RUSSIA TRIP-BEEF GENETICS
South Dakota ag officials cancel Russia trade trip
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A trade mission to Russia that was meant to center on beef genetics has been cancelled because of uncertainties in the Russian market.
State agriculture officials had signed up beef producers and industry representatives to make the trip, which was planned for October.
Ty Eschenbaum with the state's Agriculture Department says officials will consider a trip in 2015.
Eschenbaum says Russian cattle breeders like the fact that cattle from the Northern Plains are raised in a climate similar to their own.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INVESTIGATION
Tidemann to ask Joop Bollen to speak on EB-5
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The chair of the state's Government Operations and Audit Committee says he plans to ask the man who formerly handled the state's role in an investment-for-green-card program to speak at its next meeting.
Republican Senator Larry Tidemann says he's drafted a letter to Joop (yohp) Bollen that asks him to give of chronology of the EB-5 program in South Dakota.
Democratic lawmakers said this week the GOAC should issue subpoenas to seek answers regarding allegations of financial misconduct at the Governor's Office of Economic Development. The office ended its contract with Bollen's private corporation last year.
Tidemann says he also plans to send a letter with questions from Democratic lawmakers to Gov. Dennis Daugaard and former Governor Mike Rounds. The two will be asked to respond in writing.
AIR FORCE ACADEMY-ATHLETICS
Senators call for AF Academy sex assaults review
DENVER (AP) - Two U.S. senators are calling for an outside investigation into how the Air Force Academy handles sexual assaults, including an allegation that agents were blocked from speaking to academy football coaches.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of New York and Sen. John Thune (thoon) of South Dakota asked the Defense Department and civilian investigators on Wednesday to investigate allegations by a former Air Force agent.
The former agent, Staff Sergeant Brandon Enos, said former academy Superintendent Michael Gould wouldn't let investigators talk to football coaches about allegations of sexual assault and drug use. Enos says Gould spoke to the coaches himself and concluded there was no wrongdoing.
Gould denied doing anything improper. He's now retired.
The Colorado-based academy says multiple agencies have concluded the school handles sexual assault cases appropriately.
ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE-CHICAGO ARCHDIOCESE
Church cautions schools on ice bucket challenge
CHICAGO (AP) - The Archdiocese of Chicago is telling principals of its schools that if they take part in the ice bucket challenge to raise funds to fight Lou Gehrig's disease to ask the ALS Association to direct the money to non-embryonic cell research.
Archdiocese officials say the Catholic Church supports only adult stem cell research and the ALS Association uses embryonic stem cells. Schools also have the option of donating to the John Paul the Second Medical Research Institute, an organization conducting similar research using only adult stem cells.
Chicago ALS Association development director Mary Ilene Blondell says a very small part of ALS Association funding goes to embryonic stem cell research.
The ALS Association said it's raised more than $53 million as participants take a bucket of ice water and drench themselves.
Reward offered for burglary of Rapid City casino
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City police say a $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in a casino burglary last month.
Police were called to Chances Casino at 4 a.m. July 26th for a burglary alarm. Authorities say the suspect entered the casino and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the office.
Surveillance video from the burglary can be viewed on the police website at H T T P COLON SLASH SLASH WWW DOT RCGOV DOT org SLASH Police .
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