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Iowa Parents Charged In Death Of Malnourished Toddler

RIVERSIDE, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials say two southeastern Iowa parents have been arrested and charged in the death last year of their severely malnourished toddler. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says in a news release that 29-year-old Ambrashia Chrzan and 36-year-old Anthony McCoy, both of Riverside, were arrested Thursday. They are charged in Washington County with child endangerment…

US: Laptops In Checked Bags Pose Fire, Explosion Risk

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. government is urging that large, personal electronic devices like laptops be banned from airline checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire. The Federal Aviation Administration says in a paper filed recently with a U.N. agency that its tests show that when lithium-ion batteries used in laptops, cellphones and other devices overheat in…

Lawsuit Challenges DeVos’ Guidance On Campus Sexual Assault

BOSTON (AP) – A national women’s rights group is challenging Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ new guidance on investigating campus sexual assault. The organization Equal Means Equal and three women who say they were assaulted in college filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Boston alleging the rules violate civil rights laws. On Sept. 22, DeVos scrapped President Barack Obama-era rules and…

State Fair Attendance Up Slightly, Highest Since 1996

HURON, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota State Fair organizers say attendance at this year’s five-day event was up slightly from last year and was the highest since 1996 when the fair was seven days. Fair manager Peggy Besch says nearly 212,000 people visited this year, with nearly 2,000 campers. Besch says a solid grandstand lineup and an increased number of…

Pipeline Protest Charges Dismissed Against Journalist

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Obstruction and disorderly conduct charges have been dismissed against a photo journalist covering the Dakota Access Pipeline protest last year. Sara Lafleur-Vetter was working for The Guardian, a London-based news outlet, when she was arrested Oct. 22 with 140 other people at the pipeline easement near state Highway 1806. Defense attorney Amanda Harris argued there was…

States Ask US Court To Keep Up Health Subsidies Cut By Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Top government lawyers representing 19 U.S. states on Wednesday asked a federal judge in California to force the administration of President Donald Trump to make health care subsidy payments that Trump abruptly cut off last week. The monthly payments would normally be scheduled to go out Friday. The states, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra,…

Auction Of Former STAR Academy Solicits No Bids

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – The auction of a former state-run juvenile corrections facility near Custer solicited no bids. The State Treatment and Rehabilitation Academy closed in April 2016 because of a significant drop in the number of juveniles being sent there by the courts. It was put up for sale Wednesday. The state Board of Appraisal earlier this year appraised…

Uncertainty Reigns Ahead Of New Health Care Sign-Up Period

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Americans across the country are grappling with unanswered questions as they prepare to select their health insurance plans when the new sign-up period for the Affordable Care Act begins in two weeks. The uncertainty is especially pronounced in Iowa, which is seeking last-minute federal approval to revamp its insurance market. The confusion, of course, is…

Goodell: NFL Not Changing Its National Anthem Policy

NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand during the national anthem. Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Tuesday at the league’s fall meetings that altering the language from “should stand” to “must stand” was not discussed. New York Giants owner John Mara noted that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones…

US Agency Withdraws Rule Aimed At Protecting Animal Farmers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who raise chickens and hogs for the nation’s largest meat processors. The rule would have made it easier for farmers to sue companies they contract with over unfair or deceptive practices. It was rolled out in the final…

2 Plead Guilty To Bringing Teens To Iowa For Prostitution

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Two people have pleaded guilty to bringing two Chicago teenagers to Iowa to work as prostitutes. Court records say Waterloo residents Lawrence Campbell Jr. and his wife, Sade Campbell, entered the pleas in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to sex trafficking of children. A sentencing date hasn’t been set. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports…

STAR Academy Auction To Be Held Despite Lawmaker Concerns

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – The auction of a former state-run juvenile corrections facility near Custer is going on as scheduled, despite protests from some lawmakers. The State Treatment and Rehabilitation Academy closed in April 2016 because of a significant drop in the number of juveniles being sent there by the courts. A group of South Dakota lawmakers on Tuesday asked…

IRS Still Enforcing Obama-Era Insurance Mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) – Contrary to widespread perceptions, the IRS still appears to be enforcing the unpopular Obama-era requirement that most people carry health insurance or risk a fine. The agency says on its website that it will automatically reject electronic returns for tax year 2017 that don’t specify if the taxpayer had health insurance. Taxpayers are supposed to say whether…

Ethics Measure Backers To Submit Signatures For 2018 Ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Supporters of a proposed government ethics constitutional amendment say they’re set to turn in more than 50,000 signatures to put the measure on the 2018 ballot. Amendment backers plan to submit the signatures Wednesday to the Secretary of State’s office. Represent South Dakota says the proposal would protect the state’s initiative and referendum process, combat corruption…

Rollover Crash In Lawrence County Kills 49-Year-Old Man

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – A man is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Lawrence County. The Highway Patrol says the 49-year-old man was driving a pickup truck that went out of control on U.S. Highway 385 and rolled several times about 4 miles south of Deadwood. The crash scene was discovered Tuesday morning. The victim’s name wasn’t immediately released.

Rapid City Inmate on the Run

Daniel Eisenbraun escaped from minimum-security unit

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A state prison inmate has been placed on escape status after failing to return to a minimum-security unit in Rapid City. Daniel Eisenbraun was allowed to leave the Rapid City Community Work Center on Tuesday to search for a work-release job, and he didn’t return. Eisenbraun is serving a two-year sentence for a grand theft conviction…

Kristi Noem Rejects Marty Jackley’s Proposed Campaign Pledge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is declining to sign Attorney General Marty Jackley’s proposed clean campaign pledge in South Dakota’s Republican gubernatorial primary. Noem said Tuesday that she’s not interested in “campaign PR stunts.” Noem says she’s pledging to residents to take on tough tasks in Pierre to improve South Dakota. Jackley had earlier challenged Noem to…

Opioid Indictment Of Chinese Nationals Tied To North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A pair of Chinese nationals has been indicted on charges that they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were peddled in the United States and flowed, in part, through North Dakota. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments Tuesday, saying the pair ran one of the world’s most prolific drug trafficking and…