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Fewer MT visitors, but more spending per tourist in latest UM report

Fewer MT visitors, but more spending per tourist in latest UM report

Even though fewer visitors came to Montana last year, a new research report by the UM Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research says those tourists that did come spent more money. The numbers are still preliminary and are contained the Bureau’s latest report which will be updated this spring. But the initial results show more…

Meeting set to discuss Sentinel High School lockdown

Meeting set to discuss Sentinel High School lockdown

A meeting has been scheduled for later this week to discuss the lockdown at Sentinel High School. Students were held in their classrooms for several hours on Monday after a magazine of handgun ammunition was found in a school entryway. School and district administrators will be able to provide updates on the investigation, answer questions…

Public urged to weigh in on Missoula Downtown Master Plan

Public urged to weigh in on Missoula Downtown Master Plan

Brainstorming, conversations and ideas are flowing through the streets of downtown Missoula as the public – along with design experts – are spending this week contributing to Missoula’s Downtown Master Plan. The Downtown Missoula Partnership is hoping the community will take part in the Missoula Master Plan Community Kickoff – three days of unlimited suggestions…

15-year-old girl battles mystery illness that’s left her permanently blind

15-year-old girl battles mystery illness that’s left her permanently blind

Jordyn Walker is a normal teenager from Smithville, Missouri and her family and doctors have no idea what caused terrible swelling and bruising. Jordyn had emergency surgery, but doctors could not save her eyesight which resulted in her becoming blind. Tuesday, the family drove to the Mayo Clinic hoping experts there might have some answers.…

Stolen guitar housing brother’s ashes found returned on doorstep

Stolen guitar housing brother’s ashes found returned on doorstep

The discovery of a guitar on Cody Mason’s doorstep is a happier ending to a devastating loss. Mason says the guitar was recently stolen from his home with several other things. It wasn’t just any instrument, but a something that contains the ashes of his late brother. Mason’s brother Jason, a guitarist, passed away in…

Mouse droppings discovered in High student’s lunch

Mouse droppings discovered in High student’s lunch

The mother of a Mira Mesa High School student says she’s disgusted after her son found what were reportedly rodent droppings in his school lunch. “Disgust, gross. The first thing I thought of was my son’s health,” Yolanda Baker said, whose son is a senior at the school. “It’s pretty obvious that you can see…

Mother tackles school lunch debt in her children’s district, gains national attention

Mother tackles school lunch debt in her children’s district, gains national attention

A Boulder mother has started a campaign to erase school lunch debt. Kate Lacroix, whose two children attend school in the Boulder Valley School District, has gained national attention for her fundraising campaign. “People have been sending donations in envelopes,” she said. “A boy from Chicago sent $4 from his piggy bank.” Last month, Lacroix…

19-year-old man stabbed to death during fight outside liquor store

19-year-old man stabbed to death during fight outside liquor store

A 19-year-old man was stabbed to death during a fight in an Escondido neighborhood Tuesday. Escondido police officers were called to the area of Washington Avenue and Ash Street, near Lena’s Liquor, at around 7:20 p.m. to respond to a report of two men fighting. When officers arrived, they found Alfredo Manzano with a stab…

Alfred Newman, one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers, dies at 94

Alfred Newman, one of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers, dies at 94

One of the last remaining members of the Navajo Code Talkers, who used their difficult-to-learn language to form an indecipherable code that helped the US win World War II, has died. Alfred K. Newman died Sunday in New Mexico, the Marine Corps said. He was 94. Newman served during WWII with the 1st Battalion, 21st…

Woman, 96, rescued from car seconds before train hits

Woman, 96, rescued from car seconds before train hits

A Metra train crashed into a car on the tracks in Lombard just seconds after the elderly driver was rescued by two good Samaritans and a police officer. At about 8:30 p.m. Monday, the driver — 96-year-old Antoinette Lazzara — was stuck on the tracks at the railroad crossing at Grace and St. Charles Road.…

Prosecutors say man stabbed woman in wheelchair 116 times

Prosecutors say man stabbed woman in wheelchair 116 times

A South Milwaukee man has been charged in the brutal stabbing of a woman found covered in blood in a wheelchair. Kehinde Afolayan, 31, faces one count of first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon. The fatal stabbing happened on Friday, Jan. 11 near 5th Avenue and Clark Avenue in South Milwaukee. According…

Dad thanks teacher for saving his daughter from choking on a water bottle cap

Dad thanks teacher for saving his daughter from choking on a water bottle cap

She was named her school’s Teacher of the Year. Then she proved she more than deserves it when she took action to save a students life in class. It happened in Laura Doran’s second grade classroom at Loon Lake Elementary School in the Walled Lake School District on Monday, January 14. “She literally saved us…

School bus driver accused of inappropriately touching child

School bus driver accused of inappropriately touching child

A former St. Lucie County school bus driver was arrested this week after being accused of touching a girl inappropriately on multiple occasions. The driver was identified as 72-year-old Ignazio Cerami. WPTV’s news partner TCPalm reported the investigation began in October after the girl told a teacher about the incidents. St. Lucie County School District…

Series of winter storms to usher in the coldest air of the season

Series of winter storms to usher in the coldest air of the season

A series of storms will dash across the country beginning Thursday, dropping a mixed bag of wintry weather and leaving in their wake the coldest temperatures of the season. The Western storms dumping rain in cities such as Los Angeles and snow in the Sierra Nevada will track east Thursday. First storm to move swiftly…

Patients buy medical marijuana for the first time

Patients buy medical marijuana for the first time

Medical marijuana patients will enter four dispensaries for the first time Wednesday, Jan. 16 to buy the first medicinal marijuana in Ohio. There will be medical marijuana on the shelves, but the system designed to restock the supply after the first product sells out still has a long way to go before it’s completely built.…

Man hits child in mall fight (Caught on camera)

Man hits child in mall fight (Caught on camera)

There’s new video of a fight Saturday at Asheville Mall that led to an assault charge against a Black Mountain man. The latest video shows the moments leading up to a punch that’s gone viral. Video of the fight — involving a group of teens and at least one adult — has taken social media…

Lost climber rescued

Lost climber rescued

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday rescued a lost climber off Mount Hood. The climber, a 68-year-old man, left for a climb this morning and got caught in whiteout conditions and started to panic, a sheriff’s office spokesperson says. Ed Lipscomb called for help around 1 p.m. just above Zigzag Canyon on the southwest side…