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House Passes Sweeping GOP Tax Overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has passed a sweeping Republican tax bill cutting taxes for corporations and many people. It puts GOP leaders closer to delivering to President Donald Trump a crucial legislative achievement after nearly a year of failures. The House voted 227-205 along party lines to approve the bill, which would bring the biggest revamp of the U.S….

Defense Bill Authorizes Billions More Than Trump Had Sought

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military. That’s far more than President Donald Trump requested and greatly exceeds mandatory spending caps. The legislation has passed by voice vote and now goes to Trump for his signature. The House already approved the measure. Lawmakers say the billions…

Tribes Make Renewed Push For Pipeline Protections

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Two American Indian tribes in the Dakotas that are fighting the Dakota Access pipeline in court are making a renewed push to bolster protections for their water supply. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux have filed court documents urging a federal judge to reject the recent arguments of federal officials and the pipeline developer that…

GOP, Democratic Senators Back Bill To Bolster FBI Gun Checks

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of senators has reached agreement on legislation to ensure federal agencies and state governments accurately report relevant criminal history to the FBI’s database of prohibited gun buyers. Congress has taken no steps on guns in the weeks after deadly shootings in Las Vegas and Texas. The bill has the backing over several GOP and…

Bison Man Posts $1M Cash Bond In Kidnapping, Rape Case

BISON, S.D. (AP) – A Bison man has posted $1 million in cash to bond out after being charged with kidnapping and rape. A Perkins County grand jury’s indictment of 55-year-old Richard Seidel stems from a Nov. 2 incident. Seidel also faces domestic violence and gun-related charges. Seidel was released on Monday after posting the $1 million in cash via…

2nd Trial Scheduled For June In Drunken Boating Incident

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Custer City man accused of running over a wakeboarder while boating drunk on Angostura Reservoir in 2015 has been scheduled for a new trial in June. A Fall River County jury last month convicted 41-year-old Cory Schmitz of boating under the influence, but it couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on a felony charge of…

Woman Injured In Pipeline Protest Still Being Investigated

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A New York woman who suffered a serious arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota is preparing for her fifth surgery, even while she’s still under investigation. Sophia Wilansky was injured in an explosion during a violent clash between protesters and police last November. Protesters allege the blast was caused by a…

Iowa Lawmakers Tasked With Opioids Report Miss Deadline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A group of lawmakers tasked with evaluating Iowa’s response to the opioid epidemic will miss a deadline for completing a report offering findings and recommendations. The six-member Opioid Epidemic Evaluation Study Committee was supposed to deliver an opioids report to Gov. Kim Reynolds and lawmakers by Nov. 15, but the report wasn’t available Wednesday. Rep….

Lawyers: Former ‘Bachelor’ Performed CPR On Dying Driver

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – Attorneys for former “Bachelor” contestant Chris Soules say he performed CPR on an Iowa farmer who died after Soules rear-ended his tractor in April. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the attorneys filed a motion Monday seeking the dismissal of the charge against Soules – leaving the scene of a fatal accident. They say Soules performed…

North Dakota Regulators Blame Pipeline Spill On Human Error

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – State regulators say human error caused a pipeline spill that leaked more than 11,000 gallons of oilfield wastewater in western North Dakota. The spill in Dunn County on Sunday was reported by Crestwood Midstream. Department of Mineral Resources spokeswoman Alison Ritter says crews forgot to close a valve on the pipeline, which caused the produced water…

Eagle Butte Man Charged With Murder In Fatal Shooting

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An Eagle Butte man is facing a murder charge in a slaying on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Dee Hawk Moran is accused of fatally shooting 21-year-old Andrew Frost of Eagle Butte on Saturday. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says a grand jury indicted Moran on charges of premeditated murder and discharging a firearm during a crime…

South Dakota Man Charged In Crash That Killed Family

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – A man involved in a crash that killed a Wanblee family on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been charged in tribal court with drunken driving. Highway Safety troopers say 28-year-old Tyler Makes Him First, of Porcupine, is charged in Oglala Sioux Tribal Court involving a crash that happened Nov. 4 along Bureau of Indian…

Iowa Governor: Senate GOP Should Release Info On Harassment

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says Senate GOP officials should release information to the public about an internal investigation into alleged sexual harassment in the caucus if there’s more to share. Reynolds told reporters Tuesday the office, which is run in part by Senate Majority Bill Dix, should disclose any information not discussed during a recent…

EPA Awards $12M To Iowa’s Drinking Water Loan Program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded more than $12 million to Iowa’s drinking water revolving loan program to help finance improvements to water projects around the state. The funding will be used for projects that will improve municipal drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, as well as help protect public drinking water systems. The funding…