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Nebraska hearing set for South Dakota men in ATV crash case

HARTINGTON, Neb. (AP) – A South Dakota man and his father are due in court May 14 to face charges stemming from the death of a 21-year-old woman after an all-terrain vehicle crash in northeast Nebraska. The June 29 crash last year near Fordyce killed 21-year-old Jessi Anderson, a South Dakota State University student. Nebraska court records say 26-year-old Derrik…

Spink County safe theft suspects arrested in Sioux Falls

MELLETTE, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have two suspects in custody in the theft of a safe from a truck stop outside Mellette. Spink County Sheriff Kevin Schurch tells the American News that the safe was stolen about 4:30 a.m. Monday, while the Mellette Travel Plaza was closed. The thieves also took some cash and merchandise. Schurch says law officers in…

“Heartbeat” Bill Passes Through Iowa Statehouse

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa lawmakers have passed what could be the most restrictive abortion legislation in the country. Republican lawmakers with control of the statehouse passed the so-called “heartbeat” bill early Wednesday, with back-to-back chamber votes along party lines. The legislation would effectively ban most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, with exemptions for cases of rape and…

Iowa House begins debate on bill banning most abortions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Legislators in the Republican-controlled Iowa House have begun debate on a so-called “heartbeat” bill that seeks to ban most abortions in the state. Lawmakers are expected to debate for hours Wednesday over the legislation, which would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That’s usually around six weeks of pregnancy. The measure would…

Dayton pushes for $138M for schools’ budget shortfalls

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for $138 million in emergency funding for Minnesota schools as districts across the state grapple with budget shortfalls. Dayton unveiled his request to lawmakers Tuesday as the Legislature heads toward a mandatory May 22 adjournment. The Democratic governor’s proposal would increase the state’s per-pupil funding formula by 2 percent. More…

Project expands solar power options for Minnesota residents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Residents of 34 Minnesota counties have access to a new network of community solar farms. Minnesota Public Radio reports that residents will be able to sign up for CleanChoice Energy’s solar farm project starting Tuesday. The Xcel Energy grid is connected to six of the farms and two more will be added in the coming months. The…

Defendants in Rapid City homicide say arrests were illegal

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man and woman accused in a deadly Rapid City shooting are asking the court to throw out evidence gathered after their arrest, saying they were illegally apprehended on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Rapid City Journal reports that 21-year-old Maricelo Garcia has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old…

Regulators approve $1.8M pipeline project in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Regulators have approved a $1.8 million natural gas pipeline project in northwestern North Dakota. ONEOK Rockies Midstream plans to convert an existing natural gas gathering pipeline and a portion of another gathering pipeline into a natural gas liquids transmission line. The Bismarck Tribune reports the state Public Service Commission approved the Cherry Creek Pipeline project Monday,…

US warns liquid nicotine packets resemble juice boxes, candy

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health authorities are issuing warnings to makers of liquid nicotine whose packaging resembles children’s juice boxes, candies and cookies. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday the packaging practice is illegal for vaping formulas. The agency says children could mistakenly drink the liquids, which are intended for use in e-cigarettes and vaping devices. Exposure to nicotine…

Cause of Mina grain elevator fire will remain undetermined

MINA, S.D. (AP) – Authorities do not suspect foul play in a fire that extensively damaged an idled grain elevator complex in Mina. Ipswich Fire Chief Tracy Hutson tells the American News that the state fire marshal will not investigate, and the cause of the Sunday blaze will remain undetermined. Hutson says the elevator is used during the fall harvest,…

High winds, dirt cause ‘blackout’ on South Dakota road

MILLER, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say blowing dirt led to a two-vehicle crash that seriously injured two people in central South Dakota. The dirt storm prompted authorities to shut down a stretch of U.S. Highway 14 near Miller for six hours Sunday and lead motorists through zero visibility caused when high winds blew dirt from freshly plowed fields across the…

US risks trade fight with Europe as sanctions delay expires

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration risks igniting a trade battle with Europe just as it’s preparing for tense trade talks in China this week. Trump is considering whether to permanently exempt the European Union and five other countries from tariffs that his administration imposed last month on imported steel and aluminum. The White House provided temporary exemptions in March…

Trump says he favors border for NKorea meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he may favor the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea for his proposed summit with the North’s dictator Kim Jong Un. Trump said Monday that “there’s something that I like” about meeting at the border known as the Demilitarized Zone “because you’re there.” The president also said that if the talks…

Iowa man admits killing parents, sister, gets 3 life sentences

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A central Iowa man has been given three life sentences after admitting in court that he fatally shot his parents and sister. Twenty-two-year-old Chase Nicholson pleaded guilty Monday in Polk County District Court in Des Moines to killing 58-year-old Mark Nicholson 56-year-old Charla Nicholson and 24-year-old Tawni Nicholson. Their bodies and the shotgun used to…