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Police Arrest Minor For Threat That Closed Iowa High School

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) – Police have arrested a minor in connection with social media threats that caused an Iowa high school to cancel classes Friday. The North Liberty Police Department said the person responsible for anonymous Instagram messages that threatened violence against a student and others at Liberty High School was taken into custody Friday morning. Officials with the…

Officials Say Oil Spill Won’t Affect Nebraska Pipeline Ruling

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Nebraska state officials say an oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota won’t affect their decision to approve or deny a route for the related Keystone XL project. A spokeswoman for the Nebraska Public Service Commission said Friday that commissioners will base their decision solely on evidence presented during public hearings and from official…

Federal Experts Sent To Keystone Oil Spill In South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A federal pipeline safety agency has sent technical experts to the site of an estimated 210,000-gallon oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota. A Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration representative said Friday that the agency’s investigation is ongoing. TransCanada Corp. crews shut down its Keystone pipeline Thursday after a drop in pressure was…

Iowa Mother Pleads Not Guilty In 2016 Death Of Toddler

RIVERSIDE, Iowa (AP) – The mother of a 17-month-old girl charged in her death has pleaded not guilty. Court records show that 29-year-old Ambrashia Chrzan entered a written plea Thursday in Washington County District Court. She is charged with child endangerment resulting in death. Chrzan and 36-year-old Anthony McCoy, both of Riverside, each face the same charge related to the…

Sanford Pledges $5M For Regional Science Education Center

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Sanford Health has pledged $5 million to Northern State University for a regional science education center. The gift includes a $500,000 scholarship endowment for students and a $200,000 faculty development endowment. The Aberdeen university says the gift should help advance education and research opportunities for the entire region. Construction on the science center is to begin…

Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210K Gallons Of Oil In South Dakota

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) – TransCanada Corp. says its Keystone pipeline has leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota. The company said that crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from an oil leak that’s under investigation. The section of pipe in Marshall County, South Dakota, has been isolated and…

House Passes Sweeping GOP Tax Overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has passed a sweeping Republican tax bill cutting taxes for corporations and many people. It puts GOP leaders closer to delivering to President Donald Trump a crucial legislative achievement after nearly a year of failures. The House voted 227-205 along party lines to approve the bill, which would bring the biggest revamp of the U.S….

Defense Bill Authorizes Billions More Than Trump Had Sought

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has overwhelmingly approved a defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military. That’s far more than President Donald Trump requested and greatly exceeds mandatory spending caps. The legislation has passed by voice vote and now goes to Trump for his signature. The House already approved the measure. Lawmakers say the billions…

Tribes Make Renewed Push For Pipeline Protections

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Two American Indian tribes in the Dakotas that are fighting the Dakota Access pipeline in court are making a renewed push to bolster protections for their water supply. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux have filed court documents urging a federal judge to reject the recent arguments of federal officials and the pipeline developer that…

GOP, Democratic Senators Back Bill To Bolster FBI Gun Checks

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan group of senators has reached agreement on legislation to ensure federal agencies and state governments accurately report relevant criminal history to the FBI’s database of prohibited gun buyers. Congress has taken no steps on guns in the weeks after deadly shootings in Las Vegas and Texas. The bill has the backing over several GOP and…

Bison Man Posts $1M Cash Bond In Kidnapping, Rape Case

BISON, S.D. (AP) – A Bison man has posted $1 million in cash to bond out after being charged with kidnapping and rape. A Perkins County grand jury’s indictment of 55-year-old Richard Seidel stems from a Nov. 2 incident. Seidel also faces domestic violence and gun-related charges. Seidel was released on Monday after posting the $1 million in cash via…

2nd Trial Scheduled For June In Drunken Boating Incident

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Custer City man accused of running over a wakeboarder while boating drunk on Angostura Reservoir in 2015 has been scheduled for a new trial in June. A Fall River County jury last month convicted 41-year-old Cory Schmitz of boating under the influence, but it couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on a felony charge of…

Woman Injured In Pipeline Protest Still Being Investigated

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A New York woman who suffered a serious arm injury while protesting the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota is preparing for her fifth surgery, even while she’s still under investigation. Sophia Wilansky was injured in an explosion during a violent clash between protesters and police last November. Protesters allege the blast was caused by a…

Iowa Lawmakers Tasked With Opioids Report Miss Deadline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A group of lawmakers tasked with evaluating Iowa’s response to the opioid epidemic will miss a deadline for completing a report offering findings and recommendations. The six-member Opioid Epidemic Evaluation Study Committee was supposed to deliver an opioids report to Gov. Kim Reynolds and lawmakers by Nov. 15, but the report wasn’t available Wednesday. Rep….