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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…

Report: Higher Premiums If Trump Halts ‘Obamacare’ Subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) – People buying individual health care policies would face higher premiums, and some may be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop “Obamacare” payments to insurers. That’s the conclusion of a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO report Tuesday also estimated that cutting off the…

Dakota Access Developer Granted Hearing Delay

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota regulators have granted a request by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline to postpone a public hearing on whether the company violated state rules – but not without dissent. The Public Service Commission is looking into whether Energy Transfer Partners removed too many trees and improperly handled some soil during construction of the…

Fargo Family Disavows Son Who Was At White Supremacist Event

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A North Dakota family has disowned an adult son who attended a gathering of white supremacists that turned violent over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Pearce Tefft says in a letter to The Forum of Fargo that he and his family “loudly repudiate” the “vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions” of his 30-year-old son, Peter…

Lag In Trump’s Condemnation Frustrates Iowa GOP Sen. Ernst

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst says “it’s very frustrating” that it took President Donald Trump two days to specifically denounce white supremacy in the wake of a deadly clash in Virginia. The Republican freshman senator spoke to reporters after a town hall meeting of about 100 people in Fort Dodge in northwest Iowa. Trump finally condemned…

Officer On Fatal Charlottesville Crash: ‘Hahahaha Love This’

Photo Courtesy of Stringer/ReutersSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts police department is investigating a Facebook comment by an officer who wrote “Hahahaha love this” in response to a story about a car crashing into counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one person and injuring at least 19 others. Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri says he received…

Swing-District House GOP Feel The Heat On Health Care

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) – Republican congressman David Young angered conservatives in Iowa when he initially opposed a House Republican health care bill then weeks later backed it. Independents were frustrated with the two-term congressman’s embrace of a partisan approach to repealing and replacing Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. And now the Democrats are coming. The collapse of the yearslong…

Los Angeles Poised To Take Another Step Toward 2028 Games

Courtesy of Reuters LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles appears poised to take another step toward the 2028 Olympics, despite questions about future costs. The City Council on Friday is expected to endorse documents at the heart of LA’s plan to stage the 2028 Summer Games. The contract outlines the financial responsibility of putting on the games, although a budget…

Event Set To Memorialize Woman Killed By Minneapolis Police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – An Australian woman shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer responding to her 911 call will be remembered at a public memorial at a lake near her home. The life of 40-year-old Justine Damond will be celebrated Friday night at Lake Harriet Band Shell in southwest Minneapolis. Damond was fatally shot by Officer Mohamed Noor on…

Strong, But Deep Earthquake Shakes Northern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – A deep earthquake of 6.3 magnitude has shaken off Luzon island in the northern Philippines, and was felt in metropolitan Manila. Office workers in the capital left their buildings but no damage was apparent after the quake struck about midday Friday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the earthquake’s epicenter was 5 kilometers (3…

Trump Escalates Feud With Senate Leader Over Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is escalating a feud with his party’s leader in the Senate. Trump is expressing disbelief that that Sen. Mitch McConnell couldn’t persuade a Republican majority to pass a health care bill. Trump tweeted Thursday: “Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done. Must…

Disney Reports $177M Payment After ‘Pink Slime’ Suit Settled

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Disney has reported spending $177 million on a legal settlement during the quarter that its subsidiary ABC and a South Dakota meat producer announced a settlement in a high-profile defamation lawsuit. Disney’s filing this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission doesn’t give other details. Disney didn’t immediately respond to an email requesting comment….

US Scientists Contradict Trump’s Climate Claims

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal scientists warn that burning fossil fuels is already driving a steep increase in the United States of heat waves, droughts and floods – even as President Donald Trump touts new oil pipelines and pledges to revive the nation’s struggling coal mines. A draft report representing the consensus of 13 federal agencies concludes that the evidence global…

Taylor Swift Wants Case To Serve As Example To Other Victims

Courtesy of Jeff KandybaDENVER (AP) – Taylor Swift’s attorneys say they aren’t trying to bankrupt a former Colorado DJ accused of groping the pop superstar before a concert. But they do want others to know “that you can always say no.” Swift’s attorney attacked the credibility of former Denver DJ David Mueller on Tuesday, asking why a woman who reports…