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A medical center dedicated exclusively to injury rehabilitation opened in Billings this week. They say their facility is unique in the state.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official says a Montana area emitting toxic vapors is a candidate to become a federal Superfund site.

The Billings Gazette reports contaminants from old dry cleaning solvents are evaporating at several spots in an 855-acre (355-hectare) area in Billings.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly named Kenzie House as Sober Beginning's third sober home. Kacy Keith and Traci Jordan recently opened Ruthie House.

Three new sober homes have opened in Billings this summer. The women behind them say dorm-style houses offer a safe space for people working through addiction. But some treatment providers say sober living homes are part of a larger system of treatment that needs improvement.

Women hold  pro-choice signs during a rally in Missoula, May 21, 2019.
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Montanans in Missoula, Billings and Kalispell today joined nationwide protests against abortion bans in southern states.

At the Missoula County Courthouse speakers expressed outrage over legislation in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and Missouri to a crowd of about 200 people.

Some Montana Cellphone Users Can't Connect To 911

Mar 13, 2019
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Some cellphone users in parts of Montana have been having problems making emergency calls.

The disruption for Verizon Wireless customers dialing 911 has been reported in Billings and Bozeman.

Montana Begins Slow Warm-Up After Record-Breaking Cold

Mar 4, 2019
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana is slowly warming up from a deep freeze that broke records over the weekend with temperatures dropping to minus 30 degrees (minus 34 Celsius) and colder in spots.

Parts of western Montana were under an extreme cold warning Monday morning, while the start of school in Billings was delayed because of dangerously cold wind chills.

American Airlines plane.
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Passenger traffic at Missoula International Airport last year set an all-time record. The airport handled over 848,000 passengers. That’s a 10 percent increase over 2017.

Since 2000 the airport has seen an 85 percent increase in passenger traffic.

Recounts Sought In Montana House District Races

Nov 29, 2018
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Recounts have been requested in two Montana legislative races from the Nov. 6 election.

The Great Falls Tribune reports recount petitions were filed Wednesday with the secretary of state's office by two Democratic candidates challenging results in the House District 22 race in Great Falls and House District 51 race in Billings.

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Today we’re taking a look at housing prices in Montana. In our last story, we reported on how tariffs on Canadian and Chinese building supplies are driving up prices for new homes in Montana.

But there appears to be some downward pressure on prices for existing homes.

“Well, so things are starting to change,” says Brint Wahlberg, of the Missoula Organization of Realtors.

Wahlberg says the local median sales price is still holding strong at close to $290,000.

Native Americans in the Billings-area now can use a clinic tailored to their needs. The Billings Urban Indian Health and Wellness Clinic fills the void after the abrubt closure of a clinic 18 months ago by the Indian Health Board of Billings.

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