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- Legislative candidates got an email this week from the Jon Motl, the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices. Motl cautioned candidates that they may get an offer for some help, but that help could be illegal. Motl says a person is telling candidates he has pre-prepared letters ready to to go to voters in the candidates' districts, plus campaign contributions to cover the cost. Motl said the tactic resembles those used in the past by outside groups including American Tradition Partnership. Motl has taken several candidates in those elections to court, alleging illegal coordination with the outside groups and other campaign law violations.

- Ryan Zinke, the Republican candidate for Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, along with his wife Lola and campaign staffers got early to attend the weekly Home Town Helena meeting at the Montana Club on Thursday morning. Zinke reiterated his campaign talking points about the challenges ahead, such as ObamaCare and the need for energy independence.

- Montana Democrats kicked off their "Get Out The Vote" tour with stops in Havre, Box Elder, Harlem, and Poplar on Thursday. U.S. House candidate John Lewis and U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis were joined by U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock. The tour will stop for rallies in 17 towns over next several days.

Mock election: Middle schoolers from across Montana learned more about the election process by taking part in a mock election.  Click here to read more.

CASA Conference: The child advocacy group CASA of Montana is holding it's first ever state wide conference in Great Falls in an effort to boost the organization's effectiveness across the state.

 


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Montana Trade Mission To China: The Lighter Side (video) http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-trade-mission-to-china-the-lighter-side-video-/ http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-trade-mission-to-china-the-lighter-side-video-/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 6:55:10 PM Tim McGonigal Montana Trade Mission To China: The Lighter Side (video)

Part of being a leader is knowing when to be serious -- and knowing when to lighten the mood.

Governor Steve Bullock displayed both traits during the recent trade mission to China; the delegates who traveled with him and the people he met on the trip quickly discovered that he brings his own brand of Montana diplomacy.


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Bearcomesout sentenced to prison for killing a man in Billings http://www.krtv.com/news/bearcomesout-sentenced-to-prison-for-killing-a-man-in-billings/ http://www.krtv.com/news/bearcomesout-sentenced-to-prison-for-killing-a-man-in-billings/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 6:43:57 PM Aja Goare - MTN News Bearcomesout sentenced to prison for killing a man in Billings

BILLINGS -- Mahpevana-Hane Lorne Bearcomesout of Billings, who admitted he shot and killed Misael Santiago during a dispute involving a puppy last year, was sentenced Thursday to 40 years in prison.

Yellowstone County District Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced Bearcomesout to 50 years in the Montana State Prison, with 10 of the years suspended, for the murder of Santiago.

Santiago, 32, was reportedly watching Bearcomesout's puppy in October 2013 while the family was in Denver for a medical visit.

Bearcomesout, 36, returned to Billings and went to pick up the puppy and his gun from Santiago's home in the middle of the night.

The two men got into an altercation and Bearcomesout admitted he pulled out the gun and fired three rounds into Santiago's chest.

Bearcomesout ran away from the scene but was later convinced by a family friend to turn himself in.

Bearcomesout pleaded guilty in July to a charge of deliberate homicide.

He also admitted to a felony criminal endangerment charge in a separate case for leaving a loaded firearm in a room with his 7-year-old daughter.

On Thursday, Bearcomesout received a suspended five-year sentence for the criminal endangerment.

Before he was sentenced, his defense lawyer called several witnesses from Bearcomesout's family to testify. They told the court he is a kind family man.

Prosecutors argued that a record of domestic violence proves otherwise.

Bearcomesout also has a history of mental health issues, as well as an alcohol and substance abuse.

Baugh said Bearcomesout will be eligible for parole in about 14 years.


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State Soccer Highlights - Thu Oct 30 http://www.krtv.com/news/state-soccer-highlights-thu-oct-30/ http://www.krtv.com/news/state-soccer-highlights-thu-oct-30/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 6:23:33 PM MTN SPORTS State Soccer Highlights - Thu Oct 30

GREAT FALLS -- A wild day at the State AA Soccer Tournament in Great Falls saw a slew of upsets, some tense finishes and a pair of games go to a shootout. 

