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First Lady heads to WH garden for planting, harvesting

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Melania Trump is heading out to the White House garden to do some planting and harvesting.

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The Latest: Trump targets North Korea in new executive order

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President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that would enable the United States to sanction individual companies and institutions that finance trade with North Korea.

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US, Russian militaries hold unprecedented talks on Syria

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. says American and Russia military leaders have met for an unprecedented, face-to-face session in Syria or nearby to discuss increasing tensions around a remaining Islamic State stronghold in Syria.

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2 senators call for monument honoring black Civil War hero

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A call to honor a black Civil War hero with a monument at the South Carolina Statehouse grounds, the 2015 epicenter of a national move to strip away Confederate symbols, is being made by two lawmakers in a bid to encourage consensus building in a nation divided by the issue.

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The Latest: New citizens embrace, criticize Trump video

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Some new U.S. citizens are embracing a videotaped message by President Donald Trump welcoming them to the country, while others said the words felt insincere coming from the man who has ordered a travel ban and cast Mexican immigrants in a negative light.

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The Latest: Ryan opens door to tax cuts adding to deficit

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on House Speaker Paul Ryan's interview with The Associated Press (all times local): House Speaker Paul Ryan is backing off months of promises that the Republicans' tax plan won't add to the nation's ballooning deficit.

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Sean Spicer, Chelsea Manning join list of Harvard fellows

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - The list of political fellows coming to Harvard University now includes former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and former Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning.

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Record Number of Ballots

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Final results will be certified next Tuesday.

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2017 Yellowstone County Municipal Primary Election Results

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Hometown Election HQ – See the latest results of the Yellowstone County municipal primary election. 

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Former Montana political leader pleads guilty on drug charges

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The former majority of the Montana State House has entered a guilty plea on federal drug charges. 

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Montana Congressional Delegation Releases Statements on 9/11

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Montana's congressional delegation offers their thoughts on 9/11.

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Senator Tester helps secure $2.5 million for Montana farmers, ranchers impacted by wildfire

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U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that approximately 30 Montana farmers and ranchers will receive $2.5 million to help rebuild after devastating wildfires ravaged eastern Montana. 

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The Latest: Trump calls estate tax a 'tremendous burden'

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump and Congress (all times EDT): President Donald Trump is calling for the end of what he's dubbed the "death tax," calling it a "tremendous burden" for family farmers and other businesses.

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15 states sue Trump on rollback of immigrant protections

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Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit in New York challenging President Donald Trump's plan to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.

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Montana governor touts low unemployment in economic report

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is touting the state's low unemployment rate as his administration releases its annual Labor Day report on the economy.

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Governor settles campaign reporting violations

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and his re-election campaign have agreed to pay a $3,000 fine to settle a complaint that he did not timely file expense reports stemming from his use of a state airplane for campaign purposes.

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Governor Bullock settles complaint tied to misuse of state plane

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Governor Steve Bullock is putting the investigation that he misused the state plane while campaigning for re-election behind him. 

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The Latest: Trump supports more powerful missiles for SKorea

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The White House says President Donald Trump has told South Korean President Moon Jae-In that he supports the country's push to lift restrictions on its missile payload capabilities.

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Billings lawyer announces run for US Congress

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Billings lawyer John Heenan will seek the Democratic nomination for Montana’s lone congressional seat. Heenan announced Monday that he hopes to challenge for Greg Gianforte's Congressional seat in 2018.

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Montana State Auditor enters Senate race

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On Monday Montana’s State Auditor Matt Rosendale announced his bid to serve the Treasure State in the United States Senate.

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Helena's Sean O'Malley Receives UFC Contract

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Helena native Sean O’Malley has proven he can compete in the octagon.

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Judge Fagg stepping down to open law firm

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This October, Yellowstone County Judge Russell Fagg will step down from the bench. In a statement Fagg explains that he will step down from his position as a State District Court Judge, effective October 13, 2017.

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Pence to meet with Central American leaders in Florida

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says Vice President Mike Pence will meet with three Latin American leaders and address economic and security issues in Central America during an appearance at a conference in Florida later this month.

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Greg Gianforte apologizes in victory speech

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Greg Gianforte took the stage to address his supporters after claiming victory Thursday night in Montana's special election.

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Gianforte leads Quist in Flathead County

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Republican Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte is leading in Democratic candidate Rob Quist's hometown county.

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Absentee ballots are in for Lincoln County

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As of 9:35 PM Republican Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte is leading with 67% of absentee ballot votes and Democratic Congressional candidate Rob Quist is trailing at 29%

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Flathead community members react to Gianforte's actions

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On the day of Montana’s special elections, Flathead community members react to Gianforte’s actions involving Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs.

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Over 1,000 people attend Sanders, Quist rally Video included

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Hundreds of people lined up outside the Expo Center at MetraPark. 

