GOP promises to resurrect Keystone
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 08:38
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect the Keystone XL pipeline legislation that was killed by Democrats on Tuesday, November 18.
The bill failed by one vote, and McConnell says the legislation will be on top of the agenda next year.
Last week, A Native American tribe's president says if the Keystone XL pipeline is authorized, it would amount to an act of war.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Cyril Scott says he'll move to block the pipeline's path through the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
The U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation authorizing the pipeline Tuesday. But the Senate could vote against next year.
Scott said he has resolutions from the tribal council allowing him to do anything necessary to stop the pipeline from crossing the reservation. Scott said he would stop pipeline supplies from entering the reservation.
Scott said elders in the tribe gathered earlier this year to bury sacred medicine in the ground where the pipeline would run. Scott said he would "spill (his) blood" there if necessary.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson could have been the vote to pass the Keystone XL pipeline through the upper chamber but opted to oppose the project. The Senate vote Tuesday was one short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure, teeing up another vote once Republicans take over the chamber next year.
Crews battle fire at Mitchell grain elevator area
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 08:34
Residents of Mitchell are being advised to avoid being downwind of a fire at a grain elevator complex.
The Daily Republic reports that the blaze broke out just before 3 a.m. Wednesday in a large building owned by CHS Farmers Alliance. The building is just to the south of the main elevator area and contains farm chemicals.
Crews from the Mitchell, Ethan and Mount Vernon fire departments responded to the scene. KELO-TV reports that firefighters are battling the blaze from outside to prevent exposure to the chemicals inside.
People are being told to avoid being downwind of the fire until the smoke clears.
No injuries have been reported.