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First of 4 Montana State University Billings chancellor finalists visits campus

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The first of four candidates selected in the search for the chancellor position at MSU-Billings had a chance to see the university on Tuesday. 

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Student of the Week: Willem Steinfeldt and Josie Severin of Reed Point High School

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Watch Q2 each Tuesday at 10 p.m. for Student of the Week, sponsored by Town Pump of Montana. 

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Billings electronics store burglar caught, admits to stealing $5,000 in cell phones

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BILLINGS -- A Billings man faces five felony burglary charges for allegedly burglarizing several electronic and cell phone stores over a span of several weeks. 

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Billings man found asleep at the wheel with beer in hand faces 10th DUI

Sweet is charged with a 10th DUI (MDOC) Sweet is charged with a 10th DUI (MDOC)
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BILLINGS -- A Billings man may earn his 10th drunk driving conviction after a sheriff’s deputy found him passed out behind the wheel with an open beer bottle in his hand on Saturday. 

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Billings Police Department employee fired after tampering with evidence in 130+ cases

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BILLINGS -- A total of 138 cases were tampered with after an employee admitted to stealing prescription medication from the evidence facility, Billings Police Department announced on Tuesday. 

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State: Ice jam threat rising across Eastern Montana

An ice jam formed on the Missouri River earlier this month. MTN News An ice jam formed on the Missouri River earlier this month. MTN News
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HELENA – The danger of ice jams and related flooding is rising in the Yellowstone River and other Eastern Montana waterways, state officials warned Wednesday. 

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Report: Illinois man fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park while treasure hunting

Murphy fell to his death in 2017 (YNP report) Murphy fell to his death in 2017 (YNP report)
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BILLINGS -- An Illinois man fell to his death in Yellowstone National Park last year, according to a recently released report from the park, marking what may be the third person to die while searching for Forest Fenn’s hidden treasure. 

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Wendy Williams announces show hiatus due to Graves' disease

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Talk show host Wendy Williams told viewers on Wednesday that she was taking times off due to her battle with Graves' disease.

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Shooting survivor responds to being called an 'actor'

David Hogg, Parkland High School student. David Hogg, Parkland High School student.
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David Hogg, who survived last week's mass shooting at a Florida high school, has become an outspoken voice in the national gun control debate.

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Helena School District investigating Capital High student over Snapchat video with firearm

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HELENA - Helena School District leaders say they removed a Capital High School student from class Tuesday in response a video posted on the social network Snapchat, but they do not believe the video was an explicit threat of violence. 

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Montana State University hosts "Bug Buffet"

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The menu items at the cafeteria in MSU’s Strand Union weren’t your average grub Tuesday. 

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U.S. Army awards heroism medals to junior cadets killed in Florida shooting

Peter had been a member of the ROTC program, and his parents owned a restaurant in West Palm Beach, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Peter had been a member of the ROTC program, and his parents owned a restaurant in West Palm Beach, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
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The U.S. Army is awarding its Medal of Heroism to three Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Bison roundup underway at Yellowstone National Park

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Crews at Yellowstone National Park have begun rounding up bison as part of its Interagency Bison Management Plan for 2018.

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Conrad parents oppose Personalized Learning program

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Around 200 people were at the Pondera Shooting Sports Club for an open discussion on Conrad Public Schools' new Personalized Learning program. 

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"Run, hide, fight": Cal State video shows how to survive active shooter

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"Run, hide, fight" - those are the keys to survival in an active shooter situation.

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Billy Graham dies at 99

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Graham became a counselor and confidante to every American president, beginning with Harry Truman, but Graham himself denied he had a role in making policy.

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Trump hosting "listening session" amid pressure to act on mass shootings

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President Trump is holding a "listening session" with high school students, parents and teachers in the wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

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Q2 Weather: Warming, but in no particular hurry

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It gets a little warmer, but it doesn’t get warm. And it takes its time. 

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Two school walkouts planned for Montana

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A website tracking planned school walkouts shows just two planned for Montana. 

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Woman arrested after Butte hospital guard stabbed with scissors

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A woman faces a felony assault charge after she allegedly stabbed a security guard at a Butte hospital.

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Denver woman stabbed to death by homeless man she tried to help

Jeanna Leslie, 49, had moved to Denver in November to be close to her two teenage children. Jeanna Leslie, 49, had moved to Denver in November to be close to her two teenage children.
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The woman had moved to Denver in November to be close to her two teenage children after their recent move from San Antonio. 

