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Federal trial delayed for former Walworth County prosecutor


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Trial in federal court has been delayed for a former South Dakota county prosecutor accused of child rape.
 
     Former Walworth County State's Attorney Christopher Jansen was to stand trial in federal court starting Feb. 10. The trial has been delayed two months to give his attorney more time to prepare. Prosecutors did not

Plan to add human traffickers to sex offender list advances


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota legislative panel has approved a proposal that would require convicted human traffickers to register as sex offenders. 
 
     The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to send the measure to the chamber's floor.
 
     Attorney General Marty Jackley says that first-degree human

Officers bust house, find drugs, stolen property, runaway


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police say they found marijuana, a missing teenager and stolen electronics while executing a search warrant at a suspected drug house.
 
     The city's drug task force began monitoring the house in December. Eight people face various charges after the monthlong investigation.
 
     Officers

South Dakota State Fair organizers announce new theme


     HURON, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota State Fair has announced the theme of the 2015 fair.
 
     Organizers say the theme this year will be "Sew It. Grow It. Show It."
 
     Coordinator Candi Briley says the theme is meant to cover all areas of the fair. She says it shows that fairgoers are "sewing and growing memories

Jump Start program aims to help American Indian students


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Seven South Dakota colleges and universities are launching a program this summer aimed at helping incoming American Indian students get a strong start toward completing an engineering, science or math degree.
 
     The state's six public universities and Oglala Lakota College are using $3.6 million in federal funds to

Sioux Falls woman admits to selling synthetic marijuana


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls woman accused of selling synthetic marijuana as a manager of several stores has pleaded guilty.
 
     Gwen Pike pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
 
     Pike began working in September 2011 at Roll

Death of man found lying in field deemed 'questionable'


     SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a field west of Spearfish.
 
     Lawrence County Sheriff's Capt. Marty Goesch tells the Rapid City Journal that authorities consider the death "questionable." 
 
     The man's identity was not immediately

15 at Vermillion business treated for carbon monoxide


     VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - Fifteen people were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after an incident at a Vermillion business.
 
     Authorities believe a forklift being used in a warehouse area of the Alleviant medical billing and collections company was to blame for the release of the toxic gas Wednesday afternoon.
 
     The

Rounds tapped to head panel with regulatory oversight


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds' spot on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has turned into a leadership position on one of the sub-panels organized under the committee.
 
     Round's office announced Wednesday that South Dakota's junior senator will chair the Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management

Rapid City and Garretson teachers get national certification


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Two South Dakota teachers have made the grade themselves and achieved National Board Certification. 
 
     Sarah Gross teaches mathematics to early adolescents in the Rapid City Area School District and Jody Neugebauer is a generalist/early childhood teacher in the Garretson School District northeast of Sioux

Former school custodian pleads guilty to enticement of minor


     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A former elementary school custodian accused of soliciting sex with minors over the Internet has changed his plea.
 
     Casey Godfrey, 31, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Simko recently and pleaded guilty to Enticement of a Minor Using the Internet.
 
     The Rapid City man faces a mandatory

South Dakota State Fair organizers announce new theme


     HURON, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota State Fair has announced theme of the 2015 fair.
 
     Organizers say the theme this year will be "Sew It. Grow It. Show It."
 
     Coordinator Candi Briley says the theme is meant to cover all areas of the fair. She says it shows that fairgoers are "sewing and growing memories and

Sisseton attorney re-elected as chairwoman of parole board


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sisseton lawyer has been re-elected as chairwoman of the South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles
 
     Kay Nikolas is a former Roberts County state's attorney. Chief Justice David Gilbertson appointed her to the board in 2009.
 
     Mark Smith, of Pierre, was re-elected to serve as vice-chairman. He

Family of slain Pierre teen suing classmate who shot him


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The family of a Pierre teenager who was killed more than two years ago is suing the classmate who shot him for $6 million.
 
     The family of Dalton Williams has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against 18-year-old Braiden McCahren and his father, Kit McCahren. The lawsuit claims Williams' death was caused by the

Low oil prices a bonus for Minnesota railroad regulators


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota railroad regulatory official says lower oil prices have caused train traffic from North Dakota to level off. That's given Minnesota officials space to work on safety issues. 
 
     About seven trains haul crude from the Bakken oilfields through Minnesota daily. Dave Christianson from the Minnesota Department of

Secy of State's election law changes move forward at Capitol


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers are moving quickly on an election law package to expand oversight of candidates' petitions to secure a spot on the ballot. 
 
     Two state Senate panels on Wednesday approved parts of the package put forward by Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and the state Board of Elections.  
 
 

State panel approves opiate overdose antidote proposal


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A legislative panel has approved a proposal to allow trained first responders and police officers to carry an opiate overdose antidote to help fight drug fatalities.
 
     The state Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted Wednesday to send the measure to the chamber's floor.
 
     Attorney General

Fire Destroys NW Watertown Home


Watertown Fire Rescue responded to a house fire in Northwest Watertown last night (Tuesday) shortly after 10 PM.  When firefighters arrived on scene at 1118 Skyline Drive they found the home filled with smoke, and flames in the basement.  As crews fought the blaze a large portion of the main floor collapsed into the basement. 
 
The house is considered a total

Senate panel approves military spouse weapon permit measure


     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A state Senate panel has advanced a proposal that would allow active military members' spouses to get a South Dakota concealed weapon permit.
 
     The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved Attorney General Marty Jackley's measure and sent it to the Senate floor.
 
     Jackley says the proposal

Daugaard overrides grant recommendation; union leader upset


     SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A labor union leader is upset with Gov. Dennis Daugaard's decision to award workforce development dollars to the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota.
 
     AFL-CIO President Mark Anderson says the AGC is part of the problem of lower pay for construction workers in South Dakota. And he notes that the AGC was not