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Man robbed of drugs, money charged after scuffle with police


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls man who was allegedly robbed of a backpack containing drugs and money is facing charges after he scuffled with police.
 
     Police say 29-year-old Matthew Buczowski and two other people were sitting in an apartment Sunday when four men entered, pulled out handguns and demanded cash and drugs. Police say they fled

SD lawmakers override veto, end 2015 legislative session


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Legislature voted to override one of three gubernatorial vetoes on the final day of the 2015 legislative session before officially adjourning until next year.
 
     Lawmakers gathered Monday in Pierre to finish work. Major business, including the state budget, was completed earlier this month.
 
     The

State won't seek death penalty against murder convict


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A man serving life in prison without parole in the November 2009 slaying of a Mitchell teenager will not face the death penalty.
 
     Attorney General Marty Jackley and Hanson County State's Attorney Jim Davies say Alexander Salgado's uncooperative testimony during the recent trial of accomplice Maricela Diaz failed to

Veto of plan to gather rental property data will stand


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Senate has failed to override the governor's veto of a measure that would have helped determine whether South Dakota's property tax burden is a barrier to entry for businesses looking to offer affordable housing rentals.
 
     Twenty-two senators voted to support the bill Monday, two fewer than needed to

SD lawmakers gather in Pierre for final day of Legislature


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Legislature is convening for the final day of the 2015 legislative session to consider three tax-related bills that Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed.
 
     Lawmakers gathered Monday in Pierre to finish up the session. Major business, including the state budget, finished up earlier this month.
 
     A smaller

Film provokes debate at USD about censorship and tolerance


     VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - A University of South Dakota professor is refusing calls to cancel the screening of a documentary that depicts brutality against Muslim women.
 
     The "Honor Diaries" is to be screened at the university's annual women and gender conference April 10. Some staff and faculty members want the showing

Sioux Falls incident involves vehicle ramming, shots fired


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police arrested two suspects in a weekend incident they say involved a hammer, a vehicle ramming and a shooting.
 
     Authorities say a woman driving a sport utility vehicle intentionally rammed a car Saturday evening, and a man with a handgun got out of the Jeep and fired several rounds as the car's three

Conference focuses on violence against American Indian women


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A one-day conference in Rapid City on Tuesday is focusing on violence against women on American Indian reservations.
 
     The conference is on tribal implementation of the Violence Against Women Act. It's sponsored by the acting U.S. attorneys in both Dakotas, the U.S. attorney in Nebraska and the University of South Dakota

SD lawmakers to gather in Pierre for last day of Legislature


    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Legislature is convening for the final day of the 2015 legislative session to consider three tax-related bills that Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed.
 
     Lawmakers gather Monday in Pierre to finish up the session. Major business, including the state budget, finished up earlier this month.
 
     A smaller group of

IRS scams flourishing in eastern SD as April 15 approaches


     BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Authorities in eastern South Dakota say phone scams in which con artists pose as IRS agents to bilk people out of thousands of dollars are flourishing as the April 15 federal tax-filing deadline approaches.
 
     Brookings County Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring says couple of scam cases have been reported in the county. The

Construction of new Hoven school expected to begin this fall


     HOVEN, S.D. (AP) - Officials in the northern South Dakota town of Hoven expect to break ground on a new school this fall, more than a year after a fire destroyed the local high school.
 
     Hoven School Board President Mark Weber says the district has hired an architecture firm to lead the project. The bid date for the project is planned for Aug. 1 and

SD church spending $125,000 to restore stained glass windows


    MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A church in southeastern South Dakota is spending $125,000 to restore roughly 70 stained glass windows that are more 100 years old.
 
     The Mitchell First United Methodist Church has begun the five-year project to restore the lead between each piece of glass that olds the windows together.
 
     Kelly Gross is

Construction on Sioux Falls indoor aquatic center to begin


    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - City officials say construction will begin this week on Sioux Falls' first indoor aquatic center, which will replace the outdoor pool at Spellerberg Park.
 
     The construction will begin this week on the project that's expected to open in fall 2016.
 
     City Council members voted in February to

South Dakota's up-and-down snowmobile season ends Tuesday


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Snowmobilers have a couple of days left to hit any South Dakota trails that still have snow. 
 
     The Game, Fish and Parks Department says the snowmobiling season ends Tuesday, capping off a season with snow conditions that fluctuated every couple of weeks.
 
     Black Hills trails manager Shannon Percy

Farmer tries to find balance with genetically modified crops


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     TOLSTOY, S.D. (AP) - A farmer in South Dakota's northern half is taking a middle road as to whether he should grow genetically modified crops.
 
     Tolstoy farmer Corey Johannsen says he grows crops that are genetically modified organisms, or

SD extends comment period for Black Hills fisheries plans


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota wildlife officials have extended the public comment period on two proposed management plans for fisheries in the Black Hills.
 
     Officials with the state's Game, Fish and Parks Department say people can now comment on the two five-year plans through April 26. One plan is for streams and the other for

Rapid City man charged with paying young girls to pose


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Rapid City police say a man charged in a 15-count criminal complaint paid young girls to pose for lewd photos at a motel room in the city.
 
      51-year-old Wallace A. "Wally" Beane, of Rapid City, is in jail on a $500,000 bond.
 
     He is charged with one count of third-degree rape, four

Sturgis, Harley Davidson partnering on new downtown plaza


     STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - The city of Sturgis and Harley Davidson are breaking ground on a new downtown plaza named after the motorcycle company, the result of a private-public partnership that also renames a city street after the company.
 
     Officials from the city and motorcycle company break ground on the new Harley-Davidson Rally Point on

Utah men caught with 38 lbs of pot in South Dakota sentenced


     MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Two Utah men caught in South Dakota with 38 pounds of marijuana have pleaded guilty and been sentenced.
 
     A judge on Tuesday gave eight-year prison terms with half of the time suspended to 38-year-old Dean Linthalath, of Orem, Utah, and 36-year-old Vongmany Mathinpannha, of West Jordan, Utah.
 
     The two

Appeals court says wrongful death lawsuit can proceed


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that a Pennington County deputy who shot and killed a man five years ago is not immune from a wrongful-death lawsuit.
 
     Deputy David Olson sought to have the case dismissed, claiming he was a public employee and thus immune from prosecution. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a