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MT GOP platform convention
1:56 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Montana GOP chair optimistic about weekend convention

Will Deschamps
Credit Montana GOP

The chairman of the Montana Republican Party predicts the state GOP will emerge more united from its  platform convention this weekend. 

Will Deschamps says over 300 Montana Republicans are expected at this weekend's bi-annual convention in Billings.
    Conservative and more moderate Republicans on both the statewide and national levels are debating the best course for the party's future. Deschamps suspects that conversation will also be had in Billings this weekend.

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Plane Crash
11:09 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Twin-engine plane crashes near Lost Trail ski lodge

Grumman G-21
Credit wikimedia commons

One person is confirmed dead after a plane crashed yesterday in the parking lot of Lost Trail Powder Mountain on Highway 93 south at the Montana/Idaho border. Ravalli County Undersheriff, Steve Holton,  says Ravalli County dispatch began receiving calls about the crash shortly after 5:00 yesterday afternoon. Preliminary information suggests the plane was a Grumman G-21, an amphibious twin engine aircraft.

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Barry Beach
2:29 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Barry Beach: sickened and saddened by denial of clemency application

Credit Casey Page/Billings Gazette

Montana's parole board this week rejected a clemency application from Barry Beach.
    That means he'll continue to serve a 100-year sentence for the 1979 killing of high school classmate, Kim Nees, on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

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River recovery
2:33 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Victim of Missoula Clark Fork River car incident identified

Credit Conor Ballantyne

The Missoula County Sheriff's/Coroner's Office has identified the victim of yesterday's river recovery as 71-year-old Melvin Arthur Beedle. 

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School violence
2:04 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Missoula Public Schools continues to prepare for violent incidents

Missoula's Paxon Elementary
Credit Missoula County Public Schools

It'll sound like something terrible is happening inside a Missoula elementary school tomorrow, June 13th, but rest assured; it's all staged and meant to train teachers and staff for a worst-case scenario.
     Missoula County Public Schools continues the district's Active Resistance Training from 8:00 a-m to 5:00 p-m at Paxson Elementary on the corner of Higgins and Evans Avenues.

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Missoula Symphony Orchestra
8:56 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Remembering Joseph Henry

Credit Missoula Symphony Orchestra

The former director of the Missoula Symphony Orchestra is being remembered as a man who not only brought significant change to the organization, but did so in a gentle and thoughtful way.
       Joseph Henry died last Sunday at the age of 84.

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Primary Election Results
7:56 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Primary Election Results

Primary election results for statewide offices and Missoula County races.

Last updated 10:50 a.m.  6/04/14.

U.S. Senate

677/693 precincts fully reporting. 16/693 precincts partially reporting.

Democrats
John Walsh....................... 48,380
John Bohlinger................. 17,106
Dirk Adams....................... 10,028

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Non-discrimination laws
1:38 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Another Montana town approves a non-discrimination ordinance

Jeff Krauss

Four Montana cities now have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, housing and public accommodations based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Bozeman city commissioners have now passed such a measure, although representatives of churches and religious schools who objected were eventually exempted from it.  
 
      The ordinance passed unanimously and without discussion.

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Sally Mauk
8:24 am
Mon June 2, 2014

How incredibly odd it is to see Sally Mauk's empty office.

This is Edward O'Brien from the MTPR newsroom. I've worked for Sally for some 20-years.

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-Elections 2014
10:33 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Republican U.S. House candidates say they're the Conservative alternatives

Corey Stapleton

Five Republican candidates are vying to be Montana's next representative in the U.S. House.  
   That crowded field of congressional hopefuls in this year's primary includes state Senator Matt Rosendale of Glendive, former state Senator Corey Stapleton of Billings, state Senator Elsie Arntzen of Billings, Drew Turiano of Helena and former state Senator Ryan Zinke of Whitefish.

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