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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Sues 24 Opioid Industry Companies

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing major opioids manufacturers and distributors, joining several tribes nationwide that have filed similar lawsuits. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the tribe filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against 24 defendants in the opioid industry. It alleges companies used false and misleading advertising and…

Panel Projects More Money Available For South Dakota Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are projecting they will have more money available than previously anticipated when they craft the state budget. The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Appropriations set state revenue projections Tuesday that are millions of dollars higher than those in Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s budget from December. The panel adopted a $1.64 billion target for the upcoming…

Iowa City Landlord Ordered To Pay $5.6M In Worker’s Death

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A jury has ordered a prominent Iowa City landlord to pay $5.6 million to the widow of a maintenance worker who fell to his death. The Johnson County jury returned the verdict late Monday against Jeffrey Clark, the manager of Apartments Downtown, Inc. The case stems from the 2014 death of 40-year-old husband and father…

Former Rapid City Jail Worker Accused Of Sex With Inmate

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City woman has pleaded not guilty to having sexual contact with an inmate while employed at the Pennington County Jail. Thirty-eighty-year-old Kimberly Johnson is accused of having a romantic relationship with a 39-year-old male inmate in September, while working as a staff assistant in the jail’s medical department. She was fired after the…

Trump’s 2019 Budget Slashes EPA Funding

WASHINGTON (AP) – Climate change research is on the Environmental Protection Agency’s chopping block. Trump’s proposed 2019 budget calls for slashing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by more than one third, including ending the Climate Change Research and Partnership Programs. The president’s budget would also make deep cuts to funding for cleaning up the nation’s most polluted sites, even…

Retired Generals, Vets Urge Against US Aid Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than 150 retired U.S. general and admirals and more than 1,200 veterans are urging the Trump administration not to make steep cuts to the State Department, foreign aid and other overseas programs. In separate letters, the former military leaders and rank-and-file veterans are emphasizing the need to invest in diplomacy alongside America’s military. The letters come…

3 Have Died Of Injuries In Crash Near Hermosa Feb. 3

HERMOSA, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Highway Patrol says three people have died as a result of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash more than a week ago. The driver, 44-year-old Gregory Fayson, of Rapid City, died Wednesday of injuries suffered in the Feb 3 crash on Highway 40 east of Hermosa. Thirty-four-year-old Paul Fast Wolf, of Pine Ridge,…

Iowa Man Imprisoned For Fatal Shooting In Burlington

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) – A 35-year-old Burlington resident has been imprisoned for shooting to death another man. Court records say Joseph Mayorga Jr. pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month and immediately was sentenced to 50 years. Prosecutors had lowered the charge from first-degree murder in exchange for Mayorga’s plea. Mayorga also was ordered to pay $150,000 to his…

Fatal Shooting Of Oglala Sioux Police Officer Investigated

 KYLE, S.D. (AP) – Authorities have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of an Oglala Sioux police officer. Fifty-two-year-old Officer Brian Garrett, of Kyle, was shot about 4 a.m. Saturday in what investigators believe to be a domestic dispute while he was off duty. The tribe’s Department of Public Safety says in a statement that an arrest has been made, but…

World Archery Indoor Championships Starting In Yankton

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) – While the world watches the Winter Olympics unfold in South Korea, Yankton is hosting its own world-class sporting event beginning this week. The 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships kick off at the National Field Archery Association Easton Yankton Archery Center. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports 32 teams are arriving Monday and Tuesday, and the…

New Trial Site Selected In Slaying Of Southeast Iowa Teen

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) – The trial of a second man accused of fatally shooting a gender-fluid Iowa teenager will be moved to another county. The Hawk Eye reports that a judge Thursday granted a request from the attorney for Jason Purham, of St. Louis. The attorney cited in part the extensive media coverage of the case in Des Moines County….

South Dakota Speaker, Campaign Negotiating Marsy’s Law Deal

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s House speaker says a voter-approved constitutional “bill of rights” for crime victims could be changed rather than repealed, opening the way for a potential deal with the group that pushed for its passage. Republican Rep. Mark Mickelson and others earlier this legislative session proposed repealing the “Marsy’s Law” amendment and instead strengthening victims’ rights…

Attorney Calls For Sanctions In Dakota Access Pipeline Suit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Attorneys for a Florida-based environmental publication want a federal judge in North Dakota to sanction the Texas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in a dispute over whether the publication can be sued. Energy Transfer Partners has sued Greenpeace, BankTrack and Earth First for allegedly trying to undermine the $3.8 billion pipeline project. The company…

Iowa Man Pleads Not Guilty To Charges In Fatal ATV Crash

PRIMGHAR, Iowa (AP) – A northwestern Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to charges in a fatal 2016 all-terrain vehicle crash. The Sioux City Journal reports that 27-year-old Garrett Crowl entered the written plea Thursday in O’Brien County District Court. He’s charged with two counts of vehicular homicide – one of operating while intoxicated and the other while driving recklessly….

Police: Man Who Died In Apartment Fire May Have Started It

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) – A man has died of injuries suffered in a fire at an apartment building in Plymouth, a fire that officials say he may have set. Officials say the fire broke out in one the building’s third-floor units about 11 p.m. Thursday. The building’s other tenants evacuated safely. Firefighters discovered heavy smoke in the hallways and learned…