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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Highway Patrol says a 25-year-old woman has died in a single-vehicle crash north of Helena. The patrol identified the victim as Kassandra Biller, of Helena, who was the only person in the vehicle. The patrol says the vehicle Biller was driving failed to negotiate a curve and went off the road.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Two unions representing Montana public employees will merge. The Helena Independent Record reports that delegates for the Montana Public Employees Association and the Montana Educators Association-Montana Federal of Teachers voted Saturday in favor of the merger. The combined organization will be called the Montana Federation of Public Employees.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Republican senator from Montana says the Trump administration is trying to minimize the effects of the government shutdown by keeping some national parks open, and he accused former President Barack Obama of trying to make shutdowns painful for the American people. Sen. Steve Daines said Saturday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a former Montana congressman, wants to keep Montana's Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park open.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Montanans have gathered in at least four cities for rallies on the anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, supporting equality and protesting sexual harassment and gun violence. Media reports and social media postings showed women's marches took place Saturday in Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula. Rallies were also planned in Bozeman, Browning and Helena. No crowd estimates were available.

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