S. Sen. Jon Tester U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte (right) shakes hands with U.S. Sen. Jon Tester
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Gianforte was elected in a May 25 special election to take the seat vacated by Ryan Zinke 

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A first look inside the new St. Francis school set for completion this summer Video included

Construction of the new school is set for completion in July (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) Construction of the new school is set for completion in July (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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Construction began on the new St. Francis building on Colton Avenue a little over a year ago.

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Montana leaders react to decision to delist Yellowstone grizzlies Video included

(Photo: Neal Herbert, YNP) (Photo: Neal Herbert, YNP)
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The U.S. Department of Interior announced it intends to lift endangered species protections for the population of grizzly bears living in the greater Yellowstone region on Thursday.

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Health care bill protesters stage "die-in" outside McConnell's office

People staged what they called a "die-in" (CBS) People staged what they called a "die-in" (CBS)
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Following the Senate's release of their version of the health care bill on Thursday, protesters organized outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office to voice their opinion against the legislation. 

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Former government worker charged with giving top-secret documents to China

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A former government employee has been arrested and charged with providing top-secret documents to an operative working for Chinese intelligence in exchange for $25,000 and lying to investigators. 

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At least 4 Senate Republicans oppose health care bill, putting it in jeopardy Video included

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Four Senate Republicans announced Thursday that they currently oppose the health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that was released only hours earlier, putting its passage in jeopardy. 

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Park County Sheriff warns of jury duty scam

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The Park County Sheriff Scott Steward is warning residents to be aware that a fraudulent caller has been calling resident stating they have missed an assigned jury duty.

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Hummus recalled over possible listeria contamination

Marketside classic hummus with pine nuts is among the products being recalled. Marketside classic hummus with pine nuts is among the products being recalled.
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Three brands of hummus produced by House of Thaller are being recalled for potential listeria contamination.

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Burger-lovers asked to embark on quest to find best burger in Montana Video included

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From bison burgers to patties sandwiched between onion rings, Montana burgers offer succulent diversity to diners. 

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Columbus motorcyclist dies two weeks after crash on I-90 Video included

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The Columbus man recently injured in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 90 near Columbus has died according to the Montana Highway Patrol on Thursday. 

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Alcohol suspected in fatal crash near Crow Agency Video included

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Alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash that killed a woman near Crow Agency on Thursday. 

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Daines hasn’t decided on latest Obamacare repeal bill; Tester blasts it

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines in his D.C. office U.S. Sen. Steve Daines in his D.C. office
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U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, fresh out of the first briefing on Senate Republicans’ bill to repeal “Obamacare” and overhaul national health-care policy, said Thursday he wants to scrutinize the measure before deciding whether to support it – and wants to hear what Montanans think, too. 

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Billings community chips in to build new playground at Friendship House Video included

Kids broke in the playground after the ribbon cutting (MTN News) Kids broke in the playground after the ribbon cutting (MTN News)
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The saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child, but in Billings the same was true for a new playground at the Friendship House. 

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Trump: I did not make recordings of Comey

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President Donald Trump did not record his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, he tweeted on Thursday, ending weeks of speculation kickstarted by the President himself. 

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Age is just a number for two Octogenarian rodeo stars Video included

Bud Clemons, 80, from Colorado and JW Campbell, 84, from Alberta, Canada went head-to-head in the Darby arena. (MTN News photo) Bud Clemons, 80, from Colorado and JW Campbell, 84, from Alberta, Canada went head-to-head in the Darby arena. (MTN News photo)
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Whoever said rodeo is a young man's game has clearly never seen the National Senior Pros do their thing.

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FraudWatch: Mortgage recovery scams

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Real estate professionals and lenders will tell you the purchase of a home is a person or a family’s biggest financial commitment. Scammers know this too, and they can use your fear of getting behind on house payments to take away your hard-earned money. 

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Man dies while performing face-down meditation in river

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Sheriff's deputies are investigating a case of a man who drowned while apparently practicing a face-down meditation technique in a Northern California river.

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GOP Senate health care bill released Video included

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Senate Republicans unveiled a "discussion draft" of the bill Thursday of their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare that would end the health care law's penalties for people who don't buy insurance, cut back an expansion of Medicaid, but would keep more protections for people with pre-existing conditions, compared to a House-passed bill. 

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Helena roundabouts spark debate

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Residents in the North Valley are divided about proposed roundabouts.