In the first round of the girls bracket, 1-seed Helena High was shocked by 4-seed Billings West 1-0. The CMR vs. Glacier girls game was marred by a slew of injuries.

CMR defender Briana Brown suffered a serious leg injury in the first half and had to be carted off the field. In the second half Glacier's Lindsay McDonald went down in front of the CMR goal and and was had to have her leg stabilized on the field before leaving the complex in an ambulance.

When the game did resume, neither team could find the net. After 80 minutes of regulation, and two scoreless period of overtime the game went to a shootout and CMR prevailed 4-2.

The CMR boys were the fourth seed out of the East and had high hopes against 1W Missoula Hellgate. The Knights scored early in the 1st half and held the Rustlers off the rest of the way for a 1-0 win.

THURSDAY QUARTERFINALS

GIRLS

#1W Helena High              0
#4E Billings West             1 W

#3W Kalispell Glacier       0 (2)
#2E Great Falls CMR         0 (4) W

#1E Bozeman                   2 W
#4W Kalispell Flathead    1

#3E Billings Skyview         0 (2) W
#2W Missoula Sentinel     0 (1)

BOYS


#1W Missoula Hellgate     1 W
#4E Great Falls CMR         0

#3W Kalispell Glacier       2 W
#2E Billings Senior           0

#1E Bozeman High           6 W
#4W Kalispell Flathead    2

#3E Billings West             3
#2W Missoula Sentinel     5 W


 


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Roosevelt Elementary School students win reading challenge http://www.krtv.com/news/roosevelt-elementary-school-students-win-reading-challenge/ http://www.krtv.com/news/roosevelt-elementary-school-students-win-reading-challenge/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 6:08:13 PM Margaret DeMarco (margaret@krtv.com) Roosevelt Elementary School students win reading challenge

GREAT FALLS -- Over the summer, Roosevelt Elementary School students participated in the Montana Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

On Thursday, Montana First Lady Lisa Bullock presented the school with a plaque for reading the most minutes in the state.

During the school-wide assembly, there was also singing and dancing, and Great Falls Mayor Michael Winters also stopped by to congratulate the students.

One of the teachers found the program on the Scholastic website and wanted to do the challenge for her classroom.

Principal Rhonda Zobrak said that they decided to challenge all Roosevelt students -- and the kids stepped up by reading 105,364 of the 311,440 minutes that were recorded in the entire state -- that's one-third of the total minutes.

Zobrak noted, "It just is a long time with no school and keeping them up on their reading, writing, math is so important. And we don't want that summer lag or for them to fall behind in the summer so it helps. The more they read the better they do."

Each student was given a new book to take home.

The school is also in the Scholastic Book of World Records for 2015 for reading the most minutes in Montana.


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Athlete of the Week: Helena Bighorns' Matt Mohar http://www.krtv.com/news/athlete-of-the-week-helena-bighorns-matt-mohar/ http://www.krtv.com/news/athlete-of-the-week-helena-bighorns-matt-mohar/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 2:43:42 PM Alex Clark - MTN News Athlete of the Week: Helena Bighorns' Matt Mohar

HELENA -- Helena Big Horns Forward Matt Mohar is just one of three Helena natives on the 27-man roster and he's also one of the top scorers for the team. But the junior hockey league is a tough one, endless hours of practice and long travel days but, Mohar doesn't seem to mind.

"I mean I get excited about it, I love playing hockey, I love just, all that hard work every week in practice just to put it all out in the game and give it everything you've got and start all over again," Mohar said. "I love looking forward to games, I look forward to every Friday and Saturday night, I just love what I do."

But at just 20 years old, this will be his last year at the junior hockey level before he has to move on to a higher level.

"As you get older you kind of got limited options, you've got to give it all you've got and just put everything on the table, push as hard as you can and see if you can move on," Mohar said.

"The route for him would be college hockey," Head Coach Jon Jonasson said. "Matt has the ability to go play Division 3 level probably anywhere in the country. Just depends on where he wants to go."

Mohar is your typical Montana guy though, Hockey may be his first love but, he also enjoys the water, even when it's not frozen.

"Wakeboarding in the summer is just a way I can relax and just kind of sit back, have a good time, we camp every weekend and I love to hunt in my free time too and on the weekends, just whenever I get a chance to," Mohar added.

