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House GOP Proposes 5-Year Extension For Children’s Health

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans are proposing a five-year extension of financing for a popular program that provides health insurance for 8.9 million low-income children. GOP lawmakers have unveiled the measure three days after federal funding for the program expired. Though no states are expected to immediately run out of money, some are preparing to take initial steps to wind…

Officials: Dozens Released From Vegas Hospitals

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Hospital officials say Tuesday that at least 45 people remain in critical condition after being wounded at a mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival on Sunday. Sunrise Hospital has 33 people and University Medical Center has 12 people still in critical condition as of Tuesday morning. Authorities say Stephen Craig Paddock killed 59 people…

Senate Holds ‘Dreamers’ Hearing After Trump End To Program

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is opening its first hearing on young immigrants known as “Dreamers” since President Donald Trump announced plans to end a program protecting them – and called on Congress to come up with a solution. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa opened the hearing Tuesday saying that the program created by President Barack Obama…

FBI: Vegas Shooter Had No Ties To Terror Group

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The FBI says the shooter who killed 58 people and injured more than 500 others at a Las Vegas concert had no connection to an international terrorist group. The announcement from Special Agent in Charge Aaron Rouse at a news conference Monday comes after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack without providing evidence….

Health Secretary Price Resigns Amid Travel Investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s health secretary has resigned, after his travel on costly charter flights triggered investigations and angered his boss. Tom Price’s partial repayment and public regrets couldn’t save his job. The Health and Human Services secretary became the first member of the president’s Cabinet to leave office in a turbulent young administration that has seen several…

New Senate GOP Budget Would Pave Way For Tax Rewrite

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans have unveiled a budget plan that’s the first step to overhaul the nation’s tax system. An overhaul is the top legislative priority for President Donald Trump and the GOP. House and Senate passage of the budget blueprint would allow Republicans to pass follow-on tax legislation later this year. The ambitious tax plan would lower rates…

Thune Introduces Legislation Aimed At Reforming TSA, Improving Passenger Experience

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Senator John Thune has introduced legislation aimed at reforming the TSA and improving passenger experiences. The “TSA Modernization Act” includes making it easier for passengers to enroll in the TSA pre-check program and making wait times available online. The bill would also address a shortage of trained K9 units, implement new security technology, and…

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…