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GREAT FALLS -- Top news on KRTV for the evening of Wednesday, April 23, 2014:

- Wanted: Great Falls police are asking for help in locating Jeremy Walraven, the man who lead officers on a chase on Tuesday and is suspected of stealing three hot tubs last week. Click here for details.

- Graham: Attorneys have until mid-summer to file their briefs in the Jordan Graham murder appeal. This sets the stage for the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals to decide whether the Kalispell woman was sentenced fairly for murdering her husband. Click here for details on the case.

- Closing: Sutherland's Jewelry, a third-generation store in downtown Great Falls, is closing up shop after 67 years. Click here to read more.

- Home: For the first time, Habitat For Humanity and the Great Falls College-MSU Carpentry Program have teamed up to build a house. Click here for details.

- Small Quake: The U.S. Geologicial Survey says a small earthquake near Lincoln on Wednesday morning registered a magnitude of 3.5. Click here for details.


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GFC-MSU carpentry students build their first Habitat For Humanity home http://www.krtv.com/news/gfc-msu-carpentry-students-build-their-first-habitat-for-humanity-home/ http://www.krtv.com/news/gfc-msu-carpentry-students-build-their-first-habitat-for-humanity-home/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 6:02:32 PM Alex Backus (alex@krtv.com) GFC-MSU carpentry students build their first Habitat For Humanity home

GREAT FALLS -- For the first time, Habitat For Humanity and the Great Falls College-MSU Carpentry Program have teamed up to build a house.

After seven months of building, the home is complete, marking a milestone for the organization, the first Habitat home built completely by carpentry students.

"I just remember seeing the floor and now you see the house, the framing go up, and next thing you know all the finish work is done," GFC MSU carpentry student Dontrell Spoonhunter said. "You just kind of stand there like whoa, I did that."

Spoonhunter along with five other students worked 25 hours a week for seven months, to build the home for a family of four.

Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Stephanie Schnider says a Habitat home is different than others.

"It allows people to have a hand up, not a handout," Schnider said. "It's something that enables them [families] to accomplish independence when it comes to their financial situation."

And building for organizations like Habitat has been a priority for GFC MSU Carpentry Program Director Pat Schoenen.

"When I started the program, I decided that if at all possible, non-profits or charities would have priorities as far as if we did projects," Schoenen said. "Habitat just fits that mold perfect. We have to build things anyway, might as well build a home for a family."

This home also gave hands-on experience to students just about to graduate and enter the workforce. Spoonhunter's last day in just two days.

"[The project] Taught me that there isn't just one way to do carpentry, but there's a lot of ways," Spoonhunter said. "It kind of gave me a head start I guess into the construction industry."

His experience has translated into a new home for a family.

"We're super excited to get them into the home." Schnider said. "They've got two children, so its a family of four and they're beyond excited to get moving in."

The students completed the home last week, and just in the nick of time, their semester ends on Friday.

"It's great, I'm proud of them," Schoenen said. "It came out nice, everyone says it's nice, and they did a good job.

"It's really great, an achievement and honor to build the house," Spoonhunter said.

A celebration will be held on Saturday, April 26th, for people to get a look at the house.

The event will include a free outdoor BBQ, live music by Chuck Fulcher, and tours of the home, and will run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1208 7th Avenue NW.

For more information, call Habitat For Humanity at 406-453-5972.

 


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Great Falls Police Community Foundation hosting annual Policeman's Ball http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-police-community-foundation-hosting-annual-policeman-s-ball/ http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-police-community-foundation-hosting-annual-policeman-s-ball/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 5:46:39 PM KRTV Great Falls Police Community Foundation hosting annual Policeman's Ball

GREAT FALLS -- The Great Falls Police Community Foundation will host its annual Policeman's Ball on Saturday, April 26th, at the Elks Club in downtown Great Falls. The theme of this year's event is "Legends Of The Old West."

The foundation was established in 2007 to help provide funding for equipment and programs for the Great Falls Police Department that are not included in the City budget.

Proceeds from last year's ball were used to buy an additional K-9 police dog and provide handler training for the GFPD K-9 Unit, and also high-resolution cameras for detectives involved to the School Resource Officer program.

