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Billings Hotel & Convention Center returns

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The Billings Hotel and Convention Center is back after a year and a half as the Red Lion Hotel and Convention Center.

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Vape pen battery blamed for Denver International Airport fire

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A lithium ion battery used to power a vape pen is being blamed for a fire last month at a security checkpoint at Denver International Airport.

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Highway 89 from Choteau to Browning closed until Monday

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According to the Blackfeet Tribe Disaster and Emergency Services, all routes and cut across roads on the southern part of the reservation are also closed at this time.
 

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New grant allows for presentations on issues facing seniors

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Seniors in Jefferson County are learning more about serious issues that affect their lives thanks to a new grant.

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Volunteer fire departments give away carbon monoxide detectors

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Fifty detectors were picked up by community members in only three hours at Cascade Volunteer Fire Department and 25 were given away by the Ulm Volunteer Fire Department.
 

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Taste of Billings woos 150, bittersweet night for outgoing Billings Depot executive director

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BILLINGS -- Some of the best food in the Magic City served under one roof tonight at the annual Taste of Billings Black Tie Gala. 

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Billings Clinic unveils new unit psychiatric patients, treatments

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Billings Clinic management says the emergency room is not the best place to treat psychiatric patients, so it built a facility that is one of about five in the country. 

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Q2 Weather: A kinder but not necessarily gentler forecast

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Winter is certainly not taking a break. But it is being a little kinder. Click for more.

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In wake of school shooting, President Trump raised concern about violent video games

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In a meeting with state leaders discussing gun violence this week, President Trump reintroduced another concern about what may inspire school shootings.

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Delta and United join list of companies to cut ties with the NRA

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Two major airlines. A cybersecurity firm. Six car rental brands. A home security company. An Omaha bank. Companies have scrambled to cut ties with the National Rifle Association over the past couple of days.

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White House agrees to release Schiff memo with redactions

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President Donald Trump on Saturday agreed to release a redacted version of a Democratic memo that seeks to undercut Republican claims of FBI surveillance abuses. 

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President Trump says arming "adept" educators is "up to states"

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President Trump said in a tweet Saturday that doing so is "up to States."

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Inside the difficult and delicate process of making ice wine

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Every year some grapes are intentionally left to freeze on the vine. When harvested, they will become the coveted delicacy called ice wine

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International Red Cross says 21 staffers paid for sexual services since 2015

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The International Committee of the Red Cross said 21 staff members have been dismissed or resigned for "paying for sexual services" since 2015. 

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Mom talks about impact of DPHHS budget cuts

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Mom talks about impact of DPHHS budget cuts.

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Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban raid on military base

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Taliban militants killed 18 soldiers in a pre-dawn assault on a military base in Afghanistan's western Farah province.

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Great Falls woman sentenced for robbery

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Brianna May Coombs was sentenced in Great Falls on Friday in connection with the September 2016 death of Megan Meriwether. 

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Montana ranch growing fresh grass throughout winter

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Almost 365 days a year, regardless of the weather outside, ranch owners Zack and Patty Wirth and their family are growing sprouted barley in a climate-controlled indoor room.

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Lone Peak Tram lap record broken by 50-year-old skier

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The man finished 35 Lone Peak Tram laps, a new record by many accounts. He started at 9:30 a.m. loading the first tram car and was in the last tram of the day at 3:06 p.m.

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Fire at Laurel refinery sends one to hospital

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The fire was reported at 3:20 this afternoon in the hydrogen desulfurization unit.

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Community rallying around family of missing skier

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Volunteers are continuing to search Big Mountain while those in town are sending their love through notes.

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FBI caller said suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz "is going to explode"

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The woman said she wanted to clear her conscience in case "he takes off and, and just starts shooting places up."

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Montana Western re-opened after bomb threat

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Police say the campus of the University of Montana Western in Dillon is reopened Friday afternoon after it was evacuated due to a bomb threat earlier in the day.

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MSU-B Interim chancellor makes his case for permanent position

Dr. Ron Larsen (MTN News Photo) Dr. Ron Larsen (MTN News Photo)
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The fourth and final candidate for the chancellor position at MSU-Billings had his day at the university on Friday. 