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Video extra: Gross is hot at annual toy fair in New York

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New Quinnipiac poll shows rising support for stronger gun control

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Two out of three American voters support stricter gun laws, according to a new Quinnipiac University National Poll, the highest level of support in five years.

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Florida Legislature rejects weapons ban with massacre survivors en route to Capitol

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The Florida state House on Tuesday rejected a ban on many semiautomatic guns and large capacity magazines as dozens of survivors of last week's school shooting headed to the state Capitol to turn their grief into political action.

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Billings man admits he had pure meth to sell

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BILLINGS -- A Billings man with a prior conviction dealing methamphetamine admitted Tuesday that he intended to sell about 33 grams of pure meth. 

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Lindsey Vonn misses out on gold, takes bronze in the downhill

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Lindsey Vonn has had to settle for bronze in what's likely her final Olympic downhill event, eight years after she became first American woman to win the title in Vancouver.

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Darby High School threat suspect makes first court appearance

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Court documents say he made statements that students should wear certain colors to avoid being shot at school.

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Veterans getting boost in mental-health care in Montana, VA says

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Montana's Veterans Administration Health Care system announced Tuesday it is integrating behavioral health into all its clinics statewide. 

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Sen. Tester files as candidate; field may be complete for MT’s top 2018 race

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester pays his candidate filing fee Tuesday U.S. Sen. Jon Tester pays his candidate filing fee Tuesday
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The Republican candidates have been busy beating up on Tester

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Lawmaker from Billings offers bill to strengthen state's firearm background checks

Democratic state Sen. Margie MacDonald of Billings. Democratic state Sen. Margie MacDonald of Billings.
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A state senator from Billings submitted a bill draft request on Monday that she said would help keep guns out of the hands of some dangerous people.

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After rare snow day, Billings public schools resume Wednesday

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After frigid temperatures forced Billings schools to cancel classes on Tuesday, school officials said the regular scheduled will resume Wednesday. 

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Warrant issued for Billings man who allegedly raped teen

Edwards is charged with rape (YCDF) Edwards is charged with rape (YCDF)
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BILLINGS -- A Billings man was officially charged Tuesday with raping a teenage girl, who he allegedly gave money to keep quiet about it. 

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New downtown Billings plan asks people to "dream big"

Katy Easton, CEO of the Downtown Billings Alliance, shows her heavily annotated copy of the new downtown strategic plan at a public meeting Tuesday morning. (Ed Kemmick, Last Best News) Katy Easton, CEO of the Downtown Billings Alliance, shows her heavily annotated copy of the new downtown strategic plan at a public meeting Tuesday morning. (Ed Kemmick, Last Best News)
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A strategic plan for downtown Billings that focuses on more housing, cultural diversity, better traffic and pedestrian circulation and support for large-scale, multi-anchor development was unveiled Tuesday morning.

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Carbon County man missing

McGregor (CCSO) McGregor (CCSO)
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RED LODGE -- Carbon County Sheriff's Office reports James Edward McGregor is missing. 

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Famed British ski jumper Eddie the Eagle comes to Whitefish

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MTN News talked with Michael Edwards, an Olympic ski jumper who turned his unlikely childhood ski dreams into a reality.

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Clarence Thomas accuser calls for his impeachment

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A woman who has accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment has written an article recounting her allegations in which she expresses "hope" that he is removed from the bench.

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BP: Demand for oil could peak by late 2030s

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The world's thirst for oil may finally be quenched. Global demand for crude is likely to "plateau" during the late 2030s, mostly because of the rise of electric cars and trucks, BP predicted Tuesday in its annual outlook.

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Q2 Weather: A frigid night last night in Billings and more are on the way

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Sunny skies and cold temperatures, that was the weather story Tuesday as the morning temps dropped into the teens and 20 below zero range.

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Billings firefighters save pets, battle apartment fire in frigid cold

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The Billings Fire Department was called to an apartment fire Tuesday morning. 

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Q2 Weather: Record cold temperatures Tuesday morning

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Record cold temperatures started the day, with dangerously cold wind chills. Check out the numbers

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Senior High holds "Bronc Talks" to inspire students through technology, entertainment, and design

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You've likely heard of "TED" talks. These are conferences where ideas on technology, entertainment, and design are shared. 

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Wanted in Montana: BOLO Alert issued for James Anouksone Swartzer

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Swartzer is wanted by the Montana Violent Offender Task Force for violations of conditional release on four counts of sexual assault. 