One of the goals of this year's ball is to raise money to help provide every officer with their own Taser.

The ball will feature a silent and live auction. Doors open at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $50 per person.

Tickets can be bought at Winston Publishing, 314 Central Avenue; Kaufmans Menswear, 411 Central Avenue; and the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce, 100 1st Avenue North.

For more information, call 406-781-1168 or 406-799-7286, or visit the foundation website.


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Sutherland's Jewelry in Great Falls will close in June http://www.krtv.com/news/sutherland-s-jewelry-in-great-falls-will-close-in-june/ http://www.krtv.com/news/sutherland-s-jewelry-in-great-falls-will-close-in-june/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 5:08:54 PM Claire Anderson (claire@krtv.com) Sutherland's Jewelry in Great Falls will close in June

GREAT FALLS -- Sutherland's Jewelry, a third-generation store in downtown Great Falls, is closing up shop after 67 years.

Don and Madge Sutherland opened the store in 1946.

The store moved to its current location on 4th Street between 1st Avenue North and Central Avenue in 1947 and has been there ever since.

Gary and Elaine French bought the store in 1970, and now Derek French, their son and the Sutherland's great-nephew, is the current owner.

French says business has been struggling as box stores and internet jewelry purchases continue to increase.

He also says his father passed away in December, keeping the family business going was becoming too difficult without them around.

French said, "The way the economy is these days, jewelry's not a necessary item, so it's been tough these last couple of years, and without my family around its even tougher."

French says all items in the store are on sale and they are expecting to close their doors mid-June.


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Two high school seniors receive Exchange Club scholarships http://www.krtv.com/news/two-high-school-seniors-receive-exchange-club-scholarships/ http://www.krtv.com/news/two-high-school-seniors-receive-exchange-club-scholarships/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 5:03:38 PM Claire Anderson (claire@krtv.com) Two high school seniors receive Exchange Club scholarships

GREAT FALLS -- Two high school seniors were recognized as exceptional students in Great Falls on Wednesday afternoon.

The Exchange Club of Great Falls awarded seniors Randi Thibert of C.M.R High School and Shelby Koppany of Centerville High School with $1,000 toward college tuition.

Thibert received the "Accepting the Challenge of Excellence" award, and Koppany was chosen as "Youth of the Year."

The ACE Award is given to a student who has overcome hardships, and still continues to be a good steward and student.

Thibert said, "It means a lot to me because everything that's happened all over the years, I've just kind of beat the odds, and it's really important to know that other people can do that too, and it also really helps with college."

The "Youth of the Year" is chosen from essays written by nine seniors about their volunteer work and community service.

Koppany said, "It's a huge honor especially for coming from somewhere so small like Centerville, we don't have a lot of the opportunities that were actually part of the criteria."

Koppanany will be going to the University of Montana in Missoula in the fall for pharmacy school, and Thibert will be attending MSU in Bozeman to study business and accounting.


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Bullock asks parole board to consider granting clemency for Barry Beach http://www.krtv.com/news/bullock-asks-parole-board-to-consider-granting-clemency-for-barry-beach/ http://www.krtv.com/news/bullock-asks-parole-board-to-consider-granting-clemency-for-barry-beach/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 4:51:08 PM MTN News - Helena Bullock asks parole board to consider granting clemency for Barry Beach

HELENA -- Just days before the Montana Board of Pardons & Parole is set to consider a clemency application from Barry Beach, Governor Steve Bullock has sent a letter to the board regarding the case.

Beach is currently serving a 100-year sentence in the Montana State Prison for the 1979 murder of Poplar teenager Kim Nees.

He was returned to prison in May of last year after being free for nearly 18 months, following a decision by the Montana Supreme Court, on a four to three decision, to overturn a lower court ruling that ordered a new trial.

As part of the clemency request, Beach is not asking that the board overturn his sentence; instead, he is asking to have his sentence reduced, which would enable him to be eligible for parole or to have his sentence commuted by Governor Bullock.

Bullock's letter to the board (seen below) reads in part:

"This is a much different matter than was considered by the Board in 2007. Beach is not seeking to be relieved of the legal consequences of his conviction for murder. The criminal justice system has thoroughly, with painstaking care, assessed this case and I have no reason to question its judgment."

