Author: Associated Press

South Dakota Governor Requests Federal Disaster Help

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is asking for a presidential disaster declaration because of property damage caused by a snowstorm and flooding this spring. Noem requested the federal aid in a letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday. The governor asked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with repairs for damage to both public…

South Dakota Governor Not Planning to Stop Inmate Execution

South Dakota’s governor says she does not plan to stop the execution of a death row inmate who claims jurors were biased against him because he’s gay. The American Civil Liberties Union is urging Gov. Kristi Noem to grant clemency to Charles Rhines. The 62-year-old Rhines was convicted in the 1992 stabbing death of a doughnut shop employee in Rapid…

Iowa Governor Blocks Bill Aimed at Stopping Anti-Trump Suits

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has vetoed a measure that Republican lawmakers pushed through in the final days of the legislative session to stop the state’s Democratic attorney general from filing or joining lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s policies. The measure Reynolds vetoed Wednesday was targeted at stopping Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller from joining multistate…

Search Warrants Tied to Former Trump Lawyer Cohen Released

(AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)WASHINGTON (AP) – Five search warrants have been made public in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer. The warrants are in response to requests from news organizations. The documents reveal the wide-ranging scope of Mueller’s investigation and early concerns about possible financial connections to Russia. The documents show how investigators…

NASCAR to Buy Intl. Speedway, Owner of Daytona, Talladega

NASCAR is buying International Speedway in a deal worth about $2 billion. International Speedway Corp. owns some of America’s most well known car racing facilities including the Daytona International Speedway and in Florida, where the company is based, and the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. The companies said Wednesday that deal is expected to close this year. Categories: Business, News, U.S….

Research on Children’s Health Risks in Doubt Over EPA Funds

FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, a sign on a door of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers…

Target is Dominating in the Digital Space  

ILE- This May 3, 2017, file photo shows the Target logo on a store in Upper Saint Clair, Pa. An aggressive campaign at Target to let customers do more online is paying off. The retailer on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, exceeded first quarter expectations on just about every level, saying the same day services it’s rolled out in recent years…

Tornado Suspected of Killing 1, Injuring at Iowa Farmstead

ADAIR, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say one person has been killed and another injured by what may have been a tornado that damaged a farmstead in southwest Iowa’s Adair County. The Adair County Sheriff’s Office says first responders found the body of 74-year-old Linda Brownlee early Wednesday morning at the farm just east-southeast of Adair. Seventy-eight-year-old Harold Brownlee was flown…

NE Nebraska Police Chief Quits Amid Military Service Questions

WISNER, Neb. (AP) – A northeast Nebraska police chief has resigned after questions were raised about what he said were years of service in the U.S. Marines. The Wisner City Council voted Monday night to accept the resignation of Jeffery Treu. The Norfolk Daily News reports that a Howard County sheriff’s deputy, a U.S. Navy veteran, had requested information about…

Kwik Trip Veggie Trays Again Linked to Salmonella

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Kwik Trip has removed some vegetable trays from its convenience stores after several reported illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Health officials say the Del Monte vegetable trays, which included broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip, have been linked to salmonella bacteria which has, so far, sickened three people in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota. Symptoms of…

Lilly Selling Half-Price Version of Popular Humalog Insulin

A half-price version of Eli Lilly’s popular Humalog insulin is now available, following the company’s promise in March to offer diabetics a more affordable option amid fierce criticism of soaring insulin prices. Lilly, one of the three top insulin makers, said Wednesday that it’s begun selling its own generic version of Humalog U-100 under the chemical name insulin lispro. The…

Alabama House Approves ‘Born Alive’ Abortion Bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama House of Representatives has approved legislation to put doctors in prison if they don’t try to save babies “born alive” after an attempted abortion. Representatives voted 66-18 for the bill Tuesday. The bill now moves to the Senate The bill by Republican Rep. Ginny Shaver says doctors would face 20-year prison sentences for failing…

Heavy Snow Closes Mount Rushmore Monument in South Dakota

Blowing snow reduces visibility at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D., Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Ryan Hermens/Rapid City Journal via AP)RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Heavy snow has forced the Mount Rushmore National Memorial to close in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. Blaine Kortemeyer, assistant chief of interpretation at Mount Rushmore, says the park closed Tuesday…

Noem Announces Interim Secretary of Social Services

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has announced an interim sectary of Social Services. Noem said Tuesday that Amy Iversen-Pollreisz will serve as interim secretary. That follows the resignation of Secretary Greg DeSautel, which takes effect Wednesday. In a statement, Noem says she is confident Iversen-Pollreisz will “continue moving the department in the right direction during this…

States Sue Over Rule Allowing Clinicians to Refuse Abortions

NEW YORK (AP) – Nearly two dozen states and municipalities are suing the federal government to stop a new rule letting health care clinicians object to providing abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court asks a judge to block a rule by the Department of Health and…

McGahn Defies Subpoena, No-show at House Hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) – The ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, says Democrats are “trying desperately to make something out of nothing.” Collins spoke at a hearing Tuesday, where the panel’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, issued a stern warning that former White House Counsel Don McGahn would be held in contempt for defying a congressional subpoena and…