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Rounds Surrenders Illegal Campaign Contributions

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds was among federal candidates surrendering campaign donations after learning the money was illegally contributed, The Republican senator returned $18,500 in contributions received between 2009 and 2014 from executives at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The Federal Elections Commission says contributions to the 31 candidates totaled nearly $700,000. The FEC…

Mall Of America Stabber Sentenced To 15 Years For Attack

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A 20-year-old Minneapolis man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for attacking two brothers at the Mall of America. Mahad Abdirahman was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty earlier to two counts of first-degree assault for the November knife attack at the Bloomington mall. The Star Tribune reports Abdirahman declined to speak when the judge gave…

Court Upholds Surrogacy Contracts As Enforceable In Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court says the surrogate mother of an 18-month-old girl is not legally the child’s parent. The opinion issued Friday means the girl remains with the Cedar Rapids couple raising her. The child will not be turned over to the woman who gave birth to her. It’s the first time the state’s highest…

Minnesota Legislature Considering 5 Bills Related To Guns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The deadly school shooting in Florida has revived discussion over gun control and highlighted Minnesota’s pending bills on the issue. The Pioneer Press reports that there are at least five bills currently on file this session relating to firearms or the Second Amendment. A “stand your ground” bill would allow lethal force to be used…

TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline Spill Cleanup On Schedule

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) – TransCanada Corp. says cleanup of a massive on-shore oil spill from Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota is halfway done. Last November, the pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of crude oil onto agricultural land in Marshall County, one of the largest on-shore oil spills in the U.S. since 2010. TransCanada spokeswoman Robynn Tysver tells Aberdeen American News that…

Minneapolis Day Care Owner Pleads Guilty To Hanging Toddler

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minneapolis day care owner accused of trying to kill a toddler in her home has pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Forty-three-year-old Nataliia Karia entered the plea to attempted murder and third-degree assault. She also pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation of a vehicle for hitting a pedestrian, a bicyclist and another driver as she fled from…

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Responds To Morning House Fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to a report of a structure fire on North Cockatiel Avenue. Officials say a patrolling security guard in the area noticed smoke and flames coming from a home. Arriving fire crews weren’t able to extinguish it because of the volume of the fire and a partial collapse of the roof trusses….

Yankton Concerned Federal Prison Could Close

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Employees of a federal prison camp and others in Yankton are concerned the facility could be one of the minimum-security prisons that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions would like to close. Sessions has proposed closing two of the country’s eight minimum-security prison camps, saving $122 million. It’s part of the Department of Justice’s $28 billion budget…

Man Convicted Of Assaulting Ziebach County Sheriff

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An Eagle Butte man has been convicted of assaulting a law officer. Authorities say 54-year-old Pete Knight shoved Ziebach County Sheriff Gary Cudmore on June 14, 2017, when Cudmore intervened to stop Knight from assaulting a suspect handcuffed in the back of Cudmore’s squad car. U.S. Attorney Ron Parsons says Knight was convicted after a recent…

Iowa Governor Orders Flags Lowered To Mark School Tragedy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s governor has ordered all state flags to be lowered to honor those killed and injured at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ order was issued in conjunction with President Donald Trump’s order to lower all United States flags to half-staff until sunset Monday. Flags will be at half-staff on…

Senate Rejects Trump Immigration Measure

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has rejected President Donald Trump’s immigration bill. That means the chamber has now rejected four separate immigration proposals, suggesting that its long-awaited debate on the issue could well end in gridlock. The vote on Trump’s proposal was 39-60, well below the 60 votes needed for approval. Trump had proposed creating a 10- to 12-year path…

Wife Charged With Killing Oglala Sioux Police Officer

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The wife of an Oglala Sioux police officer is charged with killing him last weekend. Tiffany Janis is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 52-year-old Officer Brian Garrett of Kyle. The Rapid City Journal reports Janis made her first appearance in federal court Wednesday. The FBI says Garrett was killed early Saturday…

Lawmakers Encourage Sentinel Programs After Florida Shooting

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota legislative leaders are encouraging school districts to allow approved employees to carry guns after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. South Dakota Senate Majority Leader Blake Curd said Thursday the state’s “school sentinel” program is a resource schools should use. It allows for the arming of school employees, hired…

US Bank Pays $613 Million Over Money Laundering Charges

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. Bancorp is paying $613 million to settle allegations the bank had poor anti-money laundering controls, which put the bank repeatedly at risk of being used as a conduit for criminals. U.S. Bank will pay $453 million to the U.S. Treasury through the Southern District of New York; $70 million to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network,…