5 Things To Know – Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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Here are five things you need to know on this Wednesday evening:

KELOLAND Investigates: Firework hazards

As KELOLAND News first reported, fireworks are returning to Mount Rushmore.

They haven’t been seen since 2009 over the famous faces due to the Pine Beetle Infestation.

However, that changed Tuesday when Gov. Kristi Noem worked with President Donald Trump and the secretary of the Interior to bring the fireworks back in 2020.

Now, KELOLAND Investigates has learned it turns out before 2009… the fireworks were filling the water around Mount Rushmore with a toxic chemical. Angela Kennecke’s full report is on KELOLAND News at Six.

Keystone XL meeting

At a hearing Wednesday in Pierre, opponents question Keystone XL’s need for South Dakota’s water.

Capitol News Bureau reporter Bob Mercer was at the state Water Management Board.

The board’s role is deciding whether to grant permits for the project.

One question raised was whether Gov. Kristi Noem and the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources have worked too closely with TC Energy… the new name of the company building the pipeline.

IN-DEPTH: Click here to read Mercer’s report.

Pride parade coming to Sioux Falls

They are mainstays for big cities like New York City, Denver and Minneapolis. This summer, for the first-time ever, an LGBTQ Pride Parade is coming to downtown Sioux Falls.

The Sioux Falls Pride organization announced to KELOLAND News it is adding a parade to its annual June festival.

The parade is on Phillips Avenue on Saturday, June 15th.

Butina release date

Alleged Russian agent and South Dakota business owner Maria Butina is set to be released from prison near the end of this year.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has set her release date for Nov. 5.

She admitted to trying to infiltrate American political circles in efforts to promote Russian interests before and after the 2016 presidential campaign.

Butina is expected to be deported to Russia immediately after completing her sentence.

More rain…

This comes as farmers are still struggling to get in the fields. Watch the KELOLAND Live Doppler HD Forecast below.