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Senators Bewildered By Equifax Contract With IRS After Hack

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators are expressing bewilderment that credit reporting company Equifax has received a $7.25 million contract with the IRS to provide taxpayer and personal identity verification services. A Senate committee is examining the data breach at Equifax that’s affected more than 145 million people. Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska has this question for the company’s former CEO:…

Trump Budget Chiefs Says No Bailout For Puerto Rico Debt

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House’s budget director says Puerto Rico shouldn’t expect a federal bailout of its debt – even after President Donald Trump spoke of the need to “wipe out” that red ink as part of the island’s recovery after Hurricane Maria. Mick Mulvaney tells reporters that the administration plans to send Congress a disaster aid package that’ll…

Ex-SD Police Chief Asking Court To Vacate Murder Conviction

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – A former South Dakota police chief found guilty in the 2009 death of his pregnant fiancee is asking the state Supreme Court to vacate his first-degree murder conviction. Arguments in Russell Bertram’s case are set for Wednesday. The one-time Harrisburg police chief was sentenced last year to life in prison without parole for fatally shooting 26-year-old…

Children Playing With Phone Lead To Drug Bust In Pierre

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Children playing with a phone led Pierre police officers to a drug bust. Officers who responded to several 911 hang-up calls on Sunday morning smelled marijuana and initiated a welfare check on the children. Officers say they found marijuana and paraphernalia inside the residence, and a 25-year-old man became combative with officers. He was arrested on…

Trial Delayed For Yankton Man Shot By State Trooper

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Trial has been delayed for a Yankton man who was shot by a state trooper last December. Curt Adams Sr. is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault of a police officer and aggravated eluding in the incident that involved a police chase. He also faces drug counts. Adams’ trial was to begin Oct. 16. It’s been…

House GOP Proposes 5-Year Extension For Children’s Health

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans are proposing a five-year extension of financing for a popular program that provides health insurance for 8.9 million low-income children. GOP lawmakers have unveiled the measure three days after federal funding for the program expired. Though no states are expected to immediately run out of money, some are preparing to take initial steps to wind…

Officials: Dozens Released From Vegas Hospitals

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Hospital officials say Tuesday that at least 45 people remain in critical condition after being wounded at a mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival on Sunday. Sunrise Hospital has 33 people and University Medical Center has 12 people still in critical condition as of Tuesday morning. Authorities say Stephen Craig Paddock killed 59 people…

Langford Voters Asked to Approve $3.6 Million School Expansion

Tuesday's vote will determine if improvements are made

LANGFORD, S.D. – Residents of the Langford Area School District vote Tuesday on a proposed $3.6 million school expansion. Proposed improvements would include an auxiliary gymnasium that also would serve as a multipurpose room, a larger special education room, a music room and a wellness center that would be open to students and the public. The proposal would raise property…

Rain Slows Fall Harvest

Corn harvest in South Dakota is typically around 19 percent by now

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Rain and thunderstorms have slowed the harvest across much of eastern South Dakota. According to the weekly crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an inch or more of rain fell across most of the eastern part of the state. Producers were completing late-season haying in other parts of the state. Topsoil moisture is still…

Appeal Underway in Death of 2-Year-Old Tyrese Ruffin

The man serving life in prison for killing the son of NFL running back Adrian Peterson, claims his trial was mishandled

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The case of a man serving life in prison for killing the 2-year-old son of NFL running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota is going before the state Supreme Court. Joseph Patterson was convicted in September 2015 of second-degree murder in the October 2013 death of Tyrese Ruffin, the son of Patterson’s girlfriend and Peterson. Patterson…

Children Found Emaciated

Kyle woman pleads guilty to felony child abuse and neglect of 2 and 3-year-olds

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Kyle woman has pleaded guilty to felony child abuse and neglect charged after her two of her children were found emaciated on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Thirty-four-year-old Darcel Featherman admitted to leaving her daughters, ages 2 and 3, with her mother and sister, knowing they wouldn’t properly care for them due to alcohol and…

More Than 50 Confirmed Dead in Vegas Shooting

Hundreds more are injured as concert-goers at a country music festival are gunned down

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas sheriff says more than 50 people are dead and more than 200 others are injured after an attack at an outdoor concert venue. Officers have reportedly killed the gunman, who was said to be on the 32nd floor of a hotel across from the venue. The gunman opened fire during Jason Aldean’s performance at the…

Health Secretary Price Resigns Amid Travel Investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s health secretary has resigned, after his travel on costly charter flights triggered investigations and angered his boss. Tom Price’s partial repayment and public regrets couldn’t save his job. The Health and Human Services secretary became the first member of the president’s Cabinet to leave office in a turbulent young administration that has seen several…

Iowa Reports 1st Confirmed West Nile Virus Death For 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials have announced the year’s first confirmed death from West Nile virus in Iowa. The Iowa Public Health Department said in a news release Friday that an adult woman from southwest Iowa died earlier this month. The state medical director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, says the West Nile virus threat remains until the state’s first hard…

Anonymous Donor Gives Iowa School District $2M

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) – An anonymous donor has given a northwestern Iowa school district $2 million to renovate a high school sports complex. The Le Mars Community School Foundation will use the money to replace the existing grass on the football field with turf, install a new track and replace the bleachers and locker rooms. The money will also…

New Senate GOP Budget Would Pave Way For Tax Rewrite

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans have unveiled a budget plan that’s the first step to overhaul the nation’s tax system. An overhaul is the top legislative priority for President Donald Trump and the GOP. House and Senate passage of the budget blueprint would allow Republicans to pass follow-on tax legislation later this year. The ambitious tax plan would lower rates…

Former Custer City Official Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – A former Custer city official has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for child sex crimes. Former planning administrator Scott Simianer was accused of inappropriately touching a pre-teenage girl and taking pornographic photos of her in 2015. He reached a deal with prosecutors earlier this year and entered an Alford plea, not admitting guilt but…