KRTV.com http://www.krtv.com/ KRTV.com KRTV News KRTV News en-us Copyright 2014, KRTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:09:44 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRTV.com http://www.krtv.com/ 144 25 The impact of Pacific Northwest wildfires on Montana air quality http://www.krtv.com/news/the-impact-of-pacific-northwest-wildfires-on-montana-air-quality/ http://www.krtv.com/news/the-impact-of-pacific-northwest-wildfires-on-montana-air-quality/ KRTV News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 4:34:31 AM Meteorologist Zack Green The impact of Pacific Northwest wildfires on Montana air quality

GREAT FALLS -- Thanks for stopping into the STORMTracker Weather Blog on KRTV.com.

Monday's hazy conditions across the Big Sky were due to active wildfires spanning from Washington State down to northern California, and as far east as central Idaho. 

Imagery from the National Weather Service shows that smoke plumes have, and will continue to slowly make their way into Montana.

Smoke Plumes

Now, winds aloft may be helping the plumes reach north central Montana throughout the day on Tuesday as indicated by the first map below.

However, Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has air quality levels at "good" or deemed healthy by their standards. 

Jet Stream

Air Quality

Breathe easy!

-Zack

 


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KRTV 10pm Top Stories-Mon Sep 15 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-10pm-top-stories-mon-sep-15/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-10pm-top-stories-mon-sep-15/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:50:54 PM KRTV 10pm Top Stories-Mon Sep 15

Tester on possible shutdown: Senator Jon Tester says another government shutdown looms unless Congress passes a continuing funding resolution.

U.S. Extremists: The Justice Department is working on getting local communities more involved in preventing Americans from joining up with foreign terrorist groups.

Curtis campaigns in Great Falls: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis stumped in Great Falls Monday, hearing concerns from senior citizens.  Click here to read more.

Man pinned under truck: A man changing his tire on Interstate 15 north of Great Falls was pinned under the vehicle after it fell on him Monday night. A passerby was able to help the man to safety by jacking up the truck.  Click here to read more.

Leaf parole hearing: Former NFL Quarterback and CMR standout Ryan Leaf is scheduled to face the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole next week to find out whether he will be turned over to authorities in Texas.  Click here to read more.

Belt football injury: North central Montana is rallying around a Belt High School football player who was seriously injured in a game on Friday night.  Click here to read more.

Airman's remains coming home: The remains of Army Air Corps 1st Lt. William D. Bernier of Augusta will be returned on Friday. He was shot down over New Guinea in 1944.  Click here to read more.

 


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Missoula man faces 34 felony charges over Facebook messages http://www.krtv.com/news/missoula-man-faces-34-felony-charges-over-facebook-messages/ http://www.krtv.com/news/missoula-man-faces-34-felony-charges-over-facebook-messages/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:09:55 PM Robbie Reynold - Missoula Missoula man faces 34 felony charges over Facebook messages

MISSOULA -- Joshua James Allen of Missoula faces 34 felony charges after allegedly sending a woman messages on Facebook, with each one amounting to a violation of an order of protection.

According to court documents, Allen sent the woman all of the messages on Tuesday, September 9. The messages ranged from talk of suicide to declarations of love.

Each message is considered a violation of the protection order, which means that each message carries its own charge.

Police are also investigating phone calls and voice messages, which could result in even more charges.

Nate Holloway, Allen's attorney, says his client has little criminal history before this, and that this incident is an isolated one.

"He's employed in Missoula," Holloway told the court. "He has family ties in Missoula. His mother's here. He has a child to take care of and a mortgage. Again, your honor, there are a lot of counts here, but they did all occur in one night."

Allen's bail is set at $150,000. He will be back in court on Tuesday.


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Class C rivals pray for injured Belt football player http://www.krtv.com/news/class-c-rivals-pray-for-injured-belt-football-player/ http://www.krtv.com/news/class-c-rivals-pray-for-injured-belt-football-player/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 9:42:24 PM Tom Wylie Class C rivals pray for injured Belt football player

GREAT FALLS --Robert Back, a student at Belt Valley High School, was injured in a football game on Friday night.

Back sustained a severe head injury, and was taken by ambulance to Benefis hospital in Great Falls.

No other information about his medical condition has been released at this point.

Great Falls Central Catholic High School, a Class C rival of Belt, hosted a special mass service on Sunday, and Central staff and teachers are praying for Robert's recovery.

