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  • One person dead after Somers house fire

    By Chris Ferreira, KCFW Reporter, cferreira@kcfw.com
    Published On: Oct 19 2014 04:26:40 PM MDT
    Updated On: Oct 19 2014 10:48:31 PM MDT
    Somers Fire Death
    KALISPELL, Mont. -

    One man is dead after a deadly house fire Saturday in the Flathead Valley.

    Somers Fire Chief Dave Hayes tells us that they received a call at around 3:30 on Saturday afternoon of a house fire on Seven Row Road in Somers, just off of Highway 93. When first responders arrived on scene they saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the house. Hayes tells us the fire was mostly contained to the living room, but the man living there was not able to make it out by himself.

    A neighbor saw the flames, grabbed a respirator and ran inside of the house. He was able to carry the man outside but at that point it was too late.

    "Got to the neighbor and could barely see him but made out at least an appendage and grabbed it and pulled him out of the home, which point we started working on trying to find vitals, there was nothing that we could find at that point," said neighbor Darren Hall.

    According to the Somers Fire Department Facebook page, a dog was also rescued from inside the home. A fire fighter administered CPR and it was rushed to the vet. The identity of the man has not been released and the cause is still under investigation.

  • 70 ISIS bodies dropped off at hospital

    By By Ashley Fantz CNN
    Published On: Oct 19 2014 10:24:47 AM MDT
    Updated On: Oct 19 2014 02:42:06 AM MDT
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    ISIS has apparently taken a heavy hit over the past several days. The bodies of at least 70 fighters for the terror group have been dropped off over four days at a hospital in the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, a Syrian opposition group told CNN. Tal Abyad is on the Turkish border and about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Raqqa.

    The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria took control of Raqqa last year. ISIS uses the once-liberal city as a kind of headquarters where it applies its hardline interpretation of Islamic law, terrorizing the population.

    Kurdish and Iraqi forces have been battling ISIS on the ground. With the help of airstrikes from an international coalition led by the United States, the foot soldiers are now focused on pushing ISIS back from its relentless attempt to take Kobani, a Kurdish town on the Syrian-Turkish border.

    It's unclear who dropped the bodies of the ISIS fighters off at the hospital, but it was likely other fighters from the militant group, because they control Tal Abyad.

    Sources who work in local medicine confirmed the events to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group that promotes ending the longstanding regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The group is based in London and first formed when violence broke out in Syria in 2011, much of it geared toward ousting al-Assad.

    Kobani now is the scene of an unrelenting battle. On Sunday, the brief moments of calm were punctuated by sounds of firing from both sides. ISIS has shelled the city at least 16 times, sources say, while coalition planes fly low overhead.

    The strategy against ISIS is working, said U.S. Central Command Gen. Lloyd Austin on Friday. He also said that Kobani could fall.

    U.S. warplanes struck only twice Friday and Saturday in the city, Central Command said, both times targeting ISIS fighting positions. That's far fewer strikes than days before. U.S. jets flew at least 14 missions near Kobani on Thursday and Friday, the military reported.

    It will take "strategic patience" to beat ISIS, Austin said.

    The U.S. has generally downplayed the importance of Kobani as a key city in the battle against the militants.

    However, if ISIS takes Kobani, that would mean it would control land between Raqqa and Turkey -- about 100 kilometers (60 miles).

  • U.S. House candidates debate in the Flathead

    By Chris Ferreira, KCFW Reporter, cferreira@kcfw.com
    Published On: Oct 19 2014 07:35:43 PM MDT
    U.S. House candidates debate in the Flathead
    KALISPELL, Mont. -

    Three candidates in one of the closest and high stakes races of the midterm election faced off in the Flathead tonight.

    The debate featured U.S. House candidates Republican Ryan Zinke, Democrat John Lewis and Libertarian Mike Fellows. This was the third time Zinke and Lewis have faced off in debates during the campaign. They are all vying for Montana's lone congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Tonight they discussed everything from gun control, to constitutional amendments and even the threat of ISIS. They also discussed the United States response to Ebola and what action, if any, the government should take to deal with the outbreak.

    "Ebola is a threat. Same thing as ISIS and I think we have to be firm. And I think we should quarantine the three African states where Ebola is coming from. The number one job of our government is to protect it's people. Period. Number one job. And when a government fails to do that, then they've failed as a government," said Ryan Zinke.

    "Address the underlying problem here and that's our healthcare system. There are millions of uninsured Americans in this country, millions that get healthcare. And if we have a giant outbreak of Ebola or whats next, are those people going to get checked for that? We've got to address the underlying problems in this country in terms of our public healthcare system," said John Lewis.

    The candidates are just over two weeks away from finishing their campaigns and finding out who wins that lone congressional seat on November 4th.

  • Bullock talks about his new proposal for early child education

    By Paige Sedgewick, Reporter, psedgewick@kcfw.com
    Published On: Oct 19 2014 06:10:29 PM MDT
    Bullock talks about his new proposal for early child education
    MISSOULA, Mont. -

    Montana is one of eight states in the country who doesn't have a publicly funded pre-kindergarten.

    Governor Steve Bullock wants to change this. This past week Bullock has been visiting schools throughout the state to promote his early childhood education proposal.

    Schools like Head Start in Missoula would be affected by this proposal. Bullock wants high-quality, half-day pre-kindergarten programs offered to all 4-year olds.

    The proposal explains that block grants will be available to Montana Public School Districts to create or expand these high-quality programs in their communities. Many of these programs are now just offered to students who are considered high-risk, but Bullock wants to change that.

    "We do have the opportunity and many states have already done that, is to say let's not just take those most at risk but provide that opportunity to every one of those students in our state," explains Governor Steve Bullock.

    Studies show that these programs help further school success rates for students like reading at grade level and graduated with a high school diploma.

  • Student accused of trying to enter woman's shower

    By The Associated Press
    Published On: Oct 19 2014 10:39:35 AM MDT
    BOZEMAN, Mont. -

    A Montana State University student has been arrested after a woman said he tried to enter her shower stall on campus.
        
    The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1t2Myw5 ) Alexander Nicolai Moreno was booked into Gallatin County Jail Saturday on charges of misdemeanor assault, minor in possession and criminal trespass.
        
    Police say Moreno twice tried to enter a woman's shower stall in her dormitory. The woman says she struck the man, who fled.
        
    Police say Moreno also is a resident of the dormitory.
        
    It was not immediately clear Sunday whether Moreno has an attorney.

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