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A Montana man was fined for taking flags in support of President Donald Trump from the porch of a Three Forks home and burning them.

A recent report says Black people in Montana are nearly 10 times more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than white people. That’s higher than any other state.

Montana’s top rank comes from an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report released in April that evaluated six million arrests across the U.S. between 2010 and 2018.

Gallatin County officials had planned to discuss mandating face coverings on July 14 but postponed the meeting after people seeking to give public comment refused to maintain physical distancing.

Health officials said the space for the in person- public meeting could accommodate around 100 people sitting in chairs spaced six feet apart, a measure intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and follow the state’s reopening guidelines.

Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputy Jake Allmendinger was killed after being trapped under a car while on a call.
Courtesy Gallatin County Sherriff's Office

The funeral Friday for a Gallatin County sheriff’s deputy who died on duty last weekend is expected to draw attendance from hundreds of officers from Montana and at least four other states. Gov. Steve Bullock ordered all flags be flown at half-staff tomorrow in honor of the deputy.

Thirty-one year-old Deputy Jake Allmendinger died last Oct. 19 while responding to a report of a stranded driver in the Bridger Mountains.

The number of 911 calls in Bozeman was higher last year than the year before. Many of the calls were related to mental health issuesassaults, domestic disturbances, suicides. Now a first of its kind program two years in the making will pair law enforcement with therapists to prevent mental health emergencies.

Montana Behavioral Health Alliance Executive Director Mary Windecker testifies at a state health department listening session in Helena August 1, 2018.
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Montana’s health department was dealt a major blow in late 2017, when the agency was forced to cut almost $50 million to help balance the state budget.

Mary Windecker of the Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana, an advocacy group representing about 30 addiction and mental health care providers, says that was, “A huge shock to both the mental health and substance use systems in the state of Montana.”

Rescuers on skis locate a missing hiker near the Pioneer Falls Trail, a few miles from the Spanish Creek Cabin, Feb. 6, 2019.
Courtesy Gallatin County Sheriff's Office

A search and rescue team saved a lost 12-year-old boy and his father late last night from blizzard conditions and subzero temperatures in the Spanish Peaks area near Big Sky.

The pair was overdue returning from a hiking trip when the man’s wife in Utah alerted authorities around 6:30 p.m.

State Budget Director Dan Villa and State Health Department Director Sheila Hogan hear input on how to allocate $45 million in restored state funding at a listening session in Helena, MT August 1, 2018.
Eric Whitney / MTPR

"This has been a very difficult year," says Sheila Hogan, director of Montana's state health department.

She was talking to hundreds of people online and in a hotel ballroom in Helena who were not shy about telling her just how tough their year has been. They were people impacted by a nearly three percent cut in payments to people and organizations that help Montanans on Medicaid.

Updated at 4:55 a.m. ET

Republican Greg Gianforte won the special election for Montana's lone congressional seat on Thursday despite an election eve misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly body-slamming a reporter.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin speaks during a press conference on the Gianforte assault in Bozeman, May 25, 2017.
Corin Cates-Carney

Greg Gianforte is not responding to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s request for an interview in the investigation that led to him being charged with misdemeanor assault.

According to a Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the Guardian, Gianforte "body slammed" him as Jacobs attempted to interview him Wednesday night.

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