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News Minute: Here is the latest Montana news from The Associated Press

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HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) - Signs along a closed portion of the Bitterroot River say "Free the River." Officials closed the river this month to floaters between the Woodside and Tucker fishing access sites near a diversion dam. A 6-year-old girl drowned there last summer and officials report a couple of close calls there this month. The Ravalli Republic reports FWP is looking to do an assessment to see how safety can be improved.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Health officials say seven cases of whooping cough have been confirmed in and around Helena. The Lewis and Clark City-County Health Department tells the Independent Record the cases have affected children from preschool to high school ages. Four of the seven cases have been reported at Capital High School.

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Kalispell police say they have completed their investigation and are awaiting lab results from evidence gathered in an apparent murder-suicide. Police Chief Roger Nasset tells The Daily Inter Lake the Montana Crime Lab is analyzing evidence from the scene of last month's shooting that left Stacy and Dan Fleck dead in a bedroom of their home.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Three new hotels are slated to open in Bozeman over the next 18 months. The Daily Chronicle reports a 102-room boutique hotel is being constructed on top of the historic National Guard Armory; a 104-room hotel is being built on Mendenhall Street; a 38-room motel is scheduled to open downtown in December at the site of the former Imperial Inn.

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