Mar 18, 2013 9:00 PM by KRTV

KRTV Evening Top Stories - Mon Mar 18

Top stories on KRTV for the evening of Monday, March 18, 2013.

- Tribal Dispute: The possible removal of Chippewa Cree Business Committee chairman Ken St. Marks is creating tension in the tribe. Vice Chairman Rick Morsette says his committee wants St. Marks out of office due to neglect of duty and gross misconduct; St. Marks says the others want to see his departure after he questioned where millions of dollars of the tribe's money has gone.

- Stabbing: Prosecutors say the suspect in Saturday's fatal stabbing, Makueeyapeh Whitford, has an extensive criminal history in Washington, including six felony convictions. Whitford is now facing a deliberate homicide charge for the death of John Pierre, 26, who was stabbed at around 4 a.m. on Saturday at a house party on First Street East in Polson, where Whitford and Pierre were both guests.

- Animal Cruelty: William David Hill has been arrested and charged with two counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals. Deputies responded to 1111 Harrison Street to check on the welfare of two dogs. Officers found two "very badly beaten dogs," one of which died as officers were investigating the dogs' conditions.

- Candidates: There are five people hoping to become the next superintendent for Great Falls Public Schools. This week we will introduce you to each candidate and get to know their goals if they are selected for the position. Tonight, we sit down with Dick Kloppel. Kloppel is the current principal at C.M. Russell High School; he has been with Great Falls Public Schools for 43 years, 25 of those as an administrator. Kloppel says as the district's superintendent, he envisions a partnership with the community, putting Great Falls back on the map as a superior district.

- TA Cut: The U.S. Air Force last week announced that it has suspended the tuition assistance program for active-duty members due to forced budget cuts triggered by sequestration. Since that announcement, universities with classes offered at Malmstrom Air Force Base are feeling the impact. Teresa Rivenes of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University said, "We had one class with 17 students and in a day it went to just seven. We've canceled two classes, so we're definitely looking at a hit."

- Rehberg: Former U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg is getting back to work, trading in his political career for a new job at the public strategy firm Mercury/Clark & Weinstock based in the nation's capital.

- Back To Normal: After thousands of people and millions of dollars rolled through Great Falls for Western Art Week, the Best Western Heritage Inn is putting the pieces back together after the whirlwind event. On Monday morning, hotel staff were busy turning showrooms back into hotel rooms for guests arriving later this week. Everything from mattresses to dressers were stored in six semi trucks over the last week. All 231 rooms were in use this past week and they were booked up almost a year in advance.

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