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Authorities Search James River for Two Men After Garbage Truck Reported Going into Water

UPDATE: PIERRE, S.D. – A joint state-county agency search continued Sunday on the James River for two missing men who were last known to be operating a garbage truck. On Friday, the Miner County Sheriff’s Office received phone calls from the family members of the two men, saying they had not been seen since Thursday. The two men and their…

Mueller Concludes Russia Probe, Delivers Report to AG Barr

WASHINGTON (AP) – Special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with associates of President Donald Trump. The Justice Department says Mueller delivered his final report Friday to Attorney General William Barr, who is reviewing it. Mueller’s report, still confidential, sets the stage for big public fights to come. The next steps are…

North Dakota Gov.Burgum Signs ‘Abortion Reversal’ Bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that requires abortion providers to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions that it’s possible they could still have a live birth if they change their mind. Opponents claim there is no medically accepted evidence that a drug-induced abortion can be interrupted. Lawmakers approved the “abortion reversal” legislation…

Authorities Identify Woman Killed in Hughes County Crash

BLUNT, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have identified a woman who died after a crash in Hughes County involving a semitrailer and a sport utility vehicle. The Highway Patrol says 55-year-old Shelli Jones was killed when the SUV she was driving drifted into the path of the semi on U.S. Highway 14 Monday afternoon. She died at the scene about a…

Trump Reversing New Sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he is reversing his administration’s decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, ordering them withdrawn. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump “likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary.” Trump says in a tweet that, “It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large…

Watchdog: FEMA Wrongly Released Personal Data of Victims in 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) – A government watchdog has found the Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017. Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General found the breach occurred when FEMA was working with a contractor that helps provide temporary housing…

Special Evaluations Can Help Seniors Cope With Cancer Care

Cancer care for older Americans is getting a makeover. When the elderly learn they have cancer, doctors have often assumed they’re too frail for treatment. Or they instead recommend harsh therapies tested only in younger patients. But there’s a move afoot to change that with special age-related fitness exams. New guidelines from cancer specialists recommend the evaluations before making treatment…

Flooding Causes Estimated $1.6B Damage in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says recent flooding in the state has caused an estimated $1.6 billion in damage. Reynolds sent a letter asking President Donald Trump to quickly issue a disaster declaration for 57 counties in Iowa that have been severely impacted by flooding, including along the Missouri River. Ongoing flooding along the river has…

South Dakota Air National Guard Preparing for State-Wide Flooding

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Air National Guard in Sioux Falls is on alert and making preparations for flooding next week. Military officials say they’ve moved their F-16 fighter jets to an alternate airfield and pre-staged other equipment in case they’re called upon to assist in the flood efforts. KOTA-TV says crews have been stockpiling sandbags for…

Forecasters Say Spring Could Bring Unprecedented US Flooding

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. weather experts say the stage is set for unprecedented major flooding this spring for most of the nation. In Thursday’s spring forecast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says more than 200 million Americans are at risk for some kind of flooding, with 13 million of them at risk of major inundation. National Weather Service deputy…

2nd South Dakota Diocese Publishes List of Accused Priests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A second South Dakota diocese has released the names of clergy members with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse against a minor. The Sioux Falls Diocese posted the names of 11 clergy members on its website Wednesday. The website says the allegations were substantiated by law enforcement or the diocese, or in some cases by both….

South Dakota Man Sentenced for Killing Bald Eagle in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Prosecutors say a South Dakota man has been sentenced for his role in killing a bald eagle. A news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Nebraska said Thursday that 27-year-old Abel Hernandez, of Yankton, South Dakota, was given three years of probation and fined $1,250. He also was ordered to perform 300 hours of community…

Tyson Recalls Chicken Strips Due to Metal Fears

(AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)WASHINGTON (AP) – Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is recalling more than 69,000 pounds (31,297 kilograms) of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips because they may be contaminated with pieces of metal. The U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday the products were produced on Nov. 30, 2018, and have a best if used by date of Nov. 30, 2019. The products have…

Iowa Expands Flash Flooding Disaster Declaration

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has added nine counties to the state flash flooding disaster proclamation, bringing the total to 52 out of Iowa’s 99 counties. Much of the most serious flooding has been in western Iowa along the Missouri River. But several of the counties added Thursday are in eastern and southeast Iowa, where flooding…