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The Latest: Senate Votes To ‘Go Nuclear’ On High Court Pick

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has voted to “go nuclear” and eliminate the filibuster for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and future court picks. The move could change the Senate and court for generations. It came Thursday on a procedural motion. The change is dubbed “the nuclear option.” It removes a 60-vote filibuster requirement for Neil Gorsuch. The Senate…

Police: Sioux Falls Man Arrested For Alleged Sexual Contact With 2 Girls

SIOUX FALLS – Sioux Falls police arrested a man Wednesday night after a 4 and 5-year-old reported to their mother that he molested them. Mark Diede, 39, from Sioux Falls, was arrested Wednesday night on four counts of 1st degree rape. The investigation began on Tuesday when police received a referral from child service’s that a 4-year-old made comments to…

After Repeal, Ethics Law Supporters To Push Ballot Amendment

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Supporters of a voter-imposed government ethics initiative that Republican lawmakers repealed this year plan to return to voters with an anti-corruption constitutional amendment in 2018. Represent South Dakota, the group sponsoring the amendment, said Thursday that supporters view it as a necessary response to the Legislature’s “brazen repeal” of the government ethics overhaul during the 2017…

Man Who Sexually Attacked Teens Gets 12 Years In Iowa Prison

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – A man has been given 12 years in prison for attacking two teenagers in Davenport and sexually assaulting one of them. Court records say 35-year-old John Benavidez Jr. was sentenced Wednesday in Scott County District Court. He’d pleaded guilty to felony sexual abuse and misdemeanor assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. Police say Benavidez followed…

Ex-Fire Training Official Could Avoid Jail In Iowa Scandal

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A former Iowa fire academy administrator could avoid jail time after falsifying test scores that were used to improperly certify hundreds of firefighters. Court records show that former Fire Services Training Bureau certification manager John McPhee has agreed to plead guilty to misconduct in office at a hearing set for April 26 in Nevada, Iowa….

Professor Behind Designated Drivers Takes On Distracted Ones

BOSTON (AP) – A Harvard University professor who introduced Americans to the concept of designated drivers to deter drunken driving is now taking on the problem of motorists distracted by cellphones and other electronics. Jay Winsten says he is trying to find out why efforts to reduce distracted driving have “utterly failed.” He is consulting with federal and Massachusetts officials…

Congress OKs Bill To Extend VA Program Widening Private Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is sending President Donald Trump legislation to extend a program widening veterans’ access to private-sector health care. By voice vote Wednesday, the House agreed to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to operate its Choice program until its money runs out, expected early next year. Without legislation, the program will expire on Aug. 7 with nearly…

Man Sentenced In Largest Drug Bust In Mitchell History

MITCHELL, S.D. – A Mitchell man who was involved in one of the largest drug busts in Mitchell’s history was sentenced on Tuesday.  27-year old Jordan Munterfering was given 15 years in prison on drug distribution and possession charges. Muntefering was caught selling ecstasy to an informant in a drug-free zone in July.  A subsequent search of his home by…

Yankton County Commission Approves Expansion Of Hog Facility

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – The Yankton County Commission has approved the expansion of a hog facility southeast of Lesterville, despite a number of area residents expressing concerns about the operation. The commission voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of granting a conditional-use permit for the placement of a 2,400-head pork production barn. The Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan reports the 90-minute…

Senators Want More Details On Corps’ Dakota Access Decisions

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Two Democratic U.S. senators want the chief of the Army Corps of Engineers to explain the agency’s decision-making that ultimately paved the way for completion of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline. Delaware Sen. Tom Carper and Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell are ranking Democratic members on Senate environment and energy committees. They sent a letter to…

No Injuries, No Major Damage In Mitchell Business Fire

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – No one was hurt when a small fire broke out in a heater at a Mitchell manufacturing company. The Daily Republic reports that AKG employees were evacuated for about 40 minutes Tuesday night. Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Nedved said the fire was contained to an exhaust unit, and there was no structural damage to the…

Iowa State University Settles Harassment Policy Lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State University has changed discrimination and harassment policies and is settling a lawsuit filed last year by a conservative student who challenged them. Student Robert Dunn refused to sign policy statements that said public discussion of controversial subjects including abortion and sexuality could be deemed harassment by university officials. The university says it never…