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Libby man gets 20 years in prison for fatal crash

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A northwestern Montana man who acknowledged using methamphetamines before causing a fatal crash has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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Bozeman School District to add seat belts to school buses

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Starting next school year, students will be required to wear newly installed seat belts when riding on a bus.

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Grant helps create new cardiac catheterization lab in Cody

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A large grant will stop long trips to Billings for some Wyoming heart attack victims. The 1.5 million dollar grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust will create a new cardiac catheterization lab at the Cody Regional Health Hospital. 

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The legacy of Coretta Scott King Video included

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Dr. Martin Luther King was one of the most iconic civil rights activists in America's history, but many people forget how impactful his wife, Coretta Scott King was during that movement. 

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Montana hospitals, TRICARE working toward new in-network agreement for veteran healthcare Video included

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A major regional healthcare insurance provider is affecting veterans and federal government employees in Billings and elsewhere.

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MSUB honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Video included

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Montana State University Billings commemorated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a bell ringing ceremony on campus today.

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Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dead at 46

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Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, has died. 

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Walmart issues apology to MSU professor over fishing license

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One of the worlds largest retailers is apologizing to a Montana State University professor following an incident involving his fishing license in 2016. 

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Wearing a seat belt can save your life Video included

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Putting on your seat belt is as easy as saying your alphabets and it should be one of the first things you do when you get inside your vehicle.

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One person killed, two injured in a two vehicle crash

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A 56-year-old woman is dead after a vehicle drifted into oncoming traffic head on. Montana Highway Patrol said the call came in at 4:33 a.m. Sunday morning near mile marker 42 on US 310 in Rockvale.

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Miles City woman killed when ejected from car in 3 vehicle crash

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One woman is dead after a crash Saturday morning near mile marker 108 on Interstate 94 Westbound just east of Forsyth. Montana Highway Patrol received a call just after 11 am. 

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Montana skier headed to Olympics

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A whitefish native is headed to the Olympics. Maggie Voisin suffered a broken ankle in the Sochi Olympics, a heartbreak for the 15-year-old. 

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Family Life expo is back at MetraPark

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The Family Life expo is back at MetraPark. 

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Albertsons gives to Red Cross to aid wildfire relief

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Montanans across the state have come together in many ways to help those affected by wildfires.

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Great Falls man wins Montana Millionaire Lottery

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One Great Falls man is starting the weekend off a little bit richer than he was last weekend. Terry Sargent, a military retiree from Great Falls, won the prize on a Montana Millionaire ticket bought at Great Falls' Gas N' Shop. The prize? $100,000. The winning numbers were announced on December 29th. Sargent said he plays the Montana Millionaire every year, but this is his first big win. And he has big plans for the big win. Sargent said he wants to pay off his truck, then maybe b... More>>

Hawaii starts weekend with false missile alert

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A scary false alarm for Hawaiians Saturday morning, after state emergency officials tweeted about a missile attack. Just after 8 am local time, Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency sent out a tweet that said: "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill." As you might imagine, the message caused concern on social media. HEMA officials quickly corrected themselves, sending a tweet a short time later that said "No missile th... More>>

State starting new effort to reduce child abuse, deaths

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Montana's health department has announced a new effort aimed at reducing deaths due to child abuse and neglect. The agency is expanding a home visiting program for expectant mothers and young families to add five "home visitors" who will work exclusively with families involved in the child protection system.   

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Does your fall warrant a trip to the ER? Video included

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As winter continues the roads and sidewalks continue to get icy. You've most likely fallen or at least slid on the roads. Many snow boots don't have the traction to keep you on your feet. Something you can use to help are cleats that slip onto your shoes. If you do fall you'll want to make sure you head to the ER if you've hit your head, or are feeling a lot of pain. For more information on if your fall warrants a trip to the ER you can head over to our connections page and ... More>>

Former meth addict explains how to make sure you're not a target for theft Video included

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Theft is an ongoing problem in Billings. Facebook users post tips all the time on the Billings Neighborhood Watch page on how to prevent theft. These neighborhood watch groups are good ways to find out about crime and even possibly get your stuff back. One post stood out to KULR-8 though because it came from a drug addict that's been clean for five months. . In the post she detailed some tips she said would have prevented her from stealing in the past. Amber is a three time f... More>>

Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic still going strong after 41 years

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It was started over 40 years ago by legendary Hellgate and Big Sky wrestling coach Laney Bryant. And now in it’s 41st year, the Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic continues to bring the best teams from all across the Inland Northwest. 

