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Suspicious powder found at DIRECT-TV in Missoula

KPAX photo(MISSOULA)- Missoula firefighters and hazardous materials crews are out at the DIRECT TV call center on the city's west side, where they are checking out reports of a suspicious powder, found on a package that arrived there this afternoon.

KPAX TV is reporting the powder was found on a package that was received by the company's Human Resources Department this afternoon. A Missoula County Sheriff's Department spokesman says several people were exposed, although it doesn't appear that anyone had to be transported to the hospital. The building was being evacuated as a precaution.

The DIRECT TV call center near the airport is one of Missoula's largest employers.


Slumping economy puts the "freeze" on Reserve St ice cream store

(MISSOULA)- 15-years after opening in the economic boom times of the 1990s, owners of the Baskin-Robbins store on North Reserve are closing their doors.

A post on the Missoula Downtown Association website says the store, which originally opened in 1996, is a victim of rising operational costs, including higher energy and costs for their ice cream products. 

The Loomis family, which have owned the North Reserve store since 2001, will move their employees to their second store on Brooks Street, which will remain open. The family MDA website says the family will also continue operating their Baskin-Robbins Catering business and the Baskin-Robbins at the UM campus.

The last day of business at the North Reserve store will be Tuesday, August 23rd.


Woman doing 90mph before she hits trailer

(MISSOULA)- Accident investigators say a woman who crashed into a mobile home Saturday night was driving at 94mph just before the crash.

KPAX TV reports the woman in her 30s crashed into the Blue Mountain Trailer Park just before 9pm.

Montana Highway Patrol troopers say the woman was driving south on U.S. 93 and lost control of her car when she was trying to turn into the trailer park. She was hurt and taken to the hospital to be checked out. No one else was hurt.

Troopers are still investigating, but say both speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.


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