A Go Fund Me account has been created to help the family; click here to visit the site if you would like to donate.

The page includes a statement from the Back family: "We would like to thank every community and school for their continued prayers and support, and a special thank you to the community of Belt that has shown the true meaning of home and community. Thank you."

People can also send or give checks to the school to help the family; be sure to note in the memo field: "For Robert Back."


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Blog: The ozone layer is on the mend http://www.krtv.com/news/blog-the-ozone-layer-is-on-the-mend/ http://www.krtv.com/news/blog-the-ozone-layer-is-on-the-mend/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 9:49:46 PM Meteorologist Mike Rawlins Blog: The ozone layer is on the mend

Thanks for checking out the STORMTracker Weather Blog on KRTV.com.

This is our place to post the most accurate weather forecasts and interesting facts that we think you should know about!

Here's some interesting (good) news: according to Popular Science, the ozone layer is on the mend.

An international agreement to phase out use of chemicals that damage the ozone layer appears to be working.

A new report finds that ozone-depleting substances in the atmosphere are down by 10 to 15 percent, and that the ozone layer is by and large getting thicker.

Click here for the full story.

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Wolcott Named Sports Information Director at Carroll http://www.krtv.com/news/wolcott-named-sports-information-director-at-carroll/ http://www.krtv.com/news/wolcott-named-sports-information-director-at-carroll/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 9:22:14 PM MTN Sports Wolcott Named Sports Information Director at Carroll

HELENA -- Jerek Wolcott, former Assistant Director of Sports Media Relations at Idaho State, has been named the Sports Information Director at Carroll College.

At ISU he was responsible for managing media coverage of five sports including women's basketball, women's soccer, volleyball, and men's and women's tennis. During the 2013-14 academic year he was responsible for Idaho State Softball.

Prior to his time at Idaho State he was the Assistant Sports Information Director at the University of Montana. During his time at Montana he was the media contact for men's tennis and was the second contact for football and men's basketball.

He also produced video for the athletic department, including "The Grizzly Den," a 12-part video series on the 2012 Montana Football team.

"To be able to get someone with Jerek's background will be a huge lift to our department," Bennett MacIntyre, Associate Athletic Director at Carroll who chaired the committee said. "Jerek brings great experience with his work at the University of Montana and Idaho State. His passion and enthusiasm for athletics and working with the student athletes is contagious. He is going to fit right in with our staff and we are extremely pleased he decided to move to Helena with his family and become a Saint."

Wolcott replaces Nick Dietzen who has been named the Major Gifts Officer in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Carroll.

Wolcott, 30, is a native of Libby, Mont. He received a bachelor's of arts degree in journalism from the University of Montana. He and his wife, Ashley, have one son, Calvin, who was born in May of this year.


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Montana School for the Deaf & Blind gets $23K from First Interstate Bank http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-school-for-the-deaf-and-blind-gets-23k-from-first-interstate-bank/ http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-school-for-the-deaf-and-blind-gets-23k-from-first-interstate-bank/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 9:33:15 PM Joe Huisinga - Great Falls Montana School for the Deaf & Blind gets $23K from First Interstate Bank

GREAT FALLS -- Representatives from First Interstate Bank presented the Montana School For the Deaf & Blind with a $23,000 check on Monday for improvements to the school's campus housing.

The donation was first announced at a ceremony on August 15th in front of a crowd of lively students.

Colleen Kunz with First Interstate Bank says the donation is one of the largest gifts given by the bank in recent years and was a result of a state-wide effort between bank branches.

The money will be used to help buy new furniture and paint for the student cottages.

This will be the first major upgrade that the housing units have received since their construction thirty years ago.

More than 50 students from around Montana attend the Great Falls school, and about 20 of them live in campus cottages.

The first cottage getting the upgrade is also going through repairs for heavy water damage it received over the summer when a water pipe broke and flooded several units.

The cottages offer dorm style rooms as well as apartment style rooms for some of the older students.

Dean of Students Jim Kelly says living in the cottages helps the students learn independence through everyday tasks

 


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Interstate 15 shut down after man gets pinned under truck http://www.krtv.com/news/interstate-15-shut-down-after-man-gets-pinned-under-truck/ http://www.krtv.com/news/interstate-15-shut-down-after-man-gets-pinned-under-truck/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 9:04:36 PM KRTV Interstate 15 shut down after man gets pinned under truck

GREAT FALLS -- Emergency crews closed down part of Interstate 15 near mile marker 292 for a brief time following an incident on Monday evening.