Mohar juggles his team, his friends and family, his job and on top of that, he's already looking down the road to Nationals.

"Win the play offs, win our division and move on to Nationals. Nationals is the number one goal," Mohar said.

"I think we have the ability to go to the national tournament, it's a long road though and it's a good division and it's a good league so it's going be tough to get there," Jonasson said.

With the team being six and one right now, they are looking good to make that Nationals goal but, regardless of the outcome Mohar says that he'll be working hard, no matter what.

"Hard work every day and just nonstop until you just can't go anymore," Mohar said.

 


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KRTV Evening Top News - Thu Oct 30 http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-evening-top-news-thu-oct-30/ http://www.krtv.com/news/krtv-evening-top-news-thu-oct-30/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 5:34:46 PM KRTV Evening Top News - Thu Oct 30

GREAT FALLS -- Top news on KRTV for the evening of Thursday, October 30, 2014:

- Legislative candidates got an email this week from the Jon Motl, the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices. Motl cautioned candidates that they may get an offer for some help, but that help could be illegal. Motl says a person is telling candidates he has pre-prepared letters ready to to go to voters in the candidates' districts, plus campaign contributions to cover the cost. Motl said the tactic resembles those used in the past by outside groups including American Tradition Partnership. Motl has taken several candidates in those elections to court, alleging illegal coordination with the outside groups and other campaign law violations.

- Ryan Zinke, the Republican candidate for Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, along with his wife Lola and campaign staffers got early to attend the weekly Home Town Helena meeting at the Montana Club on Thursday morning. Zinke reiterated his campaign talking points about the challenges ahead, such as ObamaCare and the need for energy independence.

- Montana Democrats kicked off their "Get Out The Vote" tour with stops in Havre, Box Elder, Harlem, and Poplar on Thursday. U.S. House candidate John Lewis and U.S. Senate candidate Amanda Curtis were joined by U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock. The tour will stop for rallies in 17 towns over next several days.

- Part of being a leader is knowing when to be serious -- and knowing when to lighten the mood. Governor Bullock displayed both traits on his recent trade mission to China; the delegates who traveled with him and the people he met on the trip quickly discovered that he brings his own brand of Montana diplomacy.

- Over the summer, Roosevelt Elementary School students participated in the Montana Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, and on Thursday, Montana First Lady Lisa Bullock presented the school with a plaque for reading the most minutes in the state. Click here to read more.

 


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MHP giving away flashing lights for Halloween safety http://www.krtv.com/news/mhp-giving-away-flashing-lights-for-halloween-safety/ http://www.krtv.com/news/mhp-giving-away-flashing-lights-for-halloween-safety/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 5:29:16 PM Jennifer Walter - Great Falls MHP giving away flashing lights for Halloween safety

GREAT FALLS -- The Montana Highway Patrol is doing its part to help keep kids safe this year on Halloween.

MHP offices across the sate are handing out reflective lights that flash with different patterns as well as solid light.

The badges say "I'm a safe kid, see me smile."

The purpose of the lights is for kids wearing dark Halloween costumes or masks to make sure they will be seen by passing cars while they're out trick or treating.

They are available at any MHP office in Montana; in Great Falls, the office is located at 812 14th Street North.

Trooper Jim Humiston says kids and adults need to do what they can to make sure they stay safe on Halloween: "Stay in well-lit areas; trick or treat in areas they're familiar with, watch out for traffic as they're crossing the streets, try to stay lit."

And for those that may be going to adult parties, either find a sober driver or a designated driver -- or call a taxi -- to get home.

 


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Billings mom charged with DUI, leaving children at home alone http://www.krtv.com/news/billings-mom-charged-with-dui-leaving-children-at-home-alone/ http://www.krtv.com/news/billings-mom-charged-with-dui-leaving-children-at-home-alone/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 5:03:44 PM MTN News - Billings Billings mom charged with DUI, leaving children at home alone

BILLINGS -- Kasey Michelle Thorne of Billings has been charged with a felony offense after her 9-year-old daughter called 911 to report she woke up in the middle of the night and found her mother was gone.

