Biden blasts ‘un-American’ voting limits; Texas Dems act

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Joe Biden declared preserving voting rights an urgent national “test of our time” on Tuesday but offered few concrete proposals to meet it. Texas Democrats took their own dramatic action to stymie Republican efforts to tighten ballot restrictions in their state. Biden, who has proclaimed protecting ballot access the central cause …

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US COVID-19 cases rising again, doubling over three weeks

The COVID-19 curve in the U.S. is rising again after months of decline, with the number of new cases per day doubling over the past three weeks, driven by the fast-spreading delta variant, lagging vaccination rates and Fourth of July gatherings. Confirmed infections climbed to an average of about 23,600 a day on Monday, up …

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Mitchell taps Ryker Kreutzfeldt as boys basketball head coach

Ryker Kreutzfeldt has been hired as the Head Boys Basketball Coach for the Mitchell School District. Coach Kreutzfeldt is a Mitchell High School and Dakota Wesleyan University graduate and has been a member of the boys basketball staff for the past four seasons. “I am excited to announce the hiring of Ryker Kreutzfeldt as the …

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Ryker Kreutzfeldt named new Mitchell Head Boys Basketball Coach

Ryker Kreutzfeldt has been hired as the Head Boys Basketball Coach for the Mitchell School District. Coach Kreutzfeldt is a Mitchell High School and Dakota Wesleyan University graduate and has been a member of the boys basketball staff for the past four seasons. “I am excited to announce the hiring of Ryker Kreutzfeldt as the …

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Bucks blowout: Giannis has 41, Suns’ NBA Finals lead now 2-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — When Giannis Antetokounmpo crashed to the court just two weeks ago with what appeared to be a serious knee injury, there was no guarantee he’d be back this season. Maybe, he feared, he might even miss a year. Antetokounmpo refused to stay down. These Milwaukee Bucks just won’t, either. Antetokounmpo had 41 …

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20 Slams! Djokovic wins Wimbledon to tie Federer, Nadal

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Wimbledon final was locked up at a set apiece after nearly 2 1/2 hours, and Novak Djokovic’s bid for a record-tying 20th Grand Slam title was at a critical juncture, when he faced two break points while thousands in the full-capacity crowd at Centre Court chanted his opponent’s first name. …

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Pope to spend a few more days in Rome hospital after surgery

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis will spend a few more days in the hospital following his July 4 intestinal surgery to “optimize” recovery and rehabilitation treatment and therapy, the Vatican said Monday. The Vatican had originally said Francis could be released from Rome’s Gemelli Polyclinic by the end of last week. In its latest update …

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Pfizer to discuss COVID-19 vaccine booster with US officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer says it plans to meet with top U.S. health officials Monday to discuss the drugmaker’s request for federal authorization of a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine as President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser acknowledged that “it is entirely conceivable, maybe likely” that booster shots will be needed. The company said …

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Billionaire Richard Branson reaches space in his own ship

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. (AP) — Swashbuckling billionaire Richard Branson hurtled into space aboard his own winged rocket ship Sunday, bringing astro-tourism a step closer to reality and beating out his exceedingly richer rival Jeff Bezos. The nearly 71-year-old Branson and five crewmates from his Virgin Galactic space-tourism company reached an altitude of 53.5 miles (86 …

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South Dakota sees clunky rollout of medical pot rules

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota government officials scrambled on Friday to reach a consensus on rules around medical pot, showing that the rollout of the voter-passed law has been anything but smooth. Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg’s office this week appeared to counter guidance from the Highway Patrol on medical marijuana ID cards issued by Native …

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Japan bans fans at Tokyo-area Olympics venues due to virus

TOKYO (AP) — Fans will be banned from Tokyo-area stadiums and arenas when the Olympics begin in two weeks, the city’s governor said Thursday after meeting with organizers of the pandemic-postponed games. That means the Olympics will be a largely TV-only event, after the Japanese government put the capital under a COVID-19 state of emergency …

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Source: Fury positive for COVID, 3rd Wilder bout postponed

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has tested positive for COVID-19, and his third bout with Deontay Wilder will be postponed likely until the fall. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the promoters of the lucrative heavyweight trilogy …

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Halfway there: Suns beat Bucks for 2-0 lead in NBA Finals

PHOENIX (AP) — The ball went from Chris Paul to Devin Booker and didn’t stop moving until Deandre Ayton scored after every Suns player had touched it. The 10-pass sequence was the prettiest play of the NBA Finals and the kind the one-man show Bucks couldn’t dream of. “We actually talked about that play right …

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New B-21 bomber headed to Ellsworth Air Force Base

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force’s new B-21 bomber will be stationed first at a base near Rapid City. The Rapid City Journal reports the bomber will be stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base. The Air Force says the bomber will be tested at Edwards Air Force Base in California before it …

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Man wanted for fatal shooting arrested in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say a man wanted for a fatal shooting in Minnesota has been arrested in South Dakota. The Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office says the 18-year-old man was arrested Thursday night in Sioux Falls. He was wanted for fatally shooting 45-year-old David Harris last month in Austin, Minnesota. Authorities say …

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Montana town of grizzly attack a popular stop for cyclists

HELENA Mont. (AP) — A tiny western Montana town where a grizzly bear pulled a woman from her tent and killed her this week welcomes visitors year-round to the mountain valley community along the banks of a river made famous by the movie “A River Runs Through It.” They come to Ovando to fish, hike, …

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Cold weather virus in summer baffles docs, worries parents

The recent emergence of a virus that typically sickens children in colder months has baffled U.S. pediatricians and put many infants in the hospital with troublesome coughs and breathing trouble. RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus, is a common cause of cold-like symptoms but can be serious for infants and the elderly. Cases dropped dramatically last …

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African American spelling bee champ makes history with flair

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Zaila Avant-garde understood the significance of what she was doing as she stood on the Scripps National Spelling Bee stage, peppering pronouncer Jacques Bailly with questions about Greek and Latin roots. Zaila knew she would be the first African American winner of the bee. She knew Black kids around …

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City of Mitchell issues Lake Mitchell Advisory Level: Warning

Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) present unique difficulties in health risk assessment determination. Lake Mitchell may be unsafe for people and animals. Please keep pets away from water and avoid water contact such as swimming, wading or water skiing. Swimming in Lake Mitchell is discouraged. A Public Health Warning will be issued when microcystin toxin concentrations …

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Man and woman facing felony charges

Two people are facing numerous felony charges after officers executed a search warrant Wednesday evening. Members of the Mitchell Police Department’s Emergency Response Unit carried out the operation at 8:41 pm at 707 South Minnesota Avenue regarding a burglary and drug investigation. Police arrested 35 year old Cale Carl Bender and 28 year old Hailee …

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