We're told a man was working to change a tire on his truck when the jack slipped, pinning him underneath the truck.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on Monday near Vaughn.

Someone driving by stopped to help and used another jack to free the victim from the truck.

A Mercy Flight helicopter was called in to transport the man, but medical crews ended up driving him by ambulance to Benefis Hospital in Great Falls.

We're told the man sustained chest injuries, but his condition is unknown at this time.

A woman was sitting in the truck when it fell, however she was not injured.

The Montana Highway Patrol closed the southbound lanes of the interstate for about 20 minutes in order for Mercy Flight to land.


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Senate candidate Curtis talks about issues facing senior citizens http://www.krtv.com/news/senate-candidate-curtis-talks-about-issues-facing-senior-citizens/ http://www.krtv.com/news/senate-candidate-curtis-talks-about-issues-facing-senior-citizens/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 7:10:07 PM Cody Proctor (cody@krtv.com) Senate candidate Curtis talks about issues facing senior citizens

GREAT FALLS -- U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis (D) is traveling the state talking with Montanans about issues facing senior citizens.

She spoke to a small group in Great Falls on Monday about topics such as Social Security and Medicare.

Curtis says she thinks Social Security can be improved through measures such as eliminating the payroll tax cap.

She also talked about how she thinks the government needs to negotiate lower prices for medications.

Curtis said, "None of those folks should have to worry about where their benefits are going to come from or whether those benefits are going to be cut. They have, in many cases, worked decades paying into these systems and should be able to retire and not worry about whether or not they're going to have access to quality affordable health care."

Curtis faces Republican Steve Daines in the election to fill the U.S. Senate seat currently held by John Walsh (D).

The two will participate in a debate in Billings in late October; click here for details.


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KRTV Evening Top News - Mon Sep 15 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-evening-top-news-mon-sep-15/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-evening-top-news-mon-sep-15/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 5:57:12 PM KRTV Evening Top News - Mon Sep 15

GREAT FALLS -- Top news on KRTV for the evening of Monday, September 15, 2014:

- Ryan Leaf is scheduled to face the Montana Board of Pardons & Parole next week to find out whether he will be turned over to authorities in Texas. Click here for details.

- Robert Back, a student at Belt Valley High School, was injured in a football game on Friday night. Click here to read more.

- - A judge has granted a request by Markus Kaarma to seal pre-trial proceedings that he says presents an imminent threat to a fair trial. Kaarma is accused of shooting and killing 17-year old German student Diren Dede in Missoula several months ago.

- The body of Beau Weiher of Missoula was recovered from the north side of Mount Siyeh in Glacier National Park on Sunday; park staff believe that he may have been BASE-jumping. Click here for details.

- 1st Lieutenant William D. Bernier, a Montana airman who was killed in action during World War II, will be buried in his hometown of Augusta after arriving in Billings on Wednesday. Click here for details.

- Congress could be heading to another showdown over a possible partial government shutdown. U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-M) warned that unless Congess passes a continuing funding resolution, it could face another government shutdown just like last year.

- U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis (D) is traveling the state to talk with Montanans about issues facing senior citizens. On Monday she spoke to a small group in Great Falls about topics such as Social Security and Medicare. Curtis says Social Security can be improved through measures such as eliminating the payroll cap. She also talked about how she thinks the government needs to negotiate lower prices for medications.

 


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Ryan Leaf will face parole board next week http://www.krtv.com/news/ryan-leaf-will-face-parole-board-next-week/ http://www.krtv.com/news/ryan-leaf-will-face-parole-board-next-week/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 4:55:15 PM KRTV Ryan Leaf will face parole board next week

GREAT FALLS -- Ryan Leaf, the CMR graduate and former NFL quarterback, is scheduled to face the Montana Board of Pardons & Parole next week to find out whether he will be turned over to authorities in Texas.

Leaf was granted parole back in May, but has remained in custody pending the outcome of a sentencing in Texas.

Leaf pleaded guilty in 2012 to felony burglary and drug charges for breaking into a home in Cascade County to steal prescription drugs.

Last week, Leaf received five years of probation in Texas for violating terms of his probation.

