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Trump has friends — and foes — in South Dakota Republicans running for reelection

PIERRE, S.D. - Since the COVID-19 pandemic, South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's hands-off approach has elevated her national profile and heightened her approval within the state.

She's also known as a close ally of former President Donald Trump — even hosting a 2020 4th of July fireworks show at Mount Rushmore with him — and received his endorsement for governor earlier this year.


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5 GOP contenders compete to take on New Mexico governor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Five Republican candidates are competing in Tuesday's primary for governor in New Mexico to take on Democratic incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham, running for her second term in a state where Democrats hold every statewide elected office.

Lujan Grisham was the state's secretary of health, then served three terms in the U.S. House before being elected governor. She led the state through the pandemic with some of the strictest public health mandates in the country.


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Justine Lindsay is the first openly trans cheerleader in the NFL

The NFL season doesn't start until September, but Justine Lindsay is making history in the off-season as the league's first openly transgender cheerleader.

Lindsay, 29, announced that she had made the Carolina Panthers TopCats team earlier this year in an Instagram post.


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Primary contests to watch Tuesday, led by races in California, Iowa and Montana

June's primary calendar kicks off Tuesday with seven states holding contests, including California, Iowa and Montana.

Here are key races to watch:

Eyes on Iowa

Former Rep. Abby Finkenauer was just 29 when she was elected to Congress in 2018. But she lost her reelection bid two years ago. Now she's running for the Democratic nomination to replace longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, who faces minimal GOP opposition.


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A $3M settlement was reached in a lawsuit over Andrew Brown Jr.'s death

A North Carolina sheriff's office announced a $3 million settlement on Monday in a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed Black man who was shot and killed in his car by sheriff's deputies more than a year ago.

The family of Andrew Brown Jr. had filed a $30 million civil rights lawsuit in 2021, saying the man died because officers showed "intentional and reckless disregard of his life."


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Paramount Pictures faces copyright lawsuit over 'Top Gun: Maverick'

While Top Gun: Maverick continues to fly high at the box office, a lawsuit over the rights to the movie just landed at Paramount Pictures.

The family of the man whose magazine article inspired the 1986 film Top Gun is suing Paramount Pictures over copyright infringement claims.


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Coronavirus FAQ: I got COVID. Then I got it again. What's the deal with reinfection?

We regularly answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here.


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Russia-Ukraine war: What happened today (June 6)

As Monday draws to a close in Kyiv and in Moscow, here are the key developments of the day:


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TV and movie music supervisors are looking to unionize

For an example of what a music supervisor can achieve, just look at the moment Kate Bush is having right now. After her song "Running Up That Hill" was played on the most recent season of the Netflix hit Stranger Things, the song found new life on the charts, and has elicited a rare response from Bush herself.


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