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Tester, Zinke wrangle over proposed cuts to Interior Department Video included

Tester asked Zinke how he and Trump can put forth a budget that "lacks vision" by cutting the program that much. Tester asked Zinke how he and Trump can put forth a budget that "lacks vision" by cutting the program that much.
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In a senate hearing on Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended the $1.6 billion in funding cuts proposed by President Trump to the Interior Department.

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Former Seminole chief to help other tribes grow legal weed

James Billie, an ex-chief of the Seminole Tribe and a Vietnam veteran has launched a finance firm to provide financing and legal counsel to other tribes to help them produce marijuana on their lands. (Credit: Biran Walker/CNN) James Billie, an ex-chief of the Seminole Tribe and a Vietnam veteran has launched a finance firm to provide financing and legal counsel to other tribes to help them produce marijuana on their lands. (Credit: Biran Walker/CNN)
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An ex-chief of the Seminole Tribe, with a legendary history of wrangling regulators as he pioneered the casino industry on tribal lands, plans to help other Native American groups grow and sell tax-free marijuana in states where it's legal. 

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Sears Canada files for bankruptcy

Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy early Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Credit: From Sears Holdings) Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy early Thursday, June 22, 2017. (Credit: From Sears Holdings)
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Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy early Thursday, making it the latest casualty of the crisis among traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. 

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Legal pot and car crashes: Yes, there's a link Video included

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Legalized recreational marijuana use in Colorado, Oregon and Washington correlates to about a 3 percent increase in auto collision claim frequencies compared to states without such legislation.

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Search continues for missing man in Bob Marshall Wilderness

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The man was part of a guided pack trip when he wandered away from the group’s campsite on Monday.

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Montana restaurant owner sentenced for bank fraud

The Shoot The Moon restaurant and the On The Border restaurant in Great Falls have closed. (MTN News/David Sherman photos) The Shoot The Moon restaurant and the On The Border restaurant in Great Falls have closed. (MTN News/David Sherman photos)
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Hatzenbeller is the former owner of several restaurants in Great Falls and across Montana.

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Big gift from BNSF marks start of Crow Native Days

The tribal flag flies over Crow Agency on Wednesday, the first day of summer. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News) The tribal flag flies over Crow Agency on Wednesday, the first day of summer. (Ed Kemmick/Last Best News)
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Crow Native Days got off to a good start on a beautiful summer solstice morning Wednesday, with several hundred people attending a prayer breakfast in the Crow Tribe’s multipurpose building. 

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RiverStone Health hears comment on proposed smoking rules Video included

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RiverStone Health is now proposing Rule 7 to meet state Clean Indoor Air Act standards.

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Missing/Endangered Person Advisory canceled for Missoula woman

Lyneia Aja, 27. Lyneia Aja, 27.
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A Missing Endangered Person Advisory has been canceled for Lyneia Aja, 27, of Missoula.

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American aid worker runs through ISIS gunfire to save little girl

David Eubank darted past ISIS snipers to save a young girl in Mosul. (CBS News) David Eubank darted past ISIS snipers to save a young girl in Mosul. (CBS News)
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Mosul is one of the most dangerous places in the world. And while hundreds of thousands fled, an American and his family moved in, risking their lives to save others. 

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Montana ACLU files constitutional challenge against Marsy’s Law Video included

A group led by the ACLU of Montana is challenging a voter-approved measure expanding crime victims’ rights as unconstitutional. (MTN News photo) A group led by the ACLU of Montana is challenging a voter-approved measure expanding crime victims’ rights as unconstitutional. (MTN News photo)
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A group led by the ACLU of Montana is challenging a voter-approved measure expanding crime victims’ rights as unconstitutional.

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Travis Kalanick quits as Uber CEO Video included

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Travis Kalanick has resigned as Uber's chief executive officer.

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Billings SD2 to release students hour early on Wednesdays, start professional learning Video included

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School District 2 administrators say they're working to ensure that all students reach their highest learning potential.

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Man wanted for murder of three in Idaho

Bullinger is wanted by police (KREM) Bullinger is wanted by police (KREM)
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The suspect in the murders of three people in Idaho earlier this week is scheduled to participate in Valkyrie Riders InZane in Billings on Monday. 

