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Tuesday temperatures broke records

Tuesday temperatures broke records

Temperature records were broken across the region Tuesday, but cooler weather is on the way.

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Bullock fundraising for nonprofit formed to promote his early-education plan

Bullock fundraising for nonprofit formed to promote his early-education plan

HELENA — As Gov. Steve Bullock pushes his proposal to publicly fund preschool, he’s getting help from a new nonprofit group that has hired a p…

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Man appears in court on $150,000 warrant in 1987 father-son scam case

Man appears in court on $150,000 warrant in 1987 father-son scam case

A man listed as a fugitive since 2007 appeared in court Monday on a $150,000 warrant in a case that dates back to the 1980s, when he and his f…

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St. Vincent gets 'super bug-killing robot' to help prevent infection

St. Vincent gets 'super bug-killing robot' to help prevent infection

With a trio of bold DANGER and DO NOT ENTER signs sitting in front of a door at St. Vincent Healthcare, Nicole Smart told staff what to say to…

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State cites Downtown Conoco for selling to intoxicated, underage people

State cites Downtown Conoco for selling to intoxicated, underage people

The Department of Revenue has sent notice to the owners of the Downtown Conoco Gas Station that it has violated the terms of its liquor licens…

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Missing Butte teens found unharmed at cabin at Canyon Ferry Reservoir

Missing Butte teens found unharmed at cabin at Canyon Ferry Reservoir

BUTTE — Four Butte teens missing since Monday night were found unharmed in a family member's cabin at Canyon Ferry Reservoir, east of Helena, …

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Judge orders city officials to turn over most documents in landfill case

Judge orders city officials to turn over most documents in landfill case

District Court Judge Michael G. Moses has ruled that Billings city officials must turn over to The Billings Gazette most of the documents deta…

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Public invited to weigh in on city, county growth policy

How, where and when Billings will grow will be topics of discussion during a public meeting on Billings Beyond, the city’s official growth policy.

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Absarokee-based bank appoints new president

Absarokee-based bank appoints new president

Absarokee-based United Bank has appointed retired banking executive Terry Lobdell as interim bank president following the unexpected death of …

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Spare Change for Real Change grant recipients announced

The Community Crisis Center and Rimrock Foundation have received a $15,000 grant from the Spare Change for Real Change Grant Committee adminis…

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FWP, supporters defend bill to increase license fees

FWP, supporters defend bill to increase license fees

Without passage of a bill that would increase hunting and fishing license fees, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks could face …

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Driver escapes serious injury when cattle truck lands on its side

BUTTE — A truck hauling cattle flipped on its side when a tire blew on Highway 278 south of Jackson and west of Dillon about noon on Monday.

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House OKs $120 million in tax cuts

HELENA — On largely party-line votes, the Republican-controlled House on Tuesday endorsed two bills to cut taxes by more than $120 million dol…

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Dog burned in house fire recovering at Kalispell vet clinic

KALISPELL — A yellow Labrador that barely survived a house fire in Olney is in stable condition and recovering from burns suffered in a Jan. 18 blaze.

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Deal reached on controversial road encroachment

The encroachment of a landowner's garage onto a Forest Service road blocking access to public land on the Big Sky-area route has finally been …

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Man sentenced for choking wife

Man sentenced for choking wife

A Billings judge on Tuesday gave a partially suspended 10-year sentence to a man who previously admitted choking his wife.

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Horse missing from pasture near Choteau

GREAT FALLS — A Choteau-area ranch family is searching for a pregnant black mare that went missing from their pasture sometime after Jan. 8.

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Committee gets shot at gun bills

Committee gets shot at gun bills

The Judiciary Committee took aim at a series of firearm bills during first readings in the Montana Legislature on Tuesday, including what seem…

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MDU adds natural gas-fired power plant in Sidney

MDU adds natural gas-fired power plant in Sidney

Montana-Dakota Utilities says it plans to install more electricity generation to its power plant in Sidney, Montana, to keep up with growing c…

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S.D. Native students racially harassed, sprayed with beer at hockey game

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A group of Native American students who attended a Rapid City Rush Hockey game as a class trip on Saturday were reportedly …

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Big oil-and-gas company will cut spending but keep drilling in Bakken

Big oil-and-gas company will cut spending but keep drilling in Bakken

WILLISTON, N.D. — Hess Corp., one of North Dakota’s largest oil and gas producers, will cut spending and operate fewer rigs in the Bakken this…

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Neko Case, of New Pornographers fame, is coming to Bozeman in April

Neko Case, of New Pornographers fame, is coming to Bozeman in April

On the heels of her 2014 Grammy nominated solo album, Neko Case makes a stop in Bozeman on April 22 at the Emerson Center.