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Man fined for killing grizzly sow

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A Cody man has been fined more than $30,000 for killing a grizzly sow last spring. The U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release saying 57-year old Kenneth Stoner was also sentenced to 60 months probation. Stoner is also known as Kenneth Stone. Stoner was sentenced in Federal District Court recently for the unlawful taking of a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Wyoming Game and Fish Cody Supervisor Dan Smith... More>>

Cody culls deer herd

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At their next meeting Tuesday, Cody’s City Council will consider more deer soon. The Council directed police to shoot 50 deer last winter to cull the herd in city limits. City Mayor Matt Hall said the plan is to cut down on car collisions with deer. The plan was instituted after some residents complained deer were eating their bushes and flowers. Police Chief Charles Baker told the Council Tuesday it will cost about $5000 to cull another 50 deer this winter. The city has to ac... More>>

How to Build a Snow Cave

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Could building a snow cave keep you warmer than you think?

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Rocky Mountain College unveils new doctoral program Video included

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In education news, the Northwest Commission on colleges and universities approved Rocky Mountain College for their first doctoral program. 

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Survivor Talks About New Sex Trafficking Act

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U.S. Senator Steve Daines recognized the day by publicly supporting legislation to crack down on online sex trafficking. He called it a growing problem in the state of Montana and that we must take steps now to stop trafficking in the community.

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City College celebrates Lewis and Clark week Video included

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In partnership with Montana Inc., City College hosts their annual Lewis and Clark week.

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Billings clinic and St. Vincent Healthcare still out of network for Health Net

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We have continuing coverage tonight on a story we first brought you at 10 last night. 

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17-year-old dies of hypothermia in Blaine County

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A 17-year-old male was found dead in a field near Highway 2 Thursday morning.

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Doctors warn teens against eating laundry pods for latest social media challenge

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A disturbing new social media challenge is becoming popular among teens. It's called the laundry pod challenge and doctors warn there are dangerous side effects.

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Cody Police conducting death investigation

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According to Cody Police Chief Chuck Baker, officers were dispatched to the Green Acres Mobile Home Park on the 2800 block of Rocky Road.  

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Big Horn County Attorney cracking down on pregnant drug, alcohol users Video included

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Due to the high rates of reported drug and alcohol use by pregnant, expecting mothers in Big Horn County, the Big Horn County Attorney’s Office is announcing an immediate crackdown policy of civilly prosecuting any expecting mothers found to be using dangerous drugs or alcohol. 

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How MLK's message applies to today

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"Not in our Town".. An anti-hate group in billings is holding a MLK service this Sunday to remind people how Dr. King's message is relevant for today, with the social issues our country faces. When tackling the issue of racism and other social equality matters, "Not in our Town Billings" board member, Fitzgerald Clark, says we need to be "upstanders", not "bystanders". Clark says it may not seem like racism is alive in Montana, but it is. He... More>>

Montana Airbnb Hosts Earned Nearly $20 million in 2017

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Airbnb announces Thursday it's Montana host community earned nearly 20 million dollars in supplemental income while welcoming 147,000 guest arrivals to the state in 2017.

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Montana Rescue Mission pays a hefty price to keep people off the streets and into warm quarters Video included

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As frigid temperatures continue, Montana Rescue Mission is making all efforts to keep people off the streets and in the warmth.

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Billings Man Remembers Being Caught in Avalanche

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While the Gallatin National Forest is currently at a high level for avalanche danger, one Billings man is remembering the time he broke his leg in an avalanche.

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Trouble with Veterans Park ice rink Video included

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There has been unwanted ice on the roads this winter but there is one area in the Magic City where Billings Parks and Recreation is looking to add ice. Billings Parks and Rec has been trying to brave the cold in an effort to open its yearly outdoor ice skating rink at Veterans Park. Mother Nature hasn't made up her mind in the Magic City making it difficult for the ice rink to get up and running. Superintendent of Parks, Mike Pigg, said it all has to do with temperature. He sai... More>>

Billings TrailNet reaches 1,000 members Video included

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Billings TrailNet reaches a huge milestone in their Goal of 10,000 members. Thursday, January 11th, they celebrated their 1,000th member of the group. The non-profit is also working to complete their mission of establishing a community-wide trail system. The celebration took place at Thirsty Street Brewing Company. Billings TrailNet Programs Director, Lynn Harper said the best thing about being a member was the feeling of empowerment and making a change. She encourages the com... More>>

2018 King and Queen of the Ridge Set

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A new King and a new Queen will be named come February at Bridger Bowl.

