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Death Toll Mounts in Iowa Due to the Flu

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Iowa Public Health Department says in its latest report that 157 Iowa residents have died of flu-related illnesses since Oct. 1 – the worst flu season since the swine flu outbreak in 2009. The department says that at this point last flu season, just 50 confirmed flu deaths had been reported in Iowa. A federal…

Bill Advances to Continue Giving the Public Access to Private Waterways

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s proposal to extend an expiring law that governs the use of lakes on private land for recreation is headed to the full state House. The House State Affairs Committee voted Monday to approve the plan, which has already passed through the Senate. It would move the law’s June sunset to 2021. The law restored…

Court Denies Appeal In ‘Bachelor’ Star’s Fatal Accident Case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has denied an appeal filed by an Iowa farmer-turned-reality television celebrity charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Chris Soules asked the Iowa Supreme Court to dismiss the felony charge before it goes to trial. He contends Iowa law doesn’t require fatal wreck surviving drivers to wait for police…

South Dakota House To Investigate GOP Lawmaker’s Conduct

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House will investigate a first-term Republican representative for conduct the lawmaker described as “unfair statements” to a colleague. Members voted 45-13 Friday to establish a special committee on discipline and expulsion to investigate Rep. David Johnson. Johnson apologized publicly to GOP Rep. Lynne DiSanto before the vote, saying his emotions got the better…

Trump Warns Of ‘Very Rough’ Sanctions On NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says that if sanctions against North Korea don’t work, it will be time for “phase two” of the pressure campaign against the nuclear-armed nation – which Trump says could be “very rough.” Trump was speaking at a news conference Friday alongside Australia’s prime minister. He was asked if “all options” would be on the…

Supreme Court Arguments Set In South Dakota’s Sales Tax Case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for April in South Dakota’s case seeking to collect sales taxes from out-of-state internet retailers. Attorney General Marty Jackley says arguments are calendared for April 17. South Dakota is asking the high court to review whether retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they…

Passenger Plane Slides Off Icy Runway At Wisconsin Airport

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) – A passenger plane slid off an icy runway at an airport in eastern Wisconsin after it was diverted from Minnesota because of heavy snow. Officials say no injuries were reported among the 180 passengers and seven crew members on United Airlines flight 878. Investigators say it slid about 250 feet off a runway around 3…

Iowa Appeals Court Rules Against 3 Wind Turbines

FAIRBANK, Iowa (AP) – The state appeals court has ruled that a company built three wind turbines in violation of a county zoning ordinance in northeast Iowa. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Mason Wind and Optimum Renewables now faces a court ruling to remove the three 445-foot wind towers east of Fairbank. The company had challenged a 2016 Fayette…

House Passes One-Subject Mandate For Constitutional Changes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A measure that would ask voters to mandate that constitutional amendments encompass only one subject is headed to the South Dakota Senate. House lawmakers voted 56-11 Thursday to advance the resolution, which would put the constitutional change on the November ballot. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the sponsor, has said it’s intended to make sure that people…

Mission Couple Plead Not Guilty To Wire Fraud

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A man and woman from Mission have pleaded not guilty to federal wire fraud charges. Mark Edward O’Leary and Sharli Colombe, both 35, were indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month. KOTA-TV reports the indictment alleges that from February 2011 and June 2017 the two passed at least 544 checks drawn on a…

States To Forego Most Of $650M Legal Settlement With Takata

DETROIT (AP) – Japanese air bag maker Takata has reached a $650 million settlement over legal claims from 44 state governments and Washington, D.C. But the states won’t get much of the money. That’s because they have agreed not to collect the settlement so victims of Takata’s faulty air bags get larger settlements. Takata air bag inflators can explode with…

FBI Says It’s Trying To Rebuild Trust After Botched Tip

WASHINGTON (AP) – A top FBI official is acknowledging the agency has lost public trust after it botched a potentially life-saving tip before the Florida school shooting. David Bowdich is the FBI’s acting deputy director. He says the bureau is “doing everything we can” to regain that trust. And he says it made a mistake by failing to investigate a…

Texas’ Vow To Streamline Harvey Recovery, Aid Backfires

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) – After Hurricane Harvey hammered Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott pledged that his state would lead its own recovery, streamlining federal aid while avoiding the inefficiencies of earlier Washington-controlled disaster responses. But an Associated Press analysis shows that, rather than becoming a new disaster recovery model, Texas’ efforts almost six months in often have been the opposite….

Trump Urging Congress On Gun Reforms

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he’s speaking with members of Congress about making schools safer following last week’s deadly shooting at a Florida high school. Trump is discussing the issue with state and local officials from around the country who are at the White House. Trump says he also called many members of Congress on Wednesday night and…

GOP-Led Iowa Senate Panel OKs Bill Offering $1B Tax Cut

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Republican-led Iowa Senate panel has given preliminary approval to a bill that would make sweeping changes to the state’s tax system. Republicans in a five-member Senate subcommittee agreed Thursday morning to sign off on the legislation, which GOP lawmakers say would cut more than $1 billion annually in taxes. A tax writing committee is…

2 Years In Prison For Kyle Man Who Stabbed Boy

KYLE, S.D. (AP) – A Kyle man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for stabbing a boy after ingesting methamphetamine. Adam Lucas Brown earlier pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon. The 19-year-old admitted punching and stabbing a boy in the head last February at Brown’s home in Kyle. Brown confronted the boy, identified in court…

Deadly Medical Errors Rising in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – An annual report says medical errors reported by Minnesota hospitals and surgical centers have been rising slightly for the past four years, and the number of resulting deaths rose in 2017. The state health department’s 14th annual Adverse Health Events report tracks errors that risk patient harm. Of the 341 adverse events reported, 103 resulted in…

South Dakota House Passes Pay Hike For State Legislators

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has passed a bill that would give legislators a significant pay raise and tie their salaries to the state’s median household income. House members voted 50-16 Wednesday to send the bill to the Senate. House Democratic leader Spencer Hawley, a supporter, says officials need to expand the base of people who can…