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State Pays $1.5 Million in Closure to 2015 Lawsuit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A nearly three-year long legal battle involving a former South Dakota DCI agent appears to be over. The ex-agent says she was supposed to be paid more than one million dollars last month, but it didn’t come until Wednesday. Former agent Laura Kaiser was owed more than $1.5 million dollars from a 2015 lawsuit she filed against…

Sioux Falls Residents Use App to Help Save Lives

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- Experts say in the United States someone dies every two minutes from cardiac arrest. The Sioux Falls Fire Department says by residents downloading an app they have the potential to save someone’s life. It’s already making a difference in Sioux Falls. The app Pulse Point allows residents to help out in public places until emergency services get…

UPDATE: Arrest Made In Fatal Hit-And-Run

WORTHING, S.D. – UPDATE 6:25 P.M. A suspect is in custody after a 34-year-old woman was killed in a hit-and-run Wednesday night near in Worthing. Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Johnson says Christian Dixon, 21, of Sioux Falls, was arrested late Thursday afternoon on first degree manslaughter charges. Authorities say the suspect vehicle, a 1999 Chevy Silverado, was located in southwest…

Trump administration defends Keystone pipeline

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Attorneys for the Trump administration have asked a judge to let TransCanada Corporation move forward with the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. President Barack Obama rejected the 1,179-mile pipeline, saying it could exacerbate climate change. President Donald Trump revived the project last year, citing its potential to create jobs and advance energy independence. Environmentalists and…

Paramedics Plus Hosts Booster Seat Clinic for EMS Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Paramedics Plus in Sioux Falls is hosting a booster seat clinic today and tomorrow for EMS week. Paramedics Plus, located at 4000 West 57th Street, will offer important booster seat safety tips if you stop by. One easy tip they give is “it’s not fine till they’re 4’9.” Others include making sure the seat belt is…

Analysis says Trump budget won’t curb deficits as promised

WASHINGTON (AP) – The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says that President Donald Trump’s budget plan wouldn’t curb the spiraling deficit like it claims. Trump’s budget, released in February and mostly ignored since, promises spending cuts and economic growth that would cut the deficit to $363 billion in 10 years. CBO says it would instead hit almost $1.1 trillion if all…

Facebook to label election-related ‘issue ads’ in US

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook is expanding its advertising disclosure requirements to cover all U.S. ads on polarized issues such as gun control and abortion rights, even if they don’t endorse a particular candidate. Ads coming from specific candidates have already included a disclosure label since October. Facebook has said it would require that of issue ads from outside parties,…

Trump signs bill easing post-2008 crisis restraints on banks

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has signed into law a measure loosening key restraints for banks that came in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and Great Recession. Trump savored the legislative triumph Thursday. The Republican-led legislation cleared Congress on Tuesday with the help of some Democrats’ votes and allowed Trump to realize his campaign pledge of dismantling…

Daugaard to name circuit judge to SD Supreme Court

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he will appoint circuit court Judge Mark Salter to the South Dakota Supreme Court. The governor said Thursday he will name Salter, of Sioux Falls, to replace Justice Glen Severson, who will retire in June after nine years as a member of the high court. Salter has been a judge in the…

Iowa seniors may be barred from graduation following prank

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) – Some southeast Iowa high school students may be banned from graduating next month after a senior prank that officials say crossed the line and became criminal. The Fort Madison Police Department says 19 Fort Madison High School seniors broke into the school Sunday. School officials on Monday discovered the school covered in toilet paper, Vaseline…

Authorities Ask for Public’s Help Locating Vehicle Involved in Fatal Hit-And-Run

Rear view mirror of suspected vehicleLINCOLN COUNTY, S.D. – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle they say was involved in a fatal hit-and-run last night. Authorities say at around 7:45 p.m., 34-year-old Tessa Jacobs was walking on 473rd Avenue between 278th and 279th just north of Worthing. They say she was…

Iowa gubernatorial candidate accused of misconduct drops out

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A popular Democratic candidate in Iowa’s crowded race for governor is suspending his campaign, after a newspaper reported three women had accused him of sexual misconduct. Des Moines state Sen. Nate Boulton announced Thursday that he’s leaving the race. The allegations appeared in The Des Moines Register on Wednesday. The women have said Boulton touched…

POET Biorefining making $5M in upgrades at Mitchell plant

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – POET Biorefining is making roughly $5 million in upgrades at its Mitchell-area site to expand equipment including for its business forming distillers grains produced while making ethanol into pellets that animals can easily eat. The Daily Republic reports the company ceremonially broke ground on the improvements Wednesday. POET Vice President of Business Development Matt Reiners says…

Man gets 10-year sentence in fatal reservation shooting

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man who admitted helping the suspects in a fatal shooting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation a year ago has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, along with another eight years in an unrelated drug case. Thirty-one-year-old Scott Benson earlier this year pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the killing of 42-year-old…

2 expected to change pleas in Des Moines slaying

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two people charged in last summer’s slaying of a Des Moines high school student are expected to change their pleas. Polk County District Court records say 19-year-old Daniel Lamay and 30-year-old Crystal Lee are due in court Wednesday for a plea hearing and sentencing. The records don’t say what charge or charges are involved. So…