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House Passes One-Subject Mandate For Constitutional Changes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A measure that would ask voters to mandate that constitutional amendments encompass only one subject is headed to the South Dakota Senate. House lawmakers voted 56-11 Thursday to advance the resolution, which would put the constitutional change on the November ballot. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the sponsor, has said it’s intended to make sure that people…

Mission Couple Plead Not Guilty To Wire Fraud

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A man and woman from Mission have pleaded not guilty to federal wire fraud charges. Mark Edward O’Leary and Sharli Colombe, both 35, were indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month. KOTA-TV reports the indictment alleges that from February 2011 and June 2017 the two passed at least 544 checks drawn on a…

Texas’ Vow To Streamline Harvey Recovery, Aid Backfires

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) – After Hurricane Harvey hammered Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott pledged that his state would lead its own recovery, streamlining federal aid while avoiding the inefficiencies of earlier Washington-controlled disaster responses. But an Associated Press analysis shows that, rather than becoming a new disaster recovery model, Texas’ efforts almost six months in often have been the opposite….

Trump Urging Congress On Gun Reforms

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he’s speaking with members of Congress about making schools safer following last week’s deadly shooting at a Florida high school. Trump is discussing the issue with state and local officials from around the country who are at the White House. Trump says he also called many members of Congress on Wednesday night and…

GOP-Led Iowa Senate Panel OKs Bill Offering $1B Tax Cut

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Republican-led Iowa Senate panel has given preliminary approval to a bill that would make sweeping changes to the state’s tax system. Republicans in a five-member Senate subcommittee agreed Thursday morning to sign off on the legislation, which GOP lawmakers say would cut more than $1 billion annually in taxes. A tax writing committee is…

2 Years In Prison For Kyle Man Who Stabbed Boy

KYLE, S.D. (AP) – A Kyle man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for stabbing a boy after ingesting methamphetamine. Adam Lucas Brown earlier pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. The 19-year-old admitted punching and stabbing a boy in the head last February at Brown’s home in Kyle. Brown confronted the boy, identified in court…

Deadly Medical Errors Rising in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – An annual report says medical errors reported by Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers have been rising slightly for the past four years, and the number of resulting deaths rose in 2017. The state health department’s 14th annual Adverse Health Events report tracks errors that risk patient harm. Of the 341 adverse events reported, 103 resulted in…

US Panel Says It’s OK To Use Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Again

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal panel says it’s OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again. Two years ago, the advisory group pulled its recommendation for FluMist vaccine after research found it wasn’t working against the flu bug making most people sick. But the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices voted Wednesday to recommend the…

Panel Votes Down Tighter Rules For Amendments

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota representatives have rejected a measure that would have given the Legislature more control over amendments to the state constitution. The House State Affairs Committee voted Wednesday against the plan. Under the measure, constitutional changes would have needed approval from the voters and the Legislature to pass. Right now, people who collect enough signatures to…

City of Mitchell Approves Lyft License for Former Felon

MITCHELL, S.D. – The Mitchell City Council has approved a ride-hailing driver application for a man convicted of attempted murder and aiding kidnapping. At least one council member expressed safety concerns for anyone using Joseph Novak’s Lyft services. Novak told the council Tuesday night he was incarcerated for 15 years following a 1992 conviction and now works for CHS Farmers…

Rapid City Digging Out From Foot of Snow

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Black Hills residents continue to dig out from a winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some communities. City crews in Rapid City turned their focus on clearing residential streets Tuesday after clearing the main roads of up to 10 inches of snow. The National Weather Service says the highest snowfall total…

3M To Pay $850 Million To Settle Chemicals Suit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – 3M Co. has agreed to pay the state of Minnesota $850 million to settle a case alleging the manufacturer damaged the state’s natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing chemicals over decades. Attorney General Lori Swanson announced the settlement Tuesday, a few hours after jury selection was halted on the day the trial was scheduled to begin….

Critics: Courts Would Strike Down Refugee Suspension Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Critics say a bill aiming to suspend refugee resettlement into South Dakota from countries on “any federal travel ban list” would be struck down by the courts if it becomes law. A state Senate committee on Wednesday plans to debate Republican Sen. Neal Tapio’s bill, which would also direct the state to refuse “chain migration” from…

Colorado Couple Indicted In SD Elder Financial Abuse Case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A grand jury in South Dakota has indicted a Colorado couple on charges of financial elder abuse. Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday that 62-year-old Sandra Lee Pazen and 63-year-old Paul Damon Pazen, both of Fort Collins, were indicted by a Butte County grand jury. Sandra Pazen faces one felony count of theft by exploitation with…