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Sentence imposed in fatal convenience store robbery

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – One of the two men facing charges in connection with a robbery that turned deadly at a Rapid City convenience store last year has been sentenced to seven and a-half years in prison. Cody Grady pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in a plea agreement with prosecutors. KOTA-TV says Grady was originally charged with first-degree murder…

Magistrate won’t release jailed Iowa youth coach

MCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A federal magistrate won’t free before trial an Iowa youth basketball coach who’s accused of secretly recording some of his players undressing. U.S. Magistrate Kelly Mahoney ruled after video hearing Wednesday that 42-year-old Greg Stephen didn’t pose a flight risk but did pose a danger to the community. Prosecutors had asked the judge to keep…

SD Legislature may hold public forums on ballot measures

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A top South Dakota Republican lawmaker says legislators may hold public forums on ballot questions set to go before voters this year. Senate President Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield said Wednesday after an Americans for Prosperity-South Dakota forum that the hearings are in the best interest of the public in “their quest to learn more about…

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs $4.7B South Dakota state budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a roughly $4.7 billion state budget that includes funding hikes for education, Medicaid providers and state employees for the upcoming budget year. The Republican executive signed the measure Wednesday that sets state spending for the 2019 budget year, which begins July 1. Daugaard says South Dakotans can be proud of the…

Iowa State’s marijuana shirt ban case costs school $1M

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State University’s unconstitutional crackdown on a pro-marijuana student group’s T-shirts will cost state taxpayers nearly $1 million in damages and legal fees. Court documents indicate a judge approved $598,208 in attorney fees and costs on Wednesday. That amount is in addition to payments the state agreed to in January to settle the case including…

Tribal concerns delay South Dakota uranium mine project

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Concern over whether a South Dakota site has historic, cultural and religious significance to Native Americans has further stalled a company’s plan to mine for uranium. The Rapid City Journal reports that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a license in 2014 to Powertech, which has been pursuing a project to drill for uranium near…

Governor signs laws on data breaches, tougher drug penalties

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill that imposes harsher penalties for methamphetamine dealing and manufacturing. Jackley’s office said Wednesday the new law also includes mandatory prison sentences for meth dealing and the distribution of opioids. The office says mandatory sentences are in current law, but they aren’t consistently…

Flood warning issued for Big Sioux River

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Big Sioux River at Interstate 90. Forecasters say the river is expected to crest just over flood stage of 12 feet Wednesday evening. Minor flooding is expected on agricultural land in Sioux Falls.

Iowa library shifts policy after outcry over LGBT materials

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa library is shifting how it categorizes books after some residents pressed for segregating materials containing LGBTQ themes. The Orange City Public Library’s board decided Tuesday to experiment with grouping books by subject and subcategory rather than alphabetical order by an author’s name. The library’s board president, Jared Weber, says the changes may…

Watertown airport board endorses ADI for new flight contract

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The Watertown airport board is recommending that federal officials choose Aerodynamics Inc. for another two-year subsidized contract providing flights to Denver. The Capital Journal reports the U.S. Department of Transportation has opened bidding for the contract. The current contract held by Aerodynamics Inc., or ADI, expires in July. The company started flying Watertown-Pierre-Denver routes in Aug….

Governor Daugaard Unsure Yet of Bills He May Veto

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says there are “a few” bills that he’s thinking about vetoing before the 2018 legislative session officially ends. The Republican executive didn’t specify Tuesday which bills he might reject. State lawmakers return next week for the session’s final day to debate any vetoes that could come from the governor. Daugaard says…

Rapid City Residents Want a Say in Future of Barnett Arena

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City residents likely will get a say in the future of Barnett Arena in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. A citizens group has submitted nearly 2,900 petition signatures calling for a vote _ well more than the 2,100 needed to put the matter on the June primary election ballot. If enough signatures are validated, residents…

Austin Area Serial Bomber Suspect Killed

Update – Austin’s mayor is urging residents to remain vigilant, despite the death of a man suspected in this month’s string of bombings in Texas’ capital city. Mayor Steve Adler said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show that: “We’re just really relieved and just incredibly thankful for this army of law enforcement that has been in our community here for the…

Gov. Dennis Daugaard debating ‘a few’ potential bill vetoes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says there are “a few” bills that he’s thinking about vetoing before the 2018 legislative session officially ends. The Republican executive didn’t specify Tuesday which bills he might reject. State lawmakers return next week for the session’s final day to debate any vetoes that could come from the governor. Daugaard…

Iowa House approves $35M in mid-year cuts to state budget

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The House has approved more than $35 million in mid-year cuts to Iowa’s $7.2 billion budget. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 59-41 Tuesday along party lines for the reductions, which impact the budget running through June. The GOP-majority Senate must OK the cuts before Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds can give final approval. The reductions affect various…

Dubuque man pleads guilty to reduced sex trafficking count

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A Dubuque man has pleaded guilty to a reduced federal child sex trafficking charge. The Telegraph Herald reports that 37-year-old DeCarlos Matlock entered the plea in Cedar Rapids’ U.S. District Court to sex trafficking of children through means other than force, fraud or coercion. His original charge alleged the use of force, fraud or coercion. A…