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Sheriff Confirms Florida Shooter Was Former Student, 18

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says the shooting suspect is an 18-year-old former student at the South Florida school where the shooting erupted. He says the teen was arrested without incident after he was located off the school grounds in a nearby community. He didn’t give details of when the suspect had attended the school. But…

Shooting At Florida High School; No. Of Wounded Unclear

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say they’re responding to a shooting at a Florida high school and the school has been locked down. The Broward Sheriff’s Office has told news outlets the shooting happened Wednesday afternoon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. It wasn’t immediately clear how many people were wounded. Coral Springs Police said on their Twitter…

South Dakota Senate Panel Rejects Bathroom Sign Requirement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Senate lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have mandated public restroom doors be posted notifying bathroom users that a person of the opposite sex may be inside. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously Wednesday against the bill. Republican Sen. Phil Jensen, the sponsor says, the measure was a “child protection bill.” The…

South Dakota, Marsy’s Law Campaign Reach Amendment Deal

PIERRE,S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have advanced changes to a constitutional bill of rights for crime victims under an agreement with the group that campaigned to pass the measure. South Dakota would be the first state to change “Marsy’s Law” of the six that have enacted it. The House State Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to approve the proposal. It…

18-Year-Old Pleads Not Guilty To 2 Sioux City Slayings

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An 18-year-old in northwestern Iowa has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stabbed to death his ex-girlfriend and another young man. Court records say written pleas were filed Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court for Tran Walker, who’s charged with two counts of first-degree murder. The records don’t show that a trial date has…

70 Years In Prison For Rapid City Stabbing

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for killing a woman he grew up with at a motel last spring. Twenty-four-year-old Vincent Mousseaux had earlier pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the killing of 30-year-old Deziree Martinez at the Price Motel on March 8. Authorities say he and the victim…

Murder Trial Moved From Gregory County to Fort Pierre

Chance Harruff has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the death last June of 38-year-old Kristi Olson following an argument at her home in the town of Dallas.

DALLAS, S.D. (AP) – The trial for a Hamill man accused of killing his former girlfriend in Gregory County has been moved to a new venue. Chance Harruff has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges in the death last June of 38-year-old Kristi Olson following an argument at her home in the town of Dallas. He was scheduled…

Iowa Governor Releases Plan To Cut $1.7B In State Taxes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has released a tax plan that her staff says would reduce individual income taxes in the state by $1.7 billion by 2023. The Republican governor released a 107-page bill Tuesday. It’s unclear when it will move through the GOP-controlled Legislature, though House GOP lawmakers offered initial support. The plan would lower…

Minnesota Officials Fix DMV Driver’s License Renewal Problem

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota motor vehicle officials believe they’ve fixed the statewide computer problem that prevented drivers from renewing their licenses. Minnesota Public Radio reports that Minnesota IT Services solved the issue Monday evening. Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon says the issue was related to software connecting the state’s legacy computer system to a national database….

Police: Council Bluffs Officer Dragged By Fleeing SUV

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa police officer has escaped serious injury after being dragged by a car for 20 to 30 feet. Omaha, Nebraska, television station KETV reports that the Council Bluffs officer was attempting early Tuesday morning to make contact with someone inside a sport utility vehicle he recognized as a suspect being sought for arrest….

Trump Fights Releasing Details On National Monument Decision

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The U.S. government says it doesn’t have to release documents involving legal arguments for President Donald Trump’s decision to shrink national monuments because they’re protected presidential communications. The Department of Justice made a more detailed request of a federal judge in Idaho last week to dismiss a lawsuit from an environmental law firm. Advocates for the…

TigerSwan Wants Scope Of North Dakota Civil Trial Reduced

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A private security firm hired by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a judge to restrict evidence during an October civil trial over whether it operated illegally in North Dakota. North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board maintains TigerSwan operated without a license during protests against the pipeline. It wants a judge to…

Minnesota State Patrol’s Recent Stops Net More Than 500 Pounds Of Marijuana

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota State Patrol says three recent traffic stops in west central Minnesota led troopers to confiscate more marijuana than they seized in all of 2016. Authorities say a trooper stopped a vehicle for an obstructed license plate in Otter Tail County last Friday and found a woman inside sitting on packaged bags of marijuana. That stop…

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Sues 24 Opioid Industry Companies

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing major opioids manufacturers and distributors, joining several tribes nationwide that have filed similar lawsuits. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the tribe filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against 24 defendants in the opioid industry. It alleges companies used false and misleading advertising and…

Panel Projects More Money Available For South Dakota Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are projecting they will have more money available than previously anticipated when they craft the state budget. The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Appropriations set state revenue projections Tuesday that are millions of dollars higher than those in Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s budget from December. The panel adopted a $1.64 billion target for the upcoming…

Iowa City Landlord Ordered To Pay $5.6M In Worker’s Death

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A jury has ordered a prominent Iowa City landlord to pay $5.6 million to the widow of a maintenance worker who fell to his death. The Johnson County jury returned the verdict late Monday against Jeffrey Clark, the manager of Apartments Downtown, Inc. The case stems from the 2014 death of 40-year-old husband and father…