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Sanford Health, Good Samaritan Merger Gets Regulatory Approval

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The merger between a major health organization and a senior care provider will happen sooner than expected. Sanford Health officials say they have received regulatory approval to combine with the Good Samaritan Society. The merger was expected to be finalized by the end of January 2019. However, Sanford officials say the two non-profits will now join…

2 tribal energy projects in Dakotas getting federal money

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Two tribal energy infrastructure projects in the Dakotas are among 15 nationwide sharing in nearly $9 million in federal Energy Department funding. The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe in North Dakota is getting $1 million toward a $4.2 million wind turbine project. The Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota is getting about $450,000 for a $900,000 solar…

Keystone XL company moves to condemn South Dakota land

BUFFALO, S.D. (AP) – The company planning the Keystone XL oil pipeline is moving to condemn private land in northwestern South Dakota’s Harding County. The Rapid City Journal reports TransCanada Corp. has filed eminent domain condemnation petitions in state court against parcels of land owned by two families. At least one of them plans to fight. Jeffrey Jensen says he’ll…

US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

NEW YORK (AP) – Federal regulators have served Facebook with a complaint alleging the company’s advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. Justice Department lawyers disclosed the complaint by the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Friday in a court filing made in a lawsuit brought against Facebook by advocacy groups last spring….

More than 1,000 Google workers protest censored China search

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company’s secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter calls on executives to review ethics and transparency at the company. The letter’s contents were confirmed by a Google employee who helped organize it but who requested anonymity…

Google clarifies it tracks users who pause location history

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google has changed a help page that erroneously described how its “Location History” setting works, clarifying for users that it still tracks their location even if they turn the setting off. The change comes days after an Associated Press investigation revealed that several Google apps and websites store user location even if users have turned off…

Elegant Mommy to Close in September After 10 Years

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A popular Sioux Falls baby item store is closing its doors next month. Elegant Mommy celebrated its 10-year anniversary in April. The owner, Shelly Gaddis announced today on the store’s Facebook page that they will shut their doors sometime in September. Elegant Mommy is located on 37th Street near Minnesota Avenue. Gaddis says she’s closing the…

Judge orders new State Dept. review of Keystone XL pipeline

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL pipeline’s proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana said in a ruling Wednesday that the State Department must supplement its 2014 environmental impact study of the project to…

Ditech Financial to close Rapid City call center

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A mortgage lending firm plans to close its call center in Rapid City that employs about 450 people. Ditech Financial says it will shutter the center late next year when its lease expires. Ditech was founded in 1995 as one of the first online mortgage lenders. It has 7,000 employees in North America. Ditech is…

Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It Or Not

SAN FRANCISCO – Google records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation shows that using Google services on Android devices and iPhones allows the company to record your whereabouts as you go about your day, even if you’ve used privacy settings that are supposed to prevent it from doing so. Google stores time-stamped…

Sanford, GreatLIFE Announce Partnership for Discount at Great Shots

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford and GreatLIFE are teaming up in Sioux Falls. The companies announced a partnership that will allow members of both health clubs to receive a 50% discount at the upcoming entertainment venue Great Shots. The facility is going to be a gold driving range, bar, and restaurant. Sanford also announced that PGA teaching professional Todd Kolb…

Strugis Rally Brings Business to I-90 Stores

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country are stopping in Sioux Falls. Many are making a pit stop on the their way to or from the Sturgis Rally. J&L Harley-Davidson off of I-90 and I-29 has seen a noticeable boom in business. Employees say the rally brings in extra foot traffic every August. The store is…

Dakota Access developer amends $1B racketeering lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline has amended a $1 billion racketeering lawsuit it filed against three environmental entities. The move by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners came after a federal judge in recent weeks criticized the original filing last August as vague and threatened to dismiss it. ETP sued Greenpeace, Earth First and BankTrack,…

In waiting for answers, automakers stick to Obama-era rules

DETROIT (AP) – For all the drama surrounding the Trump administration’s attempt to undo Obama-era fuel economy requirements, automakers are likely to stick to them until they get some answers. The administration on Thursday unveiled plans to freeze the requirements at 2020 levels through 2026. That means the fleet of new vehicles would have to average about 30 miles per…

NRA sues New York officials for hurting ability to operate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The National Rifle Association says it’s suffering grave financial harm that’s threatening the group’s ability to pursue its advocacy mission because of actions by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York regulators. In an amended version of a federal lawsuit filed in May, the NRA says it has lost insurance coverage because of the state’s enforcement actions…

Dakota Access developer argues to keep suing Earth First

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline is battling to avoid dismissal of a second defendant in its $1 billion federal racketeering lawsuit against three environmental groups. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners argues in court documents that Earth First should be held accountable for “eco-terrorist activities” because it’s a legal entity that can be sued. The…

Reports: Google working on censorship-ready search for China

Google is reportedly working on a mobile version of its search engine that will comply with strict censorship controls in China. The Intercept reported that the work has been ongoing since the spring of 2017 and was accelerated in December following a meeting between Google CEO Sundar Pichai and a top government official. It cited internal Google documents and unnamed…

Financial fruit: Apple becomes 1st trillion-dollar company

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple has become the world’s first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion. The milestone marks the financial fruit of stylish technology that has redefined society since two mavericks named Steve started the company 42 years ago. The peak reached Thursday seemed unimaginable in 1997 when Apple teetered on the edge of bankruptcy, with…