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Billings Catholic Schools announces plan for new building for 1st-8th graders

billingsgazette.com — Billings Catholic Schools announced plans for a new school at Colton Boulevard and Woody Drive on Tuesday. The building for students in first through eighth grades should open in 2017, said Rita Turley, who's leading the campaign for the new school. The announcement came after the all-schools Thanksgiving Mass at Billings Central Catholic High School.
Nov 25, 2014

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Nov 25, 2014

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Nov 25, 2014

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'It's devastating': Man pleads not guilty in Oct. 2 killing, later assault case

billingsgazette.com — A 28-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to a homicide charge alleging he shot and killed a man in downtown Billings on Oct. 2 and to three additional felonies alleging he attacked another man on Nov. 17, fracturing his face while beating him 15 to 20 times with a stick.
Nov 25, 2014

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Nov 25, 2014

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Man charged with putting camera in ex’s shower says he was videoing chickens

billingsgazette.com — When a woman confronted her 41-year-old live-in ex-boyfriend in early August about a camera hidden in a hole in her shower, he told her he had installed it the day before, according to prosecutors.
Nov 25, 2014

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Bleskin injury further tangles Bobcats' QB situation

billingsgazette.com — Dakota Prukop has languished on the shelf with a knee injury, and Montana State's quarterback situation has been in flux. Now, with Tuesday's revelation that backup Jake Bleskin suffered an injury during a 34-7 loss at Montana, the circumstances are even more delicate.
Nov 25, 2014

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Judge sentences man to 5 years of probation for 4th domestic assault

billingsgazette.com — A 49-year-old man who has pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife, his fourth domestic-violence offense, was sentenced Monday to five years probation. District Judge Gregory R. Todd sentenced Cleve Michael Riggins to five years with the Montana Department of Corrections, all time suspended, for one count of felony partner or family member assault.
Nov 25, 2014

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What Happens When You Eat Too Much - Reactions

billingsgazette.com — The season of giving is often also the season of over-indulging at the dinner table. As Thanksgiving approaches, Reactions takes a look down at our stomachs to find out what happens when you overeat.
Nov 25, 2014

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New Meridian store seeks to set itself apart in Billings retail scene

billingsgazette.com — When Lisa Wyss began planning a new Meridian Boutique in the Shops at Shiloh Crossing, she was aiming for a store with a modern, distinctive look that would set it apart from other retailers. Wyss credits Dusty Eaton and James Kordonowy of A&E Architects of Billings for executing a design with plenty of sizzle.

Retrospective: Black Friday deals

billingsgazette.com — The day after Thanksgiving has long been known to shoppers and retailers as Black Friday. Researcher Bonnie Taylor-Blake has traced the term's earliest use to an article in a 1951 factory trade magazine, in reference to the number of absent employees following the holiday.
Nov 25, 2014

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9th Circuit reinstates former Miss Montana's insurance fraud conviction

billingsgazette.com — KALISPELL - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the conviction of a former Miss Montana who was charged with defrauding her homeowner's insurance while her Somers mansion was undergoing repairs due to wind and fire damage in 2008.
Nov 25, 2014

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Pub Station's opening delayed, Har Mar Superstar show moves to the Railyard

billingsgazette.com — The Pub Station will not open Tuesday and the live show, featuring soul singer Har Mar Superstar and The Pizza Underground featuring former child actor Macaulay Culkin, has been moved to the Railyard Ale House. The Pub Station is going in at the old bus station, an art deco building, which was built in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

Discovery Ski Area to open Thursday

billingsgazette.com — After receiving 10 inches of snow over the weekend, Discovery Ski Area near Anaconda will open Thanksgiving Day. Through the four-day weekend the mountain will open its beginner and intermediate runs on the front side, including the Jubilee Chairlift, Easy Chair and Totemoff Magic Carpet. Lift tickets will be $21 all weekend long.
Nov 25, 2014

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Convicted murderer dies at Montana State Prison

billingsgazette.com — DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) - A man convicted of shooting his brother to death in Missoula in 1980 has died at the Montana State Prison. Prison spokeswoman Linda Moodry says 57-year-old Rory Johns was found unresponsive in his cell at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Nov 25, 2014

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Man pleads not guilty in Oct. 2 killing, later assault case

billingsgazette.com — A 28-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to a homicide charge alleging he shot and killed a man in downtown Billings on Oct. 2 and to three additional felonies alleging he attacked another man on Nov. 17, fracturing his face while beating him 15 to 20 times with a stick.
Nov 25, 2014

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Pub Station's Tuesday opening in limbo

billingsgazette.com — It's down to the wire on the opening of Billings' newest music venue, the Pub Station. The Pub Station, which is opening in the former Greyhound bus station at 2502 First Ave. N., has a live show set for Tuesday with soul singer Har Mar Superstar and The Pizza Underground featuring former child actor Macaulay Culkin.

EOG Resources submits plans to drill up to 1,500 oil wells

billingsgazette.com — CASPER, Wyo. - EOG Resources, a Houston oil company, has submitted plans to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to drill up to 1,500 oil wells along the Campbell-Converse county line. The plan calls on developing 150 wells annually for 10 years and seeks an exemption from seasonal drilling restrictions aimed at protecting a rare raptor, the ferruginous hawk.
Nov 25, 2014

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Retired doctor: 'New hospital is most important nonprofit project in modern history of community'

billingsgazette.com — LIVINGSTON - Construction on a new, two-story, $43.5 million critical-access hospital and clinic is progressing on schedule and set to open by fall 2015. Windows, exterior stone and the roofing are currently being installed. Interior framing is also underway and the curbs, gutter and first layer of asphalt have been poured.
Nov 25, 2014

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State senator arrested for DUI; claims harassment

billingsgazette.com — GREAT FALLS - Tribal law-enforcement officers arrested a state senator and Blackfeet leader for driving under the influence, a charge he says has since been dropped and was politically motivated. Outgoing Sen. Shannon Augare said he was pulled over late last week and charged with misdemeanor DUI, eluding a police officer and speeding.
Nov 24, 2014

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Release of police dog sends car theft suspect to the ground

billingsgazette.com — A Billings police dog helped officers catch a suspected car thief who reportedly ran from police on Sunday near the Heights Wal-Mart. Lucas Christian Worm, 20, ignored a K9 officer's orders to stop running or be chased down by a police dog, charging documents state.
Nov 24, 2014

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Prosecutors: Man burned girlfriend with cigarette, made kids flush his meth needles

billingsgazette.com — A man appeared in court Monday on allegations he burned his girlfriend with a cigarette lighter, slapped her with the side of a butcher knife and told his sons to get rid of evidence of his meth use after he injected himself with the drug. Police arrested 33-year-old Dewey Brandon Bear Don't Walk Jr.
Nov 24, 2014

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