"Mr. Beach committed his crime as a juvenile, served over 30 years for that crime, has conducted himself appropriately both inside and outside of prison, and if his sentence were commuted, he would continue to be under state supervision."

The April 29th hearing is at the Parole Board's office in Deer Lodge and is open to the public.


Here is the full text of Bullock's letter:

Bullock asks parole board to consider granting clemency for Barry Beach

Bullock asks parole board to consider granting clemency for Barry Beach


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Gray apprehended after being reported as escapee/walkaway in Billings http://www.krtv.com/news/gray-apprehended-after-being-reported-as-escapee-walkaway-in-billings/ http://www.krtv.com/news/gray-apprehended-after-being-reported-as-escapee-walkaway-in-billings/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 4:37:52 PM Tim McGonigal Gray apprehended after being reported as escapee/walkaway in Billings

BILLINGS -- Angelica Melody Gray, a Helena woman serving a sentence at a Billings drug and alcohol treatment center, was apprehended on Wednesday after failing to return to the facility on Tuesday.

Gray was the subject of a nationwide search in December 2012 after leaving her children at the Helena YWCA and then running away to California.

Details of her apprehension have not been released at this point.

Gray did not return as scheduled to the Passages center in Billings on Tuesday afternoon after going to work.

A spokesman for the Montana Department of Corrections says it will be up to the Yellowstone County Attorney's office to file felony escape charges.

Gray is now in custody at the Yellowstone County Detention Center.

She was sentenced for violating her parole by traveling to California without permission; she also admitted to two counts of possession of dangerous drugs.

She was sentenced in September 2013 to five years, with one year suspended, and ordered to serve the time in Billings.

Armstrong said she had been at Passages since April 7th.

 


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GFPD looking for theft suspect Walraven http://www.krtv.com/news/gfpd-looking-for-theft-suspect-walraven/ http://www.krtv.com/news/gfpd-looking-for-theft-suspect-walraven/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 2:34:11 PM Shannon Newth GFPD looking for theft suspect Walraven

GREAT FALLS -- Great Falls police are asking for help in locating Jeremy Walraven, the man who lead officers on a chase on Tuesday and is suspected of stealing three hot tubs last week.

Walraven is 5'9 and 180 pounds.

He is a suspect in the theft of three hot tubs from All Season Spas on Central Avenue West last week.

On Tuesday, an officer spotted Walraven near 8th Avenue North and 6th Street; police blocked off the road while officers and a helicopter from the Department of Homeland Security spent more than an hour looking for him, but he managed to escape. 

Police do not believe that he is armed or dangerous.

All three hot tubs have been recovered.

If you see Walraven, you're asked to the Great Falls Police Department at 406-771-1180 or Crimestoppers at 727-TIPS.


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Helena naturopath offers acupuncture via community sessions http://www.krtv.com/news/helena-naturopath-offers-acupuncture-via-community-sessions/ http://www.krtv.com/news/helena-naturopath-offers-acupuncture-via-community-sessions/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:48:02 PM Lindsey Gordon (lindsey@kxlh.com) Helena naturopath offers acupuncture via community sessions

HELENA - Acupuncture is a practice thousands of years old and Joanna Dove, a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist, is trying to make it more affordable and accessible for everyone, with community acupuncture. 

In addition to her practice, she offers a time where individuals can come and get acupuncture in a group setting, which allows her to treat several patients at once and offer acupuncture at a lower cost, using a sliding fee scale.

Dove has had her own practice, Heart and Soul Naturopathic, at 910 East Lyndale, for around six years, but only began offering community acupuncture a few months ago. 

She said she was surprised that there hasn't been a huge draw to the opportunity to get acupuncture at a lower-cost, but believes many people just haven't heard about it. 

"Sometimes I have people come because they've tried everything else. A lot of times I have people come because they've tried everything else. And nothing else has worked for them. Or they've heard about acupuncture and they were always afraid, so they finally work up enough courage to do it," said Dove. 

Dove explains that the hair-thin needles are usually not felt by the patient and that most find the treatment extremely relaxing.

Most commonly she said patients are seeking treatment for chronic pain, but acupuncture can address afflictions like high blood pressure, and insomnia, and many more. 

