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Tornado Confirmed in Eastern Montana

The National Weather Service out of Billings confirmed a brief "rope" tornado hit west of Glendive around 7:42pm MDT.  The short lived tornado touched down 7 miles west of Forest Park in Dawson County.  The...

Special Report: Zinke’s record as U.S. Interior secretary: Fossil-fuel emphasis, public access, helping ag

HELENA - From farmers to environmentalists to oil-and-gas producers, there’s no shortage of opinions on the first-year report card for Montana’s first member of a presidential cabinet, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. “I think they’re...

USS Montana submarine more than half complete, emblem to display Montana’s heritage

BILLINGS - Montana's namesake can now be found in Virginia. The submarine named after the Treasure State is more than half built in Virginia and on schedule to be finished and ready in 2020. On Wednesday,...

Leaders hope Opportunity Zone designation draws investment to downtown Helena

HELENA - Business development groups say, in places like downtown Helena, it can be hard to attract investment. “Getting access to capital – patient capital is what we would call it – is very difficult,”...

At Least Snow is Unlikely for Memorial Day Weekend

While a FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for parts of Montana into Friday, the weather will actually improve somewhat Thursday and Friday.  Showers and storms will gradually taper off tonight.  Thursday will be...

98 year-old UM Alumna earns degree after seven decades

MISSOULA – Paula O’Neil had no idea what was waiting for her under the piece of tissue paper on the table as family gathered, watching in anticipation, at her daughter’s home in Evergreen, Colorado,...

FWP reminding public to prevent spread of aquatic invasive species

HELENA - Montanans are getting their boats out of winter storage and preparing to hit the water. Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to remind the public to take the right steps to prevent the...

Appeals court upholds Montana’s landmark campaign-disclosure law

HELENA - A federal appeals court has upheld Montana’s landmark law to force disclosure of campaign spending and fundraising by so-called “dark money” groups – and others attempting to influence elections here. The 9th...

Next steps announced for ‘Build Our Plate Together’

HELENA - Sodexo, Montana No Kid Hungry and the Kids Hunger Coalition have announced the next steps that will be taken in response to the Build Our Plate Together forums. The forums gave school staff...

U.S. House Dem candidates not shying away from gun-violence proposals

HELENA - The issues of gun rights and gun violence persist as risky political topics in Montana, but that’s not stopping Democratic U.S. House candidates from talking about it, often in stark terms. Former state...

Income Eligibility Campaign proposed for school lunches

HELENA - Helena Public Schools, Sodexo and the Kids Hunger Coalition are proposing a new Income Eligibility Campaign for school lunches. The proposed campaign’s goal is to increase the number of people applying for...

ACLU of Montana criticizes Border Patrol over questioning of citizens speaking Spanish

HELENA - The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana is criticizing the U.S. Border Patrol over the case of two U.S. citizens questioned in Havre after an agent heard them speaking Spanish. Ana Suda, who...

Gag order lifted in mine waste cleanup order

BUTTE - A district judge has lifted a gag order Tuesday on proposed cleanup of mine waste in Butte and public hearings have been set. U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon modified the confidentiality order...

Tester: Bill to boost veterans’ care passes key Senate committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new streamlined community care program for American veterans is poised to pass the U.S. Senate. The bipartisan VA Mission Act passed the US House last week and the US Senate...

Up to 70 Billings workers potentially displaced in Charter Comm cutbacks

BILLINGS - Charter Communications Inc. is eliminating its video-repair call service at its Billings center, potentially displacing up to 70 Spectrum employees in the area. Those 70 workers were notified Tuesday and will be offered...

Missoula law enforcement absorbing cuts to mental health care services

 MISSOULA - Mental health services and law enforcement work might seem to be very different sectors in our community but, their work is actually deeply interconnected. State budget cuts have eroded services for them, at...

Special Report: Montana veterans struggle with lasting effects of Agent Orange

 BILLINGS - Hundreds of thousands of people, both soldiers and civilians, have been harmed by Agent Orange. The herbicide was used by the U.S. government during the Vietnam War, to kill the existing foliage making...

“National Rescue Dog Day” celebrated in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS - National Rescue Dog Day was celebrated on Sunday, and coincided with PetSmart’s National Adoption Weekend. For the first time, the Maclean Animal Adoption Center in Great Falls partnered with PetSmart to help...

Boeing working on next generation of ICBM program

GREAT FALLS - Boeing has had a presence in the Great Falls community since the Cuban Missile Crisis, and now the company is working on o the next generation of the intercontinental ballistic...

Special Report: Staying safe on social media

BILLINGS - A task force officer with the Billings Police Department is warning adults and parents of teenagers who use the popular app Snapchat to check their settings. One of the app’s features called Snap...

Special Report: Couple opens natural cemetery in Swan Valley

 MISSOULA - Just because you die, doesn’t mean you can’t still be environmentally conscious. Jill Valley went to the Swan Valley and met a family that’s turned its acres into a place where you can...

Ravalli Co. authorities helping in search for missing hunters in Idaho

HAMILTON - The Ravalli County Sheriff's Office is currently assisting in the search for four hunters that went missing in Idaho County, Idaho. The four hunters went missing after their SUV rolled over into the...

Montana Lottery announces some big winners

GREAT FALLS - The Montana Lottery has awarded $111,000 in cash prizes since May 7. The following information was sent in a press release on Wednesday: Jazmine Jones of Billings claimed a $12,000 prize on...

East Helena man pleads guilty to illegal possession of machine gun

HELENA - Patrick Ofaron Longdon, a 49-year-old resident of East Helena, plead guilty to illegal possession of a machine gun. U.S. Senior District Judge Sam Haddon presided over the hearing and set sentencing for...

Former Billings nurse admits stealing painkillers from up to 300 patients

BILLINGS - At his change of plea hearing Tuesday for charges related to stealing drugs from patients, a former Billings nurse told the judge he is currently in substance abuse treatment. Donald Mills, who was...