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Railroad Bridge Collapses During Midwest Flooding

It was the main rail link from Iowa to South Dakota

(Newser) - A railroad bridge collapsed during flooding in the Midwest that has forced water rescues, led to evacuations, caused at least one death and brought additional misery during a vast and stubborn heat wave. The bridge connecting North Sioux City, South Dakota, with Sioux City, Iowa, collapsed into the Big Sioux...

Noem Explains Why She Told That Dog Story

It may have cost her a shot to be Trump's VP: SD governor admits she didn't receive vetting papers

(Newser) - Just weeks ago, when South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was taking heat for the revelation that she killed her own dog , the question arose whether the commotion over that would blow her chances at being selected as Donald Trump's running mate. The answer appears to be yes: Noem popped...

Small Town's Ex-Mayor Charged With 3 Murders

Former law officer Jay Ostrem charged with first-degree murder in Centerville, SD killings

(Newser) - Three people were shot to death in a small South Dakota town, and a former law officer who once served as the town's mayor is charged in the killings. Jay Ostrem, 64, was jailed on $1 million cash-only bond on three counts of first-degree murder, South Dakota Attorney General...

Kristi Noem Now Banned From All Tribal Lands in State She Governs

9th Native American tribe votes to bar her from reservation

(Newser) - Kristi Noem was already banned from one-fifth of the state she governs ; now she's banned from even more of it. Indigenous groups in South Dakota have now barred the far-right governor from any and all tribal lands in the state, the Guardian reports. Nine Native American tribes reside in...

Kristi Noem Is Now Banned in 20% of the State She Governs

Another 2 South Dakota tribes ban governor over comments she made in March

(Newser) - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is now banned from entering nearly 20% of her state after two more tribes banished her this week over comments she made earlier this year about tribal leaders benefitting from drug cartels, reports the AP .
  • What she said: "We've got some tribal leaders

South Dakota Governor Defends Killing Her Dog

Kristi Noem says she was just being 'responsible'

(Newser) - Kristi Noem on Sunday took to Donald Trump's social network to defend the controversial story about killing a dog that she reveals in her upcoming book. "Whether running the ranch or in politics, I have never passed on my responsibilities to anyone else to handle. Even if it'...

Noem Cops to Killing Dog, Goat After Hunt Gone Wrong

South Dakota governor says they're examples of 'tough decisions' of life on a farm

(Newser) - Kristi Noem's new book is out next week, and contained within its pages is what Forbes deems a most "bizarre admission." No Going Back: The Truth on What's Wrong With Politics and How We Move America Forward is due out May 7, but a couple of...

4 States Hit by 911 Outages
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Light Pole Installation Knocked Out 911 Calls

Emergency calls were waylaid in multiple states

(Newser) - A cause has been identified in the 911 service outage that affected multiple states on Wednesday: A crew cut into a fiber line while installing a light pole in Kansas City, the AP reports. Lumen Technologies said Thursday that its line that was snapped, though the light pole was somebody...

South Dakota Hotel Apologizes After Ban on Native Americans

Co-owner has stepped down from management after public dispute

(Newser) - A South Dakota hotel is apologizing after one of its owners attempted to ban Native Americans from the premises, reports the South Dakota Standard . The public apology from the Grand Gateway Hotel in Rapid City is part of the settlement of a discrimination lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice,...

Job Hunting? Here's the Best Place in America for It

Washington state ranks No. 1 in WalletHub's ranking of the best states for employment

(Newser) - It can be grueling pounding the pavement in search of a new job, what with all of the resume prep, job board scouring, and interview processes. WalletHub wanted to see which parts of America were more job-hunter friendly, so it looked at nearly three dozen metrics in all 50 states,...

Hotel Owner Who Banned Native Americans Must Publicly Apologize

Under agreement with Justice Department, which sued her for racial discrimination

(Newser) - A South Dakota woman who said she would ban Native Americans from her hotel cannot manage the establishment for four years and must publicly apologize under agreement with the US Justice Department, the AP reports. The federal agency announced the apology last week as part of a consent decree with...

ACLU Sues South Dakota Over Vanity Plate Restrictions

Civil rights group has beef with state's initial rejection of man's application for 'REZWEED' plate

(Newser) - The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota announced Monday that it's suing South Dakota over a state law that restricts content on vanity plates. The ACLU said in a press release that it filed the lawsuit on behalf of Lyndon Hart, whose application for a plate that said...

Strong Contender Emerges to Be Trump's VP Pick

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem enters the conversation

(Newser) - Former President Trump is headed to South Dakota for a GOP fundraiser on Friday, and sources say that Gov. Kristi Noem is expected to offer her endorsement then for Trump's reelection run— a move that "most other Republican governors have been reluctant to make so far," per...

Give a High-Five to Our Hardest-Working State

North Dakota comes in at No. 1 on WalletHub's rankings, while New Mexico brings up the rear

(Newser) - Compared to workers in other countries, Americans are known for balking at taking too much vacation time, either because their employer doesn't offer that many paid days off or because workers feel they can't miss too many days without negative repercussions. The positive side of that coin is...

SD Supreme Court Re-Ups a Thorn in Kevin Costner's Side

Judges rule that sculptor's longtime lawsuit against actor over bronze sculpture can resume

(Newser) - Kevin Costner's divorce has apparently turned contentious , but that's not the only legal issue the Yellowstone star is contending with. For 15 years, a battle has been brewing between Costner, 68, and sculptor Peggy Detmers, who filed a suit against the actor in 2008 regarding a 17-piece bronze...

This Is the Best State in America for Health Care

Minnesota tops WalletHub's list, with West Virginia coming in last

(Newser) - Health care in the US before COVID was already a prime political topic—and after the pandemic hit, it became even more so. WalletHub wanted to see which states offered the best, most affordable services, so it looked at all 50 states and Washington, DC, using more than 40 metrics...

South Dakota's Kristi Noem Is in a Ben & Jerry's Feud

Ice cream makers say Mount Rushmore should go back to Indigenous people, but governor disagrees

(Newser) - One political fight emerged over the July 4th holiday, and it's still percolating. After ice cream makers Ben & Jerry's called for the return of Mount Rushmore to Indigenous people, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem fired back on Fox News . "I'm not going to listen to...

SD Governor Bans TikTok From State Devices

Kristi Noem's office cites 'growing national security threat' posed by Chinese-owned app

(Newser) - TikTok is now an app non grata on state-owned and state-leased devices in South Dakota. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order Tuesday blocking use of the popular social media app, the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader reports. TikTok downloads and use of the app or the TikTok website are now...

Ethics Board: Noem May Have 'Engaged in Misconduct’

Complaint has been referred to South Dakota AG's office

(Newser) - A South Dakota ethics board said Monday it found sufficient information that Gov. Kristi Noem may have "engaged in misconduct" when she intervened in her daughter’s application for a real estate appraiser license that it could take action against her. The three retired judges on the Government Accountability...

On Day 2 of Monthlong US Road Trip, UK Teen Attacked by Bison

Amelia 'Mia' Dean was left partially paralyzed

(Newser) - On the second day of what was supposed to be a monthlong US road trip during her gap year, UK teen Amelia Dean was attacked and left partially paralyzed by a bison in a South Dakota nature reserve. Dean, 19, was walking with a friend and the friend's dog...

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