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Butte news station loses anchor

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Butte’s KXLF, the oldest TV station in Montana, no longer has a news anchor on site, the Montana Standard reports.

The station announced today that anchorwoman Laurel Staples opted not to renew her contract. Anchor duties will shift to Donna Kelley at sister station KBZK in Bozeman, the Standard reported.

Staples, a 1988 graduate of the University of Montana, started at KXLF in 2004. She has lived in Butte for 13 years.

Kelley, who grew up in Bozeman, started her TV career in Helena before working in Spokane and at CNN as an anchor for 16 years.