However, the Texas prosecutor says that Leaf won't receive any jail time, as the judge has given Leaf credit for the time spent in prison on the Montana charges.

Next week, the Montana Board of Pardons & Parole will meet to decide whether to parole Leaf to Texas, where he had been a coach at West Texas A&M.

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Crowded jail in Helena leads to new policy http://www.krtv.com/news/crowded-jail-in-helena-leads-to-new-policy/ http://www.krtv.com/news/crowded-jail-in-helena-leads-to-new-policy/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 4:33:20 PM Dennis Carlson - Helena Crowded jail in Helena leads to new policy

HELENA -- Overcrowding at the Lewis & Clark County Detention Center has changed how the county justice system is operating.

For the past two weeks, non-violent offenders with misdemeanor warrants have not been arrested; instead, they're taken to Justice Court or City Court during business hours.

After-hours they are told to get to court as soon as possible.

The problem? The jail has a capacity of 58, but has been seeing anywhere between 85 and 90 inmates -- all felons -- on Monday mornings.

Inmates are double-bunked in cells and other inmates sleep in common areas on bunk beds.

As of this week, the jail's female inmate population is at twice its designed capacity.

The jail was orginally designed for an optimum operating capacity of 43 inmates, a number that hasn't been seen at the facility since 1994.

The option of sending inmates to other county jails, such as Gallatin, Jefferson, and Broadwater Counties, has dried up because those facilities are now full.

Diversion programs, such as house arrest, GPS monitoring, and the 24/7 sobriety program, have not been able to stem the flow of inmates, which grows right along with the county's population.

Sheriff Leo Dutton says the situation is unsafe for jail staff and inmates, and that a solution to address the future needs of the community needs to be found.

He noted, "We have to do something. And it's come to the point that it's costing a citizen more to do business the way we are now then it would be to build a new facility where you could effect some change and maybe not have that revolving door. One of the things that's going to happen, no matter if you build a building or not, the population of a detention center will grow."

Sheriff Dutton says the new policy isn't a "get out of jail free" card -- violent offenders arrested on misdemeanor warrants will still be put in jail.

"We'll make room for you," says the Sheriff.

Dutton says the County will be asking voters to approve a new jail during the general election in November.

The County is in the process of hiring an architect to perform a baseline needs study and site analysis before then.

 


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Murder suspect Lino will be extradited back to Missoula http://www.krtv.com/news/murder-suspect-lino-will-be-extradited-back-to-missoula/ http://www.krtv.com/news/murder-suspect-lino-will-be-extradited-back-to-missoula/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 4:16:52 PM Robbie Reynold - Missoula Murder suspect Lino will be extradited back to Missoula

MISSOULA -- Kevin Lino is on track to return to Missoula from Louisiana to face a charge of murder for the death of Gilbert Berry, who was found shot to death and dumped in the Clark Fork River in July.

Lino waived extradition Monday morning in Shreveport, Louisiana, meaning that he consents to being brought back to Montana.

Lino is charged with deliberate homicide for the death of Berry, 38 years old, who was found floating in the Clark Fork River in early August; authorities say that Berry was beaten, shot to death, and then dumped in the river.

The Missoula County Sheriff's Office believes they will schedule a pick-up for Lino and then set an arraignment. He was arrested in Shreveport in late August.

Prosecutors say Lino shot Berry in the head in a Reserve Street transient camp along the Clark Fork River.

Lino's girlfriend Angela Marchese is also being held in Louisiana. She is an alleged witness to the crime, and faces a separate charge for vehicle theft in Louisiana.


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Blog: Last week's snow was not record-setting http://www.krtv.com/news/blog-last-week-s-snow-was-not-record-setting/ http://www.krtv.com/news/blog-last-week-s-snow-was-not-record-setting/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 2:04:12 PM Meteorologist Mike Rawlins Blog: Last week's snow was not record-setting

GREAT FALLS _- Thanks for dropping by the STORMTracker Weather Blog on KRTV.com.

Last week's taste of winter is pretty uncommon for early September, but certainly not record-setting.

Data released from the National Weather Service in Great Falls sheds some light on how the freezing temperatures and snow stack up against what's "normal" for Big Sky Country.

Frost, Freeze & Snow Dates

Climate data shows most cities recorded their earliest snowfall in early August, so this September snow was not record-breaking. However, this was the earliest snowfall for many locations since August 1992.