Thorne, 29, was charged Thursday in Yellowstone County Justice Court with felony criminal endangerment and misdemeanor DUI.

According to court records, police were sent to a home on Sharon Lane early Thursday after the little girl called police at 12:15 a.m.

She said she woke up and went to get a drink when she saw her mother was gone. She also said she was in the house with three other children ages 7, 4, and 1, court records states. She said a 2-month-old child was with her mother, who she said she believed was out with her boyfriend.

The girl gave an officer her mother's phone number, but a dispatcher got no answer on the first try.

An officer then tried the number and reached the woman, who stated she went to the gas station to get some cigarettes and was just returning.

When Thorne arrived she was carrying a car seat with a young infant in it, court records state. She told an officer she left the four children at home alone because they were asleep and she wasn't going to be gone long.

The officer said he noticed Thorne showed signs of intoxication, and when asked she said she had a couple drinks about an hour earlier.

Thorne was arrested after she performed poorly on a field sobriety test and a preliminary breath test showed she had a blood alcohol level of 0.156, nearly twice the legal driving limit of 0.08.

Court records state Child Protective Services responded to the residence and the children were put into the custody of Thorne's grandmother.


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Blog: 1st call on Sunday's snow amounts http://www.krtv.com/news/blog-1st-call-on-sunday-s-snow-amounts/ http://www.krtv.com/news/blog-1st-call-on-sunday-s-snow-amounts/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 4:37:21 PM Meteorologist Mike Rawlins Blog: 1st call on Sunday's snow amounts

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

The buzz on this Thursday: a winter storm headed for the Treasure State.

That's right... after a relatively quiet October, the first days of November will feature wintry weather.

Of course, everyone wants to know right away how much snow we're going to get.

DISCLAIMER: You're going to see plenty of snow forecasts in the coming days, but it's important to stay up-to-date. Things change and forecasts change, so it's necessary to check back in for the latest forecast as the storm approaches. Don't look at today's forecast and assume it's written in stone. The atmosphere is fluid, and so is weather forecasting. We work around the clock to make sure you're getting the most accurate information possible, and we value your trust and confidence in us.

Here's my first call on Sunday's snow amounts:

Snowfall Forecast

Yeah-- it looks like a mess, but then again, it's Montana we're talking about.

The Treasure State has dozens of mountain ranges that can drastically affect the atmosphere.

In general, I'm expecting 2-4 inches of snow at lower elevations (plains, valleys) along Interstate 15, with far lesser amounts as you go east from the Rocky Mountains.

If you're new to Montana, you may not know that things work differently in the mountains.

Once air encounters a mountain and/or mountains, it's forced to go upward, following the terrain.

Rising air cools, condenses and often produces rain and/or snow.

Generally speaking, the mountains will typically receive much higher amounts of snow during the winter season, because of this upslope effect.

With this storm, I'm calling for 4-12 inches of snow in the mountains, with the highest amounts over the Northern Rockies (14"+).

Temperature Trend

Also, it's important to keep in mind that the temperatures play a key role in how much snow we will get.

If the colder air moves in sooner, the rain will change over to snow faster on Saturday night and Sunday morning -- which means higher snow totals.

If the colder air moves in later, the rain won't change over to snow as fast -- which means lower snow totals.

Finally, the ground temperatures will have a big effect on the amount of snow we get at lower elevations.

October has been pretty warm, so the ground isn't frozen.

A lot of the snow that initially hits the ground will melt right away, so that could cut back on snow amounts, too.

Regardless, it's going to look and feel a lot more like winter this weekend, so now is the time to get ready.

Mike



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Picture of California widower dining with photo of late wife goes viral http://www.krtv.com/news/picture-of-california-widower-dining-with-photo-of-late-wife-goes-viral/ http://www.krtv.com/news/picture-of-california-widower-dining-with-photo-of-late-wife-goes-viral/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 4:36:12 PM CBS NEWS Picture of California widower dining with photo of late wife goes viral

FREMONT, Calif. -- A photo of a California widower eating dinner at a restaurant with a picture of his late wife has gone viral.

A fellow diner at an In-N-Out Burger in the Bay Area of an elderly man after spotting the framed photograph on the table in front of him.

The original photo has already been retweeted nearly 9,000 times.

