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Aug 5, 2013 3:53 PM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News

Monday afternoon Montana news headlines

MISSOULA - The 2012 Western Montana Fair may be remembered most for the slow arrival of carnival rides, with some not arriving at all. Russ Thomas caught up with Fairgrounds Director Steve Earle on Monday, and he believes this year's fair will meet the standard that fairgoers have come to expect.

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MISSOULA - Cooler temperatures and recent rains are prompting local fire officials to ease the fire danger in Missoula County from "extreme" to "very high". However, fire restrictions remain in place and authorities say continued warm temperatures could push conditions back to "extreme" before fire season is over.

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PHILIPSBURG - Crews are continuing to make progress battling the Moose Meadow fire which has burned about 3,500 acres southeast of Philipsburg. The blaze has held steady and fire managers report the lightning sparked blaze is 60% contained as of Monday morning.

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MISSOULA - Whether it's setting up trailhead vending machines with bug spray, or filling potholes with recycled glass, Missoula County Public School students are proposing a raft of new ideas that have emerged from a pilot program that's putting young minds to work solving problems.

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HELENA - Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says she will not be a candidate to succeed Senator Max Baucus. Juneau had been considered one of the most well-known Democrats who could enter the race after former Governor Brian Schweitzer announced he would not run.

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CBS NEWS - Three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez has been suspended through the 2014 season as part of Major League Baseball's latest drug scandal investigation while 12 other players targeted for drug suspensions have accepted 50-game penalties. Rodriguez's suspension is effective August 8.

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From the StormTracker Weather Center: The week ahead looks pretty typical for a western Montana summer, with near normal highs in the mid 80s to low 90s expected, along with overnight lows in the 50s. Monday looks very breezy across Western Montana with sustained winds around 10-15 mph and gusts possible of up to 25 mph.

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