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UAW Workers March in Detroit as GM Strike Enters 26th Day

Yolanda Jacobs, a United Auto Workers member, walks the picket line at the General Motors Romulus Powertrain plant in Romulus, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Nearly four weeks into the United Auto Workers’ strike against GM, employees are starting to feel the pinch of going without their regular paychecks. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) – Dozens of United Auto Workers union…

Subaru Recalls Some Forester Vehicles Due to Airbag Issue

NBC NewsSubaru is recalling more than 350,000 Forester vehicles with heated seats because an electrical connection in the front passenger seat may loosen and deactivate the airbag even though the seat is occupied. Subaru said the recall includes Forester vehicles from 2015 to 2018. The automaker will notify vehicle owners and dealers to inspect the occupant detection system mat harness…

National University to Become Sanford National University

FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2018, file photo, businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford speaks at P.S. 282 to celebrate over 200,000 students served by the Sanford Harmony program in the New York metro area in Brooklyn, N.Y. Sanford said Tuesday, June 5, 2018, he is donating $100 million to the National University System, a nonprofit that focuses on…

Avera Health Prepares to Open First Buildings at Avera on Louise Campus

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Avera Health is preparing to open the doors of the first buildings finished at their Avera on Louise Health Campus. So far, the campus has two buildings completed at 69th and Louise totaling 260,000 square feet. The five-story specialty hospital is connected to a three-story medical group building. The campus is giving Avera Health the ability…

Harrisburg Company in Hemp Industry Hoping for Statewide Legalization

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Industrial hemp is illegal in South Dakota. Lawmakers this year passed a bill that would have allowed farmers to grow hemp but Governor Noem vetoed it. Despite that, one company still hopes to make a profit within the industry but not by growing hemp. They are building hemp processing equipment. “What we’re doing is not illegal….

Senator John Thune Visits Large Ethanol Producer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Officials say 40 percent of South Dakota’s corn supply is used for ethanol production. Today Senator John Thune visited one of the world’s largest producers of ethanol following a big announcement from the Trump Administration. Last week the administration announced plans to implement new rules that will increase demand for ethanol, which is good news for…

Kroger, Walgreens to Stop Selling E-cigarettes in US

Robert F. Bukaty/APNEW YORK (AP) – Two major retailers say they will no longer sell e-cigarettes in the U.S. amid mounting health questions surrounding vaping. Supermarket chain Kroger and drugstore chain Walgreens announced Monday they would discontinue sales of e-cigarettes at their stores nationwide, citing an uncertain regulatory environment. The vaping industry has come under scrutiny after hundreds of people…

Goodbye, iTunes: Once-revolutionary App Gone in Mac Update

The iTunes application is displayed on a computer on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, in New York. Apple’s latest operating software for Mac computers kills off iTunes, the once-revolutionary program that made online music sales mainstream and effectively blunted the impact of piracy. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple’s latest operating software for Mac computers kills off iTunes, the once-revolutionary…

GE Freezes Pensions for 20K, Trimming Up to $6B in Debt

FILE- In this Jan. 16, 2018, file photo the General Electric logo is displayed at the top of their Global Operations Center in the Banks development of downtown Cincinnati. General Electric Co. reports financial results Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)NEW YORK (AP) – General Electric is freezing the pension plans for about 20,000 workers and offering pension…

US Authorities Seek Access to Facebook Encrypted Messaging

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. Attorney General William Barr wants Facebook to give law enforcement a way to read encrypted messages sent by users, re-igniting tensions between tech companies and law enforcement. Facebook’s WhatsApp already has end-to-end encryption, meaning that even Facebook cannot read the text of messages. Facebook plans to extend that protection to Messenger and Instagram Direct. While…

Hy-Vee Releases Findings of Payment Data Breach Investigation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Hy-Vee has released its findings of an investigation into a breach of their payment processing data. In a press release, Hy-Vee states that it identified the malware on their point-of-sale devices at certain Hy-Vee fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops, and restaurants. The malware targeted “track data” which can reveal the cardholder’s name, card number, expiration date,…

Iowa Meat Plant Defends How its Workers Are Treated

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa pork processing plant is working to address concerns the island nation of Micronesia raised about how some of its citizens working at the plant are being treated. Seaboard Triumph Foods says it follows all employment laws and it is working with its local union and officials to resolve the matter. Micronesia sent a…

STI Construction Camp Inspires High Schoolers Considering Construction Career

SIOUX FALLS, S.D – Sioux Falls has one of the fastest growing construction job markets in the country, but there’s a downside. Contractors can’t find enough skilled workers. If you’re a contractor in Sioux Falls, business is probably booming. “The Sioux Falls metro area is the 7th fastest growing construction job market in the country,” says national spokesman of Associated…

Retail Giant Walmart Halts Sales of Zantac and Related Drugs

Walmart has become the latest store to halt sales of the popular heartburn treatment Zantac after health regulators warned about a potentially dangerous contaminant in the drug. The nation’s largest retailer said Wednesday that it suspended sales of all drugs sold over the counter, or without a prescription, that include Zantac’s active ingredient, ranitidine. Aside from Zantac, that includes Equate…

Survey: National Manufacturing Activity Sank to Decade-low

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. factory activity shrank for the second straight month in September, hitting the lowest level in more than a decade as President Donald Trump’s trade wars take a toll on American manufacturing. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says that its manufacturing index dropped to 47.8% in September, down from 49.1% in August….

Democrat Dan Ahler Officially Announces Candidacy for U.S. Senate

Ahler made his announcement at Papa's Pub and Eatery in Dell Rapids, SD

DELL RAPIDS, SD—Former state lawmaker Dan Ahlers officially threw his hat in the ring for Sen. Mike Rounds’ senate seat today. “Dan has become increasingly more aware of things that need to be changed. He’s become the voice for people who are in need of an advocate,” said Dr. Randy Nelson, University of Sioux Falls associate professor and director of…