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Despite rule, Iowa ethics board not posting minutes online

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A board that enforces Iowa’s government ethics laws hasn’t been following a rule that requires its meeting minutes to be available online. An administrative rule says minutes of Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board meetings will be “available for viewing” on its website, but the board hasn’t posted any since its November 2016 meeting. That…

Northern Iowa man gets 2 years for making fake money

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A northern Iowa man has been given two years in prison for making counterfeit $20 bills. Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Victor Ineson Jr., of Forest City, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. He was ordered to make $240 in restitution to area businesses and serve two years of supervised release after…

Man to plead guilty to theft from low-income program

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man accused of stealing from a program that provides legal services to low-income people including on American Indian reservations in the Dakotas has agreed to plead guilty. Authorities allege Kevin Lewis took nearly $25,000 while working as managing attorney for Dakota Plains Legal Services between 2014 and 2017. He was fired last July….

V.A. Nominee Withdraws From Consideration

WASHINGTON – White House doctor Ronny Jackson is withdrawing from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary. Jackson says “false allegations” against him have become a distraction. The White House sent out a statement from Jackson Thursday morning. He says he “did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity.” Jackson has faced a series…

Health officials warn of measles exposure in SE Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – State health officials are warning residents of southeastern Minnesota about possible exposure to measles. The Minnesota Department of Health learned this week that a non-Minnesota resident with confirmed measles traveled through Minnesota from another state. According to the department, people may have been exposed to measles on April 13 at a McDonald’s on Main Street…

Report: South Dakota teachers no longer lowest paid in US

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A report says South Dakota no longer has the lowest-paid teachers in the U.S. after holding the ranking for more than three decades. The National Education Association released its annual report on Monday. The report shows that salary increases pushed South Dakota from 51st to 48th in the country, including the District of Columbia. A…

Iowa adjustment board approves wind farm project

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – A county board in northeast Iowa has approved a 35-turbine wind energy project despite strong opposition from many residents who live near the development. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the Black Hawk County Board of Adjustment voted Tuesday to give Washburn Wind Energy a special permit for the 70-megawatt project south of Waterloo. Washburn now…

Minnesota lawmaker stages sit-in, wants stronger gun laws

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A Democratic lawmaker is holding a 24-hour sit-in on the Minnesota House floor to protest the lack of action on gun legislation this year. Rep. Erin Maye Quade began the protest Tuesday. Several Democratic colleagues and one suburban Republican joined at the start to share stories of Minnesota residents who were fatally shot. Maye Quade…

Independent Ronald Wieczorek seeking SD congressional seat

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Mount Vernon man who has mounted several unsuccessful congressional bids is seeking to run for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat as an independent in November. The Capital Journal reports that Ronald Wieczorek turned in about 4,000 signatures Tuesday to the Secretary of State’s office. A supporter of President Donald Trump, Wieczorek describes himself as…

2 arrested after 2-state chase; Iowa trooper hurt in crash

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) – Authorities say a police chase that began in suburban Omaha and wound south through southwest Iowa ended with a crash and the arrests of two people. Bellevue police investigating a reported drive-by shooting Tuesday night say a man in a vehicle fired at officers early Wednesday and then fled into Iowa. None of the officers was…

4 escape serious injury in emergency landing near Pine Ridge

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Four people escaped serious injury when a charter plane carrying HKG Architects employees from Aberdeen made an emergency landing near Pine Ridge. Company President Dean Marske tells the American News that the twin-engine propeller plane registered to Aberdeen Flying Service hit a cold pocket and iced up, forcing it to the ground Tuesday morning in a…

Juul maker to invest $30M to combat underage vaping

WASHINGTON (AP) – The maker of a much-debated e-cigarette popular with teenagers says it will spend $30 million in an effort to keep its products out of the hands of children. The announcement from Juul Labs comes one day after the Food and Drug Administration questioned the design and marketing of the company’s small, sleek vaping devices. The San Francisco…

Spring Wheat Planting Finally Underway

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Planting of spring wheat is finally getting underway in South Dakota. The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that 2 percent of the crop is in the ground, well behind the five-year average of 50 percent. Last year at this time, nearly 75 percent of the spring wheat was seeded. The state’s winter…

US agency cracks down on Juul e-cigarette popular in schools

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health officials are cracking down on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand following months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it has issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a nationwide operation against illegal sales of Juul (JOO’-uhl) to children. Like other…

First drug approved for most common inherited kidney disease

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to slow kidney decline in patients with the most common inherited kidney disease. Jynarque, from Japan’s Otsuka Pharmaceutical, was approved Tuesday for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. The progressive genetic disorder is the fourth-leading cause of kidney failure. It causes fluid-filled cysts to develop in…

Ex-Yahoo paying $35M to settle SEC charges over 2014 hack

WASHINGTON (AP) – The company formerly known as Yahoo is paying a $35 million fine to resolve federal regulators’ charges that the online pioneer deceived investors by failing to disclose one of the biggest data breaches in internet history. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the action Tuesday against the company, which is now called Altaba after its most valuable…

Sioux Falls police investigating unattended death of baby

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Sioux Falls police say they’re investigating the death of a baby boy. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says officers received a call Monday morning about a child who wasn’t breathing. The 8-month-old baby was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. Clemens says the investigation into the death is ongoing. An autopsy could help determine what…

Authorities: Waterloo fire victims were mom, 9-year-old son

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have released the names of a woman and boy killed in a Waterloo house fire. Fire officials say 32-year-old Ashley Smith and her son, 9-year-old Jaykwon Sallis, died Sunday. Firefighters found their bodies on the second floor of the home. Three other people escaped. They’ve been identified as 36-year-old Willie Phillips, 31-year-old Teryn Netz and…