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South Korean Trade Team Visits South Dakota

BRIDGEWATER, S.D. – Free trade is a hot topic across the nation, with President Donald Trump withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership. He’s also considering re-negotiating other trade deals. But that’s not stopping some major international buyers from coming to check out American crops, including ones right here in South Dakota. From fresh off the stalks, to leaving…

Energy Trade Groups Get Say On Potential Pipeline Shutdown

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A federal judge deciding whether to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline while more environmental review is done is allowing national energy trade groups to have a say. Judge James Boasberg, in Washington, D.C., granted the request Friday, just days before Monday’s final deadline for all parties involved in the legal dispute to submit arguments. The…

Iowa Governor Disagrees With Ban On Transgender Troops

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she disagrees with President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender individuals joining the military. The Republican governor told reporters Monday that anyone who signs up for military service deserves appreciation and respect. Her office later said Reynolds doesn’t plan to take any action in response. Trump directed the Pentagon on Friday…

AG: Trump Ends Limits On Military Gear For Cops

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions is announcing a plan to lift restrictions on surplus military equipment that can be passed on to police. It’s a step that civil liberties groups fear will lead to more violent confrontations among police and protesters. But the Trump administration believes the program that supplies grenade launchers and high-caliber weapons to local law…

ACLU Sues Trump Over Transgender Military Ban

BALTIMORE (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender individuals joining the military. The federal lawsuit was filed in Maryland on Monday by the ACLU of Maryland on behalf of several service members who are transgender. Trump directed the Pentagon on Friday to implement the ban on transgender individuals joining…

Pipeline Company Response To Settlement Offer Not Disclosed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The company that built the Dakota Access pipeline has responded to an offer by North Dakota regulators to settle state allegations that it improperly reported the discovery of American Indian artifacts during construction. But the response from Energy Transfer Partners isn’t being disclosed yet. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak says the agency will meet…

Groups Sued By Pipeline Company Decry Attack On Free Speech

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Environmental groups being sued by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline say the lawsuit is an attack on free speech. They also say it’s an effort to punish supporters of American Indian tribes that opposed the project over fears of environmental harm. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners this week sued Greenpeace, BankTrack and Earth First, alleging…

Tropical Storm Harvey Now A Hurricane, Likely To Become Major

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) – The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Harvey is now Hurricane Harvey and is forecasting it will become a major hurricane to hit the middle Texas coastline. Sustained winds have reached 80 mph. A major hurricane means winds greater than 110 mph. Forecasters said a “life-threatening” storm surge along with rains and wind were likely…

Winner Comes Forward For $758.7M Powerball Prize

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) – The head of the Massachusetts lottery says the winner of the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot has come forward to claim the prize. Michael Sweeney, the lottery’s executive director, says the winner will be introduced at 1 p.m. at lottery headquarters. All he would say about the winner is that it is an individual woman. A store…

Strategist Steve Bannon Leaves Trump’s Turbulent White House

WASHINGTON (AP) – Steve Bannon, a forceful but divisive presence in President Donald Trump’s White House, is leaving. Trump accepted Bannon’s resignation on Friday, ending a turbulent seven months for his chief strategist, the latest to depart from the president’s administration in turmoil. White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday would be Bannon’s last day on the job. “We…

Charlottesville Protest Puts Focus On Confederate Monuments

Several Cities Have Removed Or Replaced Statues And Monuments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The reaction to the Charlottesville, Virginia protest continues to make waves. Following President Donald Trump’s press conference Tuesday, the response has centered all attention on Confederacy memorials and statues. Several cities around the country, including Baltimore, Los Angeles and Orlando have removed similar statues and monuments. President Trump tweeted it is “sad” to see the monuments…

South Dakota Insurers Urge Trump To Make Health Law Payments

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Health plan officials say South Dakota residents who buy individual coverage are facing potential premium hikes next year that could grow if President Donald Trump stops payments that reimburse insurers. Avera Health Plans has requested an average 20 percent rate hike and Sanford Health Plan has asked for an average 7.5 percent rate increase for 2018….

White House: Gov’t To Make Health Law Payments This Month

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump will make this month’s payments to insurers under the health-care law he wants to repeal and replace. Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the payments, which help reduce health insurance copays and deductibles. But a White House spokesman says “the August payment will be made.” The official insisted on anonymity…