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Montana officials rescued 5 minors and 22 adults from human trafficking last year. (Imagens Evangélicas/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and Montana is not immune to the crime often referred to as modern-day slavery. Human trafficking involves labor or sex slavery and can leave victims physically and emotionally scarred. Although overall numbers are small, the

A legislative committee meets today to finalize proposed changes to rape laws in Montana. (KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStockphoto)

HELENA, Mont. - Montana lawmakers will meet Monday in Helena to finalize changes to proposed state laws on crimes involving sexual violence - bills that could then be introduced in the 2017 legislative session. The Montana Law and Justice Interim Committee reviewed the latest drafts of six bills.

Lethal injection faces a major roadblock in Montana. Credit: davidhills/iStock

HELENA, Mont. - The death penalty is at a stalemate in Montana, after a judge blocked the use of a particular lethal injection drug on Tuesday. Capital punishment remains legal, and while efforts to abolish it have failed, so have efforts to revive it. The judge ruled that pentobarbital cannot be

PHOTO: Having a parent in prison is more common than childhood autism in the U-S. That detail was revealed in a new report from Volunteers of America, which seeks to raise awareness of what life is like for the children and their caregivers. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. – Having a parent in prison is more common than childhood autism in the U.S., according to a new report from Volunteers of America, which seeks to raise awareness of what life is like for the children and their caregivers. Beth Poffenberger Lovell, director of Family Strengthen

GRAPHIC: Montanans are dancing

MISSOULA, Mont. - Up to 100 men and women will be putting on the moves today in Missoula as a Valentine's Day flash mob. They'll be dancing at the University of Montana Oval and Caras Park, as part of the international One Billion Rising project calling for an end to violence against women. Tarn R

PHOTO: February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. According to Montana Kids Count, 10 percent of high school students have experienced dating violence.

HELENA, Mont. - February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and Montana Kids Count reports that 10 percent of high school students say they have been victims of dating violence. The number goes up when all young people are considered, with one in three saying they have experienced some form of

GRAPHIC: The Custer Network Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault is spreading the word about National Stalking Awareness Month.

MILES CITY, Mont. - January is Stalking Awareness Month in Montana, where a campaign is under way to "Know it. Name it. Stop it." State law lists stalking as a crime, but Caroline Fleming, executive director of the Custer Network Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault, says it's not an easy one

Helena, MT – A snapshot of domestic violence in Montana shows on a typical day, 230 ask for help, and 129 don't get the help they need right away. Cheryl O'Donnell is with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, which tallied the work of domestic violence agencies. "Many of them are

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