CBS station KPIX in San Francisco discovered who the man is: John Silva, who lost his wife Hilda five years ago.

Silva met the woman who would become his wife in 1944, when he was just 17 years old, while playing minor league baseball in Massachusetts.

"I don't know how many players can say they met their wife at a practice," family friend Lorena Ippolito told KPIX. One of Silva's teammates threw him the ball, but he missed.

"The ball rolled across the field and made its way to Hilda's feet, and then John took one look and said that's it," Ippolito said. "And he told her, 'I'm going to take you out. I'm going to marry you someday.'"

That day wouldn't come until a decade later. Silva was making a delivery to his boss' house and noticed a familiar face,

"He said, 'I recognize the picture on the wall,'" Ippolito said Silva told her. "'That's the girl I've been looking for ten years.'"

The two were married a year later, and eventually moved to the Bay Area.

Silva still goes to the couple's favorite places, including an Olive Garden in Fremont. The restaurant has a plaque and picture of them hanging over the table they loved. When he dines, the picture of Hilda keeps him company.

"She's always there with him," Ippolito said. "It's like they're not really separated."

It's a love story that's stood the test of time.

"In the electronic age, there's just not a whole lot of romance unless it's on TV, and then somebody like this comes along and reminds you," Ippolito said. "I hope I got even half of what they had."



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Obituary: Micheal James Farley-Henderson http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-micheal-james-farley-henderson/ http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-micheal-james-farley-henderson/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 4:20:36 PM Croxford Funeral Home Obituary: Micheal James Farley-Henderson

Micheal James Farley-Henderson was born on October 22, 2014 in Great Falls, Montana to his loving parents, Deborah Lee Marie Henderson and Sean Micheal Farley.

He was 24 weeks at his birth and survived for six days.

Hi my precious, strong baby boy. You fought so hard and you were so strong. Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you and we love and miss you so very much. We wish that we had more time, your whole life is what we were hoping and praying for every day and every night. But we thank you for the time we did get to spend with you. There isn't a day or night that will go by where we won't be missing you. You are in our thoughts and prayers, always. We will all meet again one day. Love, Mommy & Daddy.

Micheal passed away on October 28, 2014 due to a premature birth infection.

Click here to read the complete obituary and share condolences.


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Obituary: Robert Lewis Vernon http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-robert-lewis-vernon/ http://www.krtv.com/news/obituary-robert-lewis-vernon/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 4:07:10 PM Schnider Funeral Home Obituary: Robert Lewis Vernon

Robert Lewis Vernon, 87, of Highwood, passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014.

A celebration of life will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Bar S Supper Club. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Schnider Funeral Home.

Robert was born on August 17, 1927 in Great Falls, Montana to Mildred (Lawson) and James Vernon, Sr. He loved his country and entered the U.S. Navy in May of 1945, serving during WWII, Korea and Vietnam wars. He was an aviation machinist mate and Master Chief Petty Officer.

Robert was stationed mainly in Miramar, CA naval station until his retirement in 1975 after 30 years of service. 

Robert married Rena Katherine Turner in February of 1961. In 1975, the family moved to Highwood, MT. Rena passed away in October, 2003.

Click here to read the complete obituary and share condolences.


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Great Falls dentist buying back Halloween candy for troops http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-dentist-buying-back-halloween-candy-for-troops/ http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-dentist-buying-back-halloween-candy-for-troops/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 2:53:42 PM KRTV Great Falls dentist buying back Halloween candy for troops

GREAT FALLS - Trick-or-treaters gearing up to hit the streets on Halloween may want to put some of the sweets aside for a good cause and some cash.

Great Falls dentist Alan Crist wants to buy back your trick-or-treating candy and send it to troops overseas.

Kids will get one dollar for each pound of candy, up to five pounds, and a free dental goodie bag.

This is the third year the dentistry is partnering with Operation Gratitude to spread some holiday sweets; last year, about 108 pounds of candy were dropped off.

Dr. Crist says these donations benefit those overseas and also aid in efforts to combat dental decay, which among other factors, is largely caused by sugar consumption: "We all support our military troops, of course, and being here in Great Falls it kind of hits home with us," Dr. Alan explained. "So it kills many birds with one stone. It's a fun thing for the kids to do, gets some of the candy off of the streets, out of the teeth, and we had a good year last year so we thought we'd do it again this year."

