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Deadly Strip Club Shooting in Missoula
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Police in Missoula say they're investigating a fatal shooting outside a strip club.

Police were called to the Fox Club Cabaret around 1:15 a.m. Monday and say they arrived to find a 23-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The man later died at a hospital. They say the shooter was a 27-year-old male who voluntarily surrendered himself and the gun.

Police spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh says the confrontation apparently began in the strip club parking lot and escalated when the younger man began assaulting the older one through the window of his vehicle.

The Missoulian reports the older man shot the assailant once with a handgun.

Welsh says the shooter is cooperating and no arrest have been made.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Forest Service to Move Regional Office in Missoula
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service plans to move its Region One headquarters out of a building in downtown Missoula in favor of a location at Fort Missoula on the outskirts of town.

The move saves the Forest Service an estimated $1.9 million in annual lease payments.

Forest Service officials tell the Missoulian they plan to put the money now budgeted for the building lease toward improving their existing offices at Fort Missoula.

The move will take place next spring or summer. Missoula business officials say the decision is disappointing and they will notice the absence of 230 Forest Service employees in downtown Missoula.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Montana Man Killed by Train at Crossing Identified
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Treasure County authorities have identified a man killed by a train near Hysham as 78-year-old Earl Corrall, of Huntley.

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper David Inman tells the Billings Gazette alcohol apparently wasn't a factor and the death apparently was an accident rather than suicide.

Corrall was driving a GMC pickup on Old Highway 10E near Hysham just after 8 a.m. Friday. Officials say Corrall froze when he saw the train coming and stopped his pickup on the tracks.

The train was unable to stop in time before hitting the pickup.

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Montana Officials Study Federal Land Takeover Idea
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana officials say having the state take over management of federal lands is a complicated proposition but they're looking into it.

Gov. Steve Bullock says he doesn't advocate Montana taking over the roughly 25 million acres of federal land within the state's boundaries. However, the Montana Republican Party has endorsed just such a move and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is studying it.

Department spokesman John Grassy says the more the agency looks at the idea, the more complicated it gets.

The Billings Gazette reports state takeover of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands could be expensive, incurring an annual deficit of $367 million.

State takeover of federal lands also has been discussed in Wyoming, Idaho and Utah.

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Montana PBS Scrubs US House Debate Coverage
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - MontanaPBS has canceled its broadcast coverage plans for an upcoming debate in Montana's U.S. House race now that one of the two candidates isn't planning to attend.

Republican candidate Ryan Zinke cites a scheduling conflict in pulling out of the Sept. 29 event in Billings. That leaves Democrat John Lewis as the only participant.

The Bozeman Chronicle reports a debate invitation sent to the candidates by media organizations says the event will be held even if one of the candidates doesn't participate.

Aaron Pruitt with MontanaPBS says a debate with only one candidate isn't a debate.

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Reed Point Hosts Snnual Great Montana Sheep Drive
REED POINT, Mont. (AP) - Thousands of sheep ran through the streets of tiny Reed Point during the annual Great Montana Sheep Drive.

The festival Sunday also featured a hay-bale race in which teams of three people competed to roll 1,200-pound hay bales up and down the street.

The Billings Gazette reports the festival culminates in a thunderous stampede of running and leaping sheep down the main drag in Reed Point, a town of about 200 people midway between Billings and Bozeman.

The sheep drive has been held since 1989 and was started in response to the Great Montana Cattle Drive.

Revenues from an auction, raffles and donations help fund community projects in Reed Point.

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Mountain Lion Cubs Rescued in Montana Fire
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Firefighters in western Montana rescued two mountain lion cubs from the burning log under which they were hiding.

Bitterroot National Forest spokesman Tod McKay told the Missoulian a crew was digging a fire line on Friday when they heard noises coming from under the log.

The fire prevented the crew from reaching the log, so they called in a helicopter that dropped 600 gallons of water.

McKay says the cubs came out when the fire was extinguished. He estimated they were less than two weeks old.

McKay says he does not know what will happen to the cubs. Crews did not see any other mountain lions in the area.

Crews are fighting a 48-acre fire in the Sapphire Mountains about nine miles east of Florence.

Update:McKay says the soaked cubs came out when the flames were extinguished. He estimated they were just a few weeks old.

McKay says Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks took custody of the cubs. Crews did not see any other mountain lions in the area of the 48-acre fire they are battling about 9 miles east of Florence.

(Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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