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Bollen sought immunity in visa program lawsuit


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The former director of an investment-for-green card program in South Dakota sought an immunity deal from a lawsuit alleging that he acted without authority in recruiting Asian investors.
 
     The state is defending a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by a California company, Darley International, which had an agreement

Last of stained glass reinstalled at SD Capitol


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Officials have wrapped up a $3 million project to restore stained glass windows at the South Dakota Capitol.
 
     The last of the glass was put back in place above the House chamber this week, completing nearly two years of planning and work.
 
     The project was started after an assessment

Worrisome weed could threaten Upper Midwest crops


    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A weed strong enough to stop combines has been confirmed in South Dakota.
 
     That's raised concerns it could spread and cut deeply into crop production in the Upper Midwest - one of the few areas palmer amaranth hadn't yet invaded.
 
     The threat is so great that officials in North Dakota

Investigation into infant's death concluded


     BUTTERFIELD, Minn. (AP) - Investigators have concluded that a baby born to a 14-year-old girl in southwestern Minnesota died of a traumatic birth.
 
     Watonwan County sheriff's officials say because the death is considered natural, the girl won't face any charges. The sheriff's department says the girl became pregnant after she

More South Dakota statehood celebrations planned


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - More activities are planned across South Dakota to mark its 125th year of statehood.  
 
     Canistota high school sophomores will host a bike ride and work on historic sites on Oct. 19.
 
     An old-fashioned church service with men sitting separate from women and children is scheduled for

South Dakota fair manager to leave for Alaska


     HURON, S.D. (AP) - The fairgrounds manager of the South Dakota State Fair is headed to Alaska to oversee its fair.
 
     The Alaska State Fair announced South Dakota's Jerome Hertel will become general manager in Palmer, Alaska, in December. Hertel has overseen the South Dakota fair for almost seven years and helped it reach over 200,000

School of Mines studying battlefield waste


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Researchers at the School of Mines & Technology are looking for ways to convert battlefield waste into energy.
 
     The Rapid City school received a $4.8 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop technologies that reduce the need for fuel and water to be delivered and lower the amount of solid waste that

Officials report 7 cases of rare children's virus


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota health officials are confirming seven cases of a rare virus believed to be the cause of a severe respiratory illness that affects children.
 
     Officials say the cases of enterovirus 68 have been identified west of the Missouri River. The germ is an uncommon strain of a common family of viruses that typically

AG says SD will get money from drug settlement


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota will get a portion from a nationwide settlement with an Irish drugmaker over allegations that the company improperly promoted medications including the attention deficit disorder drugs Adderall XR.
 
     Attorney General Marty Jackley says Shire Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay $56.5 million to settle the

Lawmakers could subpoena ex-chief of EB-5 program


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota legislative committee looking into an embattled investment-for-green-card program could subpoena the former administrator of the program.
 
     The possible subpoena of Joop (YOHP) Bollen is receiving support from a small group of GOP lawmakers. Bollen has refused to testify before the Government Operations

Defense lawyer reacts to Pierre teen conviction


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The lawyer for a Pierre teenager convicted of killing one classmate and threatening another says he should have had more time to prepare a defense for a lesser offense.
 
     Mike Butler, of Sioux Falls, represents 18-year-old Braiden McCahren, who was found guilty Tuesday in Winner of killing 16-year-old Dalton

Oil industry offers crude train testing standards


 

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The oil industry's leading trade group has adopted new standards for testing and classifying crude shipped by rail after prior shipments were misclassified, including a train that derailed in Canada and killed 47 people.

As with earlier orders from the federal government, the standards unveiled Thursday left it to companies to decide how often to test crude

Defense lawyer reacts to Pierre teen conviction


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The lawyer for a Pierre teenager convicted of killing one classmate and threatening another says he should have had more time to prepare a defense for a lesser offense.
 
     Mike Butler, of Sioux Falls, represents 18-year-old Braiden McCahren, who was found guilty Tuesday in Winner of killing 16-year-old Dalton

State lifts $2M cap on employee health care costs


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota can no longer limit how much it pays in health care costs for state employees, but officials say for now that won't change much.
 
     Bureau of Human Resources Commissioner Laurie Gill briefed legislators this week on how mandated changes from the Affordable Care Act will affect the state's health

Work begins on Mammoth Site center expansion


     HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) - Construction is underway on an expanded learning center at the Mammoth Site in southwestern South Dakota.
 
     The world-renowned site has been under exploration since 1974, when a construction crew dug up mammoth bones on the south side of Hot Springs. At least 60 mammoths have been found in the

Student accused of videotaping females in shower


     VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - University of South Dakota officials are defending their notification procedures after a student from Texas was accused of using a cellphone to videotape females in a dormitory shower in late August, then charged days later in an off-campus rape.
 
     Eighteen-year-old Daniel Hammer has left the school, and faces an

Oacoma man fined for killing gray wolf in Canada


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - An Oacoma man will pay a $5,000 fine for killing a gray wolf in Canada without a license.
 
     The U.S. attorney's office in South Dakota says 35-year-old Anthony Nogy also must pay $750 in restitution and be on probation for a year.
 
     He pleaded guilty in federal court to

Man charged in soda pop robbery pleads not guilty


     HURON, S.D. (AP) - A Lane man accused of using a hand gun to steal soda pop from a Huron convenience store has pleaded not guilty to two charges by reason of insanity.
 
     61-year-old Martin Moeller has entered his plea to charges of first-degree robbery and commission of a felony with a firearm.
 
     The charges

More tickets available for anti-pipeline concert


     NELIGH, Neb. (AP) - Several hundred additional tickets are available for this weekend's Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
 
     Organizers said Thursday that 500 additional $50 tickets would be sold on their www.BoldNebraska.org website and 200 more will be offered in

Gay teen says restaurant gave him offensive tag


     YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - An openly gay Yankton teenager has filed a discrimination complaint against the fast food restaurant where he worked alleging he was forced to wear a name tag with a homophobic slur.
 
     The 16-year-old Tyler Brandt filed the complaint this week with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It states that Taco