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US Panel Says It’s OK To Use Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Again

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal panel says it’s OK for doctors to start using a kid-friendly nasal spray flu vaccine again. Two years ago, the advisory group pulled its recommendation for FluMist vaccine after research found it wasn’t working against the flu bug making most people sick. But the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices voted Wednesday to recommend the…

Panel Votes Down Tighter Rules For Amendments

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota representatives have rejected a measure that would have given the Legislature more control over amendments to the state constitution. The House State Affairs Committee voted Wednesday against the plan. Under the measure, constitutional changes would have needed approval from the voters and the Legislature to pass. Right now, people who collect enough signatures to…

City of Mitchell Approves Lyft License for Former Felon

MITCHELL, S.D. – The Mitchell City Council has approved a ride-hailing driver application for a man convicted of attempted murder and aiding kidnapping. At least one council member expressed safety concerns for anyone using Joseph Novak’s Lyft services. Novak told the council Tuesday night he was incarcerated for 15 years following a 1992 conviction and now works for CHS Farmers…

Rapid City Digging Out From Foot of Snow

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Black Hills residents continue to dig out from a winter storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some communities. City crews in Rapid City turned their focus on clearing residential streets Tuesday after clearing the main roads of up to 10 inches of snow. The National Weather Service says the highest snowfall total…

3M To Pay $850 Million To Settle Chemicals Suit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – 3M Co. has agreed to pay the state of Minnesota $850 million to settle a case alleging the manufacturer damaged the state’s natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing chemicals over decades. Attorney General Lori Swanson announced the settlement Tuesday, a few hours after jury selection was halted on the day the trial was scheduled to begin….

Critics: Courts Would Strike Down Refugee Suspension Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Critics say a bill aiming to suspend refugee resettlement into South Dakota from countries on “any federal travel ban list” would be struck down by the courts if it becomes law. A state Senate committee on Wednesday plans to debate Republican Sen. Neal Tapio’s bill, which would also direct the state to refuse “chain migration” from…

Colorado Couple Indicted In SD Elder Financial Abuse Case

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A grand jury in South Dakota has indicted a Colorado couple on charges of financial elder abuse. Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday that 62-year-old Sandra Lee Pazen and 63-year-old Paul Damon Pazen, both of Fort Collins, were indicted by a Butte County grand jury. Sandra Pazen faces one felony count of theft by exploitation with…

‘Black Panther’ Scores Highest Monday Ever With $40.2M

NEW YORK (AP) – With a massive $40.2 million in ticket sales Monday, “Black Panther” has notched the biggest Monday ever at the box office and pushed its four-day total to $242 million. The Walt Disney Co. again raised their box-office estimates for the Marvel sensation on Tuesday. The film’s updated Monday performance narrowly tops the previous record, set by…

Minnesota Reports 116,000 Jump In Uninsured

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota says the number of people without health insurance in the state jumped by 116,000 in the past two years. The Minnesota Department of Health says the uninsured rate rose to 6.3 percent last year, up from 4.3 percent in 2015. Around 349,000 Minnesotans don’t have coverage. The department says the rise in uninsured Minnesotans…

New Rebellion Against Wind Energy Stalls Or Stops Projects

GLENVILLE, Minn. (AP) – Opponents of wind power are stalling or shooting down wind-farm projects across the country, especially in the Midwest, which is home to the nation’s greatest concentration of wind turbines. Criticism of wind turbines is nothing new, but this latest rebellion has given fresh momentum to anti-wind ideas. The movement’s success also shows that when residents put…

Trial Halted In Minnesota Case Over 3M Chemicals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jury selection has been halted in Minnesota’s $5 billion case against 3M Co., on the day the trial was expected to start. Minnesota sued 3M in 2010, alleging the company damaged natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing chemicals. Trial was set to begin Tuesday. Instead, the Star Tribune reports Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and 3M…

Trump Plan: Less-Comprehensive Health Plans At Lower Cost

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is clearing the way for a lower-cost alternative to comprehensive medical insurance plans sold under former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Proposed regulations out Tuesday from the Health and Human Services department allow health insurers to sell so-called “short-term” policies that can last up to 12 months. The plans don’t have to meet…

Telecommunications Company Under Fire

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has asked the state’s attorney general and Department of Commerce to investigate a large volume of complaints against a major telecommunications company. The commission says the complaints against Frontier Communications are related to customer service, billing practices and service quality. The PUC states that after attempts to mediate the complaints, many of them…

Minnesota’s $5B Case Over 3M Chemicals Heads To Trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage it alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades. The long-awaited trial begins Tuesday in Minneapolis. Experts say it could have wide-reaching implications if the state succeeds, in part because…

Gov. Reynolds Says Feds, Not State Should Discuss Gun Laws

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – When asked whether she supports further restrictions to Iowa’s gun laws, Gov. Kim Reynolds said the federal government needs to take responsibility in discussing gun legislation. Reynolds told reporters Monday “the federal government has to play a role” in deciding possible firearm restrictions. She says that includes examining background check requirements. She declined to comment…

Lawmakers To Weigh Education, Refugee Resettlement Proposals

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers this week plan to debate legislation on refugee resettlement, early childhood education and a proposed casino and entertainment complex in Yankton. Legislators come back to the Capitol on Tuesday. The deadline to pass bills or joint resolutions out of their house of origin is Friday. A new Early Learning Advisory Council would examine…

Teens Press For Gun Control Outside White House

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Dozens of teenage students are lying down on the pavement in front of the White House to demand presidential action on gun control after 17 students were killed in a school shooting in Florida. The teenagers are also joined by parents and educators. The protesters are holding their arms crossed at their chests. Two…