Lee Enterprises names regional publisher for western Montana

Lee Enterprises has named Paul McArthur as its regional publisher for western Montana
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Wyoming, Idaho weigh options after grizzly hunt ruling

State officials frustrated by a judge's decision to prohibit grizzly bear hunting in the Yellowstone region and put the animals back threatened list will likely appeal but that's not their only option to contest the decision
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Montana Senate candidate dropped penalties against donors

Campaign finance records show Montana's Republican U.S. Senate candidate used $10,000 in donations earmarked for past campaign debt to instead boost his 2016 campaign for state auditor
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Grizzlies get back US protections, Rockies hunts blocked

Grizzly bear hunts planned in the Northern Rocky Mountains have been blocked by a U.S. judge who says the government failed to show the animals have recovered from widespread extermination
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Pope: Priestly abuse scandals driving Catholic faithful away

Pope Francis has acknowledged that priestly sex abuse scandals are outraging the Catholic faithful and driving them away, and says the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations
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Protections restored for grizzly bears; hunts blocked

A U.S. judge has restored federal protections to grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains, blocking the first hunts planned for the animals in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades
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Company wants to increase size of Butte mine waste ponds

Montana environmental regulators are seeking public comment on a company's proposal to expand a storage facility for mining waste above the city of Butte
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Attorney General Tim Fox says he's cancer-free

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says there's no sign of cancer in his body after four chemotheraphy treatments and the removal of part of his colon
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Montana to use federal grant to upgrade voter registration

Montana plans to use most of a $3 million federal grant to upgrade the hardware and software used in the state's voter registration system
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Working group looking at reducing health insurance premiums

Montana's governor has created a working group to develop plan to reduce premiums for people who buy health insurance on the federal marketplace
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Rapid City trolley service sees steady ridership

Rapid City's trolley service sees steady ridership through the summer with minimal impact to the city's budget
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South Dakota to raise turkey for White House Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving turkey to either be served to President Donald Trump or pardoned this year will be raised in South Dakota
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MSU researcher fights against deadly deer disease

Researchers from Michigan State University and the state Department of Natural Resources are using technology and old-fashioned observation to track Michigan deer in hopes of curbing the deadly disease
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Minot brothers find success in mushroom farming

Minot brothers Jeff and Dan Coggins have found success in their second year harvesting mushrooms and selling their product at local farmers markets
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Michigan metal drummer recovers from 2015 bus crash

A Michigan metal drummer is recovering from a 2015 bus crash that caused him to lose his right leg
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Oklahoma case remains unsolved 34 years later

The disappearance of Sandy Pathresa Rea 34 years ago is still one of the biggest crime mysteries in the Shawnee area, but a new set of local investigators are putting a fresh set of eyes on the unsolved cold case
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Bentonville designer showcases work at New York Fashion Week

Bentonville fashion designer Alyssa Graves showcased six pieces in a show for emerging designers at New York Fashion Week
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Father-daughter duo broadcasts Arkansas high school football

Buzz Sawyer and his daughter Sarah Sawyer are calling play-by-play for Northside High School football games in the Grizzlies' revamped broadcast
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Wisconsin church's garden gives produce, sense of community

A Wisconsin church's garden doesn't just provide produce, it also provides a sense of community
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Minnesota fire department marks 125 years

This year marks the Virginia Fire Department's 125th anniversary
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Oklahoma Boy Scout Explorers reunite in New Mexico

A group of Boy Scout Explores reunited in New Mexico more than 50 years after a Boy Scouts trip
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Wisconsin students organize mental health festival

Three Wisconsin students organized a mental health festival at their school to erase mental health stigma
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Duluth beer makers say the area's water boosts products

Duluth beer makers have long said that the quality of Minnesota's water helps boost the quality of their products
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Efforts continue to save, support, secure Texas horny toads

A dozen conservationists clad in khaki and forest green marched into the Texas Hill Country brush in a continuing effort to save horny toads
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More cruise options coming to the Great Lakes

Michigan has started a new initiative to bring more cruise ships to the Great Lakes
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Outdoor art project to get new headquarters in Detroit

An outdoor art project is getting a new headquarters in Detroit
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Students learn about Oklahoma City bombing through new tech

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum recently launched the Augmented Reality experience to teach students about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing
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Nebraska senator to participate in world sniper competition

Nebraska Sen. Tom Brewer is headed for the International Sniper Cup event in Bulgaria after having competed in a series of sniper shooting championships
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Arkansas sees growing urgent care industry

Health care providers are planning to open up more urgent care centers across Arkansas
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Inmate group caters to spiritual needs at Iowa prison

At the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility, an unusual group is catering to the spiritual needs of those who have no religion at all
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