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Rapid City standoff ends with arrest

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A police standoff in Rapid City has led to the arrest of a man wanted on a felony warrant for possessing controlled substances. Pennington County sheriff’s deputies tried to serve a warrant at a residence Thursday, but the man who was wanted barricaded himself inside the home. Rapid City police and sheriff’s deputies cordoned off…

Republican Lawmaker Launches Review of President’s Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

WASHINGTON – The Republican chairman of a Senate oversight committee is launching a review of the president’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is asking Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to answer several questions about the move. That includes a “detailed cost analysis” of the impact on the economy, how employment levels were…

Autopsy: 20-year-old Box Elder man was fatally shot

BOX ELDER, S.D. (AP) – An autopsy has determined that a 20-year-old Box Elder man was shot to death. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says Lake Taylor died Wednesday evening. Preliminary autopsy results show the cause of death was a single gunshot wound. Box Elder police and sheriff’s officials were called to a shooting at an apartment complex. Both law…

Judge to Trump: Muting, not blocking followers, may end suit

NEW YORK (AP) – A judge is recommending that President Donald Trump mute rather than block some Twitter followers to resolve a First Amendment lawsuit. Manhattan federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald on Thursday suggested a settlement as the preferred outcome after listening to lawyers argue whether it’s constitutional for Trump to block his critics. The hearing stemmed from a lawsuit…

Jury awards $2M to female guard for reprisals at Iowa prison

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A jury has awarded $2 million in damages to a former Iowa correctional officer who faced retaliation after complaining she was sexually harassed by inmates. The Polk County jury made the award Wednesday for lost earnings and emotional distress to Kristine Sink, a former officer at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison. The jury…

Report shows that Andover woman was shot in back of head

ANDOVER, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say an Andover woman who was killed last month was shot twice in the back of the head. Thirty-six-year-old Jose Quinones-Rodriguez, of Aberdeen, is charged with first-degree murder, arson and burglary, among other charges. Prosecutors say Quinones-Rodriguez killed 25-year-old Tawny Rockwood between Feb. 8 and 9 and set her apartment on fire. The American News…

Lawmakers back conduct code change to include social media

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has endorsed updating the Legislature’s anti-harassment rules to include social media. The Joint Legislative Procedure Committee voted Thursday for the change, which would specify that harassing or offensive behavior could include electronic communications. Both chambers of the Legislature would have to adopt the update for it to take effect. House Speaker…

First lady to present International Women of Courage Award

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says Melania Trump will present the International Women of Courage Award later this month. The first lady also will deliver remarks at a March 21 State Department ceremony recognizing women who have shown courage and leadership in pressing for women’s rights worldwide. The State Department award began in 2007 to commemorate International Women’s Day,…

Trump to meet with aluminum, steel executives

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says he’ll hold an afternoon meeting on the steel and aluminum industries. Trump tweeted Thursday: “Looking forward to 3:30 P.M. meeting today at the White House. We have to protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and…

Backers gathering signatures for Rapid City arena options

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Some Rapid City residents want voters to decide whether a new arena should be built or if the existing facility should be renovated. The Rapid City Journal reports backers must collect and submit at least 2,095 valid signatures to the city’s finance office by the close of business on March 20. If the signatures are…

Underage winner of $50,000 lottery prize charged with fraud

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A young woman who tried to claim $50,000 she won from an Iowa scratch-off lottery ticket has been charged with fraud: She was too young to buy the ticket. The Daily Nonpareil reports that Katelyn Dolezal, of Macedonia, is charged with lottery fraud. Court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment…

Eagle Butte woman pleads not guilty to embezzlement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – An Eagle Butte woman has pleaded not guilty to embezzling from a tribal business on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Twenty-seven-year-old Calynn Gunville allegedly stole from the Lakota Thrifty Mart. The U.S. Attorney’s Office didn’t disclose the amount she’s accused of taking. Gunville was indicted last month on a charge of theft from an Indian tribal…

One-subject rule for constitutional changes heads to ballot

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are asking voters to require that constitutional amendments encompass only a single subject. The House voted 56-11 Wednesday to put the constitutional change on the November general election ballot. Representatives had to approve changes made in the Senate before the proposal advanced. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the sponsor, has said supporters want to…

Tribe asks judge for ‘meaningful role’ in pipeline study

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The American Indian tribe leading the fight against the Dakota Access oil pipeline says federal officials are being uncooperative as they complete more court-ordered environmental study of the project. The Standing Rock Sioux wants a federal judge to order that the tribe be allowed “a meaningful role” in the process. The Cheyenne River Sioux last month…

Mall of America owners seek to add water park

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) – The owners of the Mall of America hope to add a huge water park near the shopping center that the city of Bloomington would pay for and own. The Star Tribune reports that Triple 5 pitched the plan to the city’s Port Authority in a memo released Tuesday. The park would be about 225,000 square feet…