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9 graduate from treatment court; program renamed

9 graduate from treatment court; program renamed

George Lowry Weeks, a man with four DUI convictions, said Wednesday he never thought he would hug a judge.

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Conference seeks to rally, empower Montana's top teachers

Conference seeks to rally, empower Montana's top teachers

It wasn’t entirely clear whether the wastebasket Billings teacher Shelly Stanton clutched was a receptacle or a shield as she fielded a barrag…

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Tesla Motors installs charging station for electric cars near Billings

Tesla Motors installs charging station for electric cars near Billings

If you drive a Tesla electric sedan — or you’re thinking about purchasing one — you’ll have no trouble quickly juicing it up locally for a cro…

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Assembly required: CTA puts together playground equipment for Boys, Girls Ranch

Assembly required: CTA puts together playground equipment for Boys, Girls Ranch

As about 10 employees of CTA Architects Engineers crowded around a piece of playground equipment Wednesday, bolting metal arms, supports and o…

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Walsh says he was being treated for PTSD when he plagiarized paper

Walsh says he was being treated for PTSD when he plagiarized paper

HELENA — The New York Times reported Wednesday that Montana’s newest senator, Democrat John Walsh, plagiarized large portions of his final pap…

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Fire season in West expected to get more intense

Fire season in West expected to get more intense

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Despite widespread drought in the West and expectations of an above-average wildfire season, wildfires have burned less th…

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Riders ready for annual challenge of 'Bentonite Nightmare'

Riders ready for annual challenge of 'Bentonite Nightmare'

It’s all about cresting the 457-foot “Bentonite Nightmare” this weekend in Billings’ South Hills.

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Walsh paper has 79% ‘similarity index,’ online review shows

HELENA — The online plagiarism detection service iThenticate determined that U.S. Sen. John Walsh’s final paper at the U.S. Army War College h…

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Woman charged with stealing from disabled adult clients

Woman charged with stealing from disabled adult clients

Prosecutors have accused a woman of slowly stealing thousands of dollars from more than 50 physically or mentally disabled adults who are clie…

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East Rosebud protection bill gets hearing

An East Rosebud Creek protection bill got a hearing before a U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday with Montana Sen. John Walsh testifying in sup…

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Man sentenced to 4 years, 9 months on federal drug charges

Man sentenced to 4 years, 9 months on federal drug charges

A Fairview man who sold methamphetamine and other drugs to an undercover agent will spend 57 months in federal prison.

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Missoula man sentenced for construction fraud

MISSOULA — A Montana man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $6.5 million in restitution for takin…

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Construction continues to cause traffic delays in Billings, Montana

Construction is expected to cause a number of delays this week in Billings and throughout the state. 

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Report: Wyoming school superintendent committed misconduct in office

Report: Wyoming school superintendent committed misconduct in office

A final report from a legislative committee that has spent more than a year investigating state Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hil…

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Montana Supreme Court: Sentencing enhancement justified in sex crime

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has ruled a Havre man convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl should face a sentencing enhanceme…

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Montana, Xerox resolve Medicaid contract problems

HELENA — State officials have resolved a contract issue with Xerox Corp. over developing a new computer program for Medicaid payments.

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Copper mine project near White Sulphur Springs draws hundreds of comments

BOZEMAN — Montana environmental regulators intend to review about 940 public comments and decide within three weeks whether to approve a propo…

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Montana Supreme Court upholds firing of tourism director

HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld the 2010 dismissal of a former state tourism director who was fired because the agency said she …

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Blues musician Scott Holt to play fundraiser Monday at the Garage

Scott Holt, who played guitar with Buddy Guy for 10 years, will be showcased Monday at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.’s Garage Pub.

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Film screening set for Thursday at YAM is canceled

The screening of Robin Starbuck’s film, "Iichiilish Daik: Going to the Horses," has been canceled.

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Glacier National Park visitors add $179 million to Montana economy

Glacier National Park visitors add $179 million to Montana economy

Last year, 2.2 million people visited Glacier National Park and they spent nearly $179 million in the area, according to a new National Park S…

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Lawyers: Media portrayed exchange student's shooter as 'cold-blooded killer'

Lawyers: Media portrayed exchange student's shooter as 'cold-blooded killer'

MISSOULA — Attorneys representing Markus Kaarma, the Missoula man accused of killing a German exchange student in Kaarma’s garage last April, …

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VanDyke starts out behind in court fundraising

HELENA — Lawrence VanDyke is back on the ballot for Supreme Court justice, but he starts out at a big disadvantage in campaign fundraising in …

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Wolf Creek voters to decide on resort tax

HELENA — Voters in Wolf Creek could decide late this summer whether to implement a 3 percent seasonal resort tax to help pay for a new wastewa…

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Man denies charge he tried to kidnap 10-year-old

MISSOULA — A man accused of grabbing a 10-year-old girl as she played with her brother in a Missoula park has pleaded not guilty to attempted …

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Federal judge won't reduce bison protester's fine

Federal judge won't reduce bison protester's fine

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A judge has refused to reduce a fine against a man who chained himself to a concrete-filled drum to protest the slaughter of …

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Missing worker from Wyoming found in ND oil patch

DICKINSON, N.D. — A Wyoming man who went missing in the western North Dakota oil patch has been found.

