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Man drives into pond while being pursued by police, dies

Oct. 25, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A man died after driving into a pond while being pursued by Missoula police, a spokeswoman said Monday. Officers tried to initiate a traffic stop Saturday evening, but the driver did not stop and officers began a pursuit, police spokeswoman Lydia...

After long absence "dancing birds" return to western Montana

Oct. 23, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Sometime in the next few years, some lucky people might witness an annual ritual that disappeared decades ago in western Montana. It will happen as the dawn breaks over grasslands south of Missoula or near Drummond or in the Blackfoot Valley. ...

Professor resigns amid probe into posts on women, Muslims

Oct. 22, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A University of Montana professor who was placed on administrative leave while the university investigated blog posts about his religious beliefs that maligned women, Muslims and people who are LGBTQ resigned on Friday. “It is apparent to me...

Montana redistricting commission advances two map proposals

Oct. 21, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's redistricting commission has honed in on two maps dividing the state into two congressional districts, after the commission's nonpartisan chair said she disapproved of all nine maps proposed earlier this month by the two Republican and two Democratic...

Two Montanas? New maps highlight state's split personality

Oct. 20, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

CASCADE, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in 30 years, the Census has awarded Montana a second seat in Congress. On paper, that leaves the state's redistricting commission with the easiest task of all its counterparts across the country: Divide the expansive state in half. ...

Montana man charged with running over, killing girlfriend

Oct. 19, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

Prosecutors have charged a Montana man with killing his girlfriend by running over her in his pickup truck during an alcohol-fueled argument in a grocery store parking lot. Missoula County prosecutors charged Bradley Don Nagel, 53, with deliberate homicide and driving...

Dunniway leads Sac State past Montana 28-21

Oct. 16, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Jake Dunniway threw three touchdown passes and Asher O'Hara, Sacramento State's other quarterback, ran for a score and the Hornets defeated Montana 28-21 on Saturday for their first road win over the Grizzlies. Dunniway and Jared Gipson had a pair...

Arlee graduate student works to preserve Salish language

Oct. 16, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — More than 200 Indigenous languages in the United States have gone extinct in the last 400 years, according to the Language Conservancy. Aspen Decker, a University of Montana graduate student in linguistics from Arlee, wants to ensure the Salish...

Missoula man pleads no contest to shooting wife in shoulder

Oct. 15, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Missoula man has entered no contest pleas to charges that he shot his wife in the shoulder and then tried to get her to lie about what happened. Sean A. Shriner, 42, entered his pleas Thursday to charges of attempted deliberate homicide and...

Professor on leave amid probe into posts on women, Muslims

Oct. 12, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A University of Montana computer science professor has been placed on paid leave while the university investigates now-deleted blog posts that maligned women, Muslims and people who are LGBTQ, the university said Tuesday. The Montana Kaimin...