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The U.S. Air Force is telling North Dakota leaders it believes a Chinese company’s plan to build a wet corn milling plant near the Grand Forks Air Force Base poses a national security threat. The Fufeng Group’s proposed $700 million project had been touted as an economic boon. Now opponents say the location 12 miles from the Air Force base creates the potential for espionage. The military isn't specifying what kind of security threat it's worried about, but Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski says he'll ask the City Council to deny building permits for the project and to refuse to connect it to public infrastructure. Fufeng officials are declining to comment.

The South Dakota Senate has censured and reinstated a Republican senator who was suspended last week. Republican Sen. Julie Frye-Mueller was accused of harassing a legislative aide during an exchange about childhood vaccinations and breastfeeding. The Republican-controlled Senate overwhelmingly approved a report from an investigative committee that concluded Frye-Mueller had harassed a staff member of the Legislative Research Council. The aide filed a complaint last week detailing how Frye-Mueller told the aide her child could die from vaccinations and graphically discussed breastfeeding while her husband was in the room. Frye-Mueller and her husband have denied much of the aide’s complaint. But Senate lawmakers made it clear they believed the aide.

Republican state Rep. Bethany Soye’s bill that would restrict healthcare to transgender individuals below the age of 18 passed through a House committee on health and human services Tuesday morning with a dominant vote, joining at least 18 other states with similar legislation. Soye raised this bill as a matter of consent. Testimonies in support for the bill argued transgender surgeries were regrettable decisions made as teens or early adults, harmful medical experiments or unethical cures to gender dysphoria that should be left to “normal.” Opponents criticized the bill on the grounds of civil rights infringements and overreach into personal healthcare decisions.

South Dakota Republican lawmakers have advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the state to require people on Medicaid to work. The state recently expanded eligibility for the health plan. The proposal would amend the South Dakota constitution, meaning it requires voter approval. On Monday, all 11 Republicans on the House State Affairs Committee voted to advance the proposal to the full House. The two Democrats on the committee opposed it.

A 48-year-old North Dakota woman is charged with murder after a 5-month-old boy died at an unlicensed daycare she ran. The Foster County State Attorney's office announced Monday that Patricia Wick was arrested and charged with murder, child abuse involving another child and operating a daycare without a license. Carrington emergency responders found the baby unresponsive at the daycare at Wick's home on Sept. 26. He died at a hospital of his injuries. During the investigation, officials learned a 6-year-old child had broken his arm earlier in September at Wick's daycare. Wick represented herself when she made her first court appearance Monday.

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