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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Professionals working in Montana's real estate market say sales of high-end properties have experienced growth in 2020 far beyond their expectations.

The state has recorded sale and price figures that are among the highest in the nation, The Missoulian reports.

Grizzly bear track.
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Federal and state wildlife officials are investigating three recent grizzly bear deaths in northwestern Montana including one bear that a homeowner said had been shot and partially skinned.

A 2020 Montana general election ballot.
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Voters in Montana made their pick for president while holding mixed views about the country's direction, according to an expansive AP survey of the American electorate.

Closeup of a mask on a person's face.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday that the state health department is pursuing legal action against several businesses in northwestern Montana after they failed to follow restrictions meant to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Montanas are being asked to report Census data online or by phone even without receiving a specialized ID code to begin the process.
U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Supreme Court has stopped the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident from continuing through the end of October.

President Donald Trump speaks in Billings, MT, Sep. 6 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is questioning President Donald Trump's fitness to serve, announcing legislation Thursday that would create a commission to allow Congress to intervene under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution and remove the president from executive duties.

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Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences. (USFS)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine after determining the rare and elusive predator is not as threatened by climate change as once thought.

Montana absentee ballot for the 2017 special congressional election.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

HELEN, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday denied a request for an emergency injunction to block most Montana counties from mailing ballots to active voters.

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request filed by Joe Lamm, the Ravalli County Republican Central Committee and Republican voters, but said it would continue to hear the appeal. The first briefs are due in January.

Montana's county unemployment rates as of September 10, 2020.
Montana Department of Labor and Industry

The extra $400 in weekly unemployment insurance payments is no longer available in Montana, the Department of Labor and Industry said Thursday, even as new unemployment claims are on the rise.

Yellowstone National Park sign.
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A Yellowstone National Park guide is facing criminal charges for violating park rules, KTWO-TV reported.

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