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Applicants for 13th Judicial District Judgeship narrowed down to three

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Now, Gov. Bullock must fill the position within 30 days but it will be subject to election this year, along with the two other district judge seats that will need to be filled.

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Couples’ complaint accuses Reed Point school of bias

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Two Native American couples who say they were insulted and discriminated against at a basketball game in Reed Point early in 2017 intend to file lawsuit against the Reed Point School on Monday.

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Relay for Life of Yellowstone County will end at midnight this year

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The Relay for Life of Yellowstone County will no longer be an overnight event.

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Billings Facebook group offers free help for stranded drivers in need

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The cold winter weather has been causing car trouble for many people in Billings. But one group of good Samaritans on Facebook are willing to jump your battery, give you a push or tow you out of a drift for free. 

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Car hits barrier near White House, causing lockdown

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A vehicle struck a security barrier near the White House on Friday afternoon, in what a law enforcement source said appeared to be an intentional act. 

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Billings man accused of sexually abusing young boy, threatening child's mom

Buck Feist is being held on three felony charges (YCDF) Buck Feist is being held on three felony charges (YCDF)
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A Billings man is accused of sexually abusing a young boy and threatening to kill the child’s mom. 

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott announces plan to improve school safety

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced his plan Friday to improve school safety and outline ways to keep guns away from those with mental illness in the wake of the Parkland school shooting.

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Billings couple sentenced to prison for plan to sell 6 lbs of meth

Raymond (left) and Crystal (right) Tetzlaff were sentenced to prison (YCDF) Raymond (left) and Crystal (right) Tetzlaff were sentenced to prison (YCDF)
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BILLINGS -- A Billings couple convicted of trafficking the equivalent of 22,000 doses of methamphetamine in Montana will spend a collective 26 years in federal prison. 

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Snowmobiler killed in accident near Cooke City

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A snowmobiler was killed while riding near Cooke City.

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Minneapolis man accused of chaining, beating mentally disabled twin daughters

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A 51-year-old man is accused of keeping his adult twin daughters with mental disabilities chained in their home where he beat them with bats and paddles, and raped one of them, leaving her pregnant.

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Scientists get first-ever footage of a dumbo octopus hatching

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Newly released video shows the first moments of life for one of the ocean's most mysterious creatures. 

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Chicago father charged with murder in "near decapitation" of toddler son

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A 37-year-old Chicago man has been charged with the gruesome murder of his 2-year-old son.

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Is this Montana town in the middle of nowhere?

A town in Montana has been named the "middle of nowhere." (Stock photo) A town in Montana has been named the "middle of nowhere." (Stock photo)
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How close are you to the "middle of nowhere?" 

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MT delegation not rushing to support repeal of fed restriction on gun-violence research

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As the national debate on gun violence intensifies, Montana’s members of Congress say they’d like a thoughtful approach to get to the “root cause” of the problem, and believe it can be done through existing law. 

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Tickets on sale Friday for Luke Bryan concert at MetraPark

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 Prices are $59.75, $75 and $99.75.

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CBS News names Margaret Brennan anchor of "FACE THE NATION"

CBS News has named Margaret Brennan moderator of FACE THE NATION. CBS News has named Margaret Brennan moderator of FACE THE NATION.
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CBS News has named Margaret Brennan moderator of FACE THE NATION.

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Bison holding areas at Stephens Creek Facility sabotaged for second time in 2 months

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Many of the bison remained in the immediate area and most returned to the pen through the same broken fence.

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"Hobby Lobby Challenge" sweeps Internet

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It's the latest viral trend, with elaborate floral photos lighting up Twitter feeds. 

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Florida school shooting: New questions after sheriff says armed guard never went inside

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New questions are being raised about whether the gunman in the Florida school shooting could have been stopped. 

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Missouri governor indicted on invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking compromising photo

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Missouri GOP Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted on Thursday amid looming allegations of sexual misconduct and blackmail following an admission of an affair last month.

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Red Star donates work to Rocky Mountain College

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Kevin Red Star, 74, has been making art for 50 years. That’s not quite long enough.

