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UN health agency aims to wipe out transfats worldwide

LONDON (AP) – The World Health Organization has released a plan to help countries wipe out transfats from the global food supply. In a release issued Monday, the U.N. health agency said eliminating transfats is critical to preventing deaths worldwide. WHO estimates that eating transfats – commonly found in baked and processed foods –...
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Harrison Avenue Closed to Through Traffic

Drivers in Pierre are reminded that Harrison Avenue between Taylor Avenue and Summit Avenue is closed. To avoid traffic congestion, southbound motorists are being asked to use Garfield Avenue, then to Wells Avenue and avoid Taylor Avenue. Access will be maintained for those living along Harrison Avenue. Harrison Avenue between Taylor Avenue and Summit...
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New Medicare Card Rollout

Medicare users will receive new cards in the mail in the coming months from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To combat identify theft, the South Dakota Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) program says these cards will feature a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier number instead of a Social Security Number. Medicare...
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Postal Service: More financial loss as mail delivery slumps

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service is reporting another quarterly loss. That’s because strong gains in package deliveries were outweighed by an unrelenting decline in mail volume and the costs of its health care and pension obligations. The financial report released Friday comes amid sharp criticism from President Donald Trump, who says the...
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Secretaries Perdue and Zinke Join Forces to Combat 2018 Wildfire Season

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Thursday hosted a fire briefing for Members of Congress at the US Department of Agriculture to hear the forecast for this year’s wildfire season. Following the meeting, the secretaries sent a memorandum to wildland fire leadership highlighting the importance of inter-departmental collaboration...
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USDA Projects Smaller Corn, Soybean Crops

The May World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates from the Department of Agriculture projects smaller corn and soybean crops this year. The corn crop is projected at 14.0 billion bushels, down from last year with a lower forecast area and yield. The yield projection of 174.0 bushels per acre is based on a weather-adjusted...
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Firewood Originating within Emerald Ash Borer Infestation Area is Prohibited in all South Dakota State Parks

The recent discovery of an infestation of Emerald Ash Borer in the Sioux Falls area has prompted a change to the South Dakota state parks’ policy regarding bringing outside firewood into the parks. Effective immediately, firewood originating within the identified quarantined area is prohibited in all South Dakota state parks. This is in addition...
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Cleanup Tomorrow in Pierre

In preparation for Memorial Day, a cleanup event will be held Saturday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Pierre. Vietnam veteran and president of the local Vietnam/ERA Veterans Association Ken Rausch says volunteers should meet at 8:45am at the war memorials by Capitol Lake. Participating Vietnam/ERA veterans will receive a new South Dakota Vietnam...
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Casey Tibbs “Match of Champions” Bronc Ride to be Sanctioned as PRCA Event

This year’s Casey Tibbs “Match of Champions” bronc ride in Fort Pierre will be an official Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event. Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center director Cindy Bahe says the event will be held June 2 at the Stanley County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierre.   The broc riding is in the evening, but Bahe...
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Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline 5pm Monday, May 21

May 21 is the voter registration deadline if you want to be eligible to vote in the June 5 primary election in South Dakota. Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says registrations must be in by 5pm local time on May 21.   Krebs says most state residents who are eligible to vote are registered....
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