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All three members of Montana’s congressional delegation have now commented on the events in Charlottesville.

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The state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation says the spending has included almost all of the $32 million set aside in the state’s fire response fund. That fund had been twice as large, but state lawmakers siphoned about half the money away to cover revenue shortfalls in the state budget.

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Montana's firefighting fund will run dry by the end of the week, forcing state officials to begin drawing money from emergency reserves to keep crews and equipment on the front lines of the country's worst collection of wildland fires. As of today, Brie Ripley reports more than $168 million of mostly federal money has gone into battling about 80 large fires that have charred more than 400,000 acres statewide.

In the past week alone, firefighters in northwest Montana attacked more than 40 small wildfires, and there’s no end in sight for this summer’s active fire season. But, as Nicky Ouellet reports, they’re about to get some big help.

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State climatologist Kelsey Jencso says what folks are seeing this summer -- extreme fires, sudden droughts, snowpacks melting quickly -- may be a vision of Montana’s future.

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An invitation is open to the public for an opportunity to safely view the eclipse through MSUB's solar telescope unit and learn more about the remarkable rarity from science department staff.

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The former U.S. Ambassador to China, who's also Montana’s longest serving U.S. Senator, is expected to comment on the future of Obamacare and North Korea during a public event next month at Montana State University.

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Wyoming Governor Matt Mead spoke with international and national business leaders in Jackson about ways to diversify the state’s economy, and get off the boom and bust rollercoaster.

Courtesy Tom Kilmer in Helena, MT

Native American lawmakers in Montana are calling for the removal of a memorial to Confederate soldiers in the state's capitol city.

The granite fountain in Helena's Hill Park has been the subject of debate in recent years, as other cities across the country decide the fate of monuments erected to honor the legacy of the Confederacy.

Native American lawmakers in Montana are calling for the removal of a memorial to Confederate soldiers in the state's capital city.

A controversial copper mine near White Sulphur Springs is one step closer to becoming a reality. As Yellowstone Public Radio’s Nate Hegyi reports, state regulators will now start working on the environmental impact statement.

Two Montana juveniles have been cited for starting a fire near Three Forks that burned two structures and about 250-acres of land.

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Visitors to a Seattle museum over the weekend watched as paleontologists began work on removing the rock encasing of a rare Tyrannosaurus rex skull that was discovered in Montana’s Hell Creek Formation  – an area that has produced many of the world's most remarkable dinosaur specimens.

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