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An employee wearing a face mask and face shield stands to guide passengers to maintain a one-way walk flow as a precaution against the coronavirus at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: South Korea stays in downward infection trend

Sep. 10, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s daily count of new coronavirus cases is under 200 for a ninth straight day, continuing a downward trend in fresh infections for the country. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the 176 cases added in the previous 24 hours took the...

FILE - In this May 20, 2020, file photo, residents cheer and hold thank you signs to greet employees of a Smithfield pork processing plant as they begin their shift in Sioux Falls, S.D. Federal regulators said Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, they have cited Smithfield Foods for failing to protect employees from exposure to the coronavirus at the company's Sioux Falls plant, an early hot spot for virus infections that hobbled American meatpacking plants. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves, File)

Smithfield Foods pork plant faces OSHA fine from outbreak

Sep. 10, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal regulators said Thursday they have cited Smithfield Foods for failing to protect employees from exposure to the coronavirus at the company’s Sioux Falls plant, an early hot spot for virus infections that hobbled American meatpacking plants. The Occupational Safety...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to then-Gov.-elect Kristi Noem, R-S.D., during a meeting at White House in Washington. At the governor's request, the South Dakota Department of Tourism aired a Fox News ad narrated by Gov. Noem that premiered alongside her speech at the Republican National Convention. The 30-second spot, which cost taxpayers $819,000, advertises the state as a place open for visitors despite the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci File)

Amid virus surge, Noem pushes tourism with CARES Act funds

Sep. 8, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration announced Tuesday that it is using federal coronavirus relief funds to pay for a $5 million tourism ad campaign aimed at drawing people to the state, even as it emerges as one of the nation’s top hot spots for COVID-19...

A corn stalk that was growing in a crack along 57th Street is uprooted, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, in Sioux Falls, S.D.. The plant, which now has its own paper tombstone, went viral this week for growing despite the adversity of the surrounding concrete. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

South Dakota city mourns urban cornstalk's brief life

Aug. 19, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

Residents of South Dakota's largest city are mourning an urban cornstalk that briefly became a lighthearted beacon of hope during the coronavirus pandemic. The Argus Leader reported Wednesday that the stalk had been growing up through a crack in the concrete at the intersection of 57th Street and Minnesota Avenue...

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2016 file photo, bikers ride down Main Street in downtown Sturgis, S.D., before the 76th Sturgis motorcycle rally officially begins.  South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, is bracing to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Over a quarter of a million people are expected to rumble through western South Dakota. (Josh Morgan/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns

Aug. 4, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sturgis is on. The message has been broadcast across social media as South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, braces to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. More than 250,000 people are...