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One Teen Killed, Four Injured in Crash Near Edgemont

EDGEMONT, S.D. (AP) – One teenager was killed and four others injured when a sport utility vehicle crashed in southwestern South Dakota. Authorities say the 2000 Subaru Outback was heading west on U.S. Highway 18 when it went off the road and rolled east of Edgemont early Sunday. The 18-year-old man who was driving died at the scene. All four…

Meade County Won’t Reduce Ag Land Values Amid Drought

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) – A county commission in western South Dakota has decided not to reduce agriculture land values despite the continued drought. The Meade County Commission recently voted against the assessment adjustment. The adjustment was proposed by the county’s director of equalization to reduce agriculture land assessments by 26 percent to account for the drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor…

Iowa governor signs 6-week abortion ban into law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a six-week abortion ban into law, marking the strictest abortion regulation in the nation. The Republican governor signed the bill on Friday in her formal office at the state Capitol. But the measure is expected to quickly face a court challenge. The Iowa affiliates of Planned Parenthood and the…

Planned Parenthood warns suit on Iowa 6-week abortion ban

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa affiliate of Planned Parenthood says it plans to file a lawsuit challenging a six-week abortion ban if the state’s Republican governor signs it into law. Representatives for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced Friday during a rally outside the Iowa Capitol that its organization and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa will…

State OSHA report says Iowa prison officers in danger

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A regulator says the prison that houses Iowa’s most violent offenders is exposing workers to harm by equipping them with radios that sometimes don’t work during emergencies and poorly trained security dogs. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration found 21 serious violations during a recent inspection of the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison….

Zager announces plans to retire from Iowa Supreme Court

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Supreme Court Justice Bruce Zager has announced his plans to retire later this year. Zager has served on the state’s high court since 2011, when he was appointed by then-Gov. Terry Branstad. Zager was one of three appointments made to fill vacancies created when three other justices were voted off the bench for their…

Measure would raise votes needed for constitutional changes

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has released an explanation of a ballot measure that would make it harder to change the state constitution. Jackley’s office said Friday the explanation for Constitutional Amendment X has been filed with the Secretary of State’s office. The amendment would increase the majority vote threshold required for a constitutional change…

4 Arrested for Drugs After Death of Yankton Girl Who Shot Herself

Left to right: Logan Huber, Andrew Johnson, Logan WinderYANKTON, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota authorities have arrested three adults and one juvenile for offenses including drug possession and receiving stolen property after a 17-year-old girl took her own life in Yankton. Police Chief Brian Paulsen told the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan on Thursday that officials are waiting for a…

Proposed project to add $31M psychiatric hospital in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Mercy Medical Center wants to build a $31 million psychiatric hospital in the Des Moines area to respond to an extreme shortage of mental health services. The Des Moines Register reports that the new hospital would have 100 beds. Mercy currently has 34 psychiatric beds in its downtown facility. Mercy spokeswoman Laura Vanden Bosch says…

South Dakota school district dropping ‘Redmen’ nickname

ESTELLINE, S.D. (AP) – The Estelline School District in eastern South Dakota is shedding its controversial Native American imagery by choosing a new team name and mascot. The Watertown Public Opinion reports the six options to replace the “Redmen” nickname are Eagles, Express, Pioneers, Raptors, Red Hawks or Red Hornets. Students, alumni and patrons are currently voting, and the winning…

Dairy farmer agrees to pay more than $24K for fish kill

NEW VIENNA, Iowa (AP) – A dairy farmer has agreed to pay more than $24,000 in restitution and a penalty for manure runoff that Iowa authorities say killed more than 60,000 fish. The fish kill was reported Oct. 9 after carcasses were spotted in two creeks in Dyersville. Officials searched the area upstream and determined that the fish kill was…

Accused county worker pleads guilty to drug possession

IPSWICH, S.D. (AP) – An Edmunds County Highway Department worker accused of manufacturing methamphetamine and dumping drug paraphernalia at a county gravel pit has pleaded guilty. Authorities allege 33-year-old David Becker, of Northville, hauled the drug paraphernalia to the gravel pit in a county vehicle and a personal vehicle in February. Two other county workers reported suspicious activity at the…

Authorities investigate woman’s slaying in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a woman in Davenport. Officers dispatched after a 911 call early Friday morning found the wounded woman. Police say she died later at Genesis Medical Center-East. Her name hasn’t been released. Iowa Criminal Investigation Division agents are trying to find out what happened. No arrests have been reported. Categories:…

Iowa GOP moves to block sex ed money to Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican lawmakers have given preliminary approval to prohibiting Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding for sex education. GOP-led legislative committees approved budget legislation Thursday that would add disqualifying language for federal grants aimed at sexual health education to Iowa youth. The state administers the grants, and the proposed language says recipients of the money can’t…

Army Corps meeting with tribes on Dakota Access oil pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to continue into the summer as federal officials meet with American Indian tribes who’ve raised concerns about being left out of the process. Federal Judge James Boasberg last summer ordered the additional study due to lingering concerns about the pipeline’s impact on tribal interests. Four tribes…

Minnesota county officials worry about pipeline protest cost

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – County officials in northern Minnesota are worried about large-scale protests if Enbridge Energy gets approval to replace its Line 3 crude oil pipeline and have asked regulators to find a way to force the company to cover the costs. Susan Morris, president of the Association of Minnesota Counties, made the request in a letter to the Public…