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Billings Police Department Gauge Interest In Seattle-Based Program

The Billings Police Department is gaging the interest of Downtown Billings business owners and supporters for a Seattle-based program that provides safe havens for the LGBTQ community.

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke outlined his priorities reflected in his budget during a conference call with reporters. On that list are issues important in the West. This includes money to fix the maintenance backlog at the national parks, combat invasive species, protect water resources, and remove dead and dying trees to lessen the catastrophic impact of forest fires.

President Trump's fiscal plan released on Tuesday claims to balance the budget deficit while cutting funding for safety net programs like food stamps and increasing defense spending. Read more about budget' aims.

With just three days remaining in the race to become Montana’s next congressman, both major parties are working their ground games. And the candidates are hitting the state’s population centers in final efforts to get their bases to the polls.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed a complaint today with the Montana Human Rights Bureau on behalf of four Native Americans, who say say they were barred entrance to a high school basketball game earlier this year because of their race. 

In the final week of the special election for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat, Congressional hopefuls are packing in numerous stops around the state.

Manchester Concert Bombing: What We Know Tuesday

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One day after a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killed at least 22 victims and wounded dozens more, police have identified a suspect: Salman Abedi, 22, who also died in the attack. The Greater Manchester Police says it's investigating whether anyone helped to carry out the attack.

Harry Friedman has run a consultancy training entry-level retail workers in customer service and other basics for 35 years. But in all his years, he has not retrained retail workers for new skills.

"Nope; we do none of it," he says. "I don't know that anybody does any of it."

  • Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke about economic inequality and the failings of the country’s health care system this weekend as he sought to rally Montanans to vote for Rob Quist
  • Yellowstone National Park wants to hear more from the public on potential effects on the historic Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout project
  • It will be the first new coal mine in Wyoming in decades and a state regulatory council meets this week on whether to give the go-ahead

One in eight Americans — 42 million people — still struggles to get enough to eat. And while that number has been going down recently, hunger appears to be getting worse in some economically distressed areas, especially in rural communities.

Food banks that serve these areas are also feeling the squeeze, as surplus food supplies dwindle but the lines of people seeking help remain long.

The U.S. Forest Service has approved an expansion to Lookout Pass ski area. The expansion roughly doubles the size of the permit area. The ski area plans to add about 100 acres of new ski terrain, install two new chair lifts and upgrade an existing chairlift.

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The artist known as Neltje was born Neltje Doubleday, daughter of Nelson Doubleday of Doubleday Publishing. Neltje's recent memoir, North of Crazy , is a passionate, compelling, and frank chronicling of an extraordinary life, from her parents' alcoholism and near-abandonment in childhood to finding peace as an abstract expressionist painter living and working in northern Wyoming.

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