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Family grieves man killed in Big Bear standoff as officers say he could have peacefully surrendered | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | June 21, 2018
Frank Joey Half Jr. fired 27 or 28 rounds at officers during a 10-hour standoff at Big Bear Sports Center in November, and officers fired 116 rounds back, Detective Brad Tucker testified at a coroner's inquest Wednesday.
Historic Minnesota Avenue bar sells, and developers plan to turn it into apartments | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | June 21, 2018
An historic Minnesota Avenue landmark, the Western bar, was sold earlier this month to an illumination company that aims to convert the building into office space and apartments.
Officials break ground in Billings on Montana's first freestanding rehab hospital | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | June 21, 2018
Officials broke ground Wednesday afternoon in West Billings for what will be the first freestanding rehabilitation hospital in Montana.
Rainy forecast means Symphony in the Park will be at Amend Park | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | June 21, 2018
This year, Symphony in the Park will be at Amend Park, a late change due to weather.
Busted water main makes 'a mess of the streets' on Billings' West End | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | June 21, 2018
A water main ruptured Wednesday on Billings' West End and spilled its contents out onto a residential corner.
No serious injuries after 15-year-old driver crashes into Billings West End bagel shop | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | June 21, 2018
No one was seriously injured Wednesday morning when a car cruised through the glass-window facade of the Great American Bagel Company in Billings.
Several Billings principals are changing jobs | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | June 21, 2018
Dustin Gaugler will take over as principal at Orchard Elementary next school year, School District 2 announced.
Billings contractor pledges $200K in matching funds for Art House Cinema upgrade | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | June 21, 2018
Art House Cinema & Pub in downtown Billings is getting a box office bump from Singh Contracting.
Billings man admits robbing South Side casino | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | June 21, 2018
A Billings man on Tuesday admitted to robbing a South Side casino in April 2017.
Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare, Kindred Healthcare team up for new rehab center | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 21, 2018
Billings Clinic, St. Vincent Healthcare, and Kindred Healthcare have teamed up to build the first free standing rehabilitation center in Montana. The Rehabilitation Hospital of Montana is located on the corner of Gabel Rd. and Hesper Rd. in West Billings. All three healthcare providers held a ground...
Multiple sex charges filed against former teacher | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 21, 2018
A former Custer County High School teacher is charged with multiple felony counts of "Sexual Intercourse Without Consent" involving a 15-year-old  
Arsonist targets vehicles in North Side of Billings | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 21, 2018
Billings firefighters responded to multiple calls early Wednesday morning of vehicles on fire.  The Billings Fire Marshal concluded that the fires were incendiary.
Columbus Fire Rescue District travel during fire seasons to help in wildland fires | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 21, 2018
It's not just wildland firefighters who battle the blazing fires burning in the forests. Various fire departments throughout the country help.
Police need help locating murder weapon | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 21, 2018
The Billings Police Department needs the public's help to locate the knife used a weekend homicide. BPD says describes the knife as 5 1/2 inches with a steel blade.  It has a black handle and a black sheath.
Food prep tips to prevent sickness | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 21, 2018
In May, an e.coli outbreak from romaine lettuce caused people across the country to become sick. E.coli is not something you can wash off your food, but other foodborne illnesses can be prevented through proper preparation.
Premiere screening of TV series 'Yellowstone' held in Crow Reservation | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 21, 2018
A TV drama series that shines a light into the essence of the Treasure State premiered nationwide Wednesday night and a free screening of 'Yellowstone' was held in Lodge Grass.
Cookout For A Cure is back this June | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 21, 2018
Cookout For a Cure is every Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at The Spoke Shop which is located at 1910 Broadwater Avenue.
Yellowstone river in Billings at minor flood stage | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 21, 2018
On the flood line, effective May Monday, 5/29/17, a flood warning is in effect in parts of state, with concerns surrounding the Yellowstone river. 
MSU Billings receives huge donation for new science building | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 21, 2018
MSU Billings celebrated the 26th year of the Wine & Food Festival. President CEO of the MSU Billings Foundation, Bill Kennedy, said Saturday night's turn out on the last day of the 2018 Wine & Food Festival was a success.
Reporter apologizes for committing cardinal sin of football — calling 'Packer backer' a Vikings fan | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | June 20, 2018
If you work at a newspaper for a long time, you will eventually write about many different subjects and possibly cover several beats.
Tower work under way | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 20, 2018
We are performing maintenance on the KULR-8 broadcast antenna. You will see periodic interruptions in our over-the-air signal and on DISH Network throughout the day. Charter and Direct should be fine.
Convention center may be anchor for One Big Sky District | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 20, 2018
Progress has been made with the One Big Sky District, formally known as One Big Sky Center. As you may remember, the project's goal is to create new jobs, economically enhance Billings, and increase visitation while creating a lifestyle city. Funding has been raised to start the catalyst projects. A...
Victim identified in Billings homicide case | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 20, 2018
Donald Gray Jr. faces two formal charges in connection with the death of an elderly Billings man Sunday. The charges are Deliberate Homicide, a felony, and Obstructing a Peace Officer, a misdemeanor. Donald Gray is to appear in Yellowstone County District Court Tuesday afternoon.
