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New TSA Baggage Screening Procedures Going Into Effect

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – People flying out of Sioux Falls Airport may notice some changes when it comes to the screening of their carry-on luggage. New TSA procedures go into effect today, that require passengers to take all of their electronics out of their bags. Previously, just laptops and larger electronic devices needed to be removed from luggage for x-ray…

Non-Profit News Organization Kicking Off First Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A non-profit news organization is coming to the Sioux Empire. “South Dakota News Watch” is kicking off its pilot year. Organizers sat they will be focusing on in-depth journalism on statewide issues. The two person news team will look at tops like agriculture, education, health, and politics. That content will also be available to well-established news…

Minnesota Officials Fix DMV Driver’s License Renewal Problem

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota motor vehicle officials believe they’ve fixed the statewide computer problem that prevented drivers from renewing their licenses. Minnesota Public Radio reports that Minnesota IT Services solved the issue Monday evening. Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon says the issue was related to software connecting the state’s legacy computer system to a national database….

Police: Council Bluffs Officer Dragged By Fleeing SUV

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A western Iowa police officer has escaped serious injury after being dragged by a car for 20 to 30 feet. Omaha, Nebraska, television station KETV reports that the Council Bluffs officer was attempting early Tuesday morning to make contact with someone inside a sport utility vehicle he recognized as a suspect being sought for arrest….

TigerSwan Wants Scope Of North Dakota Civil Trial Reduced

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A private security firm hired by the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a judge to restrict evidence during an October civil trial over whether it operated illegally in North Dakota. North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board maintains TigerSwan operated without a license during protests against the pipeline. It wants a judge to…

Minnesota State Patrol’s Recent Stops Net More Than 500 Pounds Of Marijuana

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota State Patrol says three recent traffic stops in west central Minnesota led troopers to confiscate more marijuana than they seized in all of 2016. Authorities say a trooper stopped a vehicle for an obstructed license plate in Otter Tail County last Friday and found a woman inside sitting on packaged bags of marijuana. That stop…

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Sues 24 Opioid Industry Companies

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing major opioids manufacturers and distributors, joining several tribes nationwide that have filed similar lawsuits. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the tribe filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against 24 defendants in the opioid industry. It alleges companies used false and misleading advertising and…

Panel Projects More Money Available For South Dakota Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are projecting they will have more money available than previously anticipated when they craft the state budget. The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Appropriations set state revenue projections Tuesday that are millions of dollars higher than those in Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s budget from December. The panel adopted a $1.64 billion target for the upcoming…

Iowa City Landlord Ordered To Pay $5.6M In Worker’s Death

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A jury has ordered a prominent Iowa City landlord to pay $5.6 million to the widow of a maintenance worker who fell to his death. The Johnson County jury returned the verdict late Monday against Jeffrey Clark, the manager of Apartments Downtown, Inc. The case stems from the 2014 death of 40-year-old husband and father…

Former Rapid City Jail Worker Accused Of Sex With Inmate

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City woman has pleaded not guilty to having sexual contact with an inmate while employed at the Pennington County Jail. Thirty-eighty-year-old Kimberly Johnson is accused of having a romantic relationship with a 39-year-old male inmate in September, while working as a staff assistant in the jail’s medical department. She was fired after the…

‘Share Your Love’ with Feeding South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – This Valentines Day, share your love by feeding those in need. Feeding South Dakota is encouraging you to ‘share your love’ by donating to their program. The non-profit organization helps to secure that 3,100 children in Sioux Falls have food to eat while they are away from school. For a gift of $50, you can sponsor…