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Federal Tipoffs Involving South Dakota Newsletter for Sunday May 31, 2020 ( 10 items )  

Education Secretary DeVos Approves Second Wave of Perkins Career and Technical Education State Plans
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- The U.S. Department of Education issued the following news release: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the Department of Education has approved nine additional career and technical education (CTE) state plans. Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming are the latest states to have their CTE plans approved under the new, bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21stCentury Act (Perkins V)  more

Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Chamberlain School District, South Dakota, Under the Voting Rights Act
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- The U.S. Department of Justice issued the following news release: The Justice Department announced that it has entered into an agreement to settle a voting rights lawsuit with the Chamberlain School District in South Dakota. The department's lawsuit challenges the method of electing the Chamberlain School Board under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Under this agreement, subject to the approval of the federal district court in South Dakota, the School District will chan  more

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: Site of LUX-ZEPLIN Dark Matter Search Project Carefully Ramps Up Science Work
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory issued the following news release: Crews working on the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) (https://lz.lbl.gov/) dark matter search experiment were at the peak of installation activity a mile deep at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in South Dakota when the COVID-19 outbreak led SURF officials to limit activities to essential operations. Earlier this month the SURF site began a transition back toward increa  more

National Park Service: Minuteman Missile National Historic Site to Restore Access to the Delta-01 Launch Control Facility
CACTUS FLAT, South Dakota, May 29 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service issued the following news release: Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site is increasing recreational access and visitor services. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor t  more

Natural Resources Conservation Service: Farmers and Private Landowners Help Wetlands Thrive in South Dakota
HURON, South Dakota, May 27 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service South Dakota office issued the following news release: Spring is a wonderful time to appreciate the wonders of wetlands. Wetlands protect plants and provide habitat for wildlife, including endangered or threatened species. They also filter water, reduce soil loss, sequester carbon from the atmosphere, reduce flooding and recharge groundwater. And they provide recreational opportunities suc  more

Rural Development - South Dakota Office: USDA Invests $1.8 Million in the City of Lemmon
HURON, South Dakota, May 28 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development - South Dakota office issued the following news release on May 27: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for South Dakota Julie Gross announced that the department is investing $1,802,000 for wastewater system upgrades in the City of Lemmon. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. "Having an up-to-date sanitary sewer system is   more

U.S. Air Forces in Europe: B-1s Integrate With Allies, Partners; Fly Over Sweden for First-Time
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany, May 22 -- The U.S. Air Forces in Europe issued the following news: Two B-1B Lancers from the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, conducted a long-range strategic Bomber Task Force mission to the Nordic region May 20, 2020. The mission marked the first time B-1s have flown over Sweden to integrate with Swedish Gripens while conducting close-air support training with Swedish Joint Terminal Attack Controller ground teams at Vidsel Range. "Long-rang  more

U.S. Air Forces-Europe: B-1s Integrate With Ukrainian and Turkish Aircraft for First Time
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany, May 30 -- The U.S. Air Forces in Europe issued the following news: Two B-1B Lancers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, conducted a long-range, long duration strategic Bomber Task Force mission throughout Europe and the Black Sea region, May 29, 2020. This marked the first time that a Bomber Task Force mission integrated with Ukrainian Su-27 Flankers and MiG-29 Fulcrums and Turkish KC-135s. "Bomber Task Force missions to Europe demonstrate commitment to ou  more

U.S. Department of Labor Cites South Dakota Bull Stud Facility After Employee Asphyxiated While Handling Liquid Nitrogen
MITCHELL, South Dakota, May 20 -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Custom Genetic Solutions LLC - a bull stud facility in Mitchell, South Dakota - for exposing workers to hazardous chemicals and toxic substances after an employee fatality. The company faces penalties of $122,602 for two willful and three serious violations.   more

U.S. European Command: B-1s Integrate With Ukrainian and Turkish Aircraft for First Time
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's European Command issued the following press: Two B-1B Lancers from Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, conducted a long-range, long duration strategic Bomber Task Force mission throughout Europe and the Black Sea region, May 29, 2020. This marked the first time that a Bomber Task Force mission integrated with Ukrainian Su-27 Flankers and MiG-29 Fulcrums and Turkish KC-135s. "Bomber Task Force missions to Europe demonstrate commitment   more