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Montana Made: Sweetgrass Rods, a work of art for anglers

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Very few people find something they love to do enough that they spend their entire lives doing it. 

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Caught on camera: Moose attacks dog in backyard

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It all happened right in the dog's backyard - and a security camera caught it.

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Agency encourages Montanans to be "through with chew"

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The campaign is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of products the tobacco industry markets. 

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From Bozeman to New York Fashion Week: Designer makes his paintings move

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When you think of New York Fashion Week, you might think of designers like Michael Kors and Dolce & Gabanna, but this year there was one designer who calls Bozeman home. 

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Watch: Man, woman clash in apparent case of road rage

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A woman was pushed into the snow in an apparent case of road rage Sunday - and it was caught on video.

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Q2 Weather: Nowhere to go but up

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Record cold temperatures and dangerous wind chill values start our Tuesday. We have no place to go but up. But it is a slow grind. 

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Snow day won't force make-up day for Billings School District 2

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Students can rest easy knowing Tuesday's snow day won't need to be made up down the road.

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Man falls 500 feet to his death trying to rescue dog from cliff

Crews removed a body found below a cliff at Thornton State Beach. A dog, believed to be owned by the victim, can be seen in upper right corner of the frame. / CBS SAN FRANCISCO Crews removed a body found below a cliff at Thornton State Beach. A dog, believed to be owned by the victim, can be seen in upper right corner of the frame. / CBS SAN FRANCISCO
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The Golden Gate National Park ranger said the man's dog got away from him, and when he tried to go after it he slipped to his death. 

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Teens hold 'lie-in' outside White House to demand gun reform

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A group of teens and more than a hundred supporters staged a "lie-in" outside the White House on Presidents Day to pressure lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws.

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Tuesday school closures in Billings and outlying areas

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BILLINGS -- Dangerous weather conditions led Billings Public School to cancel classes on Tuesday. 

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Darby HS student arrested after threatening social media posts discovered

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A Darby High School senior is in custody after allegedly making threatening social media posts that referenced the deadly school shooting in Florida last week.

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Missing skier identified as Columbia Falls doctor; search continues

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WHITEFISH -- Multiple search and rescue teams are actively looking for a skier who is missing near Big Mountain. 

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State of emergency declared by Blackfeet tribe due to snow

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Heart Butte has received more than 70 inches of snow just in the month of February. 

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Two injured in Ennis shooting

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The Madison County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting that happened Monday. 

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Marshal: Fire at Billings Bronze likely an accident

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The fire that broke out at a Billings foundry on Sunday night was likely caused by an electrical failure.

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With Wyoming Legislature's approval, Park County School Board weighs arming teachers

Wyo. schools are drafting policies to arm teachers (CBS) Wyo. schools are drafting policies to arm teachers (CBS)

CODY -- The deadly mass shooting at a school in Florida last week is likely to enter the conversation at Tuesday’s board meeting in Cody, where Park County School leaders are weighing whether to allow staff to be armed at school. 

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Q2 Rewind: Decades of Montana hospitality for sitting presidents

President George W. Bush visited Billings in 2001. Q2 News President George W. Bush visited Billings in 2001. Q2 News
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BILLINGS - Presidents Day makes for a good time to reflect on presidential visits to the Magic City. 

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School Closures and Delays for Tuesday, Feb. 20

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Another round of sever weather has forced several school closures and delays in the Billings area. 

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Laser technology in Gallatin Valley: The future is now

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The Gallatin Valley is known as a center of laser technology.

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Accused Florida school gunman appears in court

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Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz appeared in court for a hearing Monday afternoon.

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Man sentenced for distributing meth in Missoula, Billings

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A Texas man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison on drug charges.

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Florida school shooting suspect bought seven rifles in past year, law enforcement source says

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The Florida school shooting suspect bought seven rifles in the last year.

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Fergie puts news twist on National Anthem

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Fergie sings the National Anthem before the NBA All Star Game.

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A Waiting Child: Richard and Stansel

Brothers Richard and Stansel have a shared love of basketball (MTN News Photo) Brothers Richard and Stansel have a shared love of basketball (MTN News Photo)
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Richard and Stansel have lived in foster care for years. 

