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Judge Rules Bill Cosby Case To Be Decided By Outside Jury

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A suburban Philadelphia judge has ruled that a jury from outside the area will hear the sexual assault case against actor Bill Cosby. Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill ruled Monday. He says the jury will be sequestered during the trial. Lawyers for the 79-year-old TV star had pushed to have his trial moved out of the…

Bill Could Force Closures of Military Bases, Ellsworth Officials Remain Confident

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Supporters of the Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City say the facility is in good position should it need to survive another round of base closures. U.S. Democratic Rep. Adam Smith, of Washington, introduced a bill in January seeking to convene a new Base Realignment and Closure Commission, known as BRAC. Ellsworth Development Authority…

U.S. Army Wants You More Than Ever

Military Branch Has Goal Of Adding 6,000 Additional Recruits In 2017

The United States Army is hiring. It’s using $300 million to add 6,000 more recruits this year; one of the biggest efforts to add soldiers in the same year since the Army eliminated the draft in 1973. “Do you know any jobs out there that are offering $20,000 cash bonuses right now? How bout $40 (thousand)?” asked Staff Sgt. Samuel…

Bills Targeting Transgender Bathroom Access Are Floundering

Bills to curtail transgender people’s access to public restrooms are pending in a dozen states, but even in conservative bastions such as Texas and Arkansas they may be doomed by high-powered opposition. The bills took on a new significance this week following the decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to revoke an Obama-era directive instructing public schools to let transgender…

Daktronics To Outfit New Milwaukee Bucks Stadium

SIOUX FALLS – The Milwaukee Bucks say South Dakota-based Daktronics will outfit the team’s new arena and surrounding development in downtown Milwaukee with digital displays. The Bucks said Tuesday that Daktronics will outfit the new arena with a custom-designed 52-display system featuring more than 16 million LEDs. The Brookings, South Dakota-based company also will design and install additional outdoor displays…

Yahoo Salvages Verizon Deal With $350 Million Discount

NEW YORK (AP) – Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts. The revised agreement, announced Tuesday, eases investor worries that Verizon Communications Inc. would demand a discount of at least $1 billion…

Noem Asks Attorney General To Discuss Rising Violent Crime

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is asking new Attorney General Jeff Sessions to discuss rising violent crime in South Dakota. Noem sent a letter Tuesday to Sessions requesting a meeting and urging the Justice Department to redouble its efforts to fight drug trafficking, gang proliferation and the “violent crime that all too often follows.” She writes…

Trump Taps Military Strategist As National Security Adviser

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser. Trump announced the pick Monday at his Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago. He says McMaster is “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.” Trump says retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who had been his acting adviser, will now…

Americans On Presidents Day: Admiration, Fear Mark Holiday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The United States on Monday marks Presidents Day, a holiday that’s taking on a new meaning for some Americans this year as President Donald Trump – to the dismay of some and delight of others – upends traditional notions of the office. The holiday began as a celebration of George Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22, and its…

Report Finds Millennial Drivers As “Worst Behaved”

AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety Says Drivers Ages 19-24 Admitted More Risky Actions

Out on the roads, people of all ages can find themselves closer than ever before. One age group, however, may be taking too close of calls. An AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey found 88.4 percent of millennial drivers did at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in a thirty day span. The risky behaviors include texting and driving,…

Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison Receives Support from DNC Challenger

New Hampshire Challenger Democrat Ray Buckley drops out to support Ellison

Ray Buckley for DNC Chair Facebook/ellison.house.govCONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire Democrat Ray Buckley has dropped out of the race for Democratic National Committee chair and is throwing his support behind Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison. Buckley’s announcement comes a week before DNC members gather in Atlanta to choose a new chair. Ellison and former Labor Secretary Tom Perez are seen…

McConnell Intends To Replace ‘Obamacare’ Without Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans intend to overhaul health care and the tax code this year without Democratic help. In the past, McConnell has condemned Democrats for passing “Obamacare” in the first place without any Republican votes, claiming that approach set the law up to fail. But now McConnell is promising the same approach himself,…

Sioux Falls Businesses Join “A Day Without Immigrants”

Nationwide Protests Break Out In Response To President Trump's Immigration Policies

Thousands of protesters demonstrated against President Donald Trump’s immigration policy on Thursday across the nation. It was a movement called “A Day Without Immigrants.” Businesses closed down for the day and some students did not go to school. Juan Bonilla, President of Global Voice in Sioux Falls, made a call on Sunday on his radio show for Sioux Falls businesses…

Keystone XL Developer Renews Effort To Build In Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline is once again seeking approval for a route through Nebraska. TransCanada said Thursday that it has filed an application with the state commission that regulates oil pipelines. The company’s previous attempts to start construction in Nebraska have been thwarted by activists and some landowners who worry about its environmental…

Thimble Tossed! Game Piece Voted Out Of Monopoly Board Game

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – You can still pass “Go” and collect $200 on the Monopoly board, but you soon won’t be able to do it with the thimble game piece. Voters have rejected the thimble, an integral part of the game since being added to Monopoly in 1935. The move is part of a campaign to select the next…

North Dakota Pipeline Protest Spurs South Dakota Legislation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is pursuing legislation to make sure South Dakota is prepared for potential protests based on lessons North Dakota learned from large demonstrations over the Dakota Access pipeline. Chief of Staff Tony Venhuizen says the proposal would make clear that the governor’s emergency response powers would apply to such a protest. Among other things,…

Pipeline Exec Compares Dakota Protesters To Terrorists

WASHINGTON (AP) – A top executive at the company building the controversial Dakota Access pipeline is comparing pipeline opponents to terrorists. Joey Mahmoud, executive vice president of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, says protesters have “assaulted numerous pipeline personnel,” destroyed millions of dollars’ worth of construction equipment and even fired a pistol at law enforcement during months of demonstrations against the…

Michael Flynn Resigns As National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) National security adviser Michael Flynn has resigned after reports he misled Trump administration officials about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Flynn’s departure less than one month into the Trump administration marks an extraordinarily early shakeup in the president’s senior team of advisers. Flynn was a loyal Trump supporter throughout the campaign, but his ties to…

Judge Denies Tribes’ Request To Halt Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge has rejected a request by two American Indian tribes to halt construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline until their lawsuit over the project is resolved. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, in Washington, D.C., issued his ruling Monday. He says he’ll consider the request more thoroughly at a Feb. 27…