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Man found dead after apparent fall in Grand Teton

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — A 36-year-old man was found dead after he apparently fell from a cliff in Grand Teton National Park.

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Fire truck overturns while responding to blaze

GREAT FALLS — Authorities say a fire truck overturned after colliding with another vehicle as they were headed to a grass fire near Vaughn.

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Authorities identify man killed in ATV crash

HAMILTON — Ravalli County authorities have identified the 20-year-old Stevensville man who died when his all-terrain vehicle collided with a p…

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Officials: Williston fire burned chemicals; air OK

Officials: Williston fire burned chemicals; air OK

WILLISTON, N.D. — An emergency manager says this week's fire at a Williston oil field supply company likely burned dozens of different chemica…

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Triple-digit temperatures possible Wednesday

Triple-digit temperatures possible Wednesday

After 733 days without a day above 100 degrees - the eighth-longest stretch in Billings history - The National Weather Service predicts temper…

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Buffalo Lakes: Mountain wetland flush with wildlife

Buffalo Lakes: Mountain wetland flush with wildlife

EAST GLACIER — If you hike to Buffalo Lakes and beyond in the Badger-Two Medicine area, you’ll probably spend as much time staring across the …

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Walk planned to raise awareness for children with apraxia of speech

Walk planned to raise awareness for children with apraxia of speech

Nicholas Ramage and Braylon Brown cruise around the room playing with trucks, tractors and other toys. They play just like any other 2- and 3-…

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World champion auctioneer moves beef in Billings

World champion auctioneer moves beef in Billings

It takes a pro to move 60,000 cattle across the auction block in less than 14 hours. It’s a black blur of brands and fur that leaves even good…

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Gazette's Cooking Columnist Challenge tackles watermelon

Gazette's Cooking Columnist Challenge tackles watermelon

The hunt for the next cooking columnist is on at The Billings Gazette.

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Hobby Lobby ruling sparks protest in Billings over contraceptives

Hobby Lobby ruling sparks protest in Billings over contraceptives

On Tuesday, people lined the sidewalks of North 27th Street, expressing their frustration over a recent Supreme Court decision that extended r…

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Billings Clinic meets neighbors wondering about the future of 80 acres on the West End

Billings Clinic meets neighbors wondering about the future of 80 acres on the West End

An 80-acre parcel owned by Billings Clinic and located at the southwest corner of Shiloh Road and Broadwater Avenue is going to be — well, som…

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Rice, teammates draw crowd during visit to China

Rice, teammates draw crowd during visit to China

Most were surreptitious, mixing in among the gathered crowd, their presence given away only by a quick flash of light.

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'Obamacare' court ruling has no impact on Montana

HELENA — For nearly 31,500 Montanans who bought subsidized health insurance on the new, online “marketplace” this year, Tuesday’s federal appe…

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Lockwood pedestrian safety board recommends projects

The newly formed Lockwood Pedestrian Safety District Advisory Board has identified priority sidewalk and lighting projects to make the communi…

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County gets bids for new MetraPark agricultural building

Yellowstone County received several bids Tuesday for a proposed new multipurpose agricultural building at MetraPark, but all of them exceeded …

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Yellowstone County imposes Stage 1 fire restrictions

Yellowstone County commissioners on Tuesday imposed Stage 1 fire restrictions because of recent hot and dry weather conditions.

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St. Vincent Healthcare updates logo

St. Vincent Healthcare updates logo

St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings revealed its new logo Tuesday. The new logo is part of the hospital’s effort to reflect the growth and deve…

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Jury convicts man, 76, of felony DUI

Jury convicts man, 76, of felony DUI

In less than 30 minutes Tuesday morning, a jury reached a unanimous verdict and convicted a 76-year-old man of felony DUI for drunkenly causin…

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VanDyke back on ballot for Montana Supreme Court

VanDyke back on ballot for Montana Supreme Court

HELENA—In a 4-3 decision on Tuesday, the Montana Supreme Court overturned a lower-court ruling and put Lawrence VanDyke back on the November b…

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