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Appeal Underway in Death of 2-Year-Old Tyrese Ruffin

The man serving life in prison for killing the son of NFL running back Adrian Peterson, claims his trial was mishandled

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The case of a man serving life in prison for killing the 2-year-old son of NFL running back Adrian Peterson in South Dakota is going before the state Supreme Court. Joseph Patterson was convicted in September 2015 of second-degree murder in the October 2013 death of Tyrese Ruffin, the son of Patterson’s girlfriend and Peterson. Patterson…

Children Found Emaciated

Kyle woman pleads guilty to felony child abuse and neglect of 2 and 3-year-olds

RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Kyle woman has pleaded guilty to felony child abuse and neglect charged after her two of her children were found emaciated on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Thirty-four-year-old Darcel Featherman admitted to leaving her daughters, ages 2 and 3, with her mother and sister, knowing they wouldn’t properly care for them due to alcohol and…

More Than 50 Confirmed Dead in Vegas Shooting

Hundreds more are injured as concert-goers at a country music festival are gunned down

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas sheriff says more than 50 people are dead and more than 200 others are injured after an attack at an outdoor concert venue. Officers have reportedly killed the gunman, who was said to be on the 32nd floor of a hotel across from the venue. The gunman opened fire during Jason Aldean’s performance at the…

Health Secretary Price Resigns Amid Travel Investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s health secretary has resigned, after his travel on costly charter flights triggered investigations and angered his boss. Tom Price’s partial repayment and public regrets couldn’t save his job. The Health and Human Services secretary became the first member of the president’s Cabinet to leave office in a turbulent young administration that has seen several…

Iowa Reports 1st Confirmed West Nile Virus Death For 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials have announced the year’s first confirmed death from West Nile virus in Iowa. The Iowa Public Health Department said in a news release Friday that an adult woman from southwest Iowa died earlier this month. The state medical director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, says the West Nile virus threat remains until the state’s first hard…

Anonymous Donor Gives Iowa School District $2M

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) – An anonymous donor has given a northwestern Iowa school district $2 million to renovate a high school sports complex. The Le Mars Community School Foundation will use the money to replace the existing grass on the football field with turf, install a new track and replace the bleachers and locker rooms. The money will also…

New Senate GOP Budget Would Pave Way For Tax Rewrite

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans have unveiled a budget plan that’s the first step to overhaul the nation’s tax system. An overhaul is the top legislative priority for President Donald Trump and the GOP. House and Senate passage of the budget blueprint would allow Republicans to pass follow-on tax legislation later this year. The ambitious tax plan would lower rates…

Former Custer City Official Sentenced For Child Sex Crimes

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – A former Custer city official has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for child sex crimes. Former planning administrator Scott Simianer was accused of inappropriately touching a pre-teenage girl and taking pornographic photos of her in 2015. He reached a deal with prosecutors earlier this year and entered an Alford plea, not admitting guilt but…

Members Of 2 Large AG Co-Ops In The Dakotas Vote To Merge

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Members of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to merge. Fifty-eight percent of North Central Farmers Elevator voters and 63 percent of Wheat Growers voters approved the merger. More than 4,100 people voted. The new cooperative is expected to begin operations next February. A new name wasn’t immediately chosen. North Central has about 2,400…

Judge Rejects Plea Deal In Roslyn Slaying; Trial Set Monday

WEBSTER, S.D. (AP) – A judge has rejected a plea agreement in the case of a man accused of fatally shooting another man in his Roslyn home two years ago. Forty-six-year-old Jason Lewandowski earlier pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and other charges in the death of 33-year-old Jeremy Hendrickson in late 2015. The American News reports…

Nebraska Court Ends Beer Sales Near South Dakota Reservation

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected an effort to resume beer sales in a tiny village next to an American Indian reservation in South Dakota plagued by alcohol problems. The court’s ruling on Friday upholds an April decision by state regulators not to renew the licenses of four beer stores in Whiteclay, Nebraska. The stores have…

16 Busted in Illegal Bird Trafficking Sting

Arrests underscore tragic ongoing black market for eagle parts

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Federal authorities in South Dakota are preparing to announce more charges stemming from a two-year undercover investigation into the illegal trafficking of eagle parts. U.S. Attorney Randy Seiler will hold a news conference in Rapid City on Friday to announce several new indictments and 16 new defendants. Prosecutors announced indictments against 15 people in April for…

Flags Flying at Half-Staff

Former state legislator honored

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags at the state Capitol to be flown at half-staff in memory of former state Senate Majority Leader Homer Kandaras. The Rapid City Democrat died Monday. He was 88. His funeral is Friday. Kandaras served in the Senate from 1971-76.

Medica To Leave ND Health Insurance Exchange In 2018

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Minnesota-based health insurer Medica plans to leave North Dakota’s health insurance exchange in 2018. North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread said Thursday that Medica does not intend to sign an agreement with the federal government to offer individual health insurance through the North Dakota exchange next year. Godfread says Medica cites the uncertainty over cost-sharing reductions…

Woman Pleads Not Guilty In Death Of Fargo Mother

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A woman accused of conspiring to kill a Fargo woman and take her infant has pleaded not guilty to three charges. Brooke Crews showed no emotion Thursday during her brief appearance in East Central District Court. She is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and giving false information to officers. Her boyfriend, William Hoehn, pleaded…

Iowa’s Proposed Medicaid Cut Could Signal New GOP Strategy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s effort to cut a key Medicaid benefit could foreshadow other state-level efforts to change the safety net program after Congress repeatedly failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Federal health officials could decide as early as this week whether to back Iowa’s proposal. It would reduce retroactive payments for poor or disabled residents eligible…

FDA Approves 1st Blood Sugar Monitor Without Finger Pricks

Federal regulators have approved the first continuous blood sugar monitor for diabetics that doesn’t need backup finger prick tests. Current models require users to test a drop of blood twice daily to calibrate, or adjust, the monitor. The discomfort of finger sticks and the cost of testing supplies can discourage people from keeping close tabs on their blood sugar. Abbott’s…

Tribal Head Who Led Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Voted Out

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The American Indian leader who spearheaded opposition to the four-state Dakota Access pipeline has been ousted as Standing Rock Sioux chairman. The unofficial vote count in Wednesday’s tribal election shows that Dave Archambault got 37 percent of the vote and Mike Faith got 63 percent. Archambault conceded defeat in a statement Thursday, saying he’ll “continue to…