Jun 6, 2012 8:37 PM by Tim McGonigal
Top Stories on KRTV for the evening of Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
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- Tuesday Storms Cause Damage: At least two tornadoes have been confirmed from Tuesday's storms, one near Big Sandy and another near Hobson. There are no reports of injuries in either incident.
- White Sulphur Springs Damage: A possible tornado destroyed the roof of the White Sulphur Springs drinking water storage tank and the filtration building on Tuesday evening. There are several confirmed reports of a funnel cloud, but it is not yet known if the storm actually generated a tornado. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has issued a boil water order to protect public health due to the roof and debris that is in the storage tank.
- Drake Will Go To Trial: Mario Drake, accused of killing his friend in Great Falls in July 2011, will now go to trial after withdrawing his guilty plea during a court appearance on Wednesday. Drake was arrested after allegedly punching his friend Cody Palmer in the neck, causing him to fall head-first off a porch to his death. Drake was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday for negligent homicide after Judge Thomas McKittrick denied a plea deal just two weeks ago. Though McKittrick denied Drake's request to reconsider the plea deal, he says he would be open to other pleas from the defendant. The trial date has not yet been set.
- Primary Election Update: On Tuesday evening Montana voters decided which candidates will advance on and face off in the November election. Starting at the top of the ballot, the race between Democrat U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Republican U.S. Representative Denny Rehberg is already in full throttle. The field of candidates competing to fill Rehberg's seat is narrowed down to Democrat Kim Gillan and Republican Steve Daines. Then with Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) termed out it leaves his seat at the Capitol up for grabs; Attorney General Steve Bullock (D) and former U.S. Representative Rick Hill (R) will face off come November. With Bullock shifting races, two candidates are squaring off to fill his shoes, Democrat Pam Bucy and Republican Tim Fox. Democrat Linda McCulloch and Republican Brad Johnson will once again meet in the race for Secretary of State; McCulloch defeated Johnson in 2008.
- Firefighter Try-outs: More than 300 people from all over the country are in Montana this week hoping to reach their dream of becoming a firefighter. Although 90% of candidates will pass the physical test, it's not a sure sign of a job offer; candidates must apply for an opening and could be interviewing among 30 other hopefuls.
- Glacier's Early Days: The movie "Glacier Park Remembered" will premiere on Wednesday night at the History Museum in Great Falls. Craig Wirth says the movie focuses on the journey made by visitors through Glacier National Park between 1910 and 1940, when development of the park was at its peak. He says it's a story of adventure and beauty and how Burlington Northern Santa Fe helped bring eastern visitors to the west.