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World famous San Diego Zoo brings spotlight to ZooMontana Video included

San Diego Zoo Kids films segment at ZooMontana (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo) San Diego Zoo Kids films segment at ZooMontana (MTN News/Brandon Sullivan Photo)
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ZooMontana got a special visit from one of the world’s most famous zoos this week. 

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Community baby shower to help low-income Yellowstone County families Video included

Donations were stacked high at the United Way of Yellowstone County (MTN News) Donations were stacked high at the United Way of Yellowstone County (MTN News)
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Blankets, toys and diapers donated to the Untied Way’s inaugural baby shower on Wednesday will go to new and expectant mothers in Yellowstone County who would otherwise not be able to afford them.

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Shepherd teacher, coach John Barta dies after cancer battle Video included

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Longtime Shepherd teacher and coach John Barta, who was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer two years ago, died early Wednesday morning.

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Steve Scalise upgraded to fair condition after shooting

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been upgraded to "fair condition," MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Wednesday, a week after the shooting at the congressional baseball practice that left him wounded.

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F-16 crashes with ammunition on board while taking off from Houston airbase

An F-16 fighter jet crashed while taking off from Ellington Field in Houston. (KHOU-TV) An F-16 fighter jet crashed while taking off from Ellington Field in Houston. (KHOU-TV)
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An F-16 fighter jet crashed during takeoff from an airbase in Houston on Wednesday, prompting the evacuation of a one-mile area around the scene of the crash. 

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Police officer stabbed at Michigan airport, FBI investigating "as act of terrorism"

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A police officer was stabbed in the back and neck Wednesday at an airport in Flint, Michigan, and the suspect is in custody and being questioned, according to authorities.

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Grizzly bears near Yellowstone put trash cans and coolers to the test Video included

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Randy Gravatt knows exactly what a bear wants. It's his job to tempt bears to break into coolers and garbage cans at the non-profit Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.

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Bicyclist injured in downtown Billings collision

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A bicyclist was injured Wednesday in a collision with a vehicle in downtown Billings. 

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On Joel's Pond: Creating a new Billings fishery Video included

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Located behind Scheels at Shiloh Crossing, Joel's Pond is one step closer to becoming a flourishing fishing spot. 

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FBI: Baseball shooter had list of 6 names

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The shooter who attacked a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, last week carried a list with the names of six members of Congress, the FBI said Wednesday, adding that the incident had no connection to terrorism and the shooter acted alone.

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Open burning ban ordered for Yellowstone County

This fire burned Tuesday afternoon near Lockwood. (MTN News photo) This fire burned Tuesday afternoon near Lockwood. (MTN News photo)
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Open burning has been banned in Yellowstone County due to forecasted high winds in the region. 

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Missoula police under "use-of-force review" by state DOJ Video included

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The Missoula Police Department is under investigation for an incident which sent a 73-year-old man to the hospital with severe injuries. 

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History and art of Montana fishing on display in Helena

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Montana has more than 170,000 miles of rivers and more than 3,000 lakes and reservoirs. All of that water comes with an abundance of fish. 

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West Yellowstone area hit by hundreds of small earthquakes in recent days Video included

Hundreds of small earthquakes in West Yellowstone area in recent weeks. Hundreds of small earthquakes in West Yellowstone area in recent weeks.
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The earth continues to shake under and near West Yellowstone as the region has been swarmed by several small earthquakes after experiencing a larger one last week. 

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Hiker missing after leaving guided trip in Montana wilderness area

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The man was last seen at about 2 p.m. on Monday.

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Montana woman drowned in irrigation canal Video included

"I haven't felt the monster of all heat until coming here." "I haven't felt the monster of all heat until coming here."
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Deputies were called to an irrigation canal at about 9 p.m. for a report of a possible drowning.

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  • Fire warnings in Big Horn County

    Fire warnings in Big Horn County

    Saturday, June 24 2017 12:32 PM EDT2017-06-24 16:32:08 GMT
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    Crow Native Days are underway in Big Horn County this weekend, and authorities are asking everyone to be extra careful with fire.

    Crow Native Days are underway in Big Horn County this weekend, and authorities are asking everyone to be extra careful with fire.

  • Weekend planner for June 24-25, 2017

    Weekend planner for June 24-25, 2017

    Friday, June 23 2017 8:45 PM EDT2017-06-24 00:45:45 GMT
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    There are some fan favorites on the list of events to pick from this weekend.

    There are some fan favorites on the list of events to pick from this weekend.

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