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3 Facebook Messenger app users file lawsuit over privacy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Three Facebook Messenger app users have filed a lawsuit claiming the social network violated their privacy by collecting logs of their phone calls and text messages. The suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in northern California, comes as Facebook faces scrutiny over privacy concerns. Facebook acknowledged on Sunday that it began uploading call and text logs…

Bill bans driverless vehicle tests in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Four state senators want to prevent driverless vehicles from being tested in Minnesota until their developers can prove they’re safe. Republican Sen. Jim Abeler says the death of a woman who was struck by a self-driving vehicle in Tempe, Arizona last week confirmed his concerns about the technology. Minnesota Public Radio says Abeler and three…

Change on tap for microbrewers after governor signs overhaul

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill easing a state production limit and other regulations on South Dakota craft breweries. The Republican governor said Thursday the new law is an “economic development win” that will help the state’s homegrown microbreweries expand and thrive. Daugaard had pushed for the brewing overhaul, contending state regulations are stifling the…

Scotland grocery store to stay in business

SCOTLAND, S.D. (AP) – The owner of a southeastern South Dakota town’s grocery store says it will remain open after months of uncertainty. The Daily Republic reports that Scotland CashSmart owner R.F. Buche said Wednesday he will retain ownership of the store and keep it operating. Earlier this year, Buche closed two other regional grocery stores in Tyndall and Tripp…

Ag group accepts challenge to raise millions for industry

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Agricultural Foundation has taken on a five-year challenge to fundraise $4 million to help support the state’s agriculture industry. Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office said Tuesday that money raised by the foundation will be matched with $1 million from the state and the South Dakota Community Foundation. Daugaard says in a statement the…

Downtown Sioux Falls Store Sees Big Business for St. Patrick’s Day

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – St. Patrick’s Day brought extra customers to downtown Sioux Falls stores this weekend and to one shop in particular. Mrs. Murphy’s Irish Gifts say the parade usually brings in a bigger crowd, much like the Christmas season for other retailers. This St. Patrick’s Day, owners say the best day of business in the store’s 20-year history….

Sioux Falls Bars Welcome March Madness Watchers

Sioux Falls, S.D. – With the NCAA tournament in full-swing, bars in Sioux Falls are welcoming the public to hang out and watch games all day. The Liebrary is opening their doors at 11 a.m. for the start of the tournament’s games and offers half-priced drinks from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. along with their daily specials. Liebrary also offers…

WSJ: Fed investigation into Wells Fargo broadens

NEW YORK (AP) – The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a federal investigation into Wells Fargo has broadened to include its wealth-management division. Wells Fargo is wrestling with aftermath of a scandal in its retail banking unit in which, among other things, employees opened up millions of fake accounts without customer authorization. The Journal reports that the Justice Department…

Lawsuits accuse automakers of faulty air bags, recall delays

DETROIT (AP) – Three class actions filed Wednesday allege that General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen and Mercedes knew of problems with exploding Takata air bag inflators yet waited years to issue recalls. The lawsuits cite company documents obtained through previous lawsuits. The plaintiffs allege that automakers were informed of inflator defects during tests but delayed taking action. Takata uses the…

Outdoors stores quietly continue to sell assault weapons

DUNDEE, Mich. (AP) – Some big retailers have curbed sales of assault weapons after last month’s school shooting in Florida. But others are sticking to their guns. Several outdoor chains, including Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Gander Outdoors and Academy Sports, continue to sell assault-style rifles as part of their mix of hunting equipment. The decision is in stark contrast to…

Sioux Falls Businesses React to New Tariffs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sparks are flying for those that deal with steel. President Trump gave the green light on new steel and aluminum tariffs. That’s 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum. P & M steel says this tariff comes at a tricky time. The company makes engineers and architects’ projects come to life with their…

Catch ‘Crimes Of The Heart’ At White Wall

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The arts have become prevalent in the Sioux Empire. In recent years, the local art and theatre scene has flourished in multiple facets. From theatre companies popping up left and right, to art shows and programs, there’s always an attraction of some kind, and it’s being noticed. Whether local, national, or international, talent is continually being…