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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...

No One Knows What It Is, but There's a $60M Hunt for It

Deep underground in SD, researchers seek mysterious dark matter that holds universe together

(Newser) - In a former gold mine a mile underground, inside a titanium tank filled with a rare liquified gas, scientists have begun the search for what so far has been unfindable: dark matter. Scientists are pretty sure the invisible stuff makes up most of the universe's mass and say we...

Historic Impeachment Trial in South Dakota Concludes

State AG Jason Ravnsborg convicted, removed from office

(Newser) - Update: The South Dakota Senate on Tuesday convicted Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg of two impeachment charges stemming from a 2020 fatal accident, removing and barring him from future office in a stinging rebuke that showed most senators didn’t believe his account of the crash. Ravnsborg, a first-term Republican who...

Girl, 7, Shows Off Her Communion Wine Chugging Skills

Watch the priest's face as Brynley Heidebrink goes to town on that chalice

(Newser) - You're not usually supposed to throw back Holy Communion wine like it's last call at the local watering hole, especially if you're only 7, but Brynley Heidebrink just broke the mold. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that the little girl celebrated her first communion on April...

A Historic Senate Trial Looms in South Dakota

State House votes to impeach Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg over fatal crash

(Newser) - A historic Senate trial looms in South Dakota, where the state House on Tuesday impeached state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg over a 2020 car crash that killed a pedestrian. The AP reports Ravnsborg, a Republican, sent two "defiant" letters to lawmakers on Monday night. In one he penned, he...

Restaurant's New Hire Talks, Plays Music, and Works for Free

Faced with worker shortage, Tin Lizzie's in Deadwood, SD, recruited a robot server

(Newser) - At the Tin Lizzie Gaming Resort in Deadwood, SD, a labor shortage left management scrambling to figure out a way to alleviate current workers' stresses. "We thought outside the box," Assistant General Manager Josh Thurmes tells Local 12 in introducing the casino eatery's newest staffer: a robot...

Here Are the 10 States People Are Fleeing

Residents are especially saying so long to New Jersey

(Newser) - Over the past year, people in the US made some major life changes—including moving out of state. Whether it was to be closer to family during the pandemic or simply a desire for a life in a less-dense area, plenty of Americans made mini-migrations across state lines. United Van...

Senate's No. 2 Republican Decides Against Retiring

John Thune is in line for McConnell's leadership job

(Newser) - Republican leaders have been trying to talk Sen. John Thune, who'd been considering retirement for months, into seeking reelection. The minority whip is a good bet to succeed Sen. Mitch McConnell as the party's Senate leader, Politico reports; McConnell turns 80 in February. They got their wish Saturday,...

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