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Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., has introduced a bill that would require Congress to examine the effects of budgets and major legislation for several decades, rather than the 10-year budget analyses that are now common on Capitol Hill. Called "generational accounting" or "fiscal gap analysis," the idea is to force policymakers to consider the effects of current spending on future generations. "Young Americans in their 20s and 30s, and the generations who will follow them, are already facing the near certainty of higher taxes and lower benefits as a result of the debt we've piled up," Thune said.
FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson man has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Bryant James Ross, 39, was indicted by a federal grand jury July 17 and pleaded not guilty to the charge July 19. Ross faces a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Ross was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial date has not been set.
SALEM -- The city of Salem has restored water service to its residents, who had been in a water shortage since Monday when two of the city's three wells broke down. According to the city's website, the two broken wells were repaired Wednesday, and all three of the city's wells are now up and running. As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, the city lifted most of the water restrictions that were put in place after the shortage began, but asked residents to refrain from watering their lawns or gardens until 8 a.m.
Mitchell Main Street & Beyond plans a press conference Monday regarding its proposed downtown streetscape project. The event will be at 2 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner of Railroad and Main.
Four men have been arrested in connection with a series of vandalisms that occurred Saturday night and Sunday morning on Main Street in Mitchell. According to the Mitchell Police Division, Nicholas Orlick, 24, Tyler Kaltenbach, 25, and Cody Long, 23, were arrested Tuesday, and Matthew Edmundson, 25, was arrested Wednesday.
KIMBALL -- Didn't get enough rodeo-related events over the weekend in Mitchell? Head to the rodeo grounds in Kimball for Desperado Days, which has events for the whole family scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Kids 5 and younger get in free. Friday schedule 5 p.m. -- Gates open. Beer garden, food vendors, Texas Hold 'Em, jump castles 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. -- Mutton bustin' sign up 6:30 p.m. Calcutta for Bull Bash 7 p.m.
FORT THOMPSON -- A Fort Thompson man is accused of failing to register as a sex offender. Kyle Marks, 29, was indicted by a federal grand jury June 12 and pleaded not guilty to the charge July 17. Marks faces a maximum penalty upon conviction of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Marks has been remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. A trial date has not been set.
A Mitchell man was arrested July 12 for allegedly beating and choking his wife. Jacob Sipple, 32, is charged with one count of aggravated assault, a felony, as well as one count of false imprisonment and one count of interfering with emergency communications, both misdemeanors. The incident occurred on July 10 when, according to court documents, Sipple slapped, punched and pulled his wife to the ground using her hair.
LAKE ANDES -- A Lake Andes man has been arrested on two counts of vehicular homicide. Ronald Fischer Jr., 28, voluntarily surrendered himself Tuesday to the Charles Mix County sheriff. A warrant had been issued for his arrest for a fatal crash on July 8 in Pickstown. The crash killed Dr. Robert Klumb, 46, of Pierre, and Maegen Spindler, 25, of Cazenovia, N.Y. Klumb was the lead research biologist in the Pierre office for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Cazenovia was working as a fisheries technician assistant for Klumb during the summer.
A Geddes native was shot and killed in Roswell, N.M., late last week, according to media reports. James Stewart, 22, was shot around 9 p.m. Friday, television station KRQE reported. Another man was shot in the leg but is expected to survive. The Roswell Police Department has not named any suspects in the shooting. Stewart's death notice is printed in today's edition of The Daily Republic. His funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Geddes, with a burial following in Pleasant Lawn Cemetery.