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Fired Lewis and Clark County deputy arrested on 80 counts of sexual abuse of children

A former deputy who was fired from the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Thursday on suspicion of more th… Read more

Bill banning abortion in Montana likely stalled in Legislature

A bill that would have asked voters to decide on a state constitutional amendment saying life begins at conception and outla… Read more

Past and present photos of Helena's Capital Hill Mall

Helena's Capital Hill Mall was finished in 1965 and remodeled several times over the last 54 years. Demlition on the 213,000… Read more

Demolition is underway on Helena's Capital Hill Mall

Demolition is underway on Helena's Capital Hill Mall, which was finished in 1965, and will be nothing more than a memory in … Read more

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This week's most-read stories

Crime & Courts

Helena-area man sues Montana, saying his foster mother raped him

A Helena-area man who said his former foster mother repeatedly raped him as a teen is suing the state of Montana for placing… Read more

Business News

Shopko announces more closures for Montana

Shopko announced more store closures on Thursday, with a handful more Montana locations now on the list.  Read more

Montana News

Curious find casts doubt on 1922 execution

Even with a noose around his neck in a stockade behind the Missoula jail, Joe Vuckovich swore he hadn’t murdered Mrs. Jerry Shea. Read more

406 Politics

Lawmaker aims to make school voluntary to take kids 'back from the state'

A Jefferson County legislator introduced a bill this week that would let parents decide whether to enroll their children in … Read more


Car hits power pole near Helena, knocking out electricity to more than 350

More than 350 NorthWestern Energy customers in the Helena Valley were without electricity for several hours Friday night aft… Read more


Helena High might do away with gender-specific graduation gowns

For the first time in more than a decade, Helena High School graduates might not wear gender-specific caps and gowns to thei… Read more

Montana News

Wyoming lawmaker asked to step down after being accused of comparing homosexuality to bestiality, pedophilia

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Democratic Party is calling for a Wyoming state senator's resignation days after a civil rights group filed a complaint alleging she compared homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality in a meeting with high school students visiting the Legislature. Read more

Montana News

Man suspected in multiple pursuits arrested after getting car stuck in laundromat parking lot

The driver of a silver Hyundai Elantra believed to have fled from law enforcement three times since Saturday night was arrested Sunday evening after his car became high-centered on snow in a laundromat parking lot.  Read more

Montana News

Baby, it's so cold outside, the Berkeley Pit is frozen

With a low of minus 27 degrees in Butte Thursday, the Berkeley Pit froze, giving life to the old saw "when hell freezes over." Read more

406 Politics

Corey Stapleton fined for using state email to announce governor campaign

Montana's elections watchdog found Secretary of State Corey Stapleton committed four separate ethics violations when his office used a state email account and state resources to distribute a press release announcing Stapleton's bid for governor. Read more

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This week's Photo Galleries

15 little-known facts about U.S. presidents

There’s a lot to learn about our nation’s presidents, including some intriguing facts that you often don’t find in textbooks. One did some … Read more

The official fast food French fry power rankings

Who has the best fries out there? Everyone has an opinion, but Los Angeles Times food columnist Lucas Kwan Peterson has put together his au… Read more


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Security video from a fatal shooting at Lucky Lil's Casino in Billings, Montana on April 10, 2018. Read more