Politics & Elections

Mueller Concludes Russia Probe, Delivers Report to AG Barr

WASHINGTON (AP) - Special counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with associates of President Donald Trump. The Justice Department says Mueller delivered his final report Friday to Attorney General William Barr, who…

North Dakota Gov.Burgum Signs 'Abortion Reversal' Bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has signed a bill that requires abortion providers to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions that it's possible they could still have a live birth if they change their mind. Opponents…

Trump Reversing New Sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he is reversing his administration's decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, ordering them withdrawn. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump "likes Chairman Kim and he doesn't think these sanctions…

Trump to Order Colleges to Back Free Speech or Lose Funding

President Donald Trump is expected to order U.S. colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal funding. White House officials say Trump on Thursday will sign an executive order requiring colleges to certify that their policies…

Trump's Criticism of McCain Raises Ire of Some Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump took time in a speech in Ohio celebrating the American economy to revisit his grievances against the late Sen. John McCain. The president's latest tirade against the war hero who died last year came…

Trump: Mueller Report 'Ridiculous' But Should Be Released

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says it's "ridiculous" that special counsel Robert Mueller is writing a report to summarize his findings - but says he's looking forward to seeing what it says. Trump told reporters as he left the…

Governor Noem Signs Bill Allowing Gun in State Capitol

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem has signed a bill that allows individuals with an "enhanced concealed carry permit" to bring their gun into the South Dakota state capitol building. The law will go into effect on July 1st.…

Trump Targets Biden After Former VP’s Verbal Slip

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is targeting Joe Biden after the former vice president made a verbal slip about a potential 2020 presidential bid. Trump, who has eagerly followed the 2020 Democratic field, tweeted Monday: "Joe Biden got tongue tied…

2019 Legislative Session Comes to a Close

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem closed out the main part of her first legislative session as governor with a funding boost for nursing homes, anti-pipeline protest legislation and a victory over supporters of industrial hemp. Lawmakers…

Senate Votes Against Trump Border Emergency

WASHINGTON — In a stunning rebuke, a dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared so he could build his border wall with Mexico. The rejection capped a week of confrontation with…

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…

South Dakota Lawmakers Approve Roughly $4.9B State Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers have passed a roughly $4.9 billion state budget, providing a funding boost for education and state employees and larger-than anticipated spending hikes for nursing homes and community support providers. The House voted 53-6…

Governor Noem's Veto of Hemp Bill Survives Override

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - An attempt to override South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's veto of a hemp legalization bill has failed in the Legislature. The 20-13 Senate vote Tuesday was short of the two-thirds needed to overcome Noem's veto. It…

EPA Rule an Issue Pitting Oil Producers Against Corn Farmers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is proposing to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol, seeking to calm a dispute between the oil industry and corn farmers. The proposal Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency fulfills…

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