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Early voting started today in Montana for the mid-term elections. 

Some Native American voters say the satellite election offices on the reservations will make it easier for them to exercise their right to vote.

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A major U.S. coal producer filed for bankruptcy Tuesday morning.

Westmoreland Coal Company operates five mines in Montana, Wyoming and New Mexico. They employ more than a thousand people.

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A Texas federal judge just has declared unconstitutional a decades-old law that aims to keep Native American children within their own communities.

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Governor Steve Bullock is making stops in communities across the state to campaign on behalf of a tobacco tax ballot initiative. Monday he was in Billings to promote Initiative 185 that seeks to raising money for for Montana’s Medicaid-expansion program and remove the sunset that ends the program in June.

Guns, the GOP tax cut and the federal budget deficit were among the topics of discussion between the 3 candidates for the Montana’s lone U.S. House seat.  This was their first debate in advance of the November general election.

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Two crime victim advocates were honored by Montana’s top law enforcement officials.  Michele Stewart and Erin Harris were recognized as outstanding advocates of the year for their work helping crime victims, including those on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations.

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Locations around the region could soon find “frost is on the pumpkin” as night time temperatures drop into the 30s.

Many home gardeners want to prolong the growing season when the first frosts threatened produce. Crops like cabbage, kale and broccoli can handle a frost or light freeze. But warm season crops like tomatoes, green beans and corn need protection.

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As the saying goes “…you are what you eat,” but what you eat can be history.

Two researchers will be in Sidney, Montana this Saturday to meet with residents in the hunt for clues into the history of Roosevelt and Richland counties through the food of that area.

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The renovation of a 70-year old science building at Montana State University Billings took another step closer toward completion. The Montana Board of Regents on Wednesday authorized the campus to spend just over $17 million dollars on the project before the regents joined students, donors and others for a ceremonial groundbreaking. 

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A ceremonial groundbreaking is scheduled at 5:30 this evening for the Yellowstone Science and Allied Health building at MSU Billings. The project is to renovate and expand the current science building, originally built in the 1940’s.

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