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IEP's help students in the classroom Video included

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Overall, nearly 84% of Montana high school students graduated on time last year.  

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New Convention Center Proposal

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A proposal for a new convention center is the works for the city of Billings.

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Federal agency denies Montana's bid for more disaster aid

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MISSOULA (AP) - The federal government has denied Montana's disaster relief request for $44 million in the aftermath of the 2017 fire season that burned more than 1,500 square miles.    Montana Public Radio reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Gov. Steve Bullock's request for additional aid in late December.    The federal agency has already granted the state $11 million, covering some of the expenses for eight different fires.    M... More>>

Colstrip groundwater concerns Video included

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As Talen energy prepares to clean up toxic coal ash remnants from the Colstrip power plant, 

KULR-8 spoke with Colstrip Mayor John Williams about rumors surrounding possible ground water contamination.  

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Big Horn County Attorney cracking down on pregnant drug, alcohol users

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Due to the high rates of reported drug and alcohol use by pregnant, expecting mothers in Big Horn County, the Big Horn County Attorney’s Office is announcing an immediate crackdown policy of civilly prosecuting any expecting mothers found to be using dangerous drugs or alcohol. 

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Key witness in Rory Wanner murder arrested with meth, AK-47

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Tyler Nathaniel Crawford has been charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs after police reportedly found him "slumped over" in a vehicle.

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Bully proofing your child

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When it comes to bullying schools are reporting that it happens to 25-percent of students.. On a daily or weekly basis. Here's 5 ways you can "bully proof" your child. First, "Talk about it with your kids".  Talk about bullying with your kids and have family members share their experiences..  Ask the school what their policies are and find out how staff can help the situation. Butte school district teacher and future foster parent, Heidi Schnarr recomm...

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TSA PreCheck is back in Bozeman, what are the advantages?

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If you missed signing up on TSA PreCheck last year, you are in luck. 

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Two Montana movies to debut at Sundance Film Festival

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"Wildlife" and "Dark Money" were chosen from thousands of submissions, each earning one of only 16 spots in their respective categories: U.S. Dramatic and U.S. Documentary.

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No deal in place to buy Frank Lloyd Wright building in Whitefish

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The historic Frank Lloyd Wright building in Whitefish is coming down after a deal to save the building couldn’t be reached. According to savewright.org, negotiations were in place to save the Lockridge Medical Clinic, build in Whitefish in 1958.  But despite efforts to fund raise, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in Chicago wasn't able to raise $1.7 million by this week.  The Lockridge Medical Clinic building will become the first viable Wright-designed b... More>>

National IV bag shortage hits Montana Video included

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The nation is facing a shortage of IV fluid bags making it challenging to treat the influx of flu patients. Many of the IV bags are manufactured by a company in Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria, crippling the company. Many hospitals nationwide are feeling the strain and hospitals in Montana are no different. St. Vincent Healthcare said they have taken precautions to minimize their IV use in order to save as many IV bags as they can. Director of Pharmacy, Lonny... More>>

Snowier winters the new normal?

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With 11 inches of snowfall during the last snow storm and close to four inches today; the winters seem to be snowier. In fact, the National Weather Service sent out a tweet on January 3rd saying in each of the last five winters there have been days with at least 14 inches of snow on the ground. The winters are snowier but the snow season also appears to be heavier in the mid-winter than late winter like the 30-year average. March and April are typically the snowiest months for t... More>>

Trump signs bill to improve opioid screening technology

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President Donald Trump has signed legislation aimed at giving Customs and Border Protection agents additional screening devices and other tools to stop the flow of illicit drugs.

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Yellowstone's summer workers will soon have to buy temporary permits for their cars

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Yellowstone’s summer workers will soon be asked to pay to use Wyoming roads.

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Ryan Sullivan resigns from city council position Video included

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After serving on the Billings City Council for 2 years, Ryan Sullivan will leave his position for council in Ward 4 next Tuesday. 

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Attorneys seek to break impasse with diocese over sex abuse

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Attorneys for about 80 people with claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings over sexual abuse by former priests and other employees want to move their cases forward.    The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday the attorneys are asking for trials to determine the damages owed the victims because they have not been able to reach a settlement through mediation. The lawsuits, filed in 2011 and 2012, were put on hold when the diocese... More>>

Alternative bus routes in effect for Billings Public Schools

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According to an email sent by School District 2 Superintendent Terry Bouck, alternate bus routes will be in effect Wednesday, January 10. 

