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Kroger, Walgreens to Stop Selling E-cigarettes in US

NEW 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…

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

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - 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. Instead, the Mac joins iPhones in getting separate apps for…

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

NEW YORK (AP) - General Electric is freezing the pension plans for about 20,000 workers and offering pension buyouts to 100,000 former employees as it attempts to slash debt. The Boston company said Monday that its actions would trim its…

Nestle Toll House Cafe Coming to Empire Mall

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Empire Mall announced that Nestle Toll House Cafe is coming this winter. The cafe will include cookies, brownies, cookie cakes, ice cream smoothies, and coffee. According to the mall's website, the cafe is expected to…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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,…

Hy-Vee Suspends Sale of Zantac Following FDA Alert

WEST DES MOINES, I.A. - Hy-vee is temporarily suspending the sale of all over-the-counter Zantac and Topcare brand ranitidine products following an FDA alert. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced that ranitidine products may contain a low level…

South Dakota Manufacturing Industry is Booming

SIOUX FALLS, S.D - Today kicks off "South Dakota Manufacturing Week." Experts say it's an industry that's becoming more high tech, and is booming across the state. The manufacturing industry is a huge part…

The Keg is "Coming Home" with Second Location

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- A well-loved, family-owned restaurant with a long history in Sioux Falls, is expanding to a second location. The Keg first opened in 1979 and has been serving the Sioux Empire for the last 40 years. However, in…

Bramble Park Zoo In Danger of Losing Animals

WATERTOWN, SD--- Fewer than 10 percent of zoos licensed by the US Department of Agriculture are accredited by the "Association of Zoos and Aquariums" (AZA). For the Bramble Park Zoo, they take…

Injured Iowa Workers Face Delays in Getting Hearing Dates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Injured Iowa workers seeking benefits from their employers will have to wait longer to get their hearing dates as a state agency transitions to a new filing system. Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner Joseph Cortese told…

New Permanent Home for Sports Betting at Grand Falls

LARCHWOOD, I.A. - Grand Falls Casino broke ground on their new sports betting venue. The casino will be converting their show lounge into the new sports-book. The venue will be a part of a $10 million expansion that includes 163…

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