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Revenue generated from the increased gas tax Montana lawmakers passed last year collected more than $6 million in its first four months.
Rusty Clark (CC-BY-NC-2)

The increased gas tax Montana lawmakers passed last year collected more than $6 million in its first four months. That money is going to city and county governments to pay for roads, bridges and other street maintenance projects. But changes at the federal level could leave local projects in limbo.

Smurfit-Stone Container mill outside Frenchtown, Montana.
Djembayz (CC-BY-SA-3)

The public will get an update on the polluted Smurfit-Stone paper mill site near Frenchtown Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00pm.

George Wilcoxen at his sentencing in January
Nicky Ouellet

This story was updated at 9:30 am on Feb. 14, 2018 with the following editor's note: As we reported previously, George Wilcoxen was sentenced after entering an Alford plea, an Alford plea allows him to maintain his innocence while acknowledging that the prosecution likely had enough evidence for a jury to convict him. Wilcoxsen maintains that he is innocent. 

When a Bigfork man was sentenced last month for sexually assaulting a six-year-old child, the victim’s mother thought that would be the last time she’d see him for a while. We’re not using her name to protect the victim’s identity.

"It was my impression right up until the very last minute that would for sure be a prison sentence," she said.

George Wilcoxen, age 73, was sentenced, but not to prison. 

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Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell will offer a week-long TSA Pre-Check enrollment pop-up event at the end of February.

Statewide Growth In Child Protective Custody Orders Brings New Challenges
Bree Zender

Filings for child protective custody cases in Missoula County are at an all-time high.

The local county attorney’s office last year filed 195 new cases. That’s an almost four-fold increase from just 2011.

Missoula Deputy County Attorney Jessica Finley says many of these cases are fueled by drugs.

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