Associated Press

Most Of South Dakota Winter Wheat Crop Holding Up Well

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Most of South Dakota’s winter wheat crop appears to be holding up fairly well to winter so far. The monthly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department shows about two-thirds of the crop in fair, good or excellent condition. Soil moisture is still showing the effects of last summer’s prolonged drought. Topsoil moisture supplies are…

Lawyer: Iowa Woman Drops Gender Bias Case Against Trump Campaign

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A former organizer for Donald Trump in Iowa who filed a complaint accusing his presidential campaign of gender discrimination has decided not to pursue a lawsuit. Elizabeth Mae Davidson received a right-to-sue letter from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a requirement before suing an employer for alleged discrimination. But attorney Dorothy O’Brien says Davidson…

Officials Notifying Kin Of Dead Woman Found After Car Chase

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley says authorities are notifying the family of a woman whose body was found in an SUV stopped after a high-speed chase in South Dakota. Jackley says he hopes officials can release the woman’s identity Wednesday. Highway Patrol officials allegedly found the body wrapped in a blanket Monday after the chase with…

Couple Charged After 6 Kids, Baby, Found In Poor Living Conditions

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Dubuque couple were arrested after a social worker discovered their 4-day-old baby and her six other children were in poor living conditions. Court records say 34-year-old Tiesha Martin and 33-year-old Jermaine Watson were charged Tuesday with child endangerment. Watson also is charged with four drug counts. Court records don’t list the names of…

Attorney General To Propose Harsher Meth Dealing Penalties

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley will ask South Dakota lawmakers to impose harsher penalties for methamphetamine dealing and manufacturing, require disclosure of data breaches to affected state residents and change human trafficking laws. Jackley will unveil his priorities Wednesday for the upcoming 2018 legislative session, which starts next week and runs until late March. The bills…

Rapid City Updating City Law Regulating Pawnshops

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The Rapid City Council has updated city law regulating pawnshops and secondhand dealers. The new rules that will take effect later this month include heightened restrictions on who can own and operate such businesses. The city also is expanding the list of criminal convictions that would cause an applicant to lose or be denied a…

Authorities: Body Found In Vehicle After High-Speed Chase

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State authorities are investigating after officials allegedly found a dead woman’s body in a vehicle following a high-speed chase in South Dakota. Attorney General Marty Jackley’s office said Tuesday a 30-year-old California man has been arrested on several charges. Authorities say a Highway Patrol trooper on Monday observed the suspect driving over 100 mph on I-90…

$343M And $440M Jackpots Tempt Lottery Players

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Lottery players have a chance at winning two giant jackpots that together amount to nearly $800 million. The Mega Millions drawing will take place Tuesday night, offering players an annuity jackpot of $343 million, paid over 29 years. The game’s cash option is an estimated $215 million. It’s the largest Mega Millions prize since a…

Broken Pipe Causes Minor Flooding At Mitchell Arts Center

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A broken sprinkler system pipe caused minor flooding at the Mitchell High School Performing Arts Center on New Year’s Day. Fire Department Battalion Chief Ben Vanden Hoek told The Daily Republic that everyone inside left the building, and the sprinkler system was shut off. There was no fire – Vanden Hoek says a system malfunction likely…

New Acreage Expands Black Hills National Cemetery

Bureau of Land Management transferring 107 additional acres

STURGIS, S.D. – The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that significantly expands the size of the Black Hills National Cemetery. About 200 acres of land currently held by the Bureau of Land Management will be transferred to the 107-acre national cemetery. The additional land is northwest of the current cemetery along Interstate 90 near Sturgis.  

Rapid City Man Charged in Mountain Lion Case

William Colson VI faces charges of illegal hunting

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City man accused of illegally hunting mountain lions by baiting them with dead deer has pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors related to prohibited hunting and unlawful possession of a big game animal. Each offense is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. William Colson VI also has pleaded guilty…

1 Person Dies After SUV Collides With Train In Mobridge

MOBRIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a person driving an SUV was killed in a collision with a train in Mobridge. Walworth County Sheriff Josh Boll says the crash happened at 4:09 a.m. Friday. Boll says the BNSF Railway train attempted to stop but was unable to avoid the collision. The vehicle then caught fire. No other injuries were reported….

Capitol Flags To Be At Half-Staff To Honor Late Senator

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered state Capitol flags to be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of former state Sen. Robert Miller. Daugaard’s office says the 80-year-old Miller, of Kimball, died Thursday. He served in the state Senate from 1971 to 1974. A funeral for Miller will be held on Tuesday in Kimball.

Omaha Slayings Suspect Won’t Fight Return To Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A man arrested in Tennessee in the fatal shootings of his parents and a niece in Omaha has agreed to be returned to Nebraska to face murder charges. 46-year-old John Dalton Jr. waived his right to an extradition hearing Thursday in Jackson, Tennessee, where he was captured Wednesday. Dalton is charged with first-degree murder in the…

Vandals Toppled Beehives, Killing Estimated 500K Bees

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The owners of a Sioux City bee and honey operation fear vandals may have cost the couple their business. Justin and Tori Engelhardt own Wild Hill Honey, and they found the damage Thursday morning when they went to dust snow off their 50 hives in a grove on their west Sioux City property. Justin Engelhardt…