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OSHA Cites Fort Pierre Company After Trench Collapse Injury

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Fort Pierre-based company after a worker was injured in a trench collapse. OSHA says First Dakota Enterprises failed to protect workers from trench collapse hazards. The agency is proposing $95,000 in penalties. OSHA says a 34-year-old worker was buried on May 23 when the walls…

University Of Iowa Athletics To Give University $2 Million

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – University of Iowa officials say its athletics department will give $2 million to the school this year. The announcement comes over a year after university President Bruce Harreld asked the department to find ways to use its revenue to further the institution’s core academic goals. The funds are less than 2 percent of the athletic…

Pipeline Company Response To Settlement Offer Not Disclosed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The company that built the Dakota Access pipeline has responded to an offer by North Dakota regulators to settle state allegations that it improperly reported the discovery of American Indian artifacts during construction. But the response from Energy Transfer Partners isn’t being disclosed yet. North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak says the agency will meet…

Texas Accomplice Sentenced In Iowa For Role In Lottery Scandal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Texas businessman has been sentenced in Iowa to two years of probation and six months of home confinement for his role in a lottery scandal. Robert Rhodes, who lives near Houston, reached a plea deal to testify against his friend Multi-State Lottery Association computer programmer Eddie Tipton. Tipton rigged computers to make numbers predictable…

South Dakota Woman Seeks Answers In Friend’s Death

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota woman continues to seek answers four years after the death of her friend. 67-year-old Nancy Herman has refused to give up hope that she’ll find out what happened to her friend, 38-year-old Meshell Will. Herman says she met Will in February 2013, while Will volunteered at a battered women shelter. She had last…

Woman Walking On Highway Struck, Killed West Of Watertown

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) – A 29-year-old woman is dead after being struck by a pickup truck while walking along U.S. Highway 212 west of Watertown. The incident happened about 9:45 p.m. Thursday. The Highway Patrol says the woman was in the roadway, and charges are not pending against the driver of the truck. The driver was not injured. The woman’s…

Man Scheduled For Trial In 2015 Rapid City Hotel Death

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man accused of killing a woman at a Rapid City hotel in 2015 plans to mount a defense saying she died of pneumonia. 61-year-old Brian Duncan is scheduled to go to trial next month in the death of 60-year-old Helen Wright. Duncan’s attorney says his defense against the second-degree murder charge is that Wright…

Morningside College To Cut Some Programs, Staff Positions

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials say Morningside College in Sioux City plans to eliminate some degree programs. Majors and minors will be phased out in several subject areas, including music, philosophy, physics and theater. The programs have few students and were chosen for elimination after a task force evaluation of all 135 academic programs. The reductions are projected to…

Groups Sued By Pipeline Company Decry Attack On Free Speech

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Environmental groups being sued by the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline say the lawsuit is an attack on free speech. They also say it’s an effort to punish supporters of American Indian tribes that opposed the project over fears of environmental harm. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners this week sued Greenpeace, BankTrack and Earth First, alleging…

Tropical Storm Harvey Now A Hurricane, Likely To Become Major

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) – The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Harvey is now Hurricane Harvey and is forecasting it will become a major hurricane to hit the middle Texas coastline. Sustained winds have reached 80 mph. A major hurricane means winds greater than 110 mph. Forecasters said a “life-threatening” storm surge along with rains and wind were likely…

Winner Comes Forward For $758.7M Powerball Prize

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) – The head of the Massachusetts lottery says the winner of the $758.7 million Powerball jackpot has come forward to claim the prize. Michael Sweeney, the lottery’s executive director, says the winner will be introduced at 1 p.m. at lottery headquarters. All he would say about the winner is that it is an individual woman. A store…

Authorities ID 2 Killed In Weekend Crash Near Watertown

WATERTOWN, S.D. – Authorities have released the names of two people including a teenage girl killed in a two-vehicle crash near Watertown last weekend. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 16-year-old Jaden Schaefer was driving a 2002 Toyota Corolla on U.S. Highway 81 when she crossed the center line and collided with a 2003 Chrysler Concorde driven by 64-year-old Michael…

Panel Repair Work Continuing On Minnesota Vikings Stadium

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Crews are continuing to repair exterior panels on U.S. Bank Stadium as the Minnesota Vikings prepare for their second season in the facility. The $1.1 billion stadium in downtown Minneapolis was completed more than a year ago, but workers are still fixing panels in about half a dozen spots. The durability of the panels has long been…

South Dakota Hutterite Colonies Submit Feedlot Applications

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Two Hutterite colonies in northeastern South Dakota have submitted multi-animal feedlot applications that are pending approval by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Camrose Colony is pursuing a new turkey and swine feeding operation by Doland that was first put forward over a decade ago. The new application is a revised version of the…

Mitchell Man Sentenced For Embezzling From Restaurant

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A Mitchell man has been ordered to pay nearly $10,000 in restitution, fines and fees for stealing money from Whiskey Creek while he was an employee of the restaurant. 25-year-old Eric Anderson Jr. was accused of embezzling between November 2015 and January 2016. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony grand theft. He was given a suspended…

Authorities Seek To Charge Man In Park Assault Death

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities are seeking to charge a Rapid City man in the fatal assault of a woman last month in a park. Rapid City police and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office have requested a warrant for the arrest of the 46-year-old man on a charge of second-degree manslaughter. He’s already in jail on other charges. The…