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Water woes costing thousands in Bozeman

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The Water and Sewer Department in Bozeman has had a busy four days dealing with multiple leaks and a water main break. 

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Authorities release Belgrade shooting "person of interest" from custody

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New developments in the deadly Belgrade shooting that left one woman dead and another in critical condition. The "person of interest" in the shooting has just been released from custody. Authorities have released that person of interest after questioning, but have not said why. As this investigation continues, one of the victims in this shooting remains in critical condition in a hospital out of town. 32 year old Ashley Van Hemert is suffering from a gunshot wound, and sev...

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Thirsty Street Brewing Company expands to a new location Video included

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Thirsty Street Brewing Company is expanding their microbrewery to a new west end location. 

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Montana community shows support for family who lost home in fire

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KULR-8 would like to remind the community of a house off Blue Creek Road that was overwhelmed by fire, just two days before Christmas. The family helplessly watched the fire take their home. Now, the Jones family, is still in need of donations.

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Montana man dies in Idaho custody, investigation planned

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The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office says 39-year-old Mosiah Prettypaint died Monday at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.    

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Spokane Valley firefighters save lives with pit crew CPR Video included

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Every second counts when it comes to a cardiac arrest emergency. Firefighters are taking advantage of every second with a different approach to CPR.

It’s called Pit Crew CPR and requires all hands on deck. Each team member has a roll; one to do compressions, another to ventilate, another to medicate and others to help assist. The person doing the physically demanding work of compressions rotates out every two minutes.

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This season's flu outbreak numbers are ahead of last year's Video included

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Nearly one thousand cases of influenza activity have been reported since the start of winter season. 175 Montanans have been hospitalized and 10 have died from the flu. One of those deaths came from Yellowstone County.

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13 dead in Southern California as rain triggers mudslides

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At least 13 people were killed and homes were torn from their foundations Tuesday as downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California last month. 

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Baby Blues or postpartum depression? Video included

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According to nurse midwife Tiffany Stensvad of St. Vincent Healthcare, 1 in 7 women have postpartum depression. 

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New charges filed in Missoula dismemberment case

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MISSOULA- New information has been released in the case of a Missoula couple charged with the stabbing death and dismemberment of two people. Prosecutors say Tiffanie Rae Pierce and Augustus Storm Standingrock stabbed two people to death sometime in late July or early August 2017. Investigators found their remains dismembered and placed in chemical-filled tubs in the basement of Pierce’s residence on Strand Avenue. On Jan. 5, prosecutors filed new charges against Pierce after ... More>>

3 Native American tribes sue opioid industry groups

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Three Native American tribes in the Dakotas are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors, alleging they concealed and minimized the addiction risk of prescription drugs.    The Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe and the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate sued 24 opioid industry groups in federal court on Monday. Defendants include drug manufacturers Purdue Pharma, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Allergan, and distributors McKesson Corp., Ca... More>>

Saving money on heat during the winter months

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If you're seeing your electric bill get higher and higher, you’re not alone. 

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School breakfast program expanding

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At Rossiter Elementary School, breakfast is served.  It's part of the state-wide Breakfast After the Bell program, which Governor Bullock was just granted over $40,000 to expand. 

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Forum held in Cody for proposed policy that would allow school staff members to carry concealed weapons Video included

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Most of the people who came to a forum Monday night said no to armed teachers in public schools. The forum was held to get response from the public on a proposed policy that would allow school staff members to carry concealed weapons for school protection. Some people spoke for the policy, but many more spoke against it. Since the beginning of the school year, Cody’s school board has been debating a proposed policy of allowing school personnel, including teachers, to carr...

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Celebrating 60 Years: The Fabulous Fifties Video included

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All of us at KULR-8 are very proud to have served south central Montana for nearly sixty years! 

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ONEOK announces new potential Montana pipeline

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The Bakken. A well-known oil field stretching across North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and of course, Montana. But Oklahoma investor ONEOK has released a statement with talk of a new pipeline starting right here in Montana, and stretching all the way to Kansas. 

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Missing Endangered Person Advisory issued for 2 Billings children

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A Missing Endangered Person Advisory has been issued by the Montana Department of Justice for two Billings children.

