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Trump’s 2019 Budget Slashes EPA Funding

WASHINGTON (AP) – Climate change research is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s chopping block. Trump’s proposed 2019 budget calls for slashing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by more than one third, including ending the Climate Change Research and Partnership Programs. The president’s budget would also make deep cuts to funding for cleaning up the nation’s most polluted sites, even…

Retired Generals, Vets Urge Against US Aid Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than 150 retired U.S. general and admirals and more than 1,200 veterans are urging the Trump administration not to make steep cuts to the State Department, foreign aid and other overseas programs. In separate letters, the former military leaders and rank-and-file veterans are emphasizing the need to invest in diplomacy alongside America’s military. The letters come…

3 Have Died Of Injuries In Crash Near Hermosa Feb. 3

HERMOSA, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says three people have died as a result of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash more than a week ago. The driver, 44-year-old Gregory Fayson, of Rapid City, died Wednesday of injuries suffered in the Feb 3 crash on Highway 40 east of Hermosa. Thirty-four-year-old Paul Fast Wolf, of Pine Ridge,…

Iowa Man Imprisoned For Fatal Shooting In Burlington

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) – A 35-year-old Burlington resident has been imprisoned for shooting to death another man. Court records say Joseph Mayorga Jr. pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month and immediately was sentenced to 50 years. Prosecutors had lowered the charge from first-degree murder in exchange for Mayorga’s plea. Mayorga also was ordered to pay $150,000 to his…

Fatal Shooting Of Oglala Sioux Police Officer Investigated

 KYLE, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of an Oglala Sioux police officer. Fifty-two-year-old Officer Brian Garrett, of Kyle, was shot about 4 a.m. Saturday in what investigators believe to be a domestic dispute while he was off duty. The tribe’s Department of Public Safety says in a statement that an arrest has been made, but…

World Archery Indoor Championships Starting In Yankton

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – While the world watches the Winter Olympics unfold in South Korea, Yankton is hosting its own world-class sporting event beginning this week. The 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships kick off at the National Field Archery Association Easton Yankton Archery Center. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports 32 teams are arriving Monday and Tuesday, and the…

New Trial Site Selected In Slaying Of Southeast Iowa Teen

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – The trial of a second man accused of fatally shooting a gender-fluid Iowa teenager will be moved to another county. The Hawk Eye reports that a judge Thursday granted a request from the attorney for Jason Purham, of St. Louis. The attorney cited in part the extensive media coverage of the case in Des Moines County….

South Dakota Speaker, Campaign Negotiating Marsy’s Law Deal

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s House speaker says a voter-approved constitutional “bill of rights” for crime victims could be changed rather than repealed, opening the way for a potential deal with the group that pushed for its passage. Republican Rep. Mark Mickelson and others earlier this legislative session proposed repealing the “Marsy’s Law” amendment and instead strengthening victims’ rights…

Attorney Calls For Sanctions In Dakota Access Pipeline Suit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Attorneys for a Florida-based environmental publication want a federal judge in North Dakota to sanction the Texas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in a dispute over whether the publication can be sued. Energy Transfer Partners has sued Greenpeace, BankTrack and Earth First for allegedly trying to undermine the $3.8 billion pipeline project. The company…

Iowa Man Pleads Not Guilty To Charges In Fatal ATV Crash

PRIMGHAR, Iowa (AP) – A northwestern Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to charges in a fatal 2016 all-terrain vehicle crash. The Sioux City Journal reports that 27-year-old Garrett Crowl entered the written plea Thursday in O’Brien County District Court. He’s charged with two counts of vehicular homicide – one of operating while intoxicated and the other while driving recklessly….

Police: Man Who Died In Apartment Fire May Have Started It

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) – A man has died of injuries suffered in a fire at an apartment building in Plymouth, a fire that officials say he may have set. Officials say the fire broke out in one the building’s third-floor units about 11 p.m. Thursday. The building’s other tenants evacuated safely. Firefighters discovered heavy smoke in the hallways and learned…

Man Pleads Guilty To Being Accessory In Pine Ridge Slaying

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man charged in a fatal shooting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation last May has admitted helping the shooting suspects evade authorities. The Rapid City Journal reports that 30-year-old Scott Benson recently pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the killing of 42-year-old Christopher Janis, which happened near Sharps Corner. Prosecutors in return agreed…

Man Found Dead In Box Elder Highway Median

BOX ELDER, S.D. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials think a man found dead in a highway median in Box Elder is the victim of a hit-and-run accident. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says the man was found in the median on Highway 14-16 on Thursday. They believe the man was in his early 20s or late teens and possibly of Native…

South Dakota, Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribe Team Up On Drug Fight

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The state of South Dakota and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate are teaming up to fight illegal drugs. Attorney General Marty Jackley says the state and tribe have signed a joint powers agreement that paves the way for coordinated drug enforcement efforts on the reservation. Jackley and tribal Chairman Dave Flute say the goal is to significantly diminish…

Large Agriculture Conference Switching Dakotas Next Year

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society is moving its winter conference from South Dakota to North Dakota next year. The American News reports the annual event has been held in Aberdeen since 2013, but it’s outgrown the hotel where it’s been held. Next year it’s being moved to Fargo. This year’s late-January conference drew 580 people,…

Dusty Johnson Outraises Shantel Krebs In GOP House Primary

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican Dusty Johnson’s campaign for U.S. House outraised GOP opponent Shantel Krebs in the fourth quarter of 2017. Johnson recently reported raising more than $116,000, while Krebs took in over $77,000. Johnson also has a cash advantage, with about $424,000 in the bank compared to Krebs’ nearly $362,000 cash on hand. Johnson previously served as Gov….

Minnesota District Drops 2 Classic Novels, Cite Racial Slurs

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – Two classic American novels will no longer be required reading in eastern Minnesota schools because they contain racial slurs. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be dropped from the Duluth school district’s English classes next year. School officials say the move is part of an effort to be considerate to all…