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Stories with person: John Thune
  • $50 million in claims for grasslands fire 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 12:32 pm

    SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Ranchers and landowners filed more than $50 million in damage claims over a prescribed burn that veered out of control and burned 16,000 acres in North Dakota and South Dakota.

  • In South Dakota, gay marriages quickly commence story has photos
    Updated: Jun-26-15 7:23 pm

    SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Gay South Dakotans exulted Friday as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples in America have the constitutional right to marry and county officials across the state began issuing marriage licenses to all.

  • SD consumers relieved health insurance subsidies upheld 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 5:35 pm

    SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - South Dakota consumers who get subsidized health coverage under the Affordable Care Act said Thursday they're relieved the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld tax credits that help cover the premiums by thousands of dollars on average per year. The state's congressional leaders reiterated their opposition to the law and promised to keep trying to repeal it.

  • The Latest on health overhaul: US senators call for repeal 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 11:51 am

    SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The latest South Dakota reaction to the Supreme Court's decision on challenge to federal health care overhaul (all times local):

  • Railroad regulator vows to enforce Dec. 31 safety deadline 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 3:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - The nation's top railroad regulator said Wednesday she will enforce a Dec. 31 deadline for commuter and freight railroads to install safety technology that experts say could have prevented a deadly Amtrak derailment last month.

  • Senators: Safety agency must shape up to get more funding story has photos
    Updated: Jun-23-15 3:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - Senators threatened Tuesday to withhold additional funding from the nation's top auto safety agency until it improves its ability to spot defective parts like Takata Corp.'s exploding air bags.

  • The Latest: Senators question safety of replacement air bags story has photos
    Updated: Jun-23-15 1:01 pm


  • Senators express frustration with Takata, regulators 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 11:14 am

    WASHINGTON - Senators expressed anger and exasperation Tuesday with both air bag maker Takata Corp. and federal auto safety regulators over a problem with defective air bag inflators that has escalated into the largest auto-safety recall in U.S. history.

  • SD delegation asks government to pay claims from 2013 fire 
    Updated: Jun-03-15 7:39 pm

    SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - It's been more than two years since a prescribed burn-turned-wildfire torched over 10,000 acres of land in the Dakotas, and ranchers are hoping they can soon recover the millions of dollars they estimate they're owed.