You can bring in your wrapped candy or cash donation anytime between Halloween day and November 7th to their office located at 207 Smelter Avenue NE in Great Falls.


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Winter Storm Watch issued for Sunday http://www.krtv.com/news/winter-storm-watch-issued-for-sunday/ http://www.krtv.com/news/winter-storm-watch-issued-for-sunday/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 2:42:32 PM Meteorologist Mike Rawlins Winter Storm Watch issued for Sunday

GREAT FALLS -- Montana's first winter storm of the season may be here sooner than you think.

The National Weather Service in Great Falls has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Cascade, Lewis & Clark, Chouteau, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, Hill, Judith Basin, Liberty and Toole County.

The Rocky Mountain Front is also included in this watch.

The watch is in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday.

Remember, a Winter Storm Watch means there is the potential for heavy amounts of snow, which may lead to hazardous travel conditions.

The STORMTracker Weather Team is closely monitoring the approaching storm and is working around the clock to provide Montanans with the most accurate weather forecast.

At this time, the team is calling for 2-4" of snow at lower elevations and across most of the plains of north central Montana.

The team says higher amounts (4-12") are likely in the mountains, especially the Northern Rockies.

Stay with STORMTracker Weather for continuous coverage of this possible winter storm.


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Montana students participate in mock election http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-students-participate-in-mock-election/ http://www.krtv.com/news/montana-students-participate-in-mock-election/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 2:31:01 PM Sanjay Talwani (sanjay@kxlh.com) Montana students participate in mock election

HELENA -- Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th -- for adults. But nearly 8,000 students at more than 60 schools across Montana cast votes on Thursday in the state's annual student mock election.

Students at schools at all levels got a taste of the real-life grown-up voting experience: They waited in line, had their registration checked by mock election officials and then cast their mock ballots electronically at computers.

"We just give kids their passwords so they can log in correctly to the server and get their votes in," said Alex Fasbender, an eighth-grader at East Valley Middle School in East Helena, working as a mock election official. "And we get to see like what the students think right now, and teach them how to vote and prepare them for when they're old enough to vote."

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch swore in the group of election judges.

The "ballot" included the statewide races, plus a survey with questions about important issues ranging from immigration policy to the optimal length of recess.

McCulloch said that in some years, the exercise has produced a reasonably close forecast of the actual adult election, and on other years it has not.

Not all schools in the state participate, so the votes may not accurately reflect a cross-section of the state.

As of about 2 p.m. on Thursday, Republicans Ryan Zinke and Steve Daines, running for U.S. House and Senate, had big leads in the poll.

The students also voted against entering wars in other countries, considered health care a human right, favored a path to citizenship for some undocumented aliens and agreed with the statement, "We can't allow lies in campaigns and then expect ethics in office."

Click here to see the full mock election results on the SOS website.


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Emerson facing felony drug charges in Great Falls http://www.krtv.com/news/emerson-facing-felony-drug-charges-in-great-falls/ http://www.krtv.com/news/emerson-facing-felony-drug-charges-in-great-falls/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:37:37 PM David Sherman (david@krtv.com) Emerson facing felony drug charges in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS -- Trista Jo Emerson has been charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs after Great Falls police officers reportedly found meth, marijuana, prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia in the residence where she was staying.

Court documents state that officers executed a search warrant on the residence while looking for information and supplies that could have been used to damage a vehicle in another case.

As they were preparing to search the residence, Emerson came outside and told officers that she had been staying there; after being told that a search was about to begin, Emerson "elected to leave the residence prior to the beginning of the search."

Multiple narcotics and drug paraphernalia were found in the downstairs bedroom, and it was determined that Emerson had been staying in that room.

Among the items that officers reported finding in the room were several grams of meth; a plastic container with multiple prescription pills, including schedule 4 narcotics such as Clonazepam; a clear plastic pipe of the type commonly used for illegal drugs; and a black case containing a hypodermic needle and a lighter.

Officers also reported finding a prescription medicine bottle that contained several grams of marijuana.

