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Congress OKs Bill To Extend VA Program Widening Private Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is sending President Donald Trump legislation to extend a program widening veterans’ access to private-sector health care. By voice vote Wednesday, the House agreed to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to operate its Choice program until its money runs out, expected early next year. Without legislation, the program will expire on Aug. 7 with nearly…

Man Sentenced In Largest Drug Bust In Mitchell History

MITCHELL, S.D. – A Mitchell man who was involved in one of the largest drug busts in Mitchell’s history was sentenced on Tuesday.  27-year old Jordan Munterfering was given 15 years in prison on drug distribution and possession charges. Muntefering was caught selling ecstasy to an informant in a drug-free zone in July.  A subsequent search of his home by…

Yankton County Commission Approves Expansion Of Hog Facility

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – The Yankton County Commission has approved the expansion of a hog facility southeast of Lesterville, despite a number of area residents expressing concerns about the operation. The commission voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of granting a conditional-use permit for the placement of a 2,400-head pork production barn. The Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan reports the 90-minute…

Police: Statements Made To Medical Staff After Crash Led To Homicide Suspect’s Arrest

Judge Sets 43-Year-Old Irving Jumping Eagle's Bond At $1 Million

A Sioux Falls murder suspect appeared in court for the first time Wednesday afternoon. Forty-three-year-old Irving Jumping Eagle is charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder as well as four counts of manslaughter in the stabbing death of his wife. About a dozen of the victim’s family and friends were in the courtroom as a judge read the charges against…

Senators Want More Details On Corps’ Dakota Access Decisions

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Two Democratic U.S. senators want the chief of the Army Corps of Engineers to explain the agency’s decision-making that ultimately paved the way for completion of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline. Delaware Sen. Tom Carper and Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell are ranking Democratic members on Senate environment and energy committees. They sent a letter to…

Sugar’s Closing Starts New Chapter For Owners

A Sioux Falls bakery has been serving up desserts at their west-side location for almost three years.  But soon, they’ll roll out their final batches of cupcakes, cookies and pastries.  Sugar’s at 26th Street and Marion Road is closing, though it might not be the end of this sweet story. Kari Popham has made countless treats at her bakery, Sugar’s. …

Iowa State University Settles Harassment Policy Lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State University has changed discrimination and harassment policies and is settling a lawsuit filed last year by a conservative student who challenged them. Student Robert Dunn refused to sign policy statements that said public discussion of controversial subjects including abortion and sexuality could be deemed harassment by university officials. The university says it never…

SD Stores Not Included In Gordmans Department Store Closings

SIOUX FALLS – Though Gordmans Department stores have filed for bankruptcy, the South Dakota locations have been spared from closings, at least for now. U.S. Bankruptcy court documents filed this weekend indicate that Gordmans locations in Sioux Falls and Rapid City will continue to remain open, with 48 stores set to close. Gordmans declared bankruptcy last month after posting losses…

Defense Wants Trial Moved For Officer Who Shot Castile

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Defense attorneys are pushing to move the manslaughter trial of a Minnesota police officer charged with fatally shooting a black motorist last summer. Attorneys for St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez argued in court Tuesday that the officer cannot get a fair trial in Ramsey County, where Philando Castile was shot, because of pretrial publicity….

Avera Sacred Heart Buys Yankton Hospital For $13.2M

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – The Avera Sacred Heart Hospital has purchased Yankton’s Lewis and Clark Specialty Hospital for nearly $13.2 million. The Yankton Press & Dakotan reports the hospital deal became effective Saturday, giving Lewis and Clark the new name Avera Surgical Hospital on the Avera Fox Run Health Campus. The health campus contains the surgical hospital, Avera Medical Group…

Dusty Johnson Raises Over $127K In South Dakota House Race

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Dusty Johnson’s congressional campaign says that he raised more than $127,000 in the first quarter of 2017. Johnson’s campaign on Tuesday announced fundraising numbers in his bid to succeed U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem in 2018. Johnson, a Republican, raised roughly $105,000 in the fourth quarter of 2016. Treasurer Greg McCurry says that Johnson is receiving support…

Transgender Issue Overshadows Illinois School Board Election

PALATINE, Ill. (AP) – A suburban Chicago school district’s policy that has allowed a transgender student to use the girls’ locker room since late 2015 has become a defining issue in the school board race. More than 50 families calling themselves Parents for Privacy are suing the Palatine Township High School District 211 in federal court, saying the transgender policy…

Former Iowa Teacher Pleads Guilty To 2 Sex-With-Student Counts

IDA GROVE, Iowa (AP) – A former substitute teacher and coach has pleaded guilty to having sexual relationships with students at two northwest Iowa high schools. Online court records say 33-year-old John Tietsort, of Battle Creek, entered the pleas Monday in Ida County District Court to two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. His sentencing is scheduled for…

Lake Andes Man Sentenced For Crash That Killed Brother

LAKE ANDES, S.D. (AP) – A Lake Andes man has been sentenced to serve two months in the South Dakota State Penitentiary for a drunken driving crash that killed his brother. Twenty-six-year-old Albert Fischer initially had been charged with vehicular homicide after the April 2016 crash that killed 22-year-old James Fischer, also of Lake Andes. The vehicle later was crushed…