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Rapid City schools secured following gun report

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Three Rapid City schools were secured after police received a report of a boy pointing a gun at a girl in the area. Authorities say the weapon turned out to be a pellet gun. Movement inside North Middle School as well as Knollwood and General Beadle elementary schools was limited for a time Tuesday as…

Bill To End University Collective Bargaining Fails In Senate

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A bill that would have ended collective bargaining at South Dakota’s public universities has failed in the state Senate. The chamber voted 18-16 Tuesday against the plan. It narrowly passed through the House and had Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s support. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the bill’s sponsor, has said that it would save money and make the…

Lawmakers Ask Voters To Make Constitution Harder To Change

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters will decide in November if the state constitution should be harder to change. The state House of Representatives voted 55-9 Tuesday to send the proposed constitutional amendment to the fall ballot. It had passed through the Senate. The measure asks voters to increase the majority vote threshold required for a constitutional change to…

Iowa Senate OKs Traffic Camera Ban But Bill’s Future Unclear

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Senate has approved a bill that would ban automated traffic enforcement cameras in the state, though the measure’s future is unclear. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 32-18 Tuesday for the legislation, which would prohibit devices tracking vehicles that speed or run a red light. The measure heads to the GOP-majority House, where leadership hasn’t…

Trump Hasn’t Ordered Russian Meddling Stopped At Source

WASHINGTON (AP) – A top intelligence official says President Donald Trump has not ordered the U.S. Cyber Command to disrupt Russian cyber threats where they originate. Director Mike Rogers, who directs both the cyber command and the National Security Agency, told lawmakers on Tuesday that the president or defense secretary would need to give him the authority to disrupt the…

Senate Panel Rejects Stricter Law On Texting While Driving

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate panel has rejected a bill that would have allowed authorities to pull over drivers for texting. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-2 Tuesday to reject the bill, which would have made texting while driving a primary offense. Under current law, authorities must pull people over for an unrelated violation before they can…

Iowa Lawmakers Send K-12 Education Funding Bill To Governor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa lawmakers have approved K-12 education funding for the next school year and sent the spending plan to Gov. Kim Reynolds. The Republican-controlled Senate voted Monday for a bill that will provide a 1 percent increase, or about $32 million in new spending, toward Iowa’s roughly $3.2 billion education budget. The GOP-majority House approved the…

SD Speaker Releases Video Of Confrontation On House Floor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s House speaker released security footage Tuesday of an altercation in the chamber after representatives ended an investigation into Rep. David Johnson’s conduct. Members voted 64-1 Monday to disband a discipline and expulsion committee established days earlier to investigate Johnson’s actions toward Rep. Lynne DiSanto. She has said she feared for her safety during last…

Sessions: Justice Dept Can Ban Bump Stocks With Regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions says Justice Department officials think they can ban rapid-fire bump stock devices without action from Congress. Sessions said Tuesday the department believes gun accessories like the ones used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre can be banned through the regulatory process. It comes after President Donald Trump ordered the Justice Department to work…

Crowd Gathers To Welcome Curling Olympians Home

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Hundreds of relatives, friends and curling fans gathered at Duluth International Airport to welcome home members of the U.S. curling team that won gold at the Olympics in South Korea. Olympians John Shuster and Tyler George say they were overwhelmed to see the crowd at the airport Monday evening. Shuster says hopefully the exposure will bring…

Rapid City Council Votes To Replace Arena

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Rapid City Council, voting after a marathon session, has approved a measure to replace the Don Barrett Arena with a new facility. The vote late Monday night for a new arena was 9-1. The estimated cost of replacement is $130 million. KOTA-TV reports Mayor Steve Allender had argued a new arena, instead of a…

House Disbands Panel Investigating Lawmaker

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has ended an investigation into Republican state Rep. David Johnson at the request of a lawmaker who said he made her fear for her safety last week. House members voted 64-1 Monday to disband a special committee on discipline and expulsion established just days earlier to investigate Johnson’s conduct toward GOP Rep….

Senators Shelve Constitutional Amendment On Lawmakers’ Pay

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate panel has shelved a measure that would have asked voters to give legislators a significant pay raise and tied their salaries to the state’s median household income. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously Monday to table the resolution. It would have gone to November voters. But senators will instead debate the…

Bill Taking Aim At University Collective Bargaining Advances

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state Senate committee has passed a bill that would end collective bargaining at South Dakota’s public universities. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-4 Monday to advance the legislation to the chamber’s floor. It has already passed through the House. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the sponsor, says the bill would save money and make the…

Trump Says Teachers With ‘Talent’ Can Carry Guns

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he doesn’t want all teachers to carry guns – just those who have a “natural talent.” Speaking to the nation’s governors in the White House, the president responded Monday to news coverage of his calls to arm teachers to prevent school shootings after the mass school shooting that killed 17 people. Trump says…

Vermillion Girl Drowns In Brookings Hotel Swimming Pool

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – A girl from Vermillion has drowned in the swimming pool of a Brookings hotel. Police Lt. Derrick Powers tells KBRK-AM that first responders were called to the Days Inn just before 9 p.m. Saturday after a preteen girl was found unresponsive in the pool. She was taken to the Brookings Hospital, where she was pronounced dead….

Lawmaker Forgives Colleague Who Made Her Fear For Safety

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Rep. Lynne DiSanto says she forgives a colleague who will be investigated by a special House panel over a confrontation she said made her fear for her safety. DiSanto writes on Facebook that she’s accepted a private apology from Rep. David Johnson. He also apologized publicly Friday, saying his emotions got the better of…

House Panel Backs Making State Constitution Harder To Change

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota voters may decide in November if the state constitution should be harder to change. The House State Affairs Committee voted Monday to send the measure to the chamber’s floor. It has already passed through the Senate. It would put a constitutional amendment before voters that would increase the majority vote threshold required for a…