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Krebs Encourages Voter Registration

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs will be in Vermillion and Yankton today to encourage voter registration. Today is voter registration day, and Krebs says nothing is more important to the future of this country than a citizen’s right to express themselves at the ballot box. She adds the state currently has 592,762 registered voters, but there are almost 57 thousand…

Mayor TenHaken Shares “One Sioux Falls” Values

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  – It’s been four months since Paul TenHaken began his term as Sioux Falls mayor. He’s sharing a new city motto going forward. It’s no secret. Sioux Falls is experiencing growing pains. “The rate at which we’re growing has challenges,” said TenHaken. “I will be extremely honest with you.” It’s something TenHaken has confronted every day since…

US warns Russia over missile defense for Syria

NEW YORK (AP) – The Trump administration is warning Russia that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a “major mistake” and should be reconsidered. It also says U.S. forces will not leave Syria until Iran leaves. National security adviser John Bolton said Monday that delivery of the Russian S-300 would be a “significant escalation” in already…

Absentee Voting Begins for South Dakota Mid-Term Election

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Absentee voting for the November mid-term election begins today in South Dakota. This year’s high profile races includes South Dakota’s next Governor, US Representative and Attorney General. Voters will also decide of five ballot measures. You can find your registered polling place and more information on this year’s election here: sdsos.gov. Categories: Local News, News, Politics

Campaigns Aim to Mobilize Supporters as Absentee Voting Begins

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Election Day is still a month-and-a-half away, but South Dakota campaigns are mobilizing their supporters to turn out early as absentee voting begins this week. Absentee voting starts Friday in South Dakota, where high-profile races include governor, U.S. House and attorney general, not to mention contests for other statewide offices, legislative seats and five ballot measures….

Trump says Kavanaugh ‘under assault’ by left

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is “under assault by radical left wing politicians.” Trump tweeted Friday that Kavanaugh has an “impeccable reputation” and that Democrats “don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay.” He adds, “Facts don’t matter. I go through this with them every single day in…

Envoy: US, Canada working 24/7 on revamped NAFTA deal

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. and Canadian negotiators are working around the clock on a deal to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc ahead of a Sept. 30 U.S. deadline. Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland told reporters that negotiators from the two sides are “in pretty much constant contact.” She met with her counterpart, U.S. Trade Rep….

US sanctions China military agency for buying Russian arms

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Chinese military agency and its director are facing U.S. sanctions over the purchase of Russian weapons. U.S. government officials say China’s Equipment Development Department and director Li Shangfu violated a 2017 law meant to punish Russia for interfering in U.S. elections and other activities. Administration officials say that the agency under Li’s direction made large purchases…

Trump to address drugs, nuclear weapons in UN speeches

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump will discuss the global drug trade and stopping the spread of weapons of mass destruction during two speeches next week at the United Nations General Assembly. The White House says Thursday that Trump will address the “Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem” event Monday. He will address the U.N. General Assembly…

Campaigns, parties seek to mobilize supporters to vote early

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Election Day is still a month-and-a-half away, but South Dakota campaigns are mobilizing their supporters to turn out early as absentee voting begins this week. Absentee voting starts Friday in South Dakota, where high-profile races include governor, U.S. House and attorney general, not to mention contests for other statewide offices, legislative seats and five ballot…

Trump blasts GOP spending plan that lacks money for wall

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says a spending plan pushed by congressional Republicans is “ridiculous” because funding for a border wall with Mexico that Trump has promised is not included. Trump tweeted Thursday that he wants to know “where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from…

Trump: 9/11 memorial renewed my resolve to build border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says the Sept. 11 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, renewed his resolve to push for his stalled southern border wall. Trump tells Hill.TV in an interview published Wednesday that he marveled at the Flight 93 National Memorial during a visit last week. Trump tells the outlet, “They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went…

US, Canada resume talks on revamped NAFTA

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. and Canadian negotiators are working long hours to keep Canada in a North American trade bloc. The Canadian envoy – Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland – resumed talks Wednesday with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer. “Our negotiators have been really hard at it, including an all-night session last night that ended at 7 a.m.,” Freeland…

Funds Coming For Native American Crime Victims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A U.S. Justice Department official says the agency is doubling the funding for tribal public safety and crime victims as it seeks to tackle the high-rates of violence against Native American women. Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio reports the department recognizes “the serious nature of the problem.” The announcement comes amid increased focus on the deaths…

Trump says ‘hard’ to imagine Kavanaugh did wrong

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says “we’ll have to make a decision” if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual-assault accuser “makes a credible showing” before the Senate Judiciary Committee. He said Wednesday it would be “very interesting.” Trump calls Kavanaugh an “outstanding man” and says it’s “very hard” for him to imagine anything happened. The Judiciary Committee has scheduled…

Trump rips Sessions: ‘I don’t have an attorney general’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on Jeff Sessions, saying, “I don’t have an attorney general.” Trump says in a Hill.TV interview released Wednesday he’s “so sad over Jeff Sessions,” whom he has repeatedly denounced for recusing himself from the Russia investigation. The president claims in the interview Sessions did not need to do so. But…

Trump says Kavanaugh ‘anxious’ to testify

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says it’s “terrible” that Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein didn’t raise allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sooner but says he’s “totally supporting” his nominee. Trump says he wants everyone to have the chance to speak out and Kavanaugh is “very anxious” to testify in his defense. He says, “we want to hear both…