Community acupuncture is offered Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Dove said most patients take about 30 to 45 minutes to get the full benefits, and many would benefit from more than one session a week, which is why she hopes to add a second day during the week to open her clinic for community acupuncture. 

Click here to learn more at Dove's website.


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Georgia law allows guns in some schools, bars, churches http://www.krtv.com/news/georgia-law-allows-guns-in-some-schools-bars-churches/ http://www.krtv.com/news/georgia-law-allows-guns-in-some-schools-bars-churches/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:37:23 PM Devon M. Sayers and Eliott C. McLaughlin - CNN Georgia law allows guns in some schools, bars, churches

ELLIJAY, Georgia (CNN) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.

House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 -- which opponents have nicknamed the "guns everywhere bill" -- specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included are provisions that allow residents who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.

GeorgiaCarry, which lobbied for the bill, calls it "meaningful pro-gun legislation," despite it being watered down from the group's perspective. Still, the group has lauded the legislation, which will go into effect July 1. Americans for Responsible Solutions opposed the bill, calling it "extremism in action."

Wednesday's signing came at an open-air picnic area along a creek in Ellijay, in northern Georgia. It opened with a prayer, the singing of the national anthem and a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Hundreds of people filled more than 25 picnic tables, while others stood. Many were openly carrying handguns, and some wore National Rifle Association hats and buttons proclaiming, "Stop Gun Control" and "Guns Save Lives."

The bill, which easily navigated the state legislature -- by a 112-58 vote in the House and a 37-18 tally in the Senate -- also earned the support of Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter, a gubernatorial candidate challenging Deal.

Calling it "a great day to reaffirm our liberties," Deal said the law allows residents to protect their families and expands the list of places where they can legally carry firearms, while allowing certain property owners, namely churches and bars, to make judgments on whether they want worshippers and patrons carrying guns.

"The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should be at the forefront of our minds," Deal said while touting his NRA endorsement for governor and "A" rating during his 17 years in Congress.

The governor said the law "will protect the constitutional rights of Georgians who have gone through a background check to legally obtain a Georgia Weapons Carry License.

"Roughly 500,000 Georgia citizens have a permit of this kind, which is approximately 5 percent of our population. License holders have passed background checks and are in good standing with the law. This law gives added protections to those who have played by the rules -- and who can protect themselves and others from those who don't play by the rules."

Americans for Responsible Solutions opposed the original bill that GeorgiaCarry pushed for, and while the group is pleased that the version Deal signed Wednesday doesn't allow guns on college campuses or in churches, except in certain cases, it feels the legislation "takes Georgia out of the mainstream."

"Among its many extreme provisions, it allows guns in TSA lines at the country's busiest airport, forces community school boards into bitter, divisive debates about whether they should allow guns in their children's classrooms, and broadens the conceal carry eligibility to people who have previously committed crimes with guns," said Pia Carusone, the group's senior adviser.

"So it is no surprise that while being trumpeted by the NRA as the 'most comprehensive' gun bill in state history, the legislation ... was opposed by Georgia law enforcement, county commissioners, municipal leaders, and the Transportation Security Administration for its potentially harmful impact on Georgians' safety."

While the bill says no one is allowed to carry a firearm past an airport's security screening checkpoint, it allows guns in other areas, including "an airport drive, general parking area, walkway, or shops and areas of the terminal that are outside the screening checkpoint."

TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein would not say how the law might affect its agents at Georgia airports, particularly Atlanta's, the world's busiest, but he said, "Individuals who bring firearms to security checkpoints are referred to law enforcement and are subject to criminal penalties. However, TSA has the ability to impose a civil penalty."

Another provision of the new law allows firearms into any government building that is open for business and doesn't have security personnel restricting access or screening visitors.

Some critics have said it was hypocritical to allow guns in so many places but not the state Capitol. Deal addressed that perception in a question from reporters, saying the Capitol fell under a wider statewide provision that affects many government buildings, and it's "a uniform carved-out area all across our state."

The law also allows Georgians to carry guns into bars and churches as long as the property owner hasn't banned them. Anyone bringing a gun into a church that prohibits them won't be arrested but could pay a fine up to $100, the law says.

