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New Report Outlines South Dakota’s Strong International Trade Ties

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A new report shows South Dakota’s strong trade ties to the international market. The report from Business Roundtable says the Rushmore state exported $2.9 billion in goods and $1.4 billion in services in 2017. The top export that year, oilseeds and grains, bringing in $1.6 billion. Meat products accounted for roughly $227 million. The report also…

Governor Noem Closes State Offices In 52 Counties

The winter storm in South Dakota is impacting state government offices. Governor Noem has ordered the closure of offices in all 52 counties that are part of the current blizzard warning. Counties part of the closure order are: Aurora, Beadle, Bennett, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Clark, Codington, Custer, Davison, Day, Deuel, Dewey, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant,…

US Safety Agency Opens Probes into Hyundai and Kia Fires

DETROIT (AP) – The U.S. government’s highway safety agency has decided to open two new investigations into fires involving Hyundai and Kia vehicles after getting complaints of more than 3,100 fires and 103 injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it granted a petition seeking the investigations from the nonprofit Center for Auto Safety, a consumer advocacy group. The…

Facebook Extends Ban on Hate Speech to ‘White Nationalists’

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Facebook is broadening its definition of hate speech to apply to “white nationalists” and “white separatists.” The company previously allowed posts from those groups even though it has long banned “white supremacists.” In a blog post Wednesday, the social network said it previously linked expressions of white nationalism with broader concepts of nationalism and separatism –…

National American University to Close All Campuses, Offer Online Courses

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota based National American University is closing most of its campuses, including in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. President and CEO, Ronald Shape, tells KDLT News that the university will transition to online courses. The university will close campuses in nine states including South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska. NAU’s headquarters will remain in Rapid City and…

Survey: Bankers Losing Confidence in 10-State Farm Economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows bankers are losing confidence in the future of the region’s farm economy in the wake of falling farm income and rising floodwaters. The Rural Mainstreet survey for March shows the survey’s confidence index dropping to 45.7 from February’s 48.5. Any score…

Facebook, Instagram Suffer Outages

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook says it is aware of outages on its platforms including Facebook, Messenger and Instagram and is working to resolve the issue. According to downdector.com, which monitors websites, the outages started around 12 p.m. E.T. on Wednesday in parts of the U.S., including the East and West Coast, parts of Europe and elsewhere. Both Facebook’s desktop…

Fiat Chrysler Recalling Nearly 900,000 Vehicles on Emissions

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fiat Chrysler is voluntarily recalling 862,520 vehicles in the U.S. because they don’t meet the country’s emission standards. The Environmental Protection Agency says that the recall is the result of in-use emissions investigations it performed and in-use testing conducted by Fiat Chrysler as required by EPA regulations. The vehicles involved in the recall include 2011-2016 Dodge Journey…

Claire’s Recalls Makeup After Regulators Warn of Asbestos

NEW YORK (AP) – The retailer Claire’s is recalling three makeup products after U.S. regulators warned they might contain asbestos. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration said product samples tested positive for asbestos but that Claire’s refused to recall any products that might still be in homes. The retailer at the time disputed the test results but said it…

US Health Officials Move to Tighten Sales of E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan designed to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores and online. The new guidelines, first proposed in November, are the latest government effort to reverse what health officials call an epidemic of underage vaping. E-cigarettes typically heat…

Gov. Closes State Offices in 39 Counties

Governor Kristi Noem has ordered state government offices to close in 39 counties today. According to the Department of Public Safety, the central and western counties are closing due to expected severe winter weather conditions. Officials state the counties are a part of warnings issued by the National Weather Service. The counties include: Beadle, Bennett, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Butte, Campbell, Charles…