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Congress Questions Potential Facebook Currency

WASHINGTON (AP) – As questions surround Facebook’s plans to create a digital currency, Congress is opening two days of hearings on the heels of criticism from President Donald Trump. Federal officials have expressed concerns the digital currency Libra could be used for money laundering and terrorism financing. Facebook executive David Marcus says in testimony prepared for Tuesday that Libra “is…

South Dakota Political Insiders Weigh In on Tariffs, State Tribal Relations

With Sam Parkinson, the former Executive Director of the State Democratic Party off to Washington, D.C. for a new role there, the Dems current Communications Director, Aaron Matson joined his Republican counterpart, Dave Roetman on KDLT News Today to weigh in on current events dominating the political landscape. The two discussed briefly, local party reaction to the escalating trade war with…

Rep. Dusty Johnson Back in South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-It’s already been a busy year in Washington and Congressman Dusty Johnson has been there for it all, while trying to settle into his new role as South Dakota’s US Representative. KDLT’s Miranda Paige caught up with him to see how the new job is going. It’s important to Representative Dusty Johnson that he visits South Dakota. “This…

Supreme Court Says Ginsburg to Attend Court’s Public Session

Courtesy: NBC NewsWASHINGTON – The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making her public return to the bench, eight weeks after surgery for lung cancer. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 85-year-old justice will join her eight colleagues on Tuesday when the court meets for a public session. Ginsburg returned to the Washington building on Friday for the…

Trump to Call for Unity, Face Skepticism in State of Union

(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is expected to call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address, but skeptics are likely to question whether he can be successful in pursuing such a reset after two years of bitter partisanship and personal attacks. Ahead of Trump’s prime-time Tuesday speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she…

Post-Holiday, Partial Government Shutdown To Gain Impact

WASHINGTON (AP) – Christmas has come and gone but the partial government shutdown is just getting started. Wednesday brings the first full business day after several government departments and agencies closed up over the weekend due to a budgetary stalemate between President Donald Trump and Congress. And there is no end in sight. So far, the public and federal workers…

2018 Election Trend: The “Wave of the Woman”

 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls political science professor is calling it “the wave of the woman.” A record number of women are breaking a glass ceiling and running for office. We know you’ll find more women on the ballot, but are the odds stacked against these political pioneers? According Augustana University political science professor Emily Wanless, the…

Friday Marks 25 Years Since Washington Pavilion Approval Vote

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – 25 years ago, Sioux Falls made an old decision that still stands today. Well, not quite as old as dinosaurs, but at the times, a space dedicated just to art and sciences seemed equally crazy. On October 19, 1993, voters approved a $33 million bond for the construction of the Washington Pavilion. The building was formerly…

Fatal Plane Crash

Officials identify 3 killed in plane crash

Officials have identified three people killed in a single-engine plane crash north of Spokane last week. The Stevens County coroner’s office on Wednesday identified the victims as Diego Senn, 30, of Spokane; Andrew Trouton, 30, of Prairie City, South Dakota; and Joo Chan Lee, 24, of Spokane. All three were involved with a Moody Bible Institute aviation program in Spokane….

“Multiple Fatalities” On Derailed Amtrak Train

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – Authorities say multiple people were killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed onto Interstate 5 south of Seattle. Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says none of the fatalities were motorists who were in cars and trucks when the train came off the tracks on to I-5. He says emergency responders are working to get survivors…

South Dakota Farmers Union in Washington, D.C.

KDLT News Exclusive Coverage

Our coverage continues from Washington DC this week as we explore legislation that will influence Ag producers. We are talking with some of the top officials including the U.S. Agriculture Secretary. KDLT’s Jack Eble wrapped up the first full day of work in Washington, D.C. as he joined the South Dakota Farmers Union as they made their first couple stops….

Solar Eclipse Viewers Make Most Of Rain In South Dakota

South Dakota wasn’t the ideal place to watch the solar eclipse. While rain may have spoiled some viewing parties, visitors at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls made the most out of it. Eight-year-old Alyssa Clow of Harrisburg said,”It’s where the moon goes over the sun.” The Washington Pavilion has been planning activities surrounding the solar eclipse for a year….

Comey’s Secret Release Of Trump Memo Sparks Partisan Debate

WASHINGTON (AP) – At first former FBI Director James Comey looked media savvy when he revealed that he had arranged for the public disclosure of a damaging memo about his interactions with President Donald Trump. But after Trump supporters took issue with Comey’s actions, what appeared to be a smooth move turned into another element for partisan bickering. In his…

‘See Something, Say Something’: Superintendent’s Message Following Threat At WHS

Sioux Falls Police Deem Threat Made By Student Not Credible

There was extra police presence at Washington High School in Sioux Falls Monday morning following a possible threat made by a student last week. Police say other students became worried after they overheard the teen talking about shooting up the school. As kids were arriving at school on Monday, Sioux Falls Police had extra officers at Washington High School. They…

Branstad Goes To Washington To Discuss Ambassador Nomination

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he’ll have private meetings with members of Congress this week to discuss his consideration as U.S. ambassador to China. The Republican governor is scheduled to be in Washington between Monday and Thursday. Branstad says he’ll meet with members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and officials at the State…

Canada’s Trudeau Lands In Washington To Meet With Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a polar opposite to President Donald Trump in almost every way, has arrived in Washington keen to build a relationship that doesn’t threaten trade. In the first face-to-face meeting with the new U.S. president, Trudeau will talk about free trade at the White House. Trudeau and Trump will also participate in a…

Big Night For Warriors from WHS and Crofton

Crofton girls and Washington boys win thrillers

Monica Arens and the Crofton, NE Warriors improved their record to 11-1 Thursday night in Hartford, but not without a fight from West Central. The 5-time defending state champs jumped out to a quick 12-1 lead, but West Central roared back to take the lead right before half-time behind the hot shooting of Ashlyn McDonald. But Arens, who’s headed for…

Ryan Promises To ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan says upcoming legislation to repeal the health care law would cut off taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood. The Wisconsin Republican spoke after a special House panel issued a report criticizing the organization over providing tissue from aborted fetuses to researchers. Planned Parenthood provides birth control, abortions and various women’s health services. A similar…