One church that won't be allowing parishioners to carry weapons is Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, which remembers well the 1974 shooting deaths of a deacon and Alberta Williams King, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s mother, in its sanctuary.

The Rev. Raphael Warnock, the church's senior pastor, said a deranged man who had access to guns but not health care was behind that shooting, a circumstance that still resonates today. The shooting would have been even more tragic "had everyone been packing that day," Warnock said.

"The message of today's bill signing is very clear: Our politicians, tragically, are owned by the gun lobby," he said. "No one asked for this bill but the gun lobby, and still, we're here. ... We will remind them in November that they work for the people."

Most churches throughout the state are focused on social issues, such as better health care and education, Warnock said. "I don't know of a single pastor in the state of Georgia who has been lobbying to have guns brought into their churches."

The law will also allow the carrying of firearms by any "duly authorized official of a public or private elementary or secondary school or a public or private technical school, vocational school, college, university, or other institution of post-secondary education or a local board of education."

Deal also touted how HB60 would allow soldiers to obtain a carry license at age 18 if they've completed basic training and are either actively serving or have been honorably discharged.

"If they're old enough to hold a gun in defense of our liberties, then they're old enough to hold a gun, and they shouldn't have to wait until they're 21."

Other notable provisions of the law: allows hunters to use silencers and suppressors when the owner of the property where they're hunting is aware they're using such a device; permits gun owners who have had their licenses revoked to obtain a new license after three years; restricts access for anyone whom a court has deemed mentally incompetent or insane, or was involuntary committed to a mental institution; and forbids police officers who see a resident carrying a gun to ask for their permit unless they're committing another crime.

-- The-CNN-WireTM & © 2014 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.


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Habitat For Humanity, GFC-MSU celebrate partnership and new house http://www.krtv.com/news/habitat-for-humanity-gfc-msu-celebrate-partnership-and-new-house/ http://www.krtv.com/news/habitat-for-humanity-gfc-msu-celebrate-partnership-and-new-house/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:35:06 PM DaVonté McKenith Habitat For Humanity, GFC-MSU celebrate partnership and new house

GREAT FALLS -- Habitat For Humanity and the Great Falls College-MSU Carpentry program will soon celebrate the completion of their first "partner build," which is also Habitat For Humanity's 30th house in Great Falls.

Stephanie Schnider of Habitat For Humanity and Pat Schoenen from GFC-MSU talked to DaVonte McKenith about the project on Montana This Morning.

The celebration will include a free outdoor BBQ, live music by Chuck Fulcher, and tours of the home on Saturday, April 26th, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 1208 7th Avenue NW.

This is the first time Habitat has partnered with a college to build an entire house. 

For more information, call Habitat For Humanity at 406-453-5972.

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Obituary: Earl Davison http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-earl-davison/ http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-earl-davison/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:22:42 PM Obituary: Earl Davison

Earl Davison, 81, of Highwood, died Monday, April 21, 2014 at Benefis East Hospital after succumbing to complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Earl was a rancher in the Highwood Mountains for all of his married life.

He and his wife, Jean, would have been married 60 years on July 1 of this year.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 2 pm at the Highwood Community Methodist Church.

Click here to read the complete obituary and share condolences.


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Obituary: Ronald "Sundown" TheBoy http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-ronald-sundown-theboy/ http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-ronald-sundown-theboy/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:51:42 AM Obituary: Ronald

Ronald "Sundown" TheBoy, 59, of Great Falls, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Ronald was born in Hays, MT on November 5, 1954.

Visitation will be held starting at 10 am on Thursday, April 24, 2014 and continuing until the funeral liturgy being held at 11 am, Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Family Living Center at the Fairgrounds.

Arrangements are being handled by O'Connor Funeral Home.

Click here to read the complete obituary and share condolences.


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Small earthquake rumbles near Lincoln http://www.krtv.com/news/small-earthquake-rumbles-near-lincoln/ http://www.krtv.com/news/small-earthquake-rumbles-near-lincoln/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:38:14 AM Dennis Bragg - Missoula Small earthquake rumbles near Lincoln

MISSOULA -- The U.S. Geologicial Survey says a small earthquake near Lincoln on Wednesday morning registered a magnitude of 3.5.

The Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology in Butte recorded the quake at 8:41 this morning about four miles east-southeast of Lincoln.

That puts the epicenter about 35 miles northwest of Helena.

The quake was at a moderate depth of 9.9 miles beneath the surface.

Geologists are still checking into the quake but say it may have been felt around Helena and as far west as Seeley Lake.

There have been no reports of damage or injuries.

Montana is one of the most seismically-active states; the vast majority of earthquakes are minor, primarily of interest only to geologists and researchers.

But occasionally, Montana earthquakes can be larger - and deadly. In 1935 there were a series of earthquakes between Yellowstone and Helena that killed four people and caused more than $4 million dollars worth of damage.The 1959 "Hebgen Lake" earthquake in Montana killed 28 people, and caused more than $11 million dollars worth of damage.

According to Michael Stickney, director of the Earthquake Studies Office at the Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology, four to five small earthquakes happen in the Treasure State every day, but most can't be felt.

Stickney said, "There is a seismic belt, known as the Intermountain Seismic Belt, that passes through the western one third of the state. Small earthquakes are very common within this zone, which runs more or less from Yellowstone Park up to about Flathead Lake."

Click here for more information at the USGS website.


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Helena health officials worried about recent whooping cough cases http://www.krtv.com/news/helena-health-officials-worried-about-recent-whooping-cough-cases/ http://www.krtv.com/news/helena-health-officials-worried-about-recent-whooping-cough-cases/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 9:18:44 AM Lindsey Gordon (lindsey@kxlh.com) Helena health officials worried about recent whooping cough cases

HELENA -- The Lewis & Clark City County Health Department is concerned after they've seen seven cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, pop up in the last week and a half.

Most of those cases have been teenagers who were up-to-date on the recommended pertussis vaccine.

But they're working on tracking those who may have been exposed, because symptoms can be delayed.

"It can be anywhere from a week, to 21 days, three weeks. So, for the ones that we're following up with, if they don't get profylax or treated preventatively, then they need to monitored from 21 days past the last time they were around the contagious person," said Karen Dobson Wendel, a public health nurse.

The health department cites nine cases in the Helena area so far this year.

At this time there are 80 cases statewide, which is low compared to 212 at this time last year.

Wendel warns that it's rare for the illness to carry the classic "whooping" cough sound anymore, but often patients and parents mistake it for a cold.

Wendel said pertussis is treated with antibiotics, but can be severe, or fatal, especially for infants.

The Tetanus and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination is administered at the health department's walk-in clinics Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. However the clinic will not be open Wednesday, April 23, due to staff training.

Click here to learn more about pertussis at the Centers For Disease Control & Prevention website.


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KRTV Morning News - Wed Apr 23 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-morning-news-wed-apr-23/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-morning-news-wed-apr-23/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 9:06:48 AM KRTV Morning News - Wed Apr 23

GREAT FALLS -- Top news on KRTV for the morning of Wednesday, April 23, 2014:

Fort Shaw fire: A Tuesday fire wiped out a barn, car and camper trailer north of Fort Shaw. Click here to read more.

Police chase: Great Falls Police pursued a property crimes suspect on the run Tuesday afternoon, down the railroad tracks and through a neighborhood. Click here to read more.

Escapee: Angelica Melody Gray, a Helena woman serving a sentence at a Billings drug and alcohol treatment center, has been reported as an escapee/walkaway. Click here for details.

Pot Bust: A 23-year-old man was arrested in Havre after admitting that he was smoking marijuana on an Amtrak train. Click here for details.

Fresh Food: To mark Earth Day in Great Falls, grocery store 2J's Fresh Market is hoping to help consumers be more "locally aware." Click here to read more.

 


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Gray reported as escapee/walkaway from Billings facility http://www.krtv.com/news/gray-reported-as-escapee-walkaway-from-billings-facility/ http://www.krtv.com/news/gray-reported-as-escapee-walkaway-from-billings-facility/ KRTV News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 9:01:56 AM MTN News - Billings Gray reported as escapee/walkaway from Billings facility

BILLINGS -- Angelica Melody Gray, a Helena woman serving a sentence at a Billings drug and alcohol treatment center, has been reported as an escapee/walkaway.