At Great Falls, it was the earliest freezing temperature since 2005, while at Havre it was the earliest since 1992. Helena had their earliest frost since 1999.

Mike


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Who is doing what in the coalition battle against ISIS? http://www.krtv.com/news/who-is-doing-what-in-the-coalition-battle-against-isis-/ http://www.krtv.com/news/who-is-doing-what-in-the-coalition-battle-against-isis-/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 1:54:36 PM Ashley Fantz - CNN Who is doing what in the coalition battle against ISIS?

(CNN) -- In his speech about ISIS last week, President Barack Obama said, "American military power is unmatched, but this can't be America's fight alone."

Allies and partners of the United States, Obama vowed, would provide support to degrade and eventually destroy the militant group that has slaughtered many people in Iraq and Syria and beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker.

The United States has conducted more than 150 airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS, and Secretary of State John Kerry has said nearly 40 nations have agreed to contribute to the fight against the militants. But it remains unclear which countries are on that list and the precise role they'll play.

On Sunday, Kerry said countries in the Middle East are willing to help with strikes against ISIS, but he said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that "it's not appropriate to start announcing" which nations will participate and what each will do.

Those statements come as ISIS beheaded a third Western captive, Briton David Haines, and as Kerry ended a weeklong trip to the Middle East to drum up support for the battle against the militants.

An international conference convened Monday in Paris, where there was more discussion of a coalition. After the meeting, the French government released general points the parties adopted to push against ISIS.

So far, this is what's known about the nations involved and their contributions:

Australia: On Sunday, the Australian government responded to a request by the United States and said it is preparing to deploy to the United Arab Emirates up to eight Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 combat aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft and a KC-30A multirole tanker and transport aircraft. Australia will also help to stem the humanitarian crisis.

Australian combat troops will not participate in ground fighting, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office.

Great Britain: Prime Minister David Cameron called ISIS "a menace" Sunday and said the United Kingdom would help arm Kurdish forces, support the Iraqi government, keep supplying humanitarian help and coordinate with the United Nations to battle ISIS.

"This is not about British combat troops on the ground," he said Sunday, "it is about working with others to extinguish this terrorist threat."

France: France has begun reconnaissance flights over Iraq, the French Defense Ministry said Monday. Two Rafale air force planes took off from an air base in the United Arab Emirates, the ministry said.

France has contributed 18,000 rounds of .50-caliber ammunition in the fight against ISIS, a senior U.S. State Department official told reporters Sunday during a background briefing. It's protocol for officials giving the information not to be quoted by name. France's air force was also part of a recent operation in the Iraqi town of Amerli that pushed back ISIS fighters and, along with Australia and Great Britain, has performed humanitarian aid drops in Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told reporters in Baghdad on Friday that French President François Hollande promised that France "will participate in efforts to hit terrorist locations in Iraq."

Germany: Geared toward curbing ISIS propaganda and recruitment, Germany has banned activities that support ISIS, including making it illegal to fly the trademark black flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Germany has also said it was sending military assistance to the Kurdish region to fight ISIS.

Netherlands: In Sunday's briefing, a State Department official praised the Netherlands for "leading an effort" to help curb the flow of foreign fighters coming into the country who may be empathetic to ISIS or assisting it in some way. Dutch leaders have proposed amending national law that would revoke citizenship to those who work with terrorists, The New York Times reported.

Canada: A State Department official said Sunday that Canada has provided "tangible equipment and ammunition" to the broader effort to fight ISIS. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced just days ago that more than 50 Canadian special operations troops are being deployed to Iraq as part of an adviser mission but that there would be no direct military intervention by the country, according to CTV.

On Sunday, State Department officials also called out Italy, Poland, Denmark, Albania and Croatia for providing equipment and ammunition in the fight against ISIS. New Zealand, Romania and South Korea were also named for providing humanitarian assistance, with specifics on South Korea giving some $1.2 million.

Turkey: U.S. officials say Turkey has taken steps to cut the flow of money to ISIS and denied entry to or deported several thousand foreign fighters heading to Syria to join the extremists, CNN's Elise Labott and Tom Cohen reported Friday. The United States is hoping Turkey will stop oil exports from ISIS-held areas that bring more funding to the group, they write in a piece that examined who is signing on to aid the West fight ISIS.