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Urgent call for donors: Blood donations have dropped at United Blood Services Video included

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According to American Red Cross, severe winter weather has had an impact on blood donations with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.

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Bike safety tips during the winter Video included

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A bicyclist was sent to the hospital after colliding with a car just before 8 o'clock Sunday evening. Officers who were on scene said it is unclear who is at fault or if the bicyclist had proper gear on the bike for safety purposes.

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Meet Carroll College's living mascots

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At home, they're Max and Chumley. When it's game-day they become "Halo." These St. Bernards take turns as the adored mascot of the Carroll College Fighting Saints.

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Former MRM executive director passes away after battle with cancer

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Montana Rescue Mission's longest-serving executive director has died after a 9-month battle with cancer. 

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Staying safe while hunting or fishing in winter

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Hunting in Montana could be described as a lifestyle, but it also comes with risks, especially in the winter.

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Prison recommended for ex-House leader in Montana drug case

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Federal prosecutors are recommending a former Montana House majority leader be sentenced to 28 years in prison for drug trafficking. 

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Federal judge dismisses all charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and 3 others

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Criminal charges have been dismissed against a Nevada rancher and his sons accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities. 

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Sen. Tester: Use Capitol Christmas tree to rebuild Sperry Chalet

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U.S. Senator Jon Tester is asking the Architect of the Capitol to allow the Capitol Christmas Tree to be hauled back to Montana to help rebuild the historic Sperry Chalet, which was destroyed during the 2017 wildfire season. 

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Bicyclist hospitalized after vehicle vs. bicyclist crash

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A bicyclist is in the hospital tonight after colliding with a car just before 8 Sunday evening. 

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Billings man hit by car, suffers serious head injury

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Just before 9 last night, Billings Police responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on Central Avenue and Crestwood. Sgt. Clyde Reid with BPD said the victim, a 53 year old Billings man, was breathing but unresponsive. 

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Montana Highway Patrol urges drivers to be mindful and aware of emergency vehicles on the side of the road Video included

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The Montana Highway Patrol posted on their Facebook page about five troopers who have been involved in crashes through no fault of their own, costing tax payer money. Luckily, none of the troopers have been seriously injured.

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OUTDOOR REPORT: 2017 year in review Video included

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As we head into a new year, we take a look back at some of the fish and wildlife stories to make the headlines last year.

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Shooting leaves 1 dead in Montana

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BELGRADE, Mont. (AP) - Police in southwestern Montana are investigating a fatal shooting and have taken one person into custody.    

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Keep a look out for black ice Video included

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Even with the melted snow, low temperatures at night can cause the ice to refreeze creating black ice...one of most dangerous aspects of winter driving. 

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Billings toddler recovering in Denver hospital after being mauled by dog

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A Billings toddler was flown to a children's hospital in Denver after being attacked by a dog Tuesday. 

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Mega Millions winner

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There is one winner of the massive mega millions drawing from Friday night. The lucky ticket was bought in Florida, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. The winning numbers were 28, 30, 39, 59, 70, with the mega ball - ten. 

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Federal tax changes leave Montana budget outlook in doubt

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana's revenue chief says there's a possibility the state will have to call another special session of the Legislature to address a possible budget shortfall resulting from changes to federal tax law.   

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Special hunt for mule deer coming to an end Video included

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"What we're looking for right now is to see where it is in carbon county, where it was spread out than where we originally thought which is that southern part of carbon county."

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Public Works Department says residential plowing went well

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Residential plowing occurred for the first time in Billings this year and it made quite the impact on residents. Some loved the plowing and some said we were better off without it. Residents were frustrated with how much snow was piled up in their driveways and against their cars. Many found themselves stuck after the plowing of residential streets. With this being the first year though Public Works Director Dave Mumford said they feel it went well. The snowfall from the last s...

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Snow removal dumps snow in city parks. Video included

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The snowfall has stopped for now but we saw nearly 11 inches of snowfall around the Magic City with the last snow storm. Now that plowing is almost done and the streets are mostly clear some are left wondering where all of the snow goes. The city hulls the snow to Amend Park, Stewart Park, and an area off Airport Road. The Public Works Office said they've been busy getting the roads to be the best they can be. Dave Mumford, Public Works Director told KULR 8 the amount of snow ... More>>

Is 'man flu' real?

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The term 'man flu' is often used by women who swear that the men in their lives tend to suffer from an over-exaggeration of flu-like symptoms when they happen to become ill. 