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MSUB chancellor search continues with third candidate on Thursday

Dr. Susan Elrod (MTN News Photo) Dr. Susan Elrod (MTN News Photo)
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The third candidate vying to become the next chancellor at MSU-Billings spent the day at the university on Thursday. 

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Man arrested for shooting death of Texas postal worker

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An arrest has been made in the shooting death of a United States Postal Service worker in Texas.

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Hardin teacher fired for hiding student's gun

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The Hardin teacher facing felony charges for hiding a gun in her classroom has been fired. 

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What it's like for one teacher who already carries a gun

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The school has other armed staff. Each had to pass a background check and a psychological evaluation.

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Red Lodge man arrested for killing homeless man he said was "disrespectful"

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Authorities are investigating a murder south of Red Lodge. 

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Montana ranks sixth highest in U.S. gun-related deaths

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Montana ranks sixth in gun related fatalities in the United States.

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Billings pimp sentenced to prison for promoting underage girls for sex work

Marlon Thomas was found guilty of both counts (YCDF) Marlon Thomas was found guilty of both counts (YCDF)
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The Billings man found guilty at trial of promoting a teenage girl for prostitution will spend more than two decades behind bars. 

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On Special Assignment: New smoking proximity rule

Businesses will be required to have this sign posted in their window (MTN News Photo) Businesses will be required to have this sign posted in their window (MTN News Photo)
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A new rule prohibiting smoking within 20 feet of public entryways, windows or ventilation systems will take effect in Yellowstone County on March 1. 

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Health groups propose voter-initiative to hike tobacco taxes, extend Medicaid expansion

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Hospitals and other health-related organizations Thursday proposed a voter initiative to extend Montana’s expanded Medicaid program past 2019 and raise cigarette and other tobacco taxes to finance it. 

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FBI's deputy director admits there was "a mistake made" regarding tip on Florida shooter

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The FBI's acting deputy director on Thursday admitted that there was a "mistake made" within the agency when it received tip regarding concerns about the Florida school shooter.

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President Trump proposes bonuses for teachers who get gun training

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President Trump spent Thursday grappling with how to prevent more school massacres and address the gun debate gripping the country, offering solutions such as giving bonuses to teachers who undergo gun training.

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Lockdown lifted at Belgrade High School, threats reported across the state

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The Belgrade High School was put on lock down with students sheltering in place late Thursday morning after students reported rumors of a student bringing a gun to school. 

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Former Helena teacher pleads not guilty to raping student

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A former Helena teacher was arraigned in District Court on Wednesday.

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Missoula students stage walk-out in response to Florida shooting

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High school students in Missoula joined other high schools across the country at noon on Wednesday in holding a walkout in response to last week’s mass school shooting in Florida, which killed 17 students. 

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NRA's Wayne LaPierre makes it clear he isn't backing down on guns

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National Rifle Association Executive Director and CEO Wayne LaPierre launched into criticisms of socialists, the FBI and the media Thursday, as he defended gun rights from the stage of the Conservative Political Action Conference.

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This Week in Fish and Wildlife: Brucellosis study in elk

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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Andrea Jones joins MTN to discuss the ongoing brucellosis study in the state's elk herds. More>>

Bullock admin proceeds with medical, dental budget cuts

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The Bullock administration is going ahead with $37.5 million in proposed budget cuts.

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SpaceX Falcon 9 sends satellites into space in spectacular predawn launch

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Just two weeks after launching a Tesla Roadster into space in the maiden flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket, SpaceX got back to business Thursday.

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Investigators ask public's help to solve mysterious murder of federal prosecutor

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The reward for information in the case has been raised from up to $1 million to more than $1.5 million after previous leads went nowhere.

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Montana Ag: Precision agriculture is changing farming

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Agriculture is the backbone of Montana’s economy and during the recent MATE Show in Billings farmers could see some of the latest agricultural equipment and precision agriculture technology. 

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Student arrested, charged with threatening Philipsburg students

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A student has been arrested after being accused of threatening other students at Philipsburg School, according to the Granite County Sheriff's Office.  

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