Jordan: Former Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher said on CNN on Sunday that he doubts Jordan will commit ground troops in the fight against ISIS. "The U.S. will have to take the lead in providing military strikes," he said.

Jordan's key role would be providing intelligence to the West, Muasher said. Speaking from Amman, he stressed that Jordan's intelligence on ISIS is "second to none."

Saudi Arabia: On Thursday, Kerry met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Jeddah.

U.S. officials say that Saudi Arabia has offered to train rebels on its soil. In a short session with reporters Thursday, al-Faisal and Kerry took questions. Al-Faisal appeared to avoid giving specifics but said that Saudi Arabia has "always taken initiatives with regard to a firm position towards terrorists and against them. So there is no limit to what the Kingdom can provide in this regard."

The United States also wants Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt to use Arab television networks to spread anti-ISIS messages and encourage more clerics to speak out against the group.

Saudi Arabia has also put $500 million into the coffers of the U.N. humanitarian aid agencies in Iraq, a senior State Department official said Sunday.

CNN's Labott asked Kerry whether Saudi Arabia supports the extremist expressions of the Wahhabism version of Islam espoused by some terror groups. Kerry responded that the kingdom is "deeply committed to the effort to terminate" ISIS. A significant part of the counterterrorism effort against the militants includes cutting off money to terror groups, Kerry said.

Egypt: Kerry said Saturday that Egypt has a critical role to play in countering ISIS ideology. There was a "very detailed conversation with the Egyptians about military-to-military cooperation" in Iraq, State Department officials said Sunday, but there appears to be no public details about the role Egypt may play.

Signaling a major cultural push against ISIS, last week, Egypt's grand mufti reportedly condemned the terror group, saying that its actions are not in line with Islam.

Qatar: Qatar has flown a number of humanitarian flights, State Department officials said.

Iran: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said Monday on Twitter that he has rejected the possibility of cooperating with the United States "because (the) US has corrupted its hands in this issue." Khamanei accused the United States of planning to use military action against ISIS to "dominate the region."

Iraqi Kurdistan: Leaders of the semiautonomous region of Iraq are willing to send their Peshmerga forces to fight beyond their borders if there's a comprehensive international strategy put in place, President Masoud Barzani told CNN's Anna Coren on Monday.


CNN's Elise Labott and Khushbu Shah contributed to this report.

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Account created to help family of injured Helena boy http://www.krtv.com/news/account-created-to-help-family-of-injured-helena-boy/ http://www.krtv.com/news/account-created-to-help-family-of-injured-helena-boy/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 1:36:58 PM MTN News - Helena Account created to help family of injured Helena boy

HELENA -- Caine McDowell, the 10-year old boy who was critically injured in Helena on Saturday, continues recovering in a Seattle hospital.

Caine was trapped when a vehicle slipped off of a jack-stand as he and his father were working on it.

Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said on Sunday that Caine is being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The incident happened a little after noon on Saturday. It took the combined effort of 911 responders, neighbors, and the father to rescue the boy.

He was first airlifted to Benefis hospital in Great Falls, and later transferred to the Seattle hospital.

Caine's aunt Donetta McDowell created a Go Fund Me account to help the family with expenses; click here if you'd like to make an online donation. 

Donetta writes: "This page is to raise money for medical, bills and other expenses for whatever the family needs during this difficult time. Mom and Dad are both in Seattle with Caine and are not working. Please help them with any kind of donation you can."

There is also an account with Valley Bank; if you would like to make a donation through the bank, the account is the "Caine McDowell Benefit Account."


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Incentive pay for some Malmstrom ICBM airmen will begin in October http://www.krtv.com/news/incentive-pay-for-some-malmstrom-icbm-airmen-will-begin-in-october/ http://www.krtv.com/news/incentive-pay-for-some-malmstrom-icbm-airmen-will-begin-in-october/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:55:39 PM KRTV Incentive pay for some Malmstrom ICBM airmen will begin in October

GREAT FALLS -- The "Force Improvement Program" that was recently implemented within the Air Force Global Strike Command nuclear community will soon yield financial benefits for some Malmstrom missile officers and crews.

Malmstrom is responsible for operating and maintaining 150 nuclear ICBMs that are positioned in silos across a large area of north-central Montana.

The changes being implemented by the FIP come after an investigation into a cheating scandal by Malmstrom missile officers; the investigation resulted in several senior officers being removed their positions several months ago.

