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Iowa Begins Mailing Paper Cards As Part Of New Voter ID Law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s top elections official says his office is beginning to mail paper identification cards as part of a new law requiring voters to show ID at the polls. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says Monday that 123,000 registered voters will be sent the non-photo ID cards automatically. The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature passed legislation last…

2 Take Plea Deals In Slaying Of 15-Year-Old Davenport Girl

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Two people accused of killing a teenage girl in Davenport have taken plea deals. 19-year-old Trevor Owens pleaded guilty Friday to involuntary manslaughter and other crimes. A 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty as a youthful offender to attempted murder. Both had been charged with first-degree murder. They’re scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 1. As a youthful offender,…

Mission Man Convicted Of Assaulting Federal Officer

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Mission man faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of assaulting a federal officer. Authorities say 34-year-old Roger Watts fought with a Rosebud Sioux officer who was trying to arrest him for possessing stolen property in January. The officer suffered a knee injury. A U.S. District Court jury recently convicted Watts of…

Super Bowl Live Concert Series Will Include Prince Tribute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A series of free, outdoor concerts during the 10-days leading up to the Super Bowl will include a Prince tribute and plenty of Minnesota flavor. Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis announced their concert lineup for Super Bowl Live on Friday. The festival will include a “Prince night,” during which Sheila E., the Revolution and Morris Day…

South Dakota Pheasant Hunting May Pick Up In Late Season

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Officials say it’s been a slow pheasant season in South Dakota, but late-season hunting is often the best option when bird numbers are below average. The state’s 78-day pheasant season began Oct. 21 and ends Jan. 7. With half the season ahead, pheasant hunters can take advantage of temperatures dropping. Travis Runia is the senior upland…

First Jailed Dakota Access Protesters Appeal To High Court

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The first people to be sent to jail for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota have appealed to the state’s Supreme Court. Sixty-four-year-old Mary Redway of Providence, Rhode Island, and 27-year-old Alexander Simon of Lamy, New Mexico, were convicted Oct. 19 of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Redway served four days in jail and Simon…

Senate Majority Leader McConnell Confirms Votes Are There For Tax Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says “we have the votes” to pass the GOP tax bill. McConnell talked to reporters after a closed-door meeting of Republican senators. One prior hold out, Sen. Susan Collins, says she won an agreement to add a deduction for local property taxes. The Maine Republican had been withholding her support for the…

Fmr. Trump National Security Adviser Flynn Pleads Guilty, Lied To FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with a Russian diplomat. It’s the first plea by any of the four former advisers to President Donald Trump charged so far in the wide-ranging investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller. As part of a plea deal,…

3 People Face Charges After Large Drug Bust In North Dakota

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) – Three people from Minnesota are facing charges after a drug bust in Wahpeton. Members of the Southeast Multi County Agency Drug Task Force who searched a home Tuesday say they seized about 2 pounds of marijuana, along with methamphetamine and heroin. The drugs are worth an estimated $17,000 on the street. Authorities also seized $7,200 in…

Former Pierre Business Leader Pleads Not Guilty To Felonies

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A former downtown business leader in Pierre has pleaded not guilty in state court to felony charges of theft and forgery. 37-year-old Jeanine Maskovich is a former president of the Historic Pierre Street Association. She’s accused of forgery and theft of $3,122 while working for Pierre Monument Company. She faces up to 10 years in prison…

Inmate Pleads Not Guilty To Killing Escapee

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state prison inmate has pleaded not guilty to killing another inmate who had walked away from a minimum security facility in Rapid City. Thomas Lucero is charged with first-degree murder and an alternative second-degree murder count in the death of Moses Dubray. His body was found last January along state Highway 89 in southwestern South…

Hunter Shot When Dog Steps On Shotgun Trigger Guard In Iowa

WOOLSTOCK, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a pheasant hunter in north-central Iowa was accidentally shot when a dog stepped on shotgun trigger guard and the gun fired. The Iowa Natural Resources Department says the shooting occurred around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday at a public hunting area near Woolstock in southwestern Wright County. The department says four hunters and two dogs were…

Autism, Sleep Apnea Added As Medical Pot Qualifiers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials say they’re adding autism spectrum disorders and obstructive sleep apnea as conditions that qualify for medical marijuana. Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says there is increasing evidence that medical marijuana can help people with severe autism or obstructive apnea. The state health department takes public input each year on conditions that might be…

Prisons Struggle With South Dakota’s Meth ‘Epidemic’

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota corrections officials say they’re struggling to manage a growing prison population due to the state’s methamphetamine epidemic. Corrections Secretary Denny Kaemingk told a state corrections commission Wednesday that South Dakota’s current prison population stands at nearly 3,910 men and women, compared to about 3,560 in 2015. Kaemingk says the meth epidemic has contributed to…

White House Considers Replacing Secretary Of State Tillerson

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is discussing a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA director Mike Pompeo. That’s according to two administration officials. They were not authorized to publicly discuss internal thinking and spoke on condition of anonymity. U.S. officials and individuals familiar with White House plans have spoken about the possibility of a broad…

Report: Sen. Franken Groped Army Veteran During USO Tour

WASHINGTON (AP) – An Army veteran has accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of inappropriately touching her more than a decade ago while she was on a military deployment to Kuwait. She’s identified in CNN’s Thursday report as Stephanie Kemplin, 41, of Maineville, Ohio. She is the fifth woman in the last two weeks to accuse the embattled Franken of sexual…