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6-man football class a step from reality in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The board of the South Dakota High School Activities Association has given initial approval to forming a six-man football class in the state. The new classification would replace Class 9B and would be open to any schools with an average daily membership of 40 and below. The remaining nine-man teams would be divided into two…

Northwest Iowa college gets $6M gift for science building

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) – Northwestern College says it’s received a $6 million gift for its new science building, the largest single gift in school history. The $24.5 million building will be named for benefactors Jack and Mary DeWitt, who live in Holland, Michigan. The building will have classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices for the college’s biology, chemistry and nursing…

Douglas schools want to double security staff

BOX ELDER, S.D. (AP) – The Douglas School District wants to beef up security by adding two additional sheriff’s deputies. School administrators are asking the Pennington County Commission to help fund the positions, which would double the number of school resource officers. Superintendent Alan Kerr says school safety is the top priority. Officials say the number of long-term suspensions for…

Sturgis proposing trails in Black Hills National Forest

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – The city of Sturgis wants to build and maintain nearly 15 miles of non-motorized trails in the Black Hills National Forest. The Black Hills Pioneer reports the proposed trails would form a multiple-loop trail network in the area of Vanocker Canyon, Deadman Mountain and Veteran’s Peak south of Sturgis. Construction and maintenance of the trails would…

Senators introducing new war powers resolution

WASHINGTON (AP) – The leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are set to unveil a bipartisan resolution authorizing the use of military force overseas. The proposal would accelerate a debate that Congress has been reluctant to have, but that’s taking on new urgency after President Donald Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria. The resolution from Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee…

900 National Guard troops at border so far

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The National Guard Bureau’s vice chief says about 900 guard members are deployed so far for President Donald Trump’s effort to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border. Speaking to reporters in Washington, Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson said Monday that about 650 are deployed in Texas, with close to 250 in Arizona…

State withdraws death penalty possibility in slaying case

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Sturgis man accused of hiring others to kill his girlfriend will not face the possibility of the death penalty if convicted. Jonathon Klinetobe has pleaded not guilty to multiple felonies including first-degree murder in the May 2015 stabbing death of 22-year-old Jessica Rehfeld. Her body was found in a remote grave near Rockerville a…

8-year-old boy at Minnesota school slashes other students with knife

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say an 8-year-old student took a kitchen knife to a central Minnesota elementary school and attacked three other children. Chief Perry Beise says the victims aged 8, 9 and 13 suffered “superficial wounds” requiring stitches in the attack before classes started Monday at Pleasantview Elementary in Sauk Rapids. No one else was hurt. School…

NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft poised for launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft is poised for a Monday evening launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Tess satellite will scan almost the entire sky, staring at the brightest, closest stars in an effort to find any planets that might be encircling them. These mysterious worlds beyond our solar system, called exoplanets, could harbor life. Scientists…

Keystone XL developer to meet with Nebraska landowners

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline plans to meet with landowners along its planned route through Nebraska this week and will start surveying for the project in Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana. TransCanada Inc. spokesman Matt John said Monday that the company will visit all landowners along the proposed route with financial offers. Company officials…

GAO says EPA violated spending law on Pruitt’s privacy booth

WASHINGTON (AP) – An internal government watchdog says the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal spending laws when purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office. The Government Accountability Office issued its findings Monday in a letter to Senate Democrats who had requested a review of Pruitt’s spending. GAO determined that EPA’s purchase of the booth violated federal…

Snow records toppled in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Records fell as an April snowstorm blanketed the Upper Midwest. The National Weather Service says the 14.9 inches at Minneapolis airport from Friday through Sunday set a record for the largest April snowstorm ever there. It’s also the snowiest April on record in the Twin Cities. And it’s the snowiest start to a calendar year there, with…

Granddaughter: Barbara Bush resting comfortably

HOUSTON (AP) – Jenna Bush Hager says her grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, is resting comfortably with family members at her side. Hager’s comments to NBC’s “Today” show Monday come a day after the family announced the 92-year-old Bush has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and is instead focusing on “comfort care” at home in Houston. Hager,…

Sturgis files motion to intervene in incorporated town case

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – The city of Sturgis is seeking permission from the South Dakota Supreme Court to intervene in the state’s case challenging the incorporation of the town of Buffalo Chip. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that Sturgis filed a motion Thursday, citing the need for the city to protect its interests. City Manager Daniel Ainslie says Sturgis wants…

Allegiant Air under fire after ’60 Minutes’ safety report

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The low-cost carrier Allegiant Air is under fire following a “60 Minutes” investigation that is raising significant safety concerns. Investigators with the news program found that between Jan. 1, 2016 and October 2017, the Las Vegas airline experienced more than 100 serious mechanical incidents, including aborted takeoffs, rapid descents, flight control malfunctions and midair engine failures….

Lawyer of fired FBI Deputy Dir. McCabe may file defamation suit vs. Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – TA lawyer for fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says he’s considering filing a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his “colleagues.” Attorney Michael Bromwich sarcastically thanked Trump in a Twitter post Friday for “providing even more material” for a lawsuit he’s considering. The statement was in response to a Trump tweet that said McCabe had…