The public affairs office at Air Force Global Strike Command in Louisiana -- which is the parent organization of the three ICBM units at Malmstrom AFB, Minot AFB in North Dakota, and F.E. Warren AFB in Wyoming -- says that there will be two mechanisms for awarding incentive pay: Special Duty Assignment Pay and Assignment Incentive Pay.

Officers and enlisted members serving in certain nuclear career fields could receive up to $300 per month.

Special Duty Assignment Pay will apply to certain enlisted nuclear career fields.

Assignment Incentive Pay is targeted for officers assigned to and working in critical nuclear jobs, with primary duty in the missile fields.

"People assigned to these demanding and exclusive nuclear positions take on an extraordinary amount of responsibility, workload and inspection rigor for the world's most lethal weapons," said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. "The nuclear mission is our number one mission and we're going to compensate our Airmen accordingly."

The Air Force and AFGSC are continuing work on the incentive packages, including which Air Force specialities will receive the additional pay and how much it will be.

The incentive pays are effective October 1, 2014.


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Obituary: Dolores C. Patch http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-dolores-c-patch/ http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-dolores-c-patch/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:52:27 AM Croxford Funeral Home Obituary: Dolores C. Patch

Dolores C. Patch (Grandma Patch) 89, of Great Falls, passed away September 11, 2014 of natural causes. Cremation has been entrusted to Croxford Funeral Home and at her request, no services are planned.

Dolores was born August 16, 1925 in Golden Valley, North Dakota. She graduated from high school in Hardin, MT in 1943. She worked in Tacoma, WA in the ship yards and as a riveter during WWII.

Upon her return to Montana in 1950, Dolores married Carl J. Hanson. They divorced after a short time and she was later wed to Nick K. Patch Sr. in San Francisco. The couple moved to Great Falls in 1959.

Dolores began working at Eddie's Supper Club and Gordon's Restaurant and continued her work as a waitress for the next 25 years.

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Obituary: Harold "Sonny" Charles Henderson http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-harold-sonny-charles-henderson/ http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-harold-sonny-charles-henderson/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:45:37 AM Croxford Funeral Home Obituary: Harold

Harold "Sonny" Charles Henderson, 72, of Great Falls, MT passed away on September 11, 2014 at a local care facility from natural causes.

Sonny was born on September 5, 1942 in Hughesville, MT to parents Harold H. Henderson and Clara LaMere.

Sonny attended school at Great Falls High before joining the Navy where he would later retire. He worked in the boiler room aboard a Navy ship in the Vietnam War and was stationed in Hawaii, Korea, Philippines, and California.

He worked a variety of construction jobs and dabbled in mechanics which was fueled by his love for cars.

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 15 from 6-8 PM at Croxford Funeral Home. The funeral service will take place the next day, September 16 at 1:30 PM in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home with military honors taking place at that time.

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Body of Missoula man recovered in Glacier National Park http://www.krtv.com/news/body-of-missoula-man-recovered-in-glacier-national-park/ http://www.krtv.com/news/body-of-missoula-man-recovered-in-glacier-national-park/ KRTV News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:28:16 AM MTN News Body of Missoula man recovered in Glacier National Park

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK -- The body of Beau Weiher of Missoula was recovered from the north side of Mount Siyeh in Glacier National Park on Sunday, September 14.

A press release from Glacier National Park says that park dispatch was notified Saturday night at about 8 p.m. from Weiher's family that he was overdue from a solo day hike in the Many Glacier area.

Early Sunday morning, park rangers began a ground and aerial search; information from Weiher's family and friends indicated that Weiher's intended route was probably a challenging hike in the Piegan Pass and Mount Siyeh areas, and may have included a base jump.

Park rangers found tracks that indicated Weiher might have been in the area below the summit of Mount Siyeh, an area that includes snowy terrain.

At approximately 6 p.m. Sunday, personnel on board the Two Bear Air Helicopter spotted what they believed to be a parachute.

The body of Weiher, 22 years old, was found at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday below the summit of Mount Siyeh.

The body was recovered and taken to the Many Glacier area via Two Bear.

The Glacier County Sheriff's Office confirmed the identify of Weiher.

The initial investigation indicates that Weiher attempted to base jump off an area of Mount Siyeh. In base jumping, participants jump from fixed objects and use a parachute to break their fall. Base jumping is prohibited in most National Park Services sites, including Glacier National Park.


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