Emerson is listed in state records as having been sentenced in Toole County in 2013 on a felony charge of criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

 


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4 people dead after plane hits building near Wichita airport http://www.krtv.com/news/4-people-dead-after-plane-hits-building-near-wichita-airport/ http://www.krtv.com/news/4-people-dead-after-plane-hits-building-near-wichita-airport/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:19:16 PM Elliott C. McLaughlin - CNN 4 people dead after plane hits building near Wichita airport

(CNN) -- Four people died after a small plane crashed into a building near Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport in southern Kansas Thursday morning, city Fire Marshal Brad Crisp said.

There are five more injured and four unaccounted for, he said.

"Firefighters engaged in a horrific fight for several minutes. We have the fire under control. We are in the process of trying to determine if all the employees and visitors who may have been in the building are accounted for," Fire Chief Ron Blackwell told CNN affilliate KSNW.

Three of the injured are in critical condition, and one is in fair condition, an official with Via Christi Health, a local hospital, told KSNW. The hospital is expecting one more patient, the official told the station.

FAA investigators are on the scene, and the National Transportation Safety Board is aware of the incident, KSNW reported.

"There is a small aircraft that went into the FlightSafety building" near Mid-Continent Airport, according to Steve Phillips, a FlightSafety International spokesman.

The plane is a Hawker Beechcraft King Air, Phillips said.

It "crashed into the roof of our training center. I have no information on how many on board," he said. "We have the manager of the training center on site, and he's making sure everyone is OK, but I don't have an answer for that."

The building is across the street from the airport, he said.

There were about 100 people inside the building at the time, Blackwell told KWCH.

The FAA said the twin-engine plane lost an engine on takeoff and crashed into a two-story building, KSNW reported. The roof on the building's eastern side has collapsed, the station reported.

Video from KSNW showed thick smoke rising from the building at 10:20 a.m. (11:20 a.m. ET).

Flights were operating normally, though some roads around the airport have been blocked off, the airport said in a tweet.

"The building has sustained serious damage, including the collapse of walls and ceilings," read another airport tweet.

-- CNN's Jason Hanna and Amanda Watts contributed to this report.

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2 people dead in crash near Somers http://www.krtv.com/news/2-people-dead-in-crash-near-somers/ http://www.krtv.com/news/2-people-dead-in-crash-near-somers/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:48:11 AM MTN News - Kalispell 2 people dead in crash near Somers

SOMERS -- Two men are dead after a crash on U.S. Highway 93 North between Somers and Lakeside at about 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Jerril Ren, a traffic investigator with the Montana Highway Patrol, says a driver in a silver Subaru was trailing a purple Ford pickup truck northbound, attempting to get the vehicle's license plate numbers to report him as a possible drunk driver.

Ren says it looks like the pickup truck then crossed the center-line and crashed head-on into a a southbound silver Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The driver of the pickup truck and the driver of the Jeep were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Subaru crashed into the side of the ditch and was taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

Both lanes of traffic are completely shut down at this time near mile marker 101 as crews remove the vehicles from the scene.

The bodies of the two men were taken to the Buffalo Hill funeral home.

The Montana Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash.

The names of the victims have not been released yet.


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Great Falls receives "Health Hero" award http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-receives-health-hero-award/ http://www.krtv.com/news/great-falls-receives-health-hero-award/ KRTV News Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:18:52 AM Zack Green Great Falls receives

GREAT FALLS -- Great Falls city departments have teamed up to help create healthier lifestyles for employees, and recently received recognition for their efforts.

On October 24th, Rene Kempa received the "Health Hero" award on behalf of the City of Great Falls.

Since 2009, employees at the Falls Civic Center, Library, Public Works, Park & Recreation, and Police Department have been working with Penny Paul of the Cascade City-County Health Department to promote nutrition and physical wellbeing.

Kempa said, "Promoting wellness and nutrition through volunteer efforts, and maybe just one step at a time we can make a difference."

With exercise events, health-conscious vending machines, and promotion of overall well-being, their goal is to remind employees that making healthy choices each day at will lead to adopting healthier lifestyles.

For more information on nutrition and exercise events you can visit the Cascade County Health Department.


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