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Trial moved to July for Yankton man shot by state trooper

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – Trial has been moved to this summer for a Yankton man who was shot by a state trooper following a December 2016 chase. Curt Adams Sr. has pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault of a police officer and aggravated eluding. He was to stand trial this month, but the Yankton Daily Press…

Attempted Murder Trial for Yankton Man Moved to Summer

YANKTON, S.D. – Trial has been moved to this summer for a Yankton man shot by a state trooper following a December 2016 chase. Curt Adams Sr. has pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault of a police officer and aggravated eluding. He was to stand trial this month, but the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports…

Hermosa Man Pleads Not Guilty to Mail and Identity Theft Charges

PIERRE, S.D. – An Hermosa man is accused of stealing mail from a mailbox and using another person’s identity to obtain credit cards. Thirty-nine-year-old Tobin Nettifee has pleaded not guilty to federal charges including mail theft and identity theft. The U.S. attorney’s office says Nettifee faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. A trial…

Wells Fargo Fined $1 Billion for Lending Abuses

NEW YORK – Wells Fargo is being fined a combined $1 billion by federal regulators for abuses tied to its mortgage and auto lending businesses. The bank will pay $500 million to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, its main bank regulator, as well as $500 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Iowa Receives $51 Million From Tobacco Companies

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa received nearly $51 million Thursday from tobacco companies – the state’s annual share of a 1998 landmark legal settlement in which tobacco companies pay states for smoking-related health care costs. The Iowa Attorney General’s Office says that in the last 20 years, Iowa has received more than $1.2 billion in payments under the settlement. The…

US manufacturers seek relief from steel and aluminum tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported aluminum and steel are disrupting business for hundreds of American companies that buy those metals, and many are pressing for relief. Nearly 2,200 companies are asking the Commerce Department to exempt them from the 25 percent steel tariff, and more than 200 other companies are asking to be spared the 10…

Minnesota law enforcement, truckers fight human trafficking

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – People in the trucking and busing industries are meeting in St. Paul to learn how to spot and respond to suspected human trafficking. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the training sessions began Tuesday and involve about 100 law enforcement officials. Esther Goetsch is a coalition build specialist with Truckers Against Trafficking. She says truckers are…

Tribes’ request for more say in Dakota Access study denied

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A judge has rejected the request by two American Indian tribes to be more involved in a court-ordered environmental review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg last year allowed oil to begin flowing between North Dakota and Illinois. But he also ordered the Army Corps of Engineers and developer Energy Transfer…

Iowa zoning board endorses wind farm

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – A county zoning board in northeast Iowa has approved a 35-turbine wind farm despite heated opposition from neighbors who raised health and property value concerns. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the Black Hawk County Planning and Zoning Commission voted Tuesday to recommend the approval of the Washburn Wind Energy project, which is being developed by…

Death penalty withdrawn for 2nd man in murder-for-hire case

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Pennington County prosecutors have withdrawn the prospect of the death penalty for a second suspect in an alleged murder-for-hire case. The Rapid City Journal reports that prosecutors have announced they will not seek capital punishment against 37-year-old Richard Hirth should he be convicted of fatally stabbing 22-year-old Jessica Rehfeld in 2015. Her body was found…

Authorities say man fatally injured at northwest Iowa farm

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a man was fatally injured when he was run over by a piece of equipment at a farm in northwest Iowa. The accident occurred Monday afternoon at the farm 4 miles (7 kilometers) west of Rock Valley. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says the man was run over while walking behind a payloader…

Board rejects additional school security officers

BOX ELDER, S.D. (AP) – The Pennington County Board has rejected a request by the Douglas School District to beef up security by adding two additional sheriff’s deputies. Commissioners voted 3-2 against providing the funds necessary to double the number of school resource officers. Douglas Schools Superintendent Alan Kerr says the request comes after the district experienced unprecedented growth over…

Man gets 5 years in prison for stealing grain from family

MOUNT VERNON, S.D. (AP) – A Mount Vernon man accused of stealing $400,000 worth of grain from a Davison County farm family has been sentenced to serve five years in prison and pay restitution. Authorities alleged that 48-year-old Merle Northrup over a span of five years sold loads of corn and soybeans under his own name while working for the…

Former day care worker pleads not guilty to child abuse

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A woman accused of physically abusing children at the Sioux Falls day care where she worked has pleaded not guilty to 28 counts of child abuse. Authorities allege 31-year-old Teresa Gallagher and another female employee at Little Blessings Learning Center were caught on surveillance video slamming children to the ground, yanking them by their arms…

Iowa Senate updates policies and rules on sexual misconduct

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate have updated employee policies and ethics rules to better address allegations of sexual misconduct and other harassment within their half of the state Capitol. The Republican-controlled chamber held last-minute procedural votes Tuesday amid the expected final days of the legislative session. The changes are a culmination of growing public scrutiny…

Mother charged with child endangerment for death of son

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines woman has been charged for the death of her 6-month-old son. Court records say 33-year-old Latyia Johnson was arrested Monday and is charged with child endangerment resulting in death. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for her. Medics were sent in January to a Des Moines…

Iowa Governor signs bill banning ‘lunch shaming’ in Iowa schools

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa children should no longer face so-called “lunch shaming” in school cafeterias under a new law signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds announced Tuesday that she signed the bill, which lawmakers approved unanimously. Iowa is following the lead of several other states that have passed similar legislation banning staff from throwing away meals that were…

Iowa psychologist starts animal sanctuary in honor of mother

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – A psychologist is returning home to northern Iowa to pursue her lifetime goal of operating an animal sanctuary in honor of her mother. The Globe Gazette reports that Judy Siems has started the Glady Mae Animal Sanctuary near Mason City and Burchinal. She says the nonprofit will give cats and dogs at risk of euthanasia…

Effort to bring medical marijuana to public vote fails

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Supporters of allowing medical marijuana in South Dakota have failed to bring the matter to a public vote. A petition to put medical marijuana legalization on the November general election ballot was rejected because it didn’t have enough valid signatures. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said a random sampling determined that the petition with about…