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Ice, slush cause Laurel water intake problems; FEMA to help with new intake

Ice, slush cause Laurel water intake problems; FEMA to help with new intake

Ice, slush and lower seasonal flow levels in the Yellowstone River combined last week with a reshaped river channel from 2011 flooding to cause problems for the city's water supply through its main intake on the river.

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MSUB to offer new programs to meet licensing rules for pre-K accreditation

MSUB to offer new programs to meet licensing rules for pre-K accreditation

Montana State University Billings announced on Tuesday that it will launch new and updated early childhood education licensing programs.

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'You know you can check up on him': NICU cameras provide 24/7 access to infants

'You know you can check up on him': NICU cameras provide 24/7 access to infants

Even though they take every chance they can to spend time with their newborn son, Khalen, at St. Vincent Healthcare’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) since his birth in late September, Nick and Kyrsten Bronson can’t always be there.

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Boy grows hair, raises money for sick youth

Boy grows hair, raises money for sick youth

Gavin Stichman is a little camera shy but he loves sports — “all of them, any of them,” in his words — and his favorite football team is the Green Bay Packers. At school, his favorite subjects are, in order and once again in his words, recess, math and spelling.

November 17, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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MSUB rolls out new pre-engineering program

MSUB rolls out new pre-engineering program

You won’t find anyone with an engineering degree from Montana State University Billings, but there’s a good chance that in a few years, there’ll be plenty who took the first steps toward earning it there.

November 16, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Months of work lead up to ski season

Months of work lead up to ski season

It sure does take a lot of work to have so much fun.

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Frigid temperatures don't hinder medicine wheel ceremony at MSUB

Frigid temperatures don't hinder medicine wheel ceremony at MSUB

As she used a bowl filled with smoldering tobacco to smudge rocks adorned with the names of American military veterans, Montana State University Billings student Kaja Anderson listed off the names she hoped to add to the rocks.

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Recipient of environmental award to keynote NPRC meeting

Recipient of environmental award to keynote NPRC meeting

Helen Slottje has spent the last four years crafting a successful legal strategy utilizing zoning laws to prevent oil and gas fracking from entering communities across New York, and she hopes an upcoming speech can help do the same for Billings.

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Singer reportedly causes ruckus at Fuddruckers; St. John addresses response time

Singer Jeremih and his entourage reportedly caused a bit of a ruckus at the West End Fuddruckers on Wednesday, and the incident has Billings Police Department Chief Rich St. John defending the department after some community criticism for its response time.

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Carter, Hernandez win Justice of the Peace elections

Carter, Hernandez win Justice of the Peace elections

Unofficial final results tallied into early Wednesday show incumbents David Carter and Pedro Hernandez each won handily in their bids for Yellowstone County’s two justices of the peace jobs.

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Souza coasts to victory for District Court seat

Souza coasts to victory for District Court seat

When the tallying of the votes wrapped up early Wednesday, Rod Souza finished with a 10 percent lead over Bill Speare in unofficial final election results, with more than 55 percent of the votes, to replace retiring District Court Judge G. Todd Baugh.

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For only 2nd time, every October day was above 50 degrees in Billings

For only 2nd time, every October day was above 50 degrees in Billings

October in Billings was quite a bit warmer, with less precipitation than normal, nearly to record levels.

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'A passion for protecting folks': Billings man honored for fraud prevention education

'A passion for protecting folks': Billings man honored for fraud prevention education

Alex Ward doesn’t like to call them con artists.

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With quarantine lifted after reported bite, ZooMontana wolves back on display

With quarantine lifted after reported bite, ZooMontana wolves back on display

The 10-day quarantine placed on ZooMontana’s pair of gray wolves after a report that one of them might have bitten a young child has ended, and the wolves are back on public view.

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Sidney officer shoots, injures man during traffic incident

A Sidney police officer shot and injured a 59-year-old North Dakota man when the man pulled out a handgun during a traffic incident early Friday.

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ZooMontana's deer Rocket euthanized at age 17

ZooMontana's deer Rocket euthanized at age 17

ZooMontana’s 17-year-old Sika deer, Rocket, was euthanized on Monday due to complications and concerns over his progressing arthritis.