Gray was the subject of a nationwide search in December 2012 after leaving her children at the Helena YWCA and then running away to California.

Gray did not return as scheduled to the Passages center in Billings on Tuesday afternoon after going to work.

According to facility administrator David Armstrong she was seen about a block away from the center.

Gray was sentenced for violating her parole by traveling to California without permission.

She also admitted to two counts of possession of dangerous drugs.

She was sentenced in September 2013 to five years, with one year suspended, and ordered to serve the time in Billings.

Armstrong said she had been at Passages since April 7th.

Gray is about 5'11"', 145 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone who has seen Gray is asked to call Passages at 406-294-9609, or their local law enforcement agency.

 


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KRTV 10pm Top Stories-Tue Apr 22 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-10pm-top-stories-tue-apr-22/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-10pm-top-stories-tue-apr-22/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 9:56:58 PM KRTV 10pm Top Stories-Tue Apr 22

GREAT FALLS -- Top news on KRTV for Tuesday, April 22, 2014:

Fort Shaw fire: A Tuesday afternoon fire wiped out a barn, car and camper trailer north of Fort Shaw.  Click here to read more.

Police chase: Great Falls Police pursued a property crimes suspect on the run Tuesday afternoon, down the railroad tracks and through a neighborhood.  Click here to read more.

Absentee voting: Absentee ballots for military members and Montanans serving overseas are in the mail.

ACT testing: About 10,000 Montana high school juniors will take the ACT test on Wednesday free of charge.

Virginia City funding: With a record number of visitors to Virginia and Nevada Cities, the Montana Heritage Commission is asking for $2 million for improvements.

 


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Wind gusts to 60 mph likely; High Wind Warning issued http://www.krtv.com/news/wind-gusts-to-60-mph-likely-high-wind-warning-issued/ http://www.krtv.com/news/wind-gusts-to-60-mph-likely-high-wind-warning-issued/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 9:26:29 PM Meteorologist Mike Rawlins Wind gusts to 60 mph likely; High Wind Warning issued

Thanks for stopping by the STORMTracker Weather Blog on KRTV.com! The first significant spring storm of the year is dumping rain and snow on the Treasure State. Fortunately, most of the snow is confined to the higher elevations.

Our focus will shift from the rain and snow to very strong winds overnight and for Wednesday. A High Wind Warning has been issued for the Rocky Mountain Front, Glacier, Teton and Toole County until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Sustained winds of 30-40 mph with occasional gusts to 65 mph are expected in the warning area. Traveling with high-profile vehicles and vehicles towing trailers could become difficult.

High Wind Warning

Everyone will face gusty winds on Wednesday. I'm expecting sustained winds of 20-30 mph in most areas with gusts nearing 40 mph. Make sure you've got everything tied down in your yard so it doesn't blow away. By late Wednesday, wind speeds will start to die down, however gusts to 30 mph will be possible even into Thursday. Here are the predicted wind gusts for 6 a.m. Wednesday:

Wind Gust Forecast

Have a wonderful Wednesday,
Mike 


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Shodair gets financial education program for students http://www.krtv.com/news/shodair-gets-financial-education-program-for-students/ http://www.krtv.com/news/shodair-gets-financial-education-program-for-students/ KRTV News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 6:34:00 PM Lindsey Gordon (lindsey@kxlh.com) Shodair gets financial education program for students

HELENA -- Shodair Children's hospital has been meeting the needs of Montana's children since 1896 - and that includes their education.

Currently there are 80 students at the hospital in Helena, and on Tuesday, those students got a big boost, thanks to the donation of a financial educational course made by Montana Credit Unions for Community Development.

"Biz Kidz" is an Emmy-award winning public TV series that teaches students aged 9 to 16 the basics of finance, with the goal of helping students expand their financial literacy.

"As well as enhancing our curriculum, just give us additional tools and resources to better serve the students that we have both now and into the future," says Tony Warren, Shodair educator.

"We want to make sure that Montana consumers are prepare to manage their day-to-day finances and understand the importance of it and and how to take care of their finances," says Karen Smith, executive director of Montana Credit Unions for Community Development.

 


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