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Kibbles ‘N Bits, other dog foods recalled over lethal drug

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J.M. Smucker said it is recalling some shipments of four brands of dog food, including the popular brands Kibbles 'N Bits and Gravy Train, after detecting "extremely low levels" of pentobarbital, a drug used to euthanize animals.  

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Black solidarity event held at University of Montana

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The University of Montana’s Black Student Union kicked off their first ever Black Solidarity Summit on Saturday. 

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Fire engulfs Billings business in east downtown

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BILLINGS -- A fire broke out at a Billings foundry on Sunday night, engulfing more than half of the building.

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Woman seen berating flight attendant on viral video now placed on leave

A video of air passenger Susan Peirez talking back to a Delta flight attendant has been viewed nearly two million times. / CBS NEWS A video of air passenger Susan Peirez talking back to a Delta flight attendant has been viewed nearly two million times. / CBS NEWS
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A New York woman seen berating a flight attendant on a viral video is on forced leave from her job.

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Trump open to improving background checks, spokesman says

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President Donald Trump "is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system" for gun purchases, less than a week after the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people. 

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Luke Bryan to play Billings, tickets on sale Friday

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Country singer Luke Bryan is coming to Billings. 

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After NBA All-Star game, LeBron James fires back at Fox News host

NBA superstar LeBron James said he would refuse to, as Fox News host Laura Ingraham had suggested, "shut up and dribble." / CBS NEWS NBA superstar LeBron James said he would refuse to, as Fox News host Laura Ingraham had suggested, "shut up and dribble." / CBS NEWS
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LeBron James has never shied away from making political statements. 

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From anger to action: Florida students call for stricter gun control

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As funeral services started taking place for those killed in the Parkland, Florida high school shooting many students spent the weekend trying to make sure such a massacre never happens again. 

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Video Extra: Spam Festival

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Residents of the small California town of Isleton have been holding the “Isleton Spam Festival” for the last 20 years.  More>>

Montana Ag: Great Falls brewery launches new beer commemorating MSU

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People will soon see the Golden Bobcat Pale Ale on shelves across the state.

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Billings businessman warns about buying stolen phones

iDoctor break-in on Friday morning. iDoctor break-in on Friday morning.
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The owner of a Billings business burglarized last week wants to warn people about the risks of buying stolen cell phones.

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Trump takes on Oprah after "60 Minutes" airs

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President Trump tweeted criticism of a "60 Minutes" panel discussion moderated by Oprah Winfrey that was broadcast Sunday night, slamming her questions to the politically divided group and expressing the hope that she runs against him in 2020.

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Passenger plane crashes in Iran with 66 aboard, report says

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All 66 people on board a passenger plane that crashed Sunday in a mountainous region of southern Iran are presumed dead, the airline said. 

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17-year-old arrested after threatening to blow up Alamance County school

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Alamance County, N.C. (WGHP) -- It's a warning that students might not want to take for granted.

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Kasich to Trump: 'Take some steps' on gun control

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Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich said the deadly school shooting on Wednesday should be a rallying moment for the nation on guns, but he predicted Congress would not live up to the task, and suggested the president should take the lead.

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Colorado deputy recovering from shooting honored at basketball game

Deputy Jeff Pelle honored at Longmont High School. (credit: CBS) Deputy Jeff Pelle honored at Longmont High School. (credit: CBS)
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BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Students at Longmont High School helped honor a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot and seriously hurt more than a month ago.

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Salute the Badge: Missoula officer spends spare time with 2nd grade student

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Missoula police officer Chea Hollis hangs out with Chief Charlo second grade student Braidon Bulter in her spare time. 

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Q2 Weather: Back country travel near impossible as heavy snow continues today

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Periods of moderate to heavy to moderate snow is expected Sunday in the mountains and foothills west of Billings, reaching 8 to 14 inches of new snow.

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Helena snowball softball tournament raises money for charities

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Over half of the proceeds go to charities chosen by the top four teams as well as the Helena Umpires Association, which will donate to similar charities.
 

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Highway 191 from Harlowton to Eddies Corner closed; severe driving conditions across Montana

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Highway 191 North from Harlowton to Eddies Corner closed this morning because of severe driving conditions.

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CPR Saturday instructs how to help save lives

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BILLINGS -- Only about a quarter of those suffering a cardiac arrest outside a hospital receive CPR.

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There have been at least 12 incidents involving threats and weapons at schools since the Florida shooting

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Since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting on Valentine's Day, there have been at least 12 reports of other incidents involving a threat to a school or a weapon on a school campus.

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