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FDA Approves 1st Blood Sugar Monitor Without Finger Pricks

Federal regulators have approved the first continuous blood sugar monitor for diabetics that doesn’t need backup finger prick tests. Current models require users to test a drop of blood twice daily to calibrate, or adjust, the monitor. The discomfort of finger sticks and the cost of testing supplies can discourage people from keeping close tabs on their blood sugar. Abbott’s…

House Majority Whip Scalise Returns To Work At Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) – Majority Whip Steve Scalise is telling his colleagues: “You have no idea how great this feels to be back at work in the people’s House.” The Louisiana congressman was gravely wounded in a shooting at a baseball practice three months ago, returned to the Capitol on Thursday to cheers and a standing ovation in a packed House…

US Health Officials Brace For Potentially Bad Flu Season

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter. The clues: The Southern Hemisphere, especially Australia, was hit hard over the past few months with a flu strain that’s notorious for causing severe illness, especially in seniors. And in the U.S., small clusters of that so-called H3N2 flu already are…

Trump Admin Defends New Refugee Cap Of 45,000 In Coming Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is defending its decision to dramatically curtail the number of refugees allowed into the United States to 45,000 next year, even as global humanitarian groups say it’s far too low. U.S. officials say the new cap advances national security interests and reflects the country’s capacity to properly screen and take in refugees. They say…

Syngenta Settles US Farmer Lawsuits In China Corn Trade Case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta has agreed to settle tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits by farmers over the company’s rollout of a genetically engineered corn seed variety before China approved it for imports. Terms weren’t disclosed in the deal reached Tuesday. Syngenta began selling Viptera to U.S. farmers for the 2011 growing season. But China didn’t approve…

Rapid City Ammunition Company Gets $50M Contract With Navy

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City company has landed a $50 million federal contract to provide ammunition to the U.S. military. The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command announced last week that Black Hills Ammunition is contracted to provide 5.56-millimeter long-range ammunition for U.S. combat forces to use. The ammunition company will absorb production expenses over the contract’s five-year…

Tribal Leader Bashes State Deal With Dakota Access Builder

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The leader of the Standing Rock Sioux and an attorney for private North Dakota landowners believe the builder of the Dakota Access pipeline got off too lightly when it settled allegations that it violated rules including those dealing with artifacts discoveries. The agreement between North Dakota’s Public Service Commission and Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners doesn’t include…

NCAA Coaches Among 10 Charged With Fraud And Corruption

From left, Tony Bland, Emanuel Richardson, Lamont Evans and Chuck Person.NEW YORK (AP) – Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption in college basketball, including against four coaches. The coaches work at Oklahoma State, Auburn University, Arizona and the University of Southern California. They were among 10 people charged in New York City federal court. Others included managers,…

Trump Says He’ll Visit Hurricane Ravaged Puerto Rico Next Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he’ll visit hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico next Tuesday. Trump announced the visit after the administration came under criticism for its response to the damage on the island that is home to more than 3 million U.S. citizens. The island has been coping with shortages of food, drinking water, electricity and various forms of communication…

Analysis Says Lots Of States Lose On GOP Health Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -A new analysis finds that 34 states and Washington, D.C., would lose money under the newest version of the Republican health care bill. This is despite last-minute changes to the legislation. Overall, states would get $205 billion less in federal health care money from 2020-2026, according to the analysis from consulting firm Avalere Health, which was released Tuesday….

NFL Protests Dominate Sports Talk Radio

How Hosts Are Handling Politics In A Different Arena

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– The NFL is in the national spotlight after players protested during the national anthem. It comes days after President Donald Trump criticized athletes who do so. Trump said he would love to see an NFL owner fire players who disrespected the flag during a speech in Alabama on Friday. Players, owners and coaches from around the NFL…

Official: US Not Seeking Regime Change In NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration says it is not advocating regime change in North Korea after President Donald Trump tweeted that leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer.” North Korea’s top diplomat responded to that Monday at the U.N., telling reporters it was a declaration of war against his country by the United States, and that the…

North Dakota’s Bill Rises For Oil Pipeline Protest Costs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s bill for policing protests of the Dakota Access pipeline continues to rise. The North Dakota Emergency Commission is set to borrow an additional $5 million Monday to cover law enforcement costs. That will bring the total line of credit from the state-owned bank of North Dakota to $39 million. State Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily…

Republicans Revise Health Bill To Woo Holdouts

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans have released a revised version of their legislation dismantling the Obama health care law. It contains added money and newly eased coverage requirements aimed at winning over GOP senators whose opposition could well sink the bill. The proposal would allow states to let insurers boost premiums on people with serious pre-existing medical conditions and on older…