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Unusual Sentence For Tax-Evading Prosecutor Reconsidered

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge is reconsidering the unusual prison sentence he issued to a former South Dakota state’s attorney convicted of tax evasion. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken now thinks the sentence might be illegal. Viken on Aug. 30 sentenced 48-year-old Ken Orrock for evading businesses taxes. He ordered Orrock to complete 12 months in prison…

Man Charged With Stealing From Fund for Low-Income on Reservations

The fund helps to provide legal services for those in need

A Rapid City man has pleaded not guilty to stealing from a program that provides legal services to low-income people on American Indian reservations in the Dakotas. Fifty-five-year-old Kevin Lewis is charged in U.S. District Court with theft from a program receiving federal funds. Authorities allege he took an unspecified amount of money while working as managing attorney for Dakota…

Iowa Gov. Reynolds Highlights NFL Criticism To Raise Money

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is highlighting her criticism of football players who kneel during the national anthem to raise money for her gubernatorial race. The Republican governor’s campaign sent an email Tuesday that summarizes comments she made one day earlier about National Football League players. She told reporters that players who take the knee are…

Syngenta Settles US Farmer Lawsuits In China Corn Trade Case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta has agreed to settle tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits by farmers over the company’s rollout of a genetically engineered corn seed variety before China approved it for imports. Terms weren’t disclosed in the deal reached Tuesday. Syngenta began selling Viptera to U.S. farmers for the 2011 growing season. But China didn’t approve…

Rapid City Ammunition Company Gets $50M Contract With Navy

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City company has landed a $50 million federal contract to provide ammunition to the U.S. military. The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command announced last week that Black Hills Ammunition is contracted to provide 5.56-millimeter long-range ammunition for U.S. combat forces to use. The ammunition company will absorb production expenses over the contract’s five-year…

Tribal Leader Bashes State Deal With Dakota Access Builder

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux and an attorney for private North Dakota landowners believe the builder of the Dakota Access pipeline got off too lightly when it settled allegations that it violated rules including those dealing with artifacts discoveries. The agreement between North Dakota’s Public Service Commission and Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners doesn’t include…

NCAA Coaches Among 10 Charged With Fraud And Corruption

From left, Tony Bland, Emanuel Richardson, Lamont Evans and Chuck Person.NEW YORK (AP) – Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, including against four coaches. The coaches work at Oklahoma State, Auburn University, Arizona and the University of Southern California. They were among 10 people charged in New York City federal court. Others included managers,…

Trump Says He’ll Visit Hurricane Ravaged Puerto Rico Next Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he’ll visit hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico next Tuesday. Trump announced the visit after the administration came under criticism for its response to the damage on the island that is home to more than 3 million U.S. citizens. The island has been coping with shortages of food, drinking water, electricity and various forms of communication…

Analysis Says Lots Of States Lose On GOP Health Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -A new analysis finds that 34 states and Washington, D.C., would lose money under the newest version of the Republican health care bill. This is despite last-minute changes to the legislation. Overall, states would get $205 billion less in federal health care money from 2020-2026, according to the analysis from consulting firm Avalere Health, which was released Tuesday….

Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In Fatal Overdose Death In Lead

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) – A New York state man has pleaded not guilty in a fatal overdose death in South Dakota. Authorities charged 27-year-old Derek Kenny, of Setauket, New York, after a 14-month investigation into the June 2016 death of a 24-year-old Grace Fitzgerald, of Lead. The Rapid City Journal reports that Kenny recently was extradited to South Dakota and…

Pennington County Commissioner Fined For Violating Ordinance

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Pennington County commissioner who disagrees with government oversight of septic systems has been convicted of violating a county zoning ordinance. Seventy-seven-year-old George Ferebee after a five-hour trial on Monday was found guilty by a judge and fined $200 for maintaining on his rural Hill City property a septic system that lacked an operating permit….

Black Hills Residents Oppose Canadian Company’s Gold Search

ROCHFORD, S.D. (AP) – Some private landowners are opposing a Canadian company’s search for gold in a remote area of South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest. Mineral Mountain Resources has submitted an operating plan to the forest for more than 20 drilling sites on federal land a couple miles south of Rochford. Another dozen sites will be drilled on nearby…

Official: US Not Seeking Regime Change In NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration says it is not advocating regime change in North Korea after President Donald Trump tweeted that leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer.” North Korea’s top diplomat responded to that Monday at the U.N., telling reporters it was a declaration of war against his country by the United States, and that the…

North Dakota’s Bill Rises For Oil Pipeline Protest Costs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s bill for policing protests of the Dakota Access pipeline continues to rise. The North Dakota Emergency Commission is set to borrow an additional $5 million Monday to cover law enforcement costs. That will bring the total line of credit from the state-owned bank of North Dakota to $39 million. State Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily…

Republicans Revise Health Bill To Woo Holdouts

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans have released a revised version of their legislation dismantling the Obama health care law. It contains added money and newly eased coverage requirements aimed at winning over GOP senators whose opposition could well sink the bill. The proposal would allow states to let insurers boost premiums on people with serious pre-existing medical conditions and on older…