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Eastern Iowa Hospitals Limit Visitation As Flu Season Rages

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Some eastern Iowa hospitals have announced restrictions on visitation in the wake of a vicious flu season that has strained hospitals across the country. Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque and Dyersville and UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital in Dubuque have announced patient visitation restrictions starting Friday because of the respiratory virus. All children under 14 and any…

Trump Convenes Experts On Overhaul Of Nation’s Prison System

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is convening a group of governors, criminal justice experts and faith-based leaders to discuss ways of overhauling the nation’s prison system with an eye toward reducing the rate of recidivism. While Trump has put forward a tough-on-crime message his first year in office, the White House views changes to the prison system as an…

IRS Rolls Out New Income Tax Withholding Guidelines

The Internal Revenue Service is making changes to the guidelines that help workers determine how much of their paycheck is withheld by their employer as income taxes. The IRS rolled out new income-tax withholding tables Thursday as it begins to adapt to changes in the tax law enacted last month. The guidelines require employers to use new withholding tax rates…

Spearfish Sues Volunteer Firefighter Association

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) – A city in western South Dakota has sued the community’s volunteer firefighter association amid questions over whether taxpayer money has been misused. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the city of Spearfish filed the lawsuit Monday after learning that the Spearfish Volunteer Firefighters’ Association transferred $1 million to create an endowment fund. City officials question whether…

State Lawmakers To Re-Examine Harassment Rules, Get Training

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers this session will attend sexual harassment training and plan to re-examine anti-harassment rules. The moves come after news reports about women who experienced sexism and harassment around the statehouse. The training for lawmakers and their staff – it’s only required for staff – will happen in January. Senate President Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield…

Ellsworth Official To Oversee Bomb Wing At Minot Base

MINOT, N.D. (AP) – The 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base will undergo a change in leadership this spring. Col. Matthew Brooks will conclude two years as the bomb wing’s commander. The Minot Daily News reports that he’ll be replaced by Col. Bradley Cochran, currently vice commander of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base in…

State of the Tribes Thursday in Pierre

Chairman of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe will give this year's address

PIERRE, S.D. – The chairman of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe is going to give an address to South Dakota lawmakers at the Capitol. Chairman Boyd Gourneau on Thursday will give the third State of the Tribes message. The tribe’s headquarters is in Lower Brule, and roughly 1,300 enrolled members live on the Lower Brule Reservation in central South Dakota….

Justice: Meth, Prescription Drugs A ‘New Wave Of Evil’

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Supreme Court’s chief justice says an explosion of meth and prescription drugs is a “new wave of evil” that has descended upon state residents. Chief Justice David Gilbertson said Wednesday in his State of the Judiciary message that addiction to meth and prescription drugs continues despite efforts by law enforcement and the court…

2 Charged In Des Moines’ 1st Homicide Of 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have arrested two suspects in Des Moines’ first homicide of 2018. On Wednesday police charged 45-year-old William Burton III and 36-year-old Crystal Purdy. Court records don’t list the names of attorneys who could comment for the two. Police say officers and medics sent around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a shooting found the body…

Trump Open To US-NKorea Talks ‘Under Right Circumstances’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is telling South Korea’s president that he’s open to U.S.-North Korean talks “at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances.” That’s according to a White House readout of the president’s call Wednesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-In. The phone call comes after the Koreas held their first high-level talks in two years. North…

Suspect Surrenders In Des Moines 1st Homicide Of 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a suspect has surrendered in Des Moines’ first homicide of 2018. Police identified the victim Wednesday as 39-year-old Cory Channon. Officers and medics sent around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a reported shooting found Channon’s body. He’d been shot in the chest. A few minutes later the suspect contacted police and then surrendered….