Billings School Board cancels meeting to discuss termination of teacher | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 20, 2018
UPDATE: A special called meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning to discuss Superintendent Terry Bouck's recommendation to terminate Glenn Kanvick has been canceled.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jewel, to headline 2018 Billings Clinic Classic | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 20, 2018
The following is a press release from Billings Clinic: BILLINGS, Mont. - Billings Clinic Foundation announces the 2018 Classic will feature acclaimed Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel, accompanied by the Billings Symphony Orchestra, on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at the Alberta Bair T...
Yellowstone County DES provides sand and sandbags in preparation for the potential flood | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 20, 2018
As Billings continues to be under flood watch, the city is providing sand as well as sandbags for residents and businesses in need.
Community members help prevent Yellowstone River from flowing onto popular road | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 20, 2018
Some community members are doing all they can to help out their neighbors with flood prevention.
Residents along riverbank brace for potential flooding | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 20, 2018
A flood warning for Yellowstone County continues and water level predictions have reduced, but residents still prep for what may come.
Being proactive can help prevent flooding in your home | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 20, 2018
We saw a tremendous amount of rain in the Magic City Thursday, causing water damage to homes in our area.
Katie's Garden: How to grow a ripe tomato | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 20, 2018
In this edition, Katie talks about how to get the most fruit from your tomato plants.
Livingston community concerned about safety when underpass floods | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 20, 2018
A thunderstorm over Livingston, Thursday caused some flash flooding around the community.  But it was the flooding that forced the closure of the underpass on North Main Street that really had people talking. 
Billings Gazette | June 20, 2018
In an effort to provide a strong start to babies born into poverty, United Way of Yellowstone County asks companies, groups and individuals to collect essential baby items, like diapers, bottles and clothing, for United Way’s Community Baby Shower.
Billings Gazette | June 20, 2018
The creation of a Lockwood high school could blunt an expected enrollment increase in Billings high schools.
Billings Gazette | June 20, 2018
Comparable cities in the region have ramped up their convention- and events-hosting capabilities, a key factor why the Billings Chamber of Commerce and other advocates believe Billings needs a new facility downtown.
No foul play suspected in fatal shooting | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
According to the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, a report of a man with a gunshot wound was called in around 9:15 p.m. on Saturday June 9th in an area north of Pompey's Pillar. 
Repairman dedicates his work to help the community of Roundup after hailstorm | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
The most recent thunderstorm in Musselshell County produced intense rain and large amounts of hail. It left roundup with flooded areas, debris, and even damage to vehicles and other property.
Brewin' for a Cure helps raise fund for Yellowstone County Relay For Life | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
The annual Brewin' Up a Cure event kicked off earlier Saturday. Sandy Calame with Altana Federal Credit Union said Brewing For a Cure is an event to raise money for the Yellowstone County Relay For Life.
Yellowstone County flood warning: Pilot discusses potential damage and current flood stage | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
The Yellowstone River is expected to rise due to the combination of snow melt and rainfall within the next few days. Gary Blaine flew in his Bell Jet Ranger helicopter and observed the current levels of the Yellowstone River at 12.5 feet and discussed the potential damage the river could have at the...
Public Works Department prepares for flooding within the city | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
Preparations are underway for the city of Billings because of the expected flooding.
Georgia man claims son was raped at Special K Ranch | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
The Special K Ranch is being accused of negligence after a Georgia man alleges his developmentally disabled son was raped while at Special K Ranch.  
Billings Central wins 'War of the Walls' | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
MasterLube's 'War of the Walls' annual mural competition has come to a close and it's Billings Central's Claire Woody who took this year's prize.  
People on the Big Island wake up to falling ash after Kilauea erupts | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
People in Hawaii woke up to falling ash this morning on the big island after an eruption from Kilauea's Summit sent ash and smoke 30 thousand feet in the air.
Woman rescued from Rims the same day BFD performs rescue training | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
According to Battalion Chief Ed Regele, the woman could not climb back up after attempting to rescue a cat.
City of Billings sued over franchise fees in utility bills | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
A complaint is filed in Yellowstone County District court claiming franchise fees collected by the City of Billings on water and garbage utility bills are illegal. 
Big Horn County man charged in death of 5-year-old girl | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
Bridger Franklin Boyd, a 34-year old Big Horn County resident, was arrested Tuesday in Billings by the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force on recently filed felony charges in connection with the June 18, 2018 death of a 5-year-old girl. 
Search for missing Columbus man temporarily suspended | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
Stillwater County has identified the man who fell off of Yellowstone Bridge just north of Reed Point as 20-year-old Brandon Fitch of Columbus. 
Resident shares damage incurred in his home from flooding | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
Gene Erickson says when he first bought his house in November of 2017, it was everything he wanted. But when water began seeping into the basement in late May, everything changed. 
Getting ready for the bugs of the summer | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
With the unusually rainy season we've had, it feels like a lot of mosquitoes are already out looking for blood. But they aren't the only bugs you have to be on the lookout for. 
Victim identified in deadly crash near Big Timber | KULR 8
KULR 8 | June 19, 2018
A Park County resident is dead following a crash just south of Big Timber. 
Billings police still searching for weapon used in deadly carjacking as family remembers victim | Billings Gazette
Billings Gazette | June 18, 2018
Police were still searching Monday for the knife used in a fatal stabbing a week ago, when prosecutors say a North Carolina man looking for a ride back east carjacked an elderly ex-cop leaving the post office.