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2nd robot enables BPD bomb squad to respond to more than 1 incident at a time

2nd robot enables BPD bomb squad to respond to more than 1 incident at a time

As he navigated the department’s new bomb robot through the hallways of the Billings Police Department’s training and operations building, Sgt. Jason Gartner noted that it hasn’t seen any action yet, outside of training and a few demonstrations.

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USDA inspects wolf enclosure after bite reported at ZooMontana

USDA inspects wolf enclosure after bite reported at ZooMontana

The United States Department of Agriculture inspected ZooMontana’s wolf enclosure on Tuesday as the investigation continued into a report of a child being bitten by one of the animals.

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3rd-graders among 156,433 Montanans taking shelter, 'covering their noggins'

3rd-graders among 156,433 Montanans taking shelter, 'covering their noggins'

In the unlikely event that an earthquake rumbles its way through Billings, 8-year-old Gracie Dague and her classmates at Lockwood Elementary know what to do.

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Man accused of hitting pregnant girlfriend with hatchet

Man accused of hitting pregnant girlfriend with hatchet

A man was accused Monday of strangling his pregnant girlfriend last week before hitting her with the blunt end of a hatchet.

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ZooMontana investigating report of child bitten by wolf; animals quarantined

ZooMontana investigating report of child bitten by wolf; animals quarantined

One of ZooMontana’s two gray wolves bit a young child on Sunday afternoon.

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Deliberate homicide trial delayed after key witness fails to show up

Deliberate homicide trial delayed after key witness fails to show up

The trial for a man accused of shooting another man to death in Lockwood last January, scheduled to begin on Monday, was continued after a key witness failed to show up.

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Woman charged in apparent Africa-based firearms scheme

A Billings woman was charged Friday with participating in a scheme that apparently has roots in West Africa and involved selling collectible guns without actually providing any of the guns.

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2 men charged with tying up, robbing couple

2 men charged with tying up, robbing couple

Two men already in jail on unrelated charges were charged Friday with tying up a couple and stealing from their home in July.

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Luther teacher named Montana Rural Teacher of the Year, heads to national conference

Luther teacher named Montana Rural Teacher of the Year, heads to national conference

Earlier this spring, Luther teacher Carolyn Hutson was named the 2014 Rural Teacher of the Year by the Montana Association of County School Superintendents and was later announced as a finalist for national rural teacher of the year.

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Sharing the fight: Group brings together young adults with cancer

Sharing the fight: Group brings together young adults with cancer

In just one day, Alicia Steere’s priorities expanded from the day-to-day duties of a wife and mother to how to fight a potentially deadly disease while keeping a sense of normalcy within her own family.

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Should dogs be allowed in city parks? Board seeks public input

Should dogs be allowed in city parks? Board seeks public input

When the Billings Animal Control Board meets on Tuesday, it could be the first step toward lifting a half-century-old ban on dogs in developed city parks.

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YWCA to launch Domestic Violence Awareness campaign Wednesday

In effort to raise awareness of Domestic Violence Month during October, YWCA Billings will launch its Step Up to End Violence campaign on Wednesday.

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Billings program honored for focus on Lewis and Clark, technology

A Billings-based educational program that teaches middle-school students about technology used during Lewis and Clark’s historic journey by comparing it to its modern counterparts has received a national honor for its efforts and will celebrate the award at a public event Wednesday.

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Montana breweries take home hardware at national beer competition

Montana breweries take home hardware at national beer competition

Five Montana breweries brought home six medals — half of them gold — for their beers and one was named very small brewery of the year at the Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver last weekend.

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Former prosecutor, former transport officer running for justice of the peace

Former prosecutor, former transport officer running for justice of the peace

Editor’s note: This is part of the Gazette’s coverage on contested Yellowstone County races in the Nov. 4 election.

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Judge, retired IRS agent running for Justice of the Peace

Judge, retired IRS agent running for Justice of the Peace

Editor’s note: This is part of the Gazette’s coverage on contested Yellowstone County races in the Nov. 4 election.

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Man denies negligent homicide charge in 2012 infant death

Man denies negligent homicide charge in 2012 infant death

A 31-year-old Butte man denied Thursday a felony negligent homicide accusation stemming from the death of his infant daughter in 2012.

