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Officials release name of Billings shooting victim

Aug. 10, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone County officials have released the name of a Billings man who was shot to death over the weekend. Christian Skylar Henning, 25, died Saturday of multiple gunshot wounds, Coroner Cliff Mahoney said Monday. Henning was shot in the parking lot of a Dairy Queen at about 1...

Montana surpasses 5K known COVID-19 cases, reports 75 deaths

Aug. 10, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana has surpassed 5,000 known cases of COVID-19 and has reported 75 deaths, officials said Monday. The state reported 261 cases over the weekend, including 65 on Monday, bringing the total known cases to 5,017. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many...

Suspect held in shooting death in Billings parking lot

Aug. 9, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Police in Billings say they've apprehended a suspect in fatal shooting at a Dairy Queen parking lot. The unidentified victim was shot early Saturday afternoon and died at the scene in the city's West End area, police said. A suspect was apprehended after he called police to turn...

Montana authorities arrest suspect in shooting

Aug. 6, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities in Montana's largest city advised residents to shelter in place and lock their doors Thursday as law enforcement officers searched for a pair of men allegedly involved in a shooting and stolen vehicle pursuit. A person who matched a description of one of the suspects was...

2 Keystone XL pipeline workers get virus, but work continues

Aug. 6, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont, (AP) — Two people working on the Keystone XL oil pipeline have tested positive for the coronavirus in northern Montana, but the company said Thursday that construction work on the disputed project will continue after a temporary shut down of a pipe storage yard. Calgary-based TC Energy says...

Montana coal-fired power plant starts partial demolition

Aug. 5, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's largest coal-fired power plant has begun demolishing equipment as part of a partial closure. The Colstrip Power Plant started dismantling its Unit 1 and 2 cooling towers in July, The Billings Gazette reported Wednesday. Units 1 and 2 of the facility built in the 1970s were...

Grizzly bear killed by wildlife officials after killing cow

Aug. 4, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials say they have killed a grizzly bear after it killed a cow on private land in southwestern Montana outside Yellowstone National Park The adult male bear had killed a cow in Park County last week and was euthanized following consultations with the U.S. Fish and...

Billings shuts city hall, library after employees infected

Aug. 3, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials in Billings shut down city hall and the public library for cleaning after three public employees in Montana’s largest city tested positive for the coronavirus. City hall was scheduled to re-open to the public Thursday following cleaning work and then operate two days...

Montana firefighters wary of winds as evacuations lifted

Aug. 3, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A wildfire that prompted evacuations in southern Montana has been brought largely under control but officials are wary that forecast heavy winds could fan the blaze. Stillwater County Disaster and Emergency Services said Monday that the human-caused fire burning in grass and timber...

Big Horn County reports confirmed coronavirus cases in jail

Aug. 1, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Health officials in southern Montana have reported about 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, including several inmates at the Big Horn County jail. County Public Information Officer Rhonda Johnson said all of the inmates who tested positive are asymptomatic, and were moved into...