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County complying with agreement over sex assault prosecution

County complying with agreement over sex assault prosecution

MISSOULA — A Montana county attorney's office is complying with provisions of an agreement with the Department of Justice over how it should handle the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases.

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Lawmaker seeks to increase fine for seat belt violations

Lawmaker seeks to increase fine for seat belt violations

HELENA — Getting caught without a seat belt could cost Montana drivers five times the current fine under a bill proposed Tuesday.

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'Like spokes on a wheel': Researchers map elk migrations in Greater Yellowstone

'Like spokes on a wheel': Researchers map elk migrations in Greater Yellowstone

HELENA — Efforts since 2013 to map elk migrations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will provide researchers some of the most detailed information on how nine herds in three states use one of the West’s iconic landscapes.

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Montana city asks MRL to help ease traffic congestion

Montana city asks MRL to help ease traffic congestion

HELENA — The city of Helena is asking Montana Rail Link to help fund a means to route Montana Avenue traffic above or below the railroad tracks as a way to lessen the impacts of closing another city street.

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Montana's unemployment rate falls to 4.2%

HELENA — Montana's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent in December, marking a full 1 percentage point decrease in 2014.

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Student commits suicide at Montana Tech

Student commits suicide at Montana Tech

BUTTE — A Montana Tech student committed suicide on campus Monday.

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Montana man in custody after allegedly beating 3-year-old girl

MISSOULA — A 25-year-old Missoula man is facing a felony count of assault on a minor for allegedly repeatedly striking his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.

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Semi-driver airlifted after crash on I-15

BUTTE — A semi-trailer plunged down a ravine off Interstate 15 around midnight Monday, leaving the driver severely injured and shutting down the road for about three hours.

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Stockman Bank opens temporary location in downtown Missoula

Stockman Bank opens temporary location in downtown Missoula

MISSOULA — Downtown Missoula officially got a new business addition Monday as Stockman Bank announced the grand opening of a new temporary location at 135 W. Main St., Suite A.

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Snow ramp damages historic Montana bear pen

Snow ramp damages historic Montana bear pen

MISSOULA — What perhaps seemed like a good idea at the time did some serious damage to the historic bear pen in Missoula's Greenough Park.

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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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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.

January 26, 2015 6:00 pm Photos

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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 miniature debate on health care reform Monday, as Democrats attacked the measure for blocking health care solutions.

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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 not in police custody.

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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 conducted by mail.

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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 for four years to settle a state lawsuit that accuses him of breaking campaign finance laws.

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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. 17 oil spill will be tested at a Billings lab for exposure to petroleum chemicals.

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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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Montana pipeline spill estimate lowered to 30K gallons

Montana pipeline spill estimate lowered to 30K gallons

Authorities have lowered to 30,000 gallons their estimate of the amount of oil that spilled from a broken pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River in Eastern Montana.

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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 early on New Year's Eve.

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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 county's most populous community if an additional well permit is approved by the state, a staunch opponent of the application asserts.

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