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Mule deer CWD hunt to close Sunday evening

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The mule deer portion of a special hunt in Carbon County to gather information about chronic wasting disease, or CWD, will close half an hour past sunset at 5:16 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, after the predetermined harvest quota was met. 

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U.S. economy added 2 million jobs in 2017

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Unemployment is still at 4.1%, matching the lowest level in 17 years.

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Montana teams sweep North Dakota, both move to 3-0 in conference

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It was a great night for both University of Montana basketball teams, as the Griz and Lady Griz beat up on their common opponents, the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.

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Wyoming school budget cuts Video included

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The state of Wyoming has more than 20 billion dollars in funds, and the state’s treasurer announced a billion dollar investment growth last year. But lawmakers are working on a plan to cut education funding, and jobs.  The topic of discussion for Wyoming lawmakers meeting in Cheyenne soon will be class size. Representative David Northrup of Powell says if they follow a consultant’s recommendations to increase class sizes, the state could save more than $70 mill...

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Critically Ill Child Receives Surprise Wish

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Critically ill boy receives surprise wish.

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$700 worth of food stolen from Taste of Asia Video included

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You've heard of culprits stealing money from ATM's and culprits stealing ATM's, but what about stealing $700 worth of food? 

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How construction workers deal with the cold

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The State of Montana every year gets extremely cold, but that doesn’t keep Dovetail Construction from operating. 

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Laurel city council members select new mayor Video included

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Following Tuesday night's swearing-in ceremony for a new Laurel mayor, the appointed mayor and mayor-elect both failed to appear, pushing Laurel city council members to select council member Tom Nelson as the new mayor. 

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Trees vandalized in Billings public parks Video included

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After several trees in Billings public parks are vandalized, the parks and recreation department hopes to nurse the trees back to health. 

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Cheetah at St. Louis Zoo gives birth to 8 cubs

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A cheetah named Bingwa at the St. Louis Zoo is a proud mother - eight times over.

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Trump blasts Bannon after new book Video included

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The one-time political partnership between President Trump and his former chief strategist Steve Bannon is in tatters after explosive quotes were released from a forthcoming book.

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Manafort sues Mueller, Justice Department of Russia probe

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President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman is suing special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department. 

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U.S. soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan

Army Sgt. Mihail Golin uses a tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile to help in securing the Afghanistan and Pakistan border crossing of Chergotah in the Terezayi district of Afghanistan’s Khost province, Dec. 4, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo Army Sgt. Mihail Golin uses a tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile to help in securing the Afghanistan and Pakistan border crossing of Chergotah in the Terezayi district of Afghanistan’s Khost province, Dec. 4, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo
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The U.S. military says an American soldier has been killed fighting in eastern Afghanistan. 

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Rules of the interstate: slow down and get over when passing stopped vehicles

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The road conditions here in Montana can be extremely dangerous, so driving alert is extremely important. 

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US coal mining deaths surge in 2017 after hitting record low

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The nation's coal mines recorded 15 deaths last year, including eight in West Virginia. 

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"Fixer Upper" stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are expecting fifth child

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HGTV's Chip and Joanna Gaines are expecting baby number five!  

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Liberian refugee sworn in as Montana mayor

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Liberian refugee Wilmot Collins has been sworn in as the mayor of Helena - the first black mayor of any city in the state's history.    About 100 people, including Gov. Steve Bullock and Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney, attended Tuesday's ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda.    The Independent Record reports two city commissioners also were sworn in by District Judge Mike Menahan.    Collins has said his priorities include finding a way to hire more...

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Inspirational teen wins car giveaway Video included

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One special 18-year-old has been a part of the Boys and Girls Club of Lockwood since she was in kindergarten and just received the surprise of a lifetime.

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Man dies in avalanche near Cabin Creek

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An avalanche kills a man Tuesday night near the Cabin Creek area. 

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Missoula Police: "No Direction" in bones case

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Missoula police say they are at a standstill as they await DNA tests to find out anything about the bones of at least three children found in a Missoula shed.  Missoula Police Sgt. Travis Welsh said they have conducted interviews but have "no direction" at this point. He said they're waiting for lab results to determine who these children may have been. He hopes that information leads them to more information about when and how the children may have died.  A clea...

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Man's door booby-trap targets pregnant wife Video included

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Investigators say Florida man rigged doorbell in an attempt to electrocute his pregnant wife.

