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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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Thieves have change of heart, return trailer, camping gear stolen from Boy Scouts

Thieves have change of heart, return trailer, camping gear stolen from Boy Scouts

Late Sunday, thieves returned a Billings Boy Scout troop’s trailer loaded with camping gear that was stolen from a church parking lot earlier …

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Man pleads guilty to sexual relationship with underage girl

Man pleads guilty to sexual relationship with underage girl

A 43-year-old man accused of having an ongoing sexual relationship with a young girl from 2012 until the beginning of last year pleaded guilty…

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County commissioners give OK for more food vendors at MetraPark

County commissioners give OK for more food vendors at MetraPark

Billings Wolves fans who come to MetraPark to watch indoor football also may get to sample a bigger variety of food.

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Yellowstone fish to be tested at Billings lab for exposure to oil

Yellowstone fish to be tested at Billings lab for exposure to oil

Shovelnose sturgeon and emerald shiners that were netted by Fish, Wildlife and Parks personnel in the Yellowstone River downstream from a Jan.…

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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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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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Big Sky Notebook: Lady Griz doing it with defense

Big Sky Notebook: Lady Griz doing it with defense

With 11 wins in their past 12 games, the Montana Lady Griz are red hot. And they’re doing it with defense.

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Lawmaker wants to increase state funding for tribal colleges

Lawmaker wants to increase state funding for tribal colleges

HELENA — A Montana lawmaker proposed Monday that tribal colleges receive the same per-student funding that community colleges receive.

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Bill requiring legislative approval to expand Affordable Care Act prompts health care debate

Bill requiring legislative approval to expand Affordable Care Act prompts health care debate

HELENA — A Republican’s proposal to block any expansion of the Affordable Care Act in Montana without legislative approval prompted a miniatur…

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Montana youth court officer charged with raping teen

MISSOULA — A Missoula youth court officer is facing three felony charges for allegedly raping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl, but is n…

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Burlesque show coming to Pub Station

Burlesque show coming to Pub Station

The Missoula-based Cigarette Girls Burlesque troupe will perform Saturday, April 11 at the Pub Station in downtown Billings.

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Citing lack of support, McCulloch drops vote by mail bill

Citing lack of support, McCulloch drops vote by mail bill

HELENA — Because of the lack of support, Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is dropping her bill to require nearly all Montana elections to be…

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County’s emergency services wants a public information officer

County’s emergency services wants a public information officer

When disaster strikes, Yellowstone County’s Disaster and Emergency Services Director Duane Winslow has his hands full.

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Ice climber airlifted off ice flow in Park County, Wyo.

Ice climber airlifted off ice flow in Park County, Wyo.

A 40-year-old Auburn, Wash., man was airlifted from an ice floe in Park County, Wyo., on Sunday afternoon, according to a news release from Pa…

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Belgrade man found dead in Yellowstone

Belgrade man found dead in Yellowstone

A 52-year-old Belgrade man was found dead along a Yellowstone National Park ski trail Saturday, possibly a victim of hypothermia.

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Montana lawmaker settles in campaign finance case

Montana lawmaker settles in campaign finance case

HELENA — Although he maintains he did nothing wrong, a Republican state lawmaker has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine and not run for public office…

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Lawyers for inmate say fair death penalty hearing impossible

Lawyers for inmate say fair death penalty hearing impossible

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Lawyers for convicted murderer Dale Wayne Eaton say years of negative publicity prompted by improper statements from prosecut…

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Woman scammed while trying to purchase monkey online

Woman scammed while trying to purchase monkey online

BUTTE — A Butte woman got caught up in some monkey business last week.

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2 charged in theft from Cathedral of St. Helena

2 charged in theft from Cathedral of St. Helena

HELENA — Two Lewis and Clark County residents were charged over the weekend with stealing from the Cathedral of St. Helena on Jan. 21.

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Game wardens can make DUI arrests in Gallatin County

Game wardens can make DUI arrests in Gallatin County

BOZEMAN — Gallatin County could become the third county in southwestern Montana where a state game warden can also cite people for drunken driving.