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University executives, students back bonding for projects

University executives, students back bonding for projects

HELENA — Students joined with top university system officials in endorsing $53 million in proposed bonding for long-range building projects on…

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Lawmakers consider bill aiming to nullify federal gun bans

Lawmakers consider bill aiming to nullify federal gun bans

HELENA — A bill vetoed by Gov. Steve Bullock in 2013 that sought to prevent local police from enforcing federal bans on semi-automatic weapons…

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Kaarma attorneys ask to postpone sentencing for German teen's killing

Kaarma attorneys ask to postpone sentencing for German teen's killing

MISSOULA — Attorneys representing Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man who was convicted of deliberate homicide last month in the death a German ex…

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Advocates seek gray wolf status change to pre-empt Congress

Advocates seek gray wolf status change to pre-empt Congress

Wildlife advocates have petitioned federal officials to reclassify gray wolves as a threatened species, hoping to retain at least some protect…

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Man gets 7 years in prison for gun assault

Man gets 7 years in prison for gun assault

A Billings judge on Monday sentenced a man to seven years in the state prison for a 2013 gun assault.

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Top GOP legislator pitches modest property tax cut

Top GOP legislator pitches modest property tax cut

HELENA — A top Republican legislator pitched another tax-cut bill Tuesday, for a modest, across-the-board cut in state property taxes.

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County complying with agreement over sex assault prosecution

County complying with agreement over sex assault prosecution

MISSOULA — A Montana county attorney's office is complying with provisions of an agreement with the Department of Justice over how it should h…

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Lawmaker seeks to increase fine for seat belt violations

Lawmaker seeks to increase fine for seat belt violations

HELENA — Getting caught without a seat belt could cost Montana drivers five times the current fine under a bill proposed Tuesday.

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Montana city asks MRL to help ease traffic congestion

Montana city asks MRL to help ease traffic congestion

HELENA — The city of Helena is asking Montana Rail Link to help fund a means to route Montana Avenue traffic above or below the railroad track…

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What's First: 'Projectile' mockumentary

What's First: 'Projectile' mockumentary

You know how some films, especially mockumentaries, are inside jokes that no one outside the group gets. 

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Montana's unemployment rate falls to 4.2%

HELENA — Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent in December, marking a full 1 percentage point decrease in 2014.

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Student commits suicide at Montana Tech

Student commits suicide at Montana Tech

BUTTE — A Montana Tech student committed suicide on campus Monday.

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Montana man in custody after allegedly beating 3-year-old girl

MISSOULA — A 25-year-old Missoula man is facing a felony count of assault on a minor for allegedly repeatedly striking his girlfriend's 3-year…

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Semi-driver airlifted after crash on I-15

BUTTE — A semi-trailer plunged down a ravine off Interstate 15 around midnight Monday, leaving the driver severely injured and shutting down t…

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Stockman Bank opens temporary location in downtown Missoula

Stockman Bank opens temporary location in downtown Missoula

MISSOULA — Downtown Missoula officially got a new business addition Monday as Stockman Bank announced the grand opening of a new temporary loc…

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Snow ramp damages historic Montana bear pen

Snow ramp damages historic Montana bear pen

MISSOULA — What perhaps seemed like a good idea at the time did some serious damage to the historic bear pen in Missoula's Greenough Park.

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Java Jam is set for Saturday at Heartstrings Gallery

Java Jam is set for Saturday at Heartstrings Gallery

Acoustic musicians and their fans are invited to a free Java Jam session from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Heartstrings Gallery, 119 North 29th St.

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Man dies in 2-vehicle crash near Belgrade

BOZEMAN — A 62-year-old Bozeman man was killed when he turned his pickup truck into the path of another pickup on the Frontage Road west of Belgrade.

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Record-breaking warmth likely to continue

Tuesday's forecast of sunny skies and highs in the 60s could continue a two-day streak of record-breaking high temperatures into a third day.

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Slideshow: Today In History, Jan. 27

Slideshow: Today In History, Jan. 27

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 27. Today's Highlight in History:

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City Council annexes nearly 100 acres in east, west Billings

By unanimous votes Monday, the Billings City Council approved annexations and zoning changes that could have significant effect on the Magic C…

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Laurel graduation rate spikes as students get 'intensive care'

Laurel graduation rate spikes as students get 'intensive care'

At Laurel High School, failure is not an option.

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Few attend SD2 planning forum; another to be held Wednesday

A handful of Billings residents showed up at a forum Monday to tell School District 2 officials where the city’s public education system could…

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Carbon County sheriff: Edgar man died from exposure

An autopsy Monday determined that Michael Phillips, whose body was found on Saturday, died from exposure, said Josh McQuillan, Carbon County sheriff.

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