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South Dakota Insurers Urge Trump To Make Health Law Payments

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Health plan officials say South Dakota residents who buy individual coverage are facing potential premium hikes next year that could grow if President Donald Trump stops payments that reimburse insurers. Avera Health Plans has requested an average 20 percent rate hike and Sanford Health Plan has asked for an average 7.5 percent rate increase for 2018….

White House: Gov’t To Make Health Law Payments This Month

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump will make this month’s payments to insurers under the health-care law he wants to repeal and replace. Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the payments, which help reduce health insurance copays and deductibles. But a White House spokesman says “the August payment will be made.” The official insisted on anonymity…

Police ID Man Stabbed At Iowa State Fair, Announce Arrest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have identified a man stabbed at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines and announced an arrest in the case. The Iowa Public Safety Department says 21-year-old Tay Ronce Denton was stabbed around 10:25 p.m. Tuesday in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds. He was taken to Mercy Hospital. Police said Wednesday that he…

FBI Offers $30K Reward For Info In Minnesota Mosque Bombing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The FBI is offering a $30,000 reward for information in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque earlier this month. The FBI’s Minneapolis Division announced the reward in a tweet Wednesday. The FBI says finding whoever was responsible for the Aug. 5 explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington remains its “top priority.” The explosion happened…

City To Re-Decorate Corn Palace Despite Drought

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A corn-themed tourist destination in southeast South Dakota will have enough corn to decorate murals despite a dry summer. Scott Schmidt is the director of the Corn Palace. He says the city of Mitchell has enough corn to create the nine corn murals surrounding the facility thanks to recent rain. About 275,000 ears of corn are…

Civil Rights Group Sues Nebraska State Prisons System

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is following through with its promise to sue the state prisons system because it hasn’t taken significant steps to remedy what the group calls inhumane conditions. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit early Wednesday on behalf of 11 prisoners. It names the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services,…

2 Pictured In Nazi Garb No Longer Work At Minneapolis Diner

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A popular Minneapolis restaurant says two employees who appeared in photos wearing Nazi apparel and displaying white supremacist paraphernalia no longer work at the establishment. The Uptown Diner says on Facebook that the two “are no longer employed” there after management became aware of the photos, which were circulating Tuesday on social media. The restaurant says the…

Report: Higher Premiums If Trump Halts ‘Obamacare’ Subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) – People buying individual health care policies would face higher premiums, and some may be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop “Obamacare” payments to insurers. That’s the conclusion of a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO report Tuesday also estimated that cutting off the…

Iowa Gov. Reynolds Criticizes Planned Tuition Increases

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds criticized proposed tuition increases at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University but didn’t commit to reversing a decline in state support that has led to higher tuition. The Des Moines Register reports Reynolds was asked Tuesday about planned tuition increases of 7 percent annually for five years at both…

Life Sentence For Deadly Iowa Jail Escape

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A man who pleaded guilty to murder and 11 other counts for killing a western Iowa sheriff’s deputy and wounding another during a jail escape has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. A Pottawattamie County District judge issued the sentence Tuesday after 24-year-old Wesley Correa-Carmenaty entered guilty pleas to first-degree murder, attempted murder,…

Dakota Access Developer Granted Hearing Delay

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota regulators have granted a request by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline to postpone a public hearing on whether the company violated state rules – but not without dissent. The Public Service Commission is looking into whether Energy Transfer Partners removed too many trees and improperly handled some soil during construction of the…

Fargo Family Disavows Son Who Was At White Supremacist Event

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota family has disowned an adult son who attended a gathering of white supremacists that turned violent over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Pearce Tefft says in a letter to The Forum of Fargo that he and his family “loudly repudiate” the “vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions” of his 30-year-old son, Peter…

Man Pleads Guilty In Iowa Jail Escape That Killed Deputy

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A judge has accepted the guilty pleas of a man charged with killing a sheriff’s deputy and wounding another while escaping from an Iowa jail. Twenty-four-year-old Wesley Correa-Carmenaty entered the guilty pleas Tuesday to murder, attempted murder, escape, kidnapping and other crimes. His trial was set to begin Tuesday, but his attorney informed authorities last…

5 Injured When Truck Crashes Into Chamberlain House

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) – Three children and two adults suffered minor injuries when the pickup truck they were in struck a house in Chamberlain. Police Chief Joe Hutmacher tells The Daily Republic that the 37-year-old man driving the truck had a medical problem that caused the crash about 9:15 a.m. Monday. No charges are expected. The other people in the…

Trump Escalates Feud With Senate Leader Over Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is escalating a feud with his party’s leader in the Senate. Trump is expressing disbelief that that Sen. Mitch McConnell couldn’t persuade a Republican majority to pass a health care bill. Trump tweeted Thursday: “Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done. Must…

Overall Drought Conditions Improve In South Dakota Over Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Overall drought conditions have improved in South Dakota, though spotty rain over the past week led to improvements in some areas and worsening conditions in others. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 77 percent of the state in some stage of drought, down from 82 percent last week. The Drought Monitor says there was…

Disney Reports $177M Payment After ‘Pink Slime’ Suit Settled

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Disney has reported spending $177 million on a legal settlement during the quarter that its subsidiary ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement in a high-profile defamation lawsuit. Disney’s filing this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission doesn’t give other details. Disney didn’t immediately respond to an email requesting comment….

Man To Change Plea To Guilty In Deadly Iowa Jail Escape

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Prosecutors say a man charged with killing a sheriff’s deputy and wounding another while escaping from an Iowa jail will plead guilty. The Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office says an attorney for Wesley Correa-Carmenaty informed officials of the change Wednesday. A news release from the prosecutor’s office says no plea bargain was made and that Correa-Carmenaty…

Stein Reaches Plea Deal On Pipeline Protest-Related Charges

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Court records show former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors to resolve criminal charges filed against her in North Dakota nearly a year ago for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Stein faces misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass and criminal mischief for spray-painting a bulldozer at a construction site…