Author: Associated Press

Tennessee Police: Tossing Drugs in Toilet Could Lead to ‘Meth-Gators’

LORETTO, Tenn. (AP) – Police in Tennessee are asking residents not to toss drugs down the toilet, saying it could lead to “meth-gators” and stoned waterfowl. The warning from the Loretto Police Department on Facebook came after a man was arrested after he allegedly tried to flush methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. According to the police statement, flushed items end up…

Ogala Sioux Tribe Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – The Ogala Sioux say they are the first tribe in South Dakota to legalize same-sex marriage. The tribal council last week approved a same-gender marriage ordinance in a 12-3 vote with one abstention. The new marriage ordinance amends marital and domestic law that has not changed on the Pine Ridge reservation since 1935. Monique “Muffie”…

Nebraska Woman Arrested, Fined for Climbing Mount Rushmore

Courtesy: South Dakota Dept. of TourismRAPID CITY, S.D. – A Nebraska woman has been fined $1,000 for climbing the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. Authorities say Alexandria Incontro scaled the massive granite sculpture Friday with bare feet and no rope, making it to about 15 feet (4.5 meters) from the top. The Rapid City Journal states Incontro chose…

Congress Questions Potential Facebook Currency

WASHINGTON (AP) – As questions surround Facebook’s plans to create a digital currency, Congress is opening two days of hearings on the heels of criticism from President Donald Trump. Federal officials have expressed concerns the digital currency Libra could be used for money laundering and terrorism financing. Facebook executive David Marcus says in testimony prepared for Tuesday that Libra “is…

Four 4 Crow Creek Tribal Members Accused of Embezzlement

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say the former chairwoman of the Crow Creek Sioux and three other past or present council members have pleaded not guilty to embezzling from the South Dakota tribe. United States Attorney Ron Parsons says former tribal chairwoman Roxanne Lynette Sazue, Roland Robert Hawk Sr., Francine Maria Middletent, and Jacquelyn Ernestine Pease appeared Friday in…

Farmer in Western Minnesota Gets Pinned Under ATV, Dies

MADISON, Minn. (AP) – A farmer in western Minnesota is dead after authorities say he became pinned under an ATV. The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Office says authorities were notified at 3 a.m. Friday that a farmer had been out spraying on an ATV and had not returned home. A search effort was being organized when the farmer was…

Pilot Who Died in Hawley Plane Crash Was From Western Minnesota

HAWLEY, Minn. (AP) – The pilot who died in an ultra-light plane crash at a municipal airport was from western Minnesota. Authorities identified the man as 69-year-old Bradley Gibb of Vergas. The plane crashed after noon on Thursday at Hawley Municipal Airport. Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting says Gibb was the only person aboard and died at the scene. Empting…

Colombian Man Pleads Guilty in Fargo to Leading Fatal Drug Ring

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A Colombian national accused of managing an international fentanyl trafficking operation from a Canadian prison has pleaded guilty in federal court. Thirty-eight-year Daniel Vivas Ceron appeared Friday in North Dakota, where the case originated after an 18-year-old Grand Forks resident died of a fatal overdose in January 2015. Authorities say Vivas Ceron also was responsible for…

Trump Administration Reverses Ban on Pesticide Seen as Threat to Bees

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is allowing a once-prohibited farm pesticide back on the market over objections from beekeepers. The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it would again allow wide use of sulfoxaflor. The pesticide is made by Corteva Agriscience, a spinoff created last month in the DowDuPont merger. Beekeepers say the pesticide is a threat and successfully sued…

‘Endangered’ Children From Tennessee Located in Minnesota

Courtesy: Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationWALKER, Minn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says three young children who were the subject of an Endangered Child Alert have been found in northern Minnesota. The bureau said Friday the children were found in Cass County with their non-custodial parents, who have been arrested. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says someone reported…

Trump Escapes Blame for Ethanol Policy Hurting Corn Farmers

(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – President Donald Trump has repeatedly told U.S. farmers he will support ethanol and he largely continues to have their support but many are growing unhappy with EPA decisions that hamper ethanol production. The EPA refuses to restore 2.6 billion gallons (9.84 billion liters) of ethanol removed from production through refinery waivers. It’s…

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Hearing Could Be Delayed

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Democrats are considering a delay of special counsel Robert Mueller’s high-profile hearing next week, a development that comes amid concerns over the short length of the scheduled hearings before two committees. The House Judiciary and intelligence committees are considering delaying the July 17 hearing as they negotiate with Mueller’s representatives and the Justice Department over the…

Iowa Reports 1st Confirmed 2019 Human West Nile Virus Case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa officials have reported the state’s first confirmed human case of West Nile virus. The Iowa Public Health Department said Friday the man lives in Audubon County, is 61 to 80 years old and has recovered. Dr. Caitlin Pedati is the department’s medical director and Pedati says that until the state’s first hard frost, being…