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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…

Marty Jackley Asks Kristi Noem To Sign Clean Campaign Pledge

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley is challenging U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem to sign a clean campaign pledge in South Dakota’s Republican primary for governor. Jackley said Tuesday that he thinks the campaign should be about the candidates’ experience and vision to move South Dakota forward instead of “mudslinging and name-calling.” The primary election is in June 2018….

Mountain Lion Roams School Playground In Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Teachers in Rapids City are paying extra attention during playground duty after a mountain lion was spotted outside an elementary school. It happened Monday morning at Grandview Elementary where two teachers saw the animal on the west side of the playground. The mountain lion quickly disappeared, but students arriving for school were quickly ushered inside….

Sutton, Jackley Support Opening Access To Government Records

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Two major South Dakota governor candidates have committed to supporting legislation that would give the public access to additional government records including officials’ correspondence. Democratic candidate and state Sen. Billie Sutton recently proposed draft legislation that would remove exemptions restricting access to public employees’ correspondence, memoranda, calendars, working papers and telephone call records. Attorney General…

Renewable Energy Jobs Up 16 Percent In Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A nonprofit study shows renewable energy jobs in Minnesota grew by 16 percent from 2015 to 2016. The research by Clean Energy Economy Minnesota says there are about 6,200 jobs in the state in renewable energy, most in solar or wind power. Some traditional energy sectors, such as coal mining, have seen an exodus of jobs. In…

Lawsuits Seek Changes To U. Of Iowa Sexual Assault Policies

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The law firm that won a landmark gender discrimination case against the University of Iowa athletics department will challenge the school’s handling of sexual assault and harassment complaints next. Des Moines-based Newkirk Zwagerman filed two lawsuits Monday seeking changes to how the school responds when female students report assault and harassment. The lawsuits ague that…

North Dakota Expecting Hundreds Of Applications For Hay-Hauling Aid

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is expecting hundreds of applications over the next three weeks from drought-stricken ranchers seeking money to help pay the cost of hauling in hay to maintain their herds through winter. The state Emergency Commission in late August approved $1.5 million in aid to help with hay-hauling costs, in response to the worst…