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Breached pipeline is exposed on Yellowstone River bed

Breached pipeline is exposed on Yellowstone River bed

GLENDIVE — Sonar indicates part of an underground pipeline that spilled almost 40,000 gallons of oil into Montana's Yellowstone River and foul…

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Driver hurt in early morning wreck in Mountview Cemetery

Driver hurt in early morning wreck in Mountview Cemetery

A 60-year-old Billings resident was extracted from a 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer and taken to the hospital after the SUV collided with a barri…

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From tragedy to recovery: A Billings man's journey home

From tragedy to recovery: A Billings man's journey home

Doug Vezey got off work early on Halloween last year. It was supposed to be a quiet weekend.

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An icy situation: Oil spill cleanup success hinges on frozen surface

An icy situation: Oil spill cleanup success hinges on frozen surface

The Coast Guard crew had carved a massive slit in the thick Yellowstone River ice in preparation for trapping oil flowing from a massive spill…

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Cold spell leaves Billings' Rimrocks covered in ice

Cold spell leaves Billings' Rimrocks covered in ice

An extended cold spell in Billings a few weeks ago left the Rimrocks draped in ice. Icicles like frozen waterfalls hung from the porous rock, …

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Billings, Rimrock Auto Arena chasing Big Sky Conference tournament

Billings, Rimrock Auto Arena chasing Big Sky Conference tournament

Billings is wooing the Big Sky Conference. Will the league succumb to its advances?

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Man, woman found shot to death in Dickinson

DICKINSON, N.D. — Dickinson police say a couple has been found shot to death in the basement of a home.

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Highlands mine could mean primary, secondary jobs for Butte

Highlands mine could mean primary, secondary jobs for Butte

BUTTE — At a time when local officials are trying to grow manufacturing in Butte-Silver Bow County, one of the area’s top prospects for adding…

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Bison hunt in Jackson Hole sets record

Bison hunt in Jackson Hole sets record

JACKSON, Wyo. — Hunters have killed about 300 bison in the Jackson Hole region during the just-completed hunting season.

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Bakken wives worry over job losses

Bakken wives worry over job losses

BISMARCK, N.D. — With the price for a barrel of crude oil hovering below $50 per barrel, the wives and girlfriends of the men who came to the …

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A little windy, but great weather ahead

Sunny days with highs hovering in the 50s are expected in Billings for most of the week week, but on Sunday and Monday breezy conditions are likely.

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Gas tax, other items on the agenda for Legislature this week

HELENA — The Montana Legislature will begin its fourth week on Monday with a full slate of hearings on a variety of bills coming up.

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Legitimate questions and politics collide with welfare whistleblowers

Legitimate questions and politics collide with welfare whistleblowers

HELENA — In an unusual turn at the Legislature last week, three “whistleblower” state workers showed up in Helena to allege serious problems w…

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Have You Heard: Chipotle restaurant nears opening date

Have You Heard: Chipotle restaurant nears opening date

Fans of thick burritos and sustainable ingredients take note: Chipotle Mexican Grill is planning to open its new Billings restaurant in April.

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Cold spell leaves Billings' Rimrocks covered in ice

Cold spell leaves Billings' Rimrocks covered in ice

An extended cold spell in Billings a few weeks ago left the Rimrocks draped in ice. Icicles like frozen waterfalls hung from the porous rock, …

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Prep basketball: The 30-point club

Prep basketball: The 30-point club

UPDATE (1/24/15): Lame Deer's Evan Elkshoulder continued his assault on the 30-point club this week. After scoring 35 points on three consecut…

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Ryan Zinke said he viewed 'American Sniper' inspiration as commander, father

Ryan Zinke said he viewed 'American Sniper' inspiration as commander, father

U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke knew Chris Kyle, the subject of “American Sniper,” when Zinke was commander of special forces in the Fallujah area of Ira…

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Taxing and spending: How much money is coming in and how will it be spent

Taxing and spending: How much money is coming in and how will it be spent

HELENA — Expect a debate at the Capitol over how much tax revenue the state can expect to collect this year and the next two fiscal years.

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Workshop shares tips on getting ready for science expo

Workshop shares tips on getting ready for science expo

Creating a science project for the annual Billings Clinic Science Expo can be a daunting task for kids and their parents.

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Missoula federal building studied for possible VA clinic

MISSOULA — The General Services Administration is studying the feasibility of converting the vacant Federal Building in downtown Missoula to a…

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FWP group develops hunter-ethics campaign

BOZEMAN — With hopes of reducing hunting conflicts by encouraging better behavior, a citizen’s group has taken the first steps toward developi…

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Helena man sentenced to 50 years for 11th drunk-driving offense

Helena man sentenced to 50 years for 11th drunk-driving offense

HELENA — A district judge on Thursday ordered a 49-year-old Helena man accused of 11 drunken driving offenses to serve 50 years in the Montana…

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Missoula native Darian Stevens seeking X Games medal

Missoula native Darian Stevens seeking X Games medal

MISSOULA — The Winter X Games are the biggest showcase in the world for slopestyle skiers — at least until the Olympics added the snow-bound d…