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Wyoming, Halliburton agree to greater fracking disclosure

Wyoming, Halliburton agree to greater fracking disclosure

CASPER, Wyo. — A legal settlement reached by environmental groups, Wyoming regulators and the oil services giant Halliburton will make it hard…

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Inquest set for Missoula officer-involved shooting

Inquest set for Missoula officer-involved shooting

MISSOULA — Missoula County officials have scheduled an inquest into the shooting death of a Missoula man by a police officer after a chase ear…

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Compound's neighbors fears Waco-like scenario

Compound's neighbors fears Waco-like scenario

PRINGLE, S.D. — The FLDS religious sect's compound in South Dakota’s southern Black Hills was remarkably noncontroversial the past few years.

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Religious compound's water could serve thousands, Park Service says

Religious compound's water could serve thousands, Park Service says

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A rural Custer County compound inhabited by members of a reportedly polygamous sect would have enough water to become the c…

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Woman accused of leaving kids to die plans to plead insanity

BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota woman accused of leaving her 2- and 4-year-old daughters to die in an unheated car during a frigid winter day …

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Living next door to secretive FLDS compound: Noise, fending, guard tower and water woes

Living next door to secretive FLDS compound: Noise, fending, guard tower and water woes

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Odd things happen to the closest neighbors to a religious sect in Custer County.

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Helping young kids with sexual behavior problems

Helping young kids with sexual behavior problems

BISMARCK, N.D. — Paula Condol doesn’t want to see an 8-year-old charged with a sex offense.

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Gun theft from police officer sends Billings man to federal prison

Gun theft from police officer sends Billings man to federal prison

Breaking into a Billings police officer’s personal vehicle and stealing a department-issued firearm and other items sent a man to federal pris…

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Montana man convicted of elder abuse

SUPERIOR — A Thompson Falls man has been convicted of neglecting an elderly man with dementia and illegally gaining ownership of the man's mon…

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Montana Tech poised for growth, already offers $100 million boost

Montana Tech poised for growth, already offers $100 million boost

BUTTE — Montana Tech is known as one of the best academic establishments in the state. But the university affects Butte in ways that have litt…

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Montana high court upholds coal industry sales practice

Montana high court upholds coal industry sales practice

The Montana Supreme Court has sided with a Wyoming mining company in a dispute with state tax authorities who challenged the pricing of coal i…

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Reggae triple bill has Pub Station bouncing

Reggae triple bill has Pub Station bouncing

Three California reggae rockers Tribal Seeds, Hirie and Leilani Wolfgramm, filled the Pub Station in downtown Billings Saturday night. And, th…

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Hospital seeks board members for new foundation

Hospital seeks board members for new foundation

MISSOULA — A new foundation has been created following the sale of Community Medical Center to oversee the endowment of the sale proceeds.

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Cheyenne neighborhood listed on National Register

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A neighborhood of Cheyenne homes built in the early 1900s is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Differences, shared challenges highlight World Parks Congress in Australia

Differences, shared challenges highlight World Parks Congress in Australia

WEST GLACIER — The largest national park on the planet is 2 1/2 times the size of the state of Montana, and gets about 500 visitors per year.

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Montana city's  post office alters delivery standards, could delay mail

Montana city's post office alters delivery standards, could delay mail

MISSOULA — Paychecks, bill payments and birthday cards are just some of the types of mail that could take a little extra time in getting to Mi…

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Man pleads no contest to killing uncle with barbecue fork

GILLETTE, Wyo. — A Wyoming man has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for stabbing his uncle to death with a barbecue fork during a dr…

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Montana man gets 50 years for 11th drunken driving offense

HELENA — A 49-year-old Helena man who has been convicted of 11 drunken driving offenses has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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Butte at 150: Butte celebrates end to Prohibition in the '30s

Butte at 150: Butte celebrates end to Prohibition in the '30s

BUTTE — In celebration of the Mining City’s 150th anniversary, the spotlight this week is on 1930 to 1939.

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Outfit your home with an opulent and stylish wine cellar

Outfit your home with an opulent and stylish wine cellar

Darrin Stephens had bad day. His boss, Larry Tate, round-canned an advertising campaign months in the making. To make matters worse, the clien…

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Slideshow: Today In History, Jan. 26

Slideshow: Today In History, Jan. 26

Today is Monday, Jan. 26. Today's Highlight in History:

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