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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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Looping through mountains and prairies on a tank of gas

Looping through mountains and prairies on a tank of gas

Head west from Billings on Highway 3 and beyond and you might not notice much at first.

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YelCo 52: 'Born by the River and killed by the Railroad'

YelCo 52: 'Born by the River and killed by the Railroad'

Every Saturday, The Billings Gazette is featuring places that make Yellowstone County unique. Share your favorites on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #YelCo52.

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Miles Community College gets $1 million donation

Miles Community College has received an anonymous $1 million donation — the largest donation in the Miles City school’s history — to help build a new 36,000-square-foot Ag Advancement Center.

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Homicide suspect turns herself in; victim in South Side stabbing identified

Homicide suspect turns herself in; victim in South Side stabbing identified

A 22-year-old woman suspected of stabbing another woman to death at a bar on Billings' South Side has turned herself in to authorities.

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Financial troubles prompt center with less-confining MRI scanner to close

Financial troubles prompt center with less-confining MRI scanner to close

Billings Open MRI, which provides MRI scans of patients without putting them into a tunnel or ring as in traditional scans, has closed due to financial issues.

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Storms cause damaging microburst in NE Montana, cut power to Williston airport

Storms cause damaging microburst in NE Montana, cut power to Williston airport

A long chain of thunderstorms on Wednesday caused a microburst that damaged property and uprooted trees near McCabe in northeastern Montana while causing power outages across the area and into North Dakota.

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More rain meant cooler August; flooding subsides in northern Montana

More rain meant cooler August; flooding subsides in northern Montana

A late-month blast of storms that drenched much of the region helped ensure that a cooler-than-normal August in Billings received more than double the usual amount of rain, too.

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Hi-Line hit with severe flooding

Hi-Line hit with severe flooding

A deluge that soaked much of the Montana Hi-Line with as much as eight inches of rain earlier this month caused record flooding that had some areas still under water on Friday.

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Investigation into decapitated body continues; sheriff asks for public's help

Investigation into decapitated body continues; sheriff asks for public's help

As the investigation continues into the murder of Cody, Wyo., resident Juan Antonio Guerra-Torres, Park County Sheriff Scott Steward is asking for the public’s help in tracking down several people who might have information in the case.

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State sees savings as fires burn 5 percent of average acreage this summer

State sees savings as fires burn 5 percent of average acreage this summer

So far, the 2014 wildfire season in Montana has been defined more by what hasn’t happened than by what has.

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Albertsons parking lot sale raises $4,000 for Meals On Wheels

The local Meals On Wheels program got a little extra help Wednesday morning when it received a $4,000 check from a Billings Albertsons grocery store, which raised the money in June through a parking lot sale.

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YBGR playground to help children with autism boost social, communication skills

YBGR playground to help children with autism boost social, communication skills

After a few words from officials involved in the project, the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch dedicated a new playground at its London Lodge for autistic boys in the most fitting way possible: by letting kids play on it.

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MSUB extends cooperative agreement with Japanese university

MSUB extends cooperative agreement with Japanese university

Montana State University Billings and Japan’s Prefectural University of Kumamoto (PUK) extended by three years on Monday a long-running agreement that includes exchange student programs, immersive language programs and faculty education opportunities.

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NBC's Dateline to feature Billings teen who survived plane crash

NBC's Dateline to feature Billings teen who survived plane crash

The story of how Billings teenager McKenzie Morgan walked away from a plane crash in the remote mountains of Wyoming will be featured during a segment on Sunday night's episode of "Dateline," NBC's long-running television newsmagazine series.

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Police looking for youth who darted rabbit

Police looking for youth who darted rabbit

The Billings Police Department is keeping a closer eye on Stewart Park on the West End after a least one rabbit was hit with a blow dart.

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'Focus on the individual student': New chancellor sets high expectations for MSUB

'Focus on the individual student': New chancellor sets high expectations for MSUB

Mark Nook, Montana State University Billings’ newly hired chancellor, laid out on Thursday morning his vision and goals for the upcoming school year, citing a desire to focus on student issues, strategic planning and fundraising for a massive renovation of the science building.

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What's next for Riverside, other parks? Laurel ponders next move after levy defeat

What's next for Riverside, other parks? Laurel ponders next move after levy defeat

City of Laurel officials are starting to discuss what to do with city parks in the wake of voters rejecting in June a citywide parks district that would provide services and maintain improvements.

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