Author: Associated Press

Minnesota OKs Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain, Eye Disease

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota is expanding the state’s medical marijuana program to include chronic pain and age-related macular degeneration as conditions that can qualify for treatment. The state Department of Health also said it would allow more sites where patients can access medical cannabis. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the changes take effect in August. Minnesota’s medical marijuana program…

Trump Complains About Impeachment Hearing During NATO Trip

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump is complaining the House Judiciary Committee will hold an impeachment inquiry hearing while he attends a NATO summit that comes at a critical moment for the 70-year-old military alliance. Speaking to reporters at the White House before departing Monday, Trump says the NATO trip is “one of the most important journeys we make…

Survivors From South Dakota Plane Crash in Stable Condition

A group photo of the hunting party taken prior to the plane crash. Photo courtesy of the Hansen family.SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) The three survivors of a South Dakota plane crash that killed nine members of an extended family from Idaho are in stable condition at a hospital. The survivors of Saturday’s crash in a cornfield near Chamberlain are being…

Pending Immigration Cases Increase 70 Percent

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Recently released data from Syracuse University shows that pending immigration cases have increased 70 percent since last year in Minnesota’s Bloomington federal immigration court. The court handles cases from North Dakota and South Dakota in addition to Minnesota. Minnesota Public Radio reports that six immigration judges currently handle the cases for the three states. Minnesota currently has…

After 11 Years, Freeway Project In Sioux City Nearly Over

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – After 11 years of temporary lanes and closed exit ramps, work is finally nearly complete on an Interstate 29 expansion project through Sioux City. The Iowa Department of Transportation hopes to finish work on the project by Christmas. Final construction includes pouring concrete bridge approaches, installing guardrails and painting pavement. It was 2008 when crews began…

Trump to Tariff Steel and Aluminum From Argentina and Brazil

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump is accusing Argentina and Brazil of hurting U.S. farmers through currency manipulation and says he’ll slap tariffs on their steel and aluminum imports. Trump also is calling on America’s central bank to act to prevent other countries from devaluing their currencies. Both South American nations were among U.S. allies that Trump had exempted from steel…

Patriotism is the Theme of Christmas at the White House

The official White House Christmas tree is decorated in the Blue Room seen through the Cross Hall, during the 2019 Christmas preview at the White House, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) Patriotism is the theme of Christmas at the White House this year. Melania Trump announced “The Spirit of America” as the theme in a…

Wintry Weather Back in the Dakotas After Thanksgiving Break

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Wintry weather is heading back to the Dakotas and Minnesota after a Thanksgiving reprieve. People attempting to return from holiday travels will face snow, freezing drizzle and ice that is expected to hit Friday and Saturday across the region. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning to counties stretching from central Montana to…

Study Warns Helmets Don’t Offer Full Protection On Slopes

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A new study cautions that helmets do not provide complete protection for skiers and snowboarders. Trauma surgeons from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center looked at ski injuries in New Hampshire and Vermont over an eight-year period. They found skiers wearing helmets were less likely to have skull fractures but were more likely to suffer severe injuries including bleeding…

FEMA Rejects Aid Request for 6 South Dakota Counties

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) South Dakota has lost an appeal for federal funding to rebuild from tornadoes and floods that hit six counties in August. The Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled that the damage was not severe enough to qualify for federal funding and that the state and the counties – Brule, Custer, Gregory, Lyman, Spink and Tripp – should…

Minnesota Reports 1 Case of Hepatitis A Linked to Outbreak

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota health officials say the state has reported its first case of hepatitis A linked to blackberries sold at Fresh Thyme grocery stores in September. The Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday the person was hospitalized and has since recovered. Health officials have warned consumers in 11 states against eating some berries bought from the Fresh…

Jimmy Carter Out of Hospital After Treatment for Brain Bleed

FILE- Former President Jimmy Carter answers questions during a news conference at a Habitat for Humanity project, in Nashville, Tenn. Carter has been hospitalized after an another fall at his home in Plains, Ga. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)ATLANTA (AP) Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has been released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after recovering from surgery to relieve pressure…

Heavy Winds, Snow Disrupt Iowa, Nebraska Travel

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Strong winds are whipping up snow and hampering travelers in Nebraska and Iowa. The storm system that wreaked havoc as it raced through Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska remains over much of Iowa. The National Weather Service says gusts could approach 60 mph as the storm heads northeast. A gust of 53 mph was reported Wednesday morning…