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The University of South Dakota is going smoke free starting in January. The university announced Wednesday that the USD Executive Committee voted to ban smoking on campus effective Jan. 9, 2013.
The USD's Student Government had earlier passed a smoking ban resolution, which the Faculty Senate also endorsed.
USD President James Abbott says in a news release that while the university wants to be fair to everyone, smoking is a health issue. He says it is the university's responsibility to ensure the campus promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Smoking is currently not allowed indoors or within 25 feet of university buildings on campus.
A South Sioux City man has been given two years of probation after pleading guilty to vandalizing Sioux City's Flight 232 memorial.
18 year old Felipe Sebastian was convicted of criminal mischief. Judge Jeffrey Poulson deferred judgment, so if Sebastian successfully completes probation, the case will be cleared from his record.
Sebastian was ordered to pay a $3,000 civil penalty, more than $1,500 in restitution and write an apology to the city of Sioux City.
His co-defendant, Scott Coleson, of Lehigh, Iowa, is scheduled for a plea hearing on Oct. 9.
Sebastian admitted damaging one of the quartzite boulders leading to the memorial on June 20. The memorial honors the 112 people who died in the July 1989 crash of United Airlines Flight 232 at Sioux Gateway Airport.
EIGHT IOWA TV STATIONS INCLUDING THREE IN SIOUX CITY ARE REFUSING TO AIR ADS BY THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES LEGISLATIVE FUND ATTACKING IOWA CONGRESSMAN STEVE KING.
THE AD ALLEGES KING OPPOSED FEDERAL LEGISLATION TO BAN PEOPLE FROM TAKING CHILDREN TO ANIMAL FIGHTS.
IT FAILS TO STATE THAT KING TESTIFIED ON THE AMENDMENT IN QUESTION THAT HE OPPOSES ANY KIND OF ANIMAL FIGHTING. KING SAYS THE GROUP IS ATTACKING HIM BECAUSE HE HAS INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THE H-S-U-S OPPOSES:
KING SAYS THE H-S-U-S DOES NOT OPERATE LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTERS, AND HE WOULD RATHER SEE PEOPLE DONATE MONEY TO THEIR LOCAL SHELTERS:
KCAU, KTIV AND KMEG IN SIOUX CITY, AS WELL AS W-H-O, KCCI AND W-O-I IN DES MOINES AND KIMT AND KAAL FROM THE MASON CITY AREA HAVE PULLED THE ADS.
A STATEMENT FROM RAY COLE, PRESIDENT OF CITADEL BROADCASTING, WHICH OWNS KCAU AND W-O-I SAYS WE HAVE OPTED TO NOT RUN THE SPOT BASED ON THE FACT THAT WE BELIEVE THE MESSAGE IS PATENTLY FALSE.
SAM ROECKER, SPOKESMAN FOR CHRISTIE VILSACK'S CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN OPPOSING KING, SAYS ANY FALSE AND MISLEADING AD SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE AIR, INCLUDING THE TWO HE SAYS ATTACK CHRISTIE VILSACK.
ROECKER SAYS THOSE ADS ARE FROM THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS AND A MEDICARE RELATED AD BY THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE.