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Transformers Visit Walmart Supercenters In Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A fast-moving superhero was making the rounds in Sioux Falls today, but you might not have noticed the “robot in disguise.” Walmart and Hasbro have teamed up to launch a retail tour that stops at 870 Walmart Supercenters across the country featuring new Transformers merchandise. Today, Transformers visited Walmart locations on Louise Avenue and Arrowhead Parkway…

Legal Challenge Could Scuttle Prescription Drug Initiative In South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legal challenge could scuttle a ballot measure that would cap how much state agencies could pay for prescription drugs even if backers gather enough support to put it on the 2018 ballot. Industry groups have appealed to the South Dakota Supreme Court after a judge rejected their challenge to the attorney general’s explanation. Initiative supporter…

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Calls Dakota Access Ruling Disappointing

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An attorney for the Standing Rock Sioux says a federal judge’s decision allowing the Dakota Access pipeline to continue operating while more environmental study is done is “disappointing.” The $3.8 billion pipeline began moving oil from North Dakota to Illinois in June, but Judge James Boasberg ruled that month more assessment is needed on the project’s…

Iowa Sets Up Text-To-911 System For Public Safety

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa has set up a Text-to-911 system for wireless phones. Officials say 94 of Iowa’s 113 emergency calls centers can accept text messages from at least one wireless phone carrier. The remaining centers are expected to have that capability by the end of 2017. The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management oversees Iowa’s 911…

Former Secy. Rice To Speak At 2018 Boe Forum On Public Affairs

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana University announced today that former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak at the 2018 Boe Forum on public affairs next spring. Rice will discuss America’s national security and the world. The forum takes place on Tuesday, March 20th and is free to attendees. More event and ticket information will be announced early next…

Judge Allows Dakota Access Pipeline To Keep Running

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge has decided to allow the Dakota Access oil pipeline to continue operating while a study is completed assessing its environmental impact on an American Indian tribe. The $3.8 billion pipeline built by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners began moving oil from North Dakota to Illinois on June 1. But U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled…

Dog Stolen From Aberdeen Officer Turns Up In Minneapolis

Courtesy: Aberdeen Police DepartmentABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – A German shepherd stolen from an Aberdeen police officer has turned up on the streets of Minneapolis. Police say 4-month-old Poppy had been missing since Sept. 30 when electronic devices were stolen from the officer’s home. The American Aberdeen News says a Minneapolis resident found the dog and used social media to try…

Sheriff Says Boy Wounded At Orchard Is In Stable Condition

NASHUA, Iowa (AP) – A northeast Iowa sheriff says an 8-year-old boy is in stable condition as he recovers from a gunshot wound suffered while visiting an apple orchard with his parents. Chickasaw County Sheriff Martin Hemann says the bullet was fired at a Nashua Fish and Game Club range, which sits about three-eighths of a mile from the Apples…

Trial Nears For Rapid City Man Charged In Fatal Stabbing

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man set for a murder trial in two weeks is preparing to maintain that he acted in self-defense. Twenty-six-year-old Nathan Chase is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of 30-year-old Jeremy Little at a Rapid City motel in January. Chase maintains his innocence and is set for a four-day trial…

Aberdeen Motorist With Medical Problem Crashes Into Business

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – An Aberdeen man was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries after crashing his car into a building. The American News reports that the 24-year-old man drove through an outer brick wall and into the BAE Systems building late Tuesday afternoon. Police say the man suffered an apparent medical problem and veered off the road, though…

Couple Accused Of Fatal Rapid City Shooting In Court

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man and woman accused in a deadly Rapid City shooting will continue to be held without bond. Twenty-one-year-old Maricelo Garcia and 19-year-old Cierra Walks made their initial court appearances Tuesday where a judge granted the prosecution’s request to continue their detention with no bond. The Rapid City Journal says the two are accused in…

The Empire Mall Hosts ‘Project Blue Light Memorial’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Empire Mall is honoring law enforcement throughout this holiday season. The mall hosted the ‘Project Blue Light Memorial’ event Tuesday night. The annual event recognizes fallen law enforcement officers across the country. Throughout the holidays, a blue light display and a tree decorated with blue lights will be placed at the main north entrance of…

High School Football Team Takes Field With American Flags

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – Tuesday night, NBC Sports is reporting the NFL “may consider” a rule change requiring players to stand during the national anthem. For some players kneeling is a way to protest police brutality and inequality for people of color. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to team owners saying the league respects the right of its players…

Mitchell Girl Scouts Honor Fallen Veterans

MITCHELL, S.D. – Girl Scouts in Mitchell are helping honor fallen U.S. Veterans laid to rest. The Girl Scout troop raised more than $5,500 to purchase headstone foundations for three veterans. The project was a partnership between the troop and the Davison County Veteran Services office. The headstones will honor Veterans of the Spanish American war, Korean war and World…

Tea Man Receives Taco Trophy From Taco John’s

He is only one of two people to ever receive it

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- He’s the most loyal customer on Taco Tuesday and today a Tea man was honored by Taco John’s on 5100 South Louise Street for his dedication– eating at the fast food restaurant nearly every week for the last year. “I thought only Chad would get a trophy for eating tacos,” says Chad’s mother with a laugh, Verlene…

Details Scarce About Complaint To New Government Watchdog

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new government watchdog board that has the power to investigate statewide officeholders and executive branch employees has received its first complaint. A spokeswoman for the state Attorney General’s office said Tuesday that the complaint was filed July 26. But Attorney General spokeswoman Sara Rabern says details including the person who filed the complaint, whom it…

Police: 14-Year-Old Sioux Falls Teens Led Authorities On Interstate Chase In Stolen Vehicle

Teens Also Charged With String Of Car Vandalisms

Two Sioux Falls teens are facing more charges after police say they led authorities on a high speed chase in a stolen vehicle. Police believe the 14-year-old boys are responsible for vandalizing nearly 40 vehicles in central Sioux Falls. On Sunday night into early Monday, police say they received nearly 40 reports of car vandalisms. They say car windows had…

Thune Supports Trump Administration’s Withdraw Of Clean Power Plan

Plan Curbs Carbon Emission Rates For Coal Plants

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Senator John Thune showed support today for the administration’s withdraw of former President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”. In a statement today, Thune called the policy change a “step in the right direction”. Thune said the regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency would have raised energy costs for consumers. The rule mandated that existing coal…

Activist Weighing Appeal After Pipeline Protest Conviction

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – An environmental activist from Seattle convicted of targeting an oil pipeline in North Dakota hasn’t decided whether to appeal to the state Supreme Court. But Michael Foster’s attorney says he wouldn’t challenge the judge’s refusal to allow Foster to justify his crime with a global warming defense. Foster was among 11 activists arrested when they targeted…