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State & National News

State:

Americans with Disabilities Act Day

PIERRE, SD – Gov. Kristi Noem has proclaimed July 26 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Day in South Dakota.

The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services.

“It is estimated that 1 out of every 10 people in South Dakota have a disability”, said Division of Rehabilitation Services Director Eric Weiss.  “Those that enacted the ADA in 1990 recognized the need to include this significant portion of the population in all areas of public life.  The resulting advances in universal design have benefitted all people regardless of disability.”

For more information on the ADA, please visit www.adaanniversary.org/home. The proclamation coincides with the 29th anniversary of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush in 1990.

State:

Disaster Unemployment Assistance deadline approaching

Bennett, Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, Dewey, Hutchinson, Jackson, Mellette, Minnehaha, Oglala Lakota, Pine Ridge Reservation, Rosebud Reservation, Todd, Yankton and Ziebach counties must apply within one week

PIERRE, SD – The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) reminds workers, self-employed individuals and farmworkers in Bennett, Bon Homme, Charles Mix, Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, Dewey, Hutchinson, Jackson, Mellette, Minnehaha, Oglala Lakota, Pine Ridge Reservation, Rosebud Reservation, Todd, Yankton and Ziebach counties the deadline to file for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is Monday, July 15.

To be eligible for benefits, individuals must be unemployed or unable to do business as a direct result of the severe winter storm, snowstorm and flooding that occurred March 13 to April 26, 2019.

To apply for benefits, call the Claims Call Center at 605-626-3179, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. CDT. Please specify your claim is related to DUA and the winter storms. Applicants will need their Social Security number; copies of their most recent federal income tax forms or check stubs; and documentation of employment, self-employment or prospective work when the disaster occurred. The first possible week of compensation for DUA purposes is the week ending March 23, 2019, and the last possible week of compensation is the week ending Dec. 7, 2019.

Services are available through the DLR job service offices to provide and facilitate support, education and training to individuals seeking employment in South Dakota. All programs and services are provided at no charge. More information is available at sdjobs.org.

National:

Earthquakes rocked southern California

Thursday, July 4, and Friday July 5 earthquakes rocked southern California leaving a crack that could be seen from space on satellite images that runs through the Mojave Desert. The epicenter of Friday’s 7.1 magnitude quake was 11 miles north-northeast of Ridgecrest, California.

Thursday’s quake was 6.4 magnitude, and they rumbled from 750 miles of fault lines unrelated to the San Andreas fault, news report indicate.

“The quakes could be felt in cities like  Phoenix, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and Las Vegas. There were no fatalities or serious injuries reported, but a number of power outages, fires and road damage were attributed to the quake,” USA Today reported.

According to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the $100 million in damages would have been higher if the epicenter had been in a more populated area like Los Angeles.

Three historically significant earthquakes in California were the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta quake, the April 18, 1906 San Francisco quake and the October 21, 1868 Hayward Fault quake,

“On October 17, 1989, at 5:04:15 p.m. (PDT), a magnitude 6.9 earthquake severely shook the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions. The epicenter was located near Loma Prieta peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains, approximately 14 km (9 mi) northeast of Santa Cruz and 96 km (60 mi) south-southeast of San Francisco,” according to earthquake.usgs.gov.

This most recent quake surpasses the 1989 quake, but the ‘89 quake “was a wakeup call to prepare for the potentially even more devastating shocks that are inevitable in the future. Since 1989, the work of the U.S. Geological Survey and other organizations has improved understanding of the seismic threat in the Bay region, promoted awareness of earthquake hazards, and contributed to more effective strategies to reduce earthquake losses. These efforts will help reduce the impact of future large quakes in the San Francisco Bay region” said Robert Page, U.S. Geological Survey on earthquake.usgs.gov.