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Sen. Cynthia Wolken named deputy Corrections director

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana state Sen. Cynthia Wolken has been named the deputy director of the Department of Corrections.    Wolken, a Democrat from Missoula, chaired a legislative committee that examined the state's justice system and recommended changes to state laws with the idea of reducing the prison population and preventing repeat offenses by increasing access to mental health and substance abuse treatment.    Corrections Director Reginald Michael said Tue...

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US coal mining deaths surge in 2017 after hitting record low

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By JOHN RABY Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Coal mining deaths surged in the U.S. in 2017, one year after they hit a record low.    The nation's coal mines recorded 15 deaths last year, including eight in West Virginia. Kentucky had two deaths, and there were one each in Alabama, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania and Wyoming. In 2016 there were eight U.S. coal mine deaths.    West Virginia has led the nation in coal mining deaths in six of the past eight ... More>>

Bozeman Rep. Woods pulls out of US House race

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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Democratic state Rep. Tom Woods of Bozeman has pulled out of the U.S. House race, citing a lack of financial support.    Lee Newspapers of Montana reports Woods announced his decision on his Facebook page Monday, saying if he were to continue with his campaign he would have to go into debt.    Five other candidates continue to seek the Democratic nomination to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte in November 2018. They are Billings atto... More>>

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch announces he is retiring

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Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah says he will not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the U.S. Senate.

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U.S. calls on Iran to unblock social media sites amid protests

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The Trump administration is calling on Iran's government to stop blocking Instagram and other popular social media sites as Iranians are demonstrating in the streets. 

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CAUGHT ON CAM: Squirrel hits officer with sneak attack Video included

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Body camera video shows squirrel lunging at police officer after breaking into home and eating cookies.

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Back Attorneys: Benefis destroyed evidence Video included

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As we first reported on kfbb.com,  the case surrounding Belt Football Player Robert Back and Benefis Health System was focused on the legal responsibility of Athletic Trainer Jessica Hansen,  in the game that ultimately lead to Back being deemed a quadriplegic. As of Friday, we're learning a new legal battle is brewing over whether or not Benefis purposefully destroyed evidence. To catch up on the timeline of this case: in September of 2014, Robert Back collapsed after ha...

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Zinke makes changes to Interior Department

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Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has new plans for his department, which oversees all national parks, monuments, and land, these plans could change the structure and possibly the access to those federal lands. According to a Washington Post article, the Secretary's plans would change the way the federal government manages more than 500 million acres of land and water and could potentially relocate tens of thousands of the interiors workers. The proposal would divide the U.S.. in...

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Update: One man in custody after incident puts Whittier on lock down

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A large police presence at Whittier Elementary School in Great Falls Monday afternoon at least one man in police custody.  The KFBB newsroom received initial reports at about 3:20pm. According to Great Falls Police, an incident outside of the school involving at least one man with a weapon led to the school being put on a temporary lockdown.  Witnesses at the scene tell KFBB the man was not cooperating with police, and was hiding inside a parked car. Police then had to sma...

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Another Special Session of Congress possible

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According to a report by Montana Public Radio, Department of Revenue Director Mike Kadas believes Montana only has two tough options because of the Federal Tax Bill passed just before Christmas. If a session isn't called, Montana will have a $46 million hole in its budget for 2018, or it could face lawsuits from taxpayers. That being said, The Revenue Department says they are working closely with legislators and the Governor Steve Bullock to fix the issue. Ultimately the only person...

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One killed, one injured in Helena car crash

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One woman is dead after a wreck near Helena. According to the Helena Police Department, the accident happened around 8 p.m. We're told the car was being driven by the woman when it went off the roadway and slammed into a tree. The woman was taken to the hospital where she later died. A man who was also in the car was injured but is expected to be fine. HPD speculates the crash may have been caused by a medical episode involving the driver. The name of the victim was not immediately re... More>>

One dead, one injured in Belgrade shooting

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One person is dead and another is injured after a shooting in Belgrade. According to the Belgrade Police Department, officers responded to the call around 9 in the morning on Sunday. When they arrived, they found one person was unresponsive and another was injured. The victim was quickly taken to the hospital. Police say a suspect was identified and arrested. Right now there is no threat to the community. No names have been released until family can be notified.

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Two more Kmarts to close in Montana

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Sears Holdings, Kmarts parent company, has announced the closure of 64 stores nationwide plus another 39 Sears store.  As of today, Montana was home to 3 Kmarts, but come April that number will be whittled down to one.   

