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High temps continue Sunday

Details The hot streak continues in Billings Sunday with temperatures in the low 90s expected....

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Chemicals in drums abandoned on Crow Reservation identified

Details Chemicals in drums abandoned on Crow Reservation identified DUNMORE — Residents were allowed back into their homes Saturday afternoon in Dunmore after four 55-gallon drums of chemicals found Friday discarded by a roadside were safely hauled away....

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July brought mostly average weather to Billings

Details July brought mostly average weather to Billings With normal temperatures, slightly above-average precipitation and no records set, tied or broken, the average weather numbers this July in Billings were, well, pretty average....

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Local recycling services, at-home plans provide easy ways to help environment

Details Local recycling services, at-home plans provide easy ways to help environment Breaking down the Billings-area services that recycle everything — from old TVs and batteries to glass bottles, laundry detergent containers and empty cereal boxes....

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Screening available for preschoolers

Details A free screening for children birth to 5 years of age who are not in kindergarten is available on Sept. 1 at Head Start at 615 N. 19th St....

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Hot weather continues through weekend

Details Saturday will be sunny and hot in the Billings area, says the National Weather Service, with a high near 98 and southwest winds of 11 to 15 mph....

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Red Cross opens shelter at Crow Agency following Dunmore chemical spill

Details Montana Red Cross volunteers opened a shelter on the Crow Reservation on Friday night after a chemical spill near Dunmore....

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Red Cross opens shelter at Crow Agency following Dunmore chemical spill, evacuation ordered

Details UPDATE Saturday 8:30 a.m.: Four abandoned chemical barrels, one possibly containing a highly volatile liquid, were found Friday near Dunmore on the Crow Reservation, prompting Crow tribal offi…...

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Body found near site of wildfire outside Laurel; blaze 100% contained

Details Body found near site of wildfire outside Laurel; blaze 100% contained A body was found in the area where the Indian Gulch fire is believed to have started, Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said in a news release Friday morning....

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'He was a troubled kid': Worland community reacts to resident's homicide charges

Details 'He was a troubled kid': Worland community reacts to resident's homicide charges WORLAND, Wyo. — A boy on a green four-wheeler waits at 16th Street and Big Horn Avenue after the light turns red then travels toward the fields just outside city limits....

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Email shows new GOP chairman aims to amp up criticism of Bullock

Details Email shows new GOP chairman aims to amp up criticism of Bullock Freshly elected Montana GOP Chairman Rep. Jeff Essmann is hoping to start his tenure leading the party with a bang — or at least a drumbeat....

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Colorful hot-air balloons fill the Billings skies this weekend

Details Colorful hot-air balloons fill the Billings skies this weekend Not long after the sun broke over the horizon on Friday, a dozen jewel-bright hot-air balloons lifted up into the skies over Billings....

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Fire station marks 'new beginning' in Lockwood

Details Fire station marks 'new beginning' in Lockwood The Lockwood Fire Department didn't officially open its new $3.6 million, 20,600-square-foot fire station Friday with a traditional ribbon cutting....

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Stillwater CEO: Contract talks at 'impasse'; layoffs on horizon

Details Stillwater CEO: Contract talks at 'impasse'; layoffs on horizon Contract talks between union miners and Stillwater Mining Co. have reached an “impasse,” and CEO Mick McMullen said Friday the company is looking to lay off workers to cut costs....

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Defenders appointed for man accused of double murder outside Pryor

Details Defenders appointed for man accused of double murder outside Pryor The man accused of murdering a couple outside Pryor on Wednesday was appointed a pair of public defenders during his initial court appearance Friday....

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Judge appoints public defenders for man accused in Pryor slayings

Details Judge appoints public defenders for man accused in Pryor slayings The man accused of killing a couple outside Pryor on Wednesday was appointed two of public defenders during his initial court appearance Friday....

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Body found near site of wildfire outside Laurel

Details Body found near site of wildfire outside Laurel Update 11:40 a.m.: A body has been found in the area where the Indian Gulch fire is believed to have started, Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said in a news release Friday morning....

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Stillwater Mine reports $27.5 million loss in 2nd quarter

Details Stillwater Mine reports $27.5 million loss in 2nd quarter Stillwater Mining Co. reported a $27.5 million loss Friday for the second quarter, which company officials blamed on a one-time charge and low metal prices....

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Hot day ahead in Billings area

Details Friday will be sunny and hot, the National Weather Service says, with a high near 94 and south southwest winds of 7 to 9 mph....

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Multiple agencies battle fire northwest of Laurel

Details Multiple agencies battle fire northwest of Laurel A Thursday afternoon fire of undetermined origin burned an estimated 55 acres northwest of Laurel, Laurel Fire Chief Brent Peters said....

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Board approves master plan for Centennial Park, dog park included

Details Board approves master plan for Centennial Park, dog park included The board that oversees Billings parks gave its blessing Thursday to a proposed master plan for Centennial Park in Billings’ West End....

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Plan for Centennial Park includes dog park, splash pad, playground

Details Plan for Centennial Park includes dog park, splash pad, playground The board that oversees Billings parks gave its blessing Thursday to a proposed master plan for Centennial Park in Billings’ West End....

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Pioneer Park playground nearly ready, but South Park must wait another week

Details Pioneer Park playground nearly ready, but South Park must wait another week Playground equipment is installed and will soon be available to children at Pioneer Park, but the installation at South Park is a different story....

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Man accused of beating wife 3 days after getting married

Details Man accused of beating wife 3 days after getting married A man appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on assault charges after being accused of attacking his wife and breaking her phone after being married for only three days. ...

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Undeterred by vandals, public art enthusiasts roll out new piano

Details Undeterred by vandals, public art enthusiasts roll out new piano If Thursday was any indication, damage — be it by weather, regular use, vandals or other mischief — to a handful of public art installations doesn't seem to have deterred efforts to bring more…...

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Columbus cabinetmaker facing $50,000 OSHA fine in exposure death

Details Columbus cabinetmaker facing $50,000 OSHA fine in exposure death Federal safety regulators recently ordered a Columbus cabinetmaker to pay a $50,000 fine for multiple safety violations after the January death of an employee....

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4-time cancer survivor closes in on 9,676-mile run

Details 4-time cancer survivor closes in on 9,676-mile run A five-year, 9,676-mile journey around the United States — on foot — that will wrap up later this year for four-time cancer survivor Helene Neville began with a simple query....

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7 applications being reviewed as police try to fill 9 vacant officer positions

Details 7 applications being reviewed as police try to fill 9 vacant officer positions Seven applications will be presented to Billings Police Chief Rich St. John for consideration as the department tries to fill nine vacant positions....

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Former ReStore manager, bicycle enthusiast remembered for his kindess

Details Former ReStore manager, bicycle enthusiast remembered for his kindess Edward “Ed” Folkwein, a retired minister and former manager of the ReStore in Billings, was a man who spent his time helping others, and he brightened a lot of lives along the way....

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Woman who left note for mother admitting to theft of a vehicle given deferred sentence

Details Woman who left note for mother admitting to theft of a vehicle given deferred sentence A woman who stole her mother's car in 2014, leaving her a note admitting to the theft, received a three-year deferred sentence on Thursday. ...

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