Author: Associated Press

Governor Appoints Former News Anchor to State Senate Seat

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed a former Rapid City TV journalist to fill a vacant state senate seat for the 2020 legislative session. Noem named Republican Helene Duhamel on Tuesday to the seat left vacant by Sen. Alan Solano, a Rapid City Republican who said he resigned to focus on professional responsibilities. Duhamel worked…

Gun Background Checks on Pace to Break Record in 2019

FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, handguns are displayed at the Smith & Wesson booth at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. When gunmakers and dealers gather this week in Las Vegas for the industry’s largest annual conference, they will be grappling with slumping sales and a shift in politics that many didn’t…

Minnesota Couple, Married 68 Years, Dies Just 1 Day Apart

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) Bob and Corrine Johnson got married as teens in southern Minnesota’s farm country and lived together for 68 years. KARE-TV reports they were to be laid to rest Tuesday – after dying 33 hours apart. They lived in their farm home near St. Peter until six months ago. After Bob was hospitalized with cancer, Corrine joined…

Noem Set to Lay Out Proposed Budget Amid Revenue Dips

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Gov. Kristi Noem will offer her plans on how the state might have to make do with less in 2021 during her annual budget address. The loss of revenue from an internet tax and lower-than-expected revenue may lead to a smaller budget for next fiscal year. The governor is scheduled to unveil her proposed budget in…

Sioux City Man Pleads Guilty in Federal Trafficking Case

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) A Sioux City man has pleaded guilty in what authorities have called a human trafficking case in which a teenage Guatemalan girl was raped. The Sioux City Journal reports that 38-year-old Cristobal Francisco-Nicolas pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to a smuggling count and unlawful possession of identification documents. In exchange, a third smuggling count will…

Over 500K Pot Vapes Seized in 2 Years as Busts Rise in US

Robert F. Bukaty/APNEW YORK (AP) As health officials scrutinize marijuana vaping, it’s increasingly on law enforcement’s radar, too. Authorities across the country have seized at least 510,000 marijuana vape cartridges and arrested more than 120 people in the past two years. That’s according to an Associated Press tally derived from interviews, court records, news accounts and official releases. People targeted…

Probe Can’t Determine Cause of Minneapolis High-Rise Fire

Minneapolis firefighters leave after a deadly fire at a high-rise apartment building, in background, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, in Minneapolis. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Fire officials say they haven’t been able to determine the cause of a high-rise apartment fire that killed five people last week in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Fire Department says Monday that the investigation into…

NTSB Releases New Information on Fatal Chamberlain Plane Crash

In this photo, taken Monday in Chamberlain, South Dakota, an NTSB air safety investigator begins the initial examination of the wreckage of the Pilatus PC-12 that crashed on Nov. 30, 2019, at 12:30 p.m. CT shortly after departure from Chamberlain Municipal Airport. NTSB PhotoCHAMBERLAIN The National Transportation Safety Board has released more information on a fatal plane crash that killed…

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…