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  • Grizzly Sports Report 1-15-18

    Grizzly Sports Report 1-15-18

    Monday, January 15 2018 11:40 PM EST2018-01-16 04:40:02 GMT
    The Griz and Lady Griz go 4-0 over the weekend sweeping Sacramento State and Portland State and now BOTH teams are in first place in the Big Sky Conference. Big Sky player of the week Michael Oguine and Madi Schoening join host Shaun Rainey to talk about the successful weekend. With Griz Head Coach Travis DeCuire out on the recruiting trail Assistant Rachi Wortham takes his place. 
    The Griz and Lady Griz go 4-0 over the weekend sweeping Sacramento State and Portland State and now BOTH teams are in first place in the Big Sky Conference. Big Sky player of the week Michael Oguine and Madi Schoening join host Shaun Rainey to talk about the successful weekend. With Griz Head Coach Travis DeCuire out on the recruiting trail Assistant Rachi Wortham takes his place. 
  • Senior Standout: Shelby's T.J. Reynolds

    Senior Standout: Shelby's T.J. Reynolds

    Monday, January 15 2018 11:01 PM EST2018-01-16 04:01:22 GMT

    T.J. Reynolds was born into a basketball family. His father Tom has been coaching in Shelby for 21 years. After T.J. fell in love with the game, the two quickly realized they could build something special. 

    T.J. Reynolds was born into a basketball family. His father Tom has been coaching in Shelby for 21 years. After T.J. fell in love with the game, the two quickly realized they could build something special. 

  • Super 8 Plays of the Week 1/15

    Super 8 Plays of the Week 1/15

    Monday, January 15 2018 10:23 PM EST2018-01-16 03:23:50 GMT

    Check out this week's top plays!

    Check out this week's top plays!

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  • The legacy of Coretta Scott King

    The legacy of Coretta Scott King

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 11:27 AM EST2018-01-16 16:27:51 GMT

    Dr. Martin Luther King was one of the most iconic civil rights activists in America's history, but many people forget how impactful his wife, Coretta Scott King was during that movement. 

    Dr. Martin Luther King was one of the most iconic civil rights activists in America's history, but many people forget how impactful his wife, Coretta Scott King was during that movement. 

  • Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dead at 46

    Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dead at 46

    Monday, January 15 2018 12:50 PM EST2018-01-15 17:50:40 GMT

    Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, has died. 

    Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, has died. 

  • Hawaii starts weekend with false missile alert

    Hawaii starts weekend with false missile alert

    Saturday, January 13 2018 2:52 PM EST2018-01-13 19:52:18 GMT
    A scary false alarm for Hawaiians Saturday morning, after state emergency officials tweeted about a missile attack. Just after 8 am local time, Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency sent out a tweet that said: "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill." As you might imagine, the message caused concern on social media. HEMA officials quickly corrected themselves, sending a tweet a short time later that said "No missile th...
    A scary false alarm for Hawaiians Saturday morning, after state emergency officials tweeted about a missile attack. Just after 8 am local time, Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency sent out a tweet that said: "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill." As you might imagine, the message caused concern on social media. HEMA officials quickly corrected themselves, sending a tweet a short time later that said "No missile th...
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  • The legacy of Coretta Scott King

    The legacy of Coretta Scott King

    Dr. Martin Luther King was one of the most iconic civil rights activists in America's history, but many people forget how impactful his wife, Coretta Scott King was during that movement. 

    Dr. Martin Luther King was one of the most iconic civil rights activists in America's history, but many people forget how impactful his wife, Coretta Scott King was during that movement. 

  • Who is Montana's next millionaire?

    Who is Montana's next millionaire?

  • Your health: Chicago O'Hare air travelers possibly exposed to measles

    Your health: Chicago O'Hare air travelers possibly exposed to measles

    If you traveled through Chicago's O'Hare Airport last week and you have not been vaccinated for the measles, you might want to get checked out. State Health Officials confirmed a passenger traveling last Wednesday had the highly contagious disease. The traveler landed from an international flight at terminal five and departed at Terminal One. Anyone who was in the O'Hare International between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day should go see their doctor.

    If you traveled through Chicago's O'Hare Airport last week and you have not been vaccinated for the measles, you might want to get checked out. State Health Officials confirmed a passenger traveling last Wednesday had the highly contagious disease. The traveler landed from an international flight at terminal five and departed at Terminal One. Anyone who was in the O'Hare International between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day should go see their doctor.