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Noem Awards $2.5M Grant for School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

PIERRE, S.D. (From Governor Noem’s office) – Governor Kristi Noem today awarded a $2.5 million state grant for the construction of the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SDSBVI), part of the school’s joint Educational Impact Campaign with Northern State University (NSU). The grant comes from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development Future Fund. “I’m grateful for the leadership…

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Warns Of Police Impersonator Scam

LINCOLN CO., S.D. – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is warning people of a recent phone scam targeting people living in the area. According to a post on the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Facebook page, authorities have fielded reports of a person impersonating a Lincoln County Deputy. The caller is “spoofing” the Sheriff Office’s telephone number. The caller is allegedly identifying…

Customs Intercepts Over $12M in Meth at Border Crossing

PHARR, Texas – Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted nearly $13 million worth of methamphetamine inside a truck carrying frozen strawberries that crossed into the U.S. from Mexico. The agency on Tuesday said officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility in Texas used imaging equipment and dogs to inspect the truck on Feb. 16. Officers discovered 350 packages…

The Latest: Survivors Demand Transparency at Vatican Summit

Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org group, holds up a photo of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the archbishop of Houston-Galveston and the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, during a press conference at the foreign press association in Rome, Tuesday Feb. 19, 2019. DiNardo has been accused by victims of downplaying their accusations against Rev. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, who…

Failing Payless to Honor Gift Cards, Store Credit Into March

FILE- In this May 18, 2006, file photo a worker puts the finishing touches on a sign unveiling the company’s new look at a Payless Shoesource store at a mall in Independence, Mo. Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering its remaining stores in North America. The filing on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, came a…

South Dakota Senate Votes Down Campus Carry Legislation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has rejected a bill that would have barred public universities and technical schools from restricting people’s ability to carry guns on campus. Senators voted 24-10 Tuesday against the measure. It has faced opposition from student officials, the Board of Regents and the Board of Technical Education. Republican Sen. Lance Russell, the sponsor,…

Former SFFR Chief Sideras to Be Sentenced Next Week

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Former Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief Jim Sideras is scheduled to be sentenced a week from today after pleading guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. Sideras has already surrendered his passport. He also surrendered his nursing license to the South Dakota Board of Nursing. Sideras reached a plea deal with prosecutors last November,…

Pierre Rescue Squad Saves Dog From Missouri River

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Pierre firefighters have saved the life of a dog that plunged into the icy Missouri River. Rescue Squad Capt. Brandon McCarthy says crews were called to the river Monday afternoon where the dog had chased a goose onto the river and then plunged into open water. The ice conditions prevented the dog from getting back to…

Supreme Court Says Ginsburg to Attend Court’s Public Session

Courtesy: NBC NewsWASHINGTON – The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making her public return to the bench, eight weeks after surgery for lung cancer. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 85-year-old justice will join her eight colleagues on Tuesday when the court meets for a public session. Ginsburg returned to the Washington building on Friday for the…

Trump Criticizes California Over Lawsuit Against Border Wall

FILE – In this March 13, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he reviews border wall prototypes in San Diego. California’s attorney general filed a lawsuit Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, against Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying 16 states — including California — allege…

Minnesota Joins Lawsuit to Block Trump’s National Emergency

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota has joined with 15 other states in suing to block President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency to fund his proposed wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. Attorney General Keith Ellison says the plan to divert funds is illegal and unconstitutional. He says federal money designated for the Minnesota National Guard would be…

Illinois Woman Claims $2M Won Through Iowa Lottery

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – An Illinois woman has claimed the $2 million she won in the Iowa Lottery Powerball game. The Iowa Lottery says 49-year-old Lisa Hays turned in her winning ticket Monday at lottery headquarters in Clive. Hays, who lives in Monmouth, Illinois, says she bought the ticket while shopping at the Hy-Vee store on Agency Street in Burlington….