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Joe Biden is on the cusp of formally securing the Democratic presidential nomination after winning hundreds more delegates in primary contests Tuesday that tested the nation's ability to run elections while balancing a pandemic and sweeping social unrest.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota election officials worked to process a historic number of absentee ballots Tuesday as two congressional incumbents fended off Republican primary challenges in bids for second terms.

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CHICAGO (AP) — In the days since President Donald Trump blamed antifa activists for an eruption of violence at protests over police killings of black people, social media has lit up with false rumors that the far-left-leaning group is transporting people to wreak havoc on small cities across…

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RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Childhood disparities around malnutrition, graduation rates, and early deaths are worst among rural, black-majority counties in the American South and isolated counties with Native American populations, according to a new report.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Business leaders are optimistic the economy will begin to recover later this year in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains despite the ongoing impact of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a monthly survey released Monday.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tuesday's primaries in eight states are the biggest test to date of campaigning during the coronavirus era, a way for parties to test-drive new ways of getting out the vote during a time when it can be dangerous to leave your home.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is developing a plan to use some of the $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay state employees’ March salaries and balance the budget, in case the Trump administration doesn't allow her to use the money to plug revenue …

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — These South Dakota lotteries were drawn Tuesday:

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Black Hills Area Community Foundation is awarding over $17,000 in grants to three western South Dakota school districts that provide free summertime meals to children — and often to their parents and grandparents too.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police are investigating a fraud case involving a victim who lost $45,000. Police say the individual got a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Language Arts teacher Tracie Robinson sat cross-legged in the hallway outside her classroom at Memorial Middle School. A list of names and locker numbers lay to her left and a stack of paper bags to her right. She pulled photos of smiling teenagers off locker walls, …

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of South Dakotans headed into the outdoors as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state, causing state park visitor numbers to bounce back after last year’s rough weather.

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — These South Dakota lotteries were drawn Saturday:

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A contact tracing app pushed by the governors of North Dakota and South Dakota as a tool to trace exposure to the coronavirus violated its own privacy policy by sharing location and user identification information with third party companies, according to a report fro…

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states inched upward in May from April’s record low, but still remained profoundly low as efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the rural economy.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Employees at a Smithfield pork processing plant in South Dakota where a coronavirus outbreak infected over 800 people were greeted at work Wednesday with thank you signs, cheers and waves from about a dozen area residents.

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Three dozen congressional Democrats are backing an attempt by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to shut down an oil pipeline in North Dakota while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts an environmental review.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Public health officials in at least two-thirds of U.S. states are sharing the addresses of people who have the coronavirus with first responders. Supporters say the measure is designed to protect those on the front line, but it's sparked concerns of profiling in minor…