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Quist, Sanders emphasize healthcare, election by the people, for the people Video included

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was in town Saturday to stump for congressional candidate Rob Quist. 

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Watch: Vice President Mike Pence speaks at rally for Greg Gianforte

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Vice President Mike Pence is in Billings Friday to join a political rally in support of congressional candidate Greg Gianforte at MetraPark.

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Bernie Sanders to rally with Rob Quist May 20-21

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Senator Bernie Sanders is coming to Montana to campaign with congressional candidate and political outsider Rob Quist on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. The tour will include free public rallies in Missoula, Butte, Billings, and Bozeman. 

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WATCH: Donald Trump Jr. addresses Billings crowd Video included

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Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump's oldest son, stopped in Billings on April 21 to continue his campaign in Montana for Republican U.S. House candidate Greg Gianforte. 

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State Legislator Jeff Essmann confirms his intent to run for Billings mayor

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Friday was day two of filing for the 2017 Billings municipal election. No new names were added to the list of candidates on Friday, but we have confirmation Montana State House Representative Jeff Essmann is intending to file for mayor.

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2 candidates have filed for Billings mayoral race Video included

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Two candidates filed today for the mayoral race: Bill Cole and Randy Hafer. 

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Billings residents file for 2017 municipal election

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Billings residents already are filing for the Billings municipal election.

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Facebook Live chat Friday with SD2 about levies

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Still have questions about SD2's levies? Join us Friday for a Facebook Live chat with SD2 representatives.

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Billings government will soon see changes Video included

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Billings government will see some major changes in the upcoming year. 

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Filing for Billings municipal election opens Thursday

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If you're interested in running for a seat on the Billings City Council, you can file for office starting later this week.

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Bernie Sanders to campaign for Rob Quist in US House race

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is expected to campaign on behalf of Rob Quist as he seeks Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House in a special election next month.

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Montana's congressional election heats up: Political heavyweights plan to make stops

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Montana's congressional election is heating up with at least one political heavyweight confirmed to hit the campaign trail in Montana

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Gov. Bullock issues amendatory veto to allow special election to be held by mail

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Governor Steve Bullock today issued an amendatory veto to House Bill 83, adding language that will allow counties to conduct the special Congressional election, scheduled for May 25, by an automatic absentee mailing.

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14 people hope to replace Zinke in Washington D.C. Video included

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Here’s a look at the people hoping to replace Ryan Zinke as Montana’s congressional representative. 

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Energy committee to vote on Zinke's confirmation Tuesday

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The Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has rescheduled its confirmation vote for Montana Representative Ryan Zinke to be U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

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More than 500K Montanans voted in the 2016 General Election

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For the first time in state history, more than 500,000 Montanans voted in a General Election.

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We ask: 'How easy is it really to move to Canada?'

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Citizens across America were glued to their TV following this election closely.  With many citizens threatening to leave the country and move to Canada if Trump won. Canadians were also glued to their TVs, anxiously waiting to see how our election would affect them The big news last was the Canadian immigration website crashing, due to heavy traffic. Joseph Ko, a man who immigrated from Hong Kong to Canada, says it wasn't an easy move to Canada, "I immigrated from Asian ...

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Gov. Bullock expresses gratitude toward supporters

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Unofficial results are showing Montana’s incumbent Governor Steve Bullock has won the 2016 gubernatorial race.

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Election Day voting opens in Billings MetraPark

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Early birds brought ballots to MetraPark as early as 7 a.m. when the Montana Pavilion opened its doors for Election Day 2016.  

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Montana 2016 ballot initiative breakdown

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Election day is upon us and while many of us are thinking about who we are voting for, there are also important initiatives to vote for as well. 

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State Supreme Court Justice Candidates: Sandefur vs. Juras

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 A seat for the Montana Supreme Court is up for grabs on the ballot on Tuesday.  Cascade County District Court Judge Dirk Sandefur faces off against University of Montana law professor Kristen Juras. ...

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Drive by ballot drop off in Gallatin County

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Gallatin County voters who haven't returned their absentee ballots will be able to drop them off on Election Day at tents outside the courthouse. Clerk and recorder Charlotte mills told the Bozeman daily chronicle they're setting up tents in front of and behind the courthouse on Tuesday to allow people to hand off their ballots and get an "I voted" sticker. Mills said they're expecting a huge voter turnout, long lines and she said the outside drop-off will save people from...

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Park County library, fire district seeks voter assistance to fill budget hole

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The Park County general election ballot will ask voters to decide on two mill levies.  

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Voters decide future of Hardin government, law enforcement, jail Video included

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When Big Horn County general election ballots go out, the future of Hardin's government, law enforcement, and jail is in the hands of voters.  KULR-8's Melinda Lee spoke with Hardin's Mayor, Jack Lane, about these ballot issues that could mean big changes for the small town. 

