Local

Defense Bill Will Help South Dakota

Defense Bill Will Help South Dakota

WASHINGTON (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers say a comprehensive, nearly $633 billion defense bill will help protect the state’s interests.

The Senate approved a new defense policy bill late Thursday, a week after the House passed the same measure. It now goes to President Barack Obama.

The bill deals with issues including combat pay for members of the military, funding for equipment and efforts to stop the epidemic of military sexual assaults.

Sen. John Thune says the bill will have a broad impact on South Dakota. He says it will help ensure the long-term future of Ellsworth Air Force base because it has language that supports future building of long-range strike bomber aircraft.

The Republican says that’s important because it’s part of Ellsworth’s primary mission.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Mitchell Woman Injured In Accident

ambulance

18-year old Kerissa Plooster was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

in Local

Motor Home Catches Fire On I-90

fire truck

No one was injured in the fire.

in Local

Child’s Death Being Investigated

police 1

The death occurred on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

in Local

Davison County Commission To Swear In New Member

SD sign

Brenda Bode of Mount Vernon will be sworn in on Tuesday.