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Carroll Saints help woman, child from burning car

Carroll Saints help woman, child from burning car

HELENA — Carroll assistant men’s basketball coach Dan Pearson, ESPN Montana sports director Jason Walker and the driver of the basketball team…

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UM economists: Tourism powers economy, gas prices a concern in Bakken

UM economists: Tourism powers economy, gas prices a concern in Bakken

MISSOULA — Tourism in Montana is booming, beef calf prices are at a 60-year high and wages are on the upswing once more, economists told a Mis…

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Man convicted in North Dakota oil patch murder appealing

Man convicted in North Dakota oil patch murder appealing

WILLISTON, N.D. — An Idaho man convicted of killing a man outside of a strip club in the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston is ap…

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Mostly cloudy & milder on Saturday

Saturday will be mostly cloudy, the National Weather Service says, with a high near 48 and west winds of 22 to 24 mph.

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Parish plans St. Valentine's Day dinner-dance

Parish plans St. Valentine's Day dinner-dance

To build something new, Mary Queen of Peace decided to revert to a bygone era for its upcoming fundraiser.

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Architecture students get a real-world opportunity to learn their craft

Architecture students get a real-world opportunity to learn their craft

Architecture and design students at Montana State University have the chance to design a mixed-use building to be constructed in the East Bill…

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The I.D. O'Donnell house remains mostly the same for more than 100 years

The I.D. O'Donnell house remains mostly the same for more than 100 years

If homes could talk, George and Jean Wallis’ house would have quite the tale.

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Pet of the Week: Emmy

Pet of the Week: Emmy

A loving black kitten is available for adoption from the Animal Welfare League.

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Couple accused of keeping child in a cage plead guilty

Couple accused of keeping child in a cage plead guilty

LARAMIE, Wyo. — An Albany County couple accused of keeping a 7-year-old boy in an outdoor cage have each pleaded guilty to felonious restraint…

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Paraglider who crashed at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort dies

JACKSON, Wyo.  — A paraglider who crashed within the boundary of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort has died.

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House committee advances income tax cut bills

HELENA — The House Taxation Committee on Friday endorsed two Republican bills opposed by the Bullock administration that would provide million…

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Man, woman plead guilty to reduced charges in scuffle with Laurel police officer

Man, woman plead guilty to reduced charges in scuffle with Laurel police officer

A man and woman initially charged with assaulting a Laurel police officer during a traffic stop in 2013 pleaded guilty to reduced charges of c…

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3 prosecutors promoted to top positions in county attorney's office

3 prosecutors promoted to top positions in county attorney's office

Three prosecutors have been promoted to top management positions within the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office.

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Exxon gets $1 million penalty in 2011 Yellowstone spill

Exxon gets $1 million penalty in 2011 Yellowstone spill

BILLINGS — Federal officials have issued a $1 million penalty against Exxon Mobil Corp. for safety violations stemming from a pipeline rupture…

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Plan would help small business pay for health insurance

Plan would help small business pay for health insurance

HELENA — Business owners, including a Republican state senator, turned out Friday to support a plan by Democratic state Auditor Monica Lindeen…

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Woman admits using high-heeled shoe in assault

Woman admits using high-heeled shoe in assault

A 38-year-old woman who hit another woman in the head with a high-heeled shoe at a Billings bar in 2013 pleaded guilty Friday to felony assaul…

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Nature Conservancy finishes 257-square-mile land purchase

Nature Conservancy finishes 257-square-mile land purchase

GREAT FALLS — The Nature Conservancy has completed purchasing more than 257-square-miles of forestlands in Montana and Washington as part of a…

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Woman pleads guilty to negligent homicide in death of 3-month-old daughter

Woman pleads guilty to negligent homicide in death of 3-month-old daughter

A 23-year-old woman pleaded guilty Friday to child abuse and negligent homicide in the 2012 death of her 3-month-old child.

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Joliet police chief cleared of wrongdoing

The Stillwater County Attorney’s Office has cleared Joliet Police Chief Kyle Croft of any wrongdoing after he was accused of domestic violence.

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Still no sign of man last seen walking from Joliet

Still no sign of man last seen walking from Joliet

Friday marks two weeks since Michael Phillips of Edgar was last seen walking east out of Joliet on Main Street at about 4 a.m., and officials …

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Supporters rally as lawmakers weigh preschool plan

Supporters rally as lawmakers weigh preschool plan

About 50 supporters told a legislative panel Friday that Gov. Steve Bullock's $37 million plan for public preschool is a worthy investment.

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Wyoming police department outfits officers with body cams

Wyoming police department outfits officers with body cams

CASPER, Wyo. — You’re being recorded when you walk into the grocery store. You’re on surveillance when you drive in your car. You’re being wat…

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Lawmaker seeks to up penalty for abuse of pregnant women

Lawmaker seeks to up penalty for abuse of pregnant women

HELENA — A Montana legislator proposed Friday that domestic abusers receive additional punishment if the victim is pregnant.

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