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Sen. Tester donates campaign contributions at center of Boston Globe report

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Tester's campaign says he was unaware that the firm was engaging in an illegal practice and as soon as he found out, he immediately donated the money to taxpayers.

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Voting booth selfies may get you in trouble Video included

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 As election day gets closer, we decided to take a look at laws about pulling out your smartphone in a voting booth. 

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MSUB 2016 Montana Poll results are in Video included

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Political Science students gathered data to predict voting outcome for this year's 2016 Governor and Presidential races.

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Rep. Ryan Zinke confirms House Speaker Paul Ryan will make a stop in Billings

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UPDATE: Congressman Ryan Zinke's campaign office has released more information about this weekend's visit by House Speaker Paul Ryan to Billings.

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Justin Timberlake may say "Bye, Bye, Bye" to freedom

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Justin Timberlake flew from California to Tennessee in order to vote early, and state officials say that's great - but he shouldn't have taken a selfie at the ballot box.

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The Latest: Trump wants term limits for House, Senate

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Donald Trump says he wants congressional term limits of six years for House members and 12 years for the Senate.

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Get to know Senate District 25 candidates Video included

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Absentee ballots were mailed Friday. You should be getting them in your mailboxes early next week. That said, there is a political oddity occurring in Montana.

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Are negative campaign ads effective? Video included

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Are you tired of seeing negative campaign ads? We know how overwhelming they can sometimes be but are they effective? 

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Important reminders ahead of Election Day Video included

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Absentee ballots will be sent out across our state this Friday. The Montana Secretary of State's office tells us late voter registration started Wednesday.

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Zinke offers condolences to Tester's family following family tragedy

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Congressman Ryan Zinke offers his condolences to U.S. Senator Jon Tester and his family following news the Senator's nephew was reportedly murdered at home.

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GOP chairman asks court to remove candidate from ballot

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The chairman of the Montana Republican Party is asking the state Supreme Court to remove a Libertarian candidate for secretary of state from November's election ballot.

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Watch: 2016 Montana Congressional Debate in Billings Video included

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Incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke and challenger, current State Superindendent of Public Instruction, Democrat Denise Juneau will face off against each other Thursday for Montana's lone U.S. House seat.

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Ben Wineman tests horse-riding air bag vest

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Ben Wineman was at Rebecca Farms for the showing event. He had the chance to interview Kim Laddell, a local rider from Kalispell, about safety for riders as they compete in all three phases of the competition.

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Silver Bow sheriff wins majority vote

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Silver Bow County's results came in at 12:00 am following Primaries, with favorable news for incumbent Sheriff Ed Lester.

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Montana's Democratic Presidential Primary Results

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Bernie Sanders has been declared the winner of the Montana's Democratic Presidential Primary by the Associated Press with 51 percent of the vote.

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Close race for Powell County weed levy

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Inching by with under 100 more votes against, Powell County's weed levy fails in the primaries.  Earlier this year the Powell County Weed Board asked that the County Commissioners submit a request to increase the number of mills levied by the board: an estimated $59,868.  

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Big voter turnout for Primaries

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Typically the primary election has less of a vote turnout than during the general election.

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Gianforte scoops up party's nomination

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Republican gubernatorial candidate, Greg Gianforte locked up his party's nomination on Tuesday. Early on in the evening, Gianforte held a significant lead over his opponent Terry Nelson with 75% of the vote.  The Bozeman businessman and former owner of Right Now Technologies hosted a watch party at his campaign headquarters where he met with and spoke with supporters.

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Early leads for Regier, Holmquist in Flathead

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With absentee  and a 24 of 42 of the precincts reporting, veteran Republican lawmakers Rep. Keith Regier and Commissioner Pamela Homlquist have a slight edge against their challengers.

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Lines pick up throughout the day at Missoula County election center

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After a slow morning, the Missoula County election office at the Missoula County Fairgrounds drew heavier crowds Tuesday afternoon and evening.  Election officials say more people began to arrive after 2:00, and a steady stream of people started arriving at 3:00, although wait times were not long. Voting ends at 8:00 p.m.

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Rep. Zinke Weighs in on Presidential Race

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During a quick stop in the Flathead to cast his ballot Tuesday morning, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., shared his thoughts on the importance of voting in primary elections and what he hopes to see from the race to the White House.

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Competition in Montana Governor race adds hundreds of thousands to Bullock, Gianforte campaigns

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Monday was the deadline to file for the Montana governor's race.

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Bullock, Gianforte pick up primary election opponents

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Both Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican Greg Gianforte have challengers for their parties' nominations in the June 7 primary elections. Monday is the final day that candidates can file with the Secretary of State's Office for the 2016 elections. Among those late filers is Terry Nelson of Hamilton, will run against Gianforte in the Republican gubernatorial primary.     

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