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September's weather mostly average, but 3 temperature records fell

September's weather mostly average, but 3 temperature records fell

September’s weather in the Billings region was pretty average, a bit drier than usual in parts — and we broke three temperature records.

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Second man charged in 2012 marijuana grow operation

A second man is facing charges in connection with an indoor marijuana growing operation in Billings in 2012.

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Feds give $14.9 million to Montana for health care workforce development

Health care education across Montana got a significant boost on Monday with the announcement that 15 colleges will receive a total of nearly $15 million in federal grants to help train students for health care jobs.

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Boys and Girls Ranch gets $20K for middle school classroom

Boys and Girls Ranch gets $20K for middle school classroom

The Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch capped a yearlong campaign to help local youth with emotional disturbances and keep them on track to graduate by announcing $20,000 in donations from local banks on Thursday.

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MSUB enrollment down nearly 4 percent, resulting in a projected $1M budget loss

MSUB enrollment down nearly 4 percent, resulting in a projected $1M budget loss

Enrollment at Montana State University Billings for the 2014-15 school year is down almost 4 percent from last year, the second consecutive year it has been below 5,000 students.

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Rally held over N. Cheyenne health services job, restructuring concerns

Rally held over N. Cheyenne health services job, restructuring concerns

LAME DEER — Efforts to restructure the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Health Service led about two dozen people to rally Wednesday in front of the Northern Cheyenne tribal capital building over job concerns.

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MSUB program aims to get students back to campus safely

Since 2006, a drunken-driving prevention program has been quietly getting Montana State University students back to campus safely and for free.

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Gas leak forces evacuation of 25 Livingston homes; goose causes another power outage

Within about 20 minutes Monday afternoon in Livingston, a gas leak forced the evacuation of about 25 homes and 600 NorthWestern Energy customers lost power when a goose hit a power line.

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'The difference in life and death': Regents approve mental health research center

'The difference in life and death': Regents approve mental health research center

With a unanimous vote after passionate statements of support, the Montana University System Board of Regents approved Thursday the creation of new collaborative mental health research effort at Montana State University in Bozeman.

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Regents OK $1.4 billion budget; early numbers show enrollment decrease

Regents OK $1.4 billion budget; early numbers show enrollment decrease

The Montana University System Board of Regents approved Thursday the $1.4 billion budget for the entire system, a number that includes budgets for the 16 universities, colleges and other institutions within the system.

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Regents OK 2-year education outline, will vote on budgets Thursday

Regents OK 2-year education outline, will vote on budgets Thursday

The Montana University System Board of Regents approved two-year education plans, discussed new student programs and got updates on grants and other programs from campuses across the system on Wednesday.

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Group works to support families of children with chromosomal disorders

Group works to support families of children with chromosomal disorders

It wasn’t easy for Mandy Barnes as her daughter, Sam, struggled to learn to walk.

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Health care alliance receives $1.5M grant for trauma-related programs

An alliance of Billings health care providers has received a federal grant of almost $1.5 million for programs dealing with the link between childhood trauma and its long-term effects on health.

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MSUB students help with law enforcement crisis training

MSUB students help with law enforcement crisis training

Every year since 2007, students from Montana State University Billings’ theater program have helped hundreds of law enforcement officials from across Montana put newly learned skills in dealing with people with mental health or substance abuse crisis events to the test.

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Laurel schools see record enrollment; old middle school gym remains closed

Laurel schools see record enrollment; old middle school gym remains closed

As best as Laurel Public Schools Superintendent Tim Bronk can tell, there are more students in the district this year than ever before.

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Early work begins on mountain bike trails near Acton

Early work begins on mountain bike trails near Acton

On Sunday morning, a handful of dedicated volunteers and government employees gathered to start rehabbing and building the mountain biking trail system at the Acton Recreational Area.

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MSUB names first Business Hall of Fame class

MSUB names first Business Hall of Fame class

Montana State University Billings has announced the inaugural class for its newly created Montana Business Hall of Fame and will honor their achievements at an Oct. 2 event highlighted by a speech from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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