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PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Dollar Loan Center over whether the short-term lender could bring its case to a circuit judge. The high court said in an opinion publicly released Thursday that Dollar Loan Center must first go through an administrative review. The legal dispute came after voters in 2016 limited interest charged by payday and auto title lenders to 36 percent annually. But Dollar Loan Center began offering a new product that the state found had interest rates between 300 and 487 percent after factoring in late fees.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls man is accused of sexually abusing three girls dating back 15 years. Bond for the 61-year-old man was set at $100,000 cash during an appearance in Minnehaha County court Wednesday. He's accused of 12 charges of rape, aggravated incest and sexual contact with a child under 16.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune has climbed to the second-highest rung on the Senate Republican leadership ladder with a promotion to majority whip. Thune had served in the No. 3 leadership post as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference since 2012. A term limit for majority whips forced Texas Sen. John Cornyn out of the job. Thune was unopposed for the position and was elected by his Senate colleagues .
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota's soybean harvest is nearly wrapped up, and the corn and sorghum harvests have reached about three-fourths complete. The federal Agriculture Department in its weekly crop report says 96 percent of soybeans, 75 percent of sorghum, 71 percent of corn and 55 percent of sunflowers are harvested. All are behind the average pace. Ninety-two percent of the state's winter wheat crop has emerged. Subsoil moisture is rated 70 percent adequate to surplus, and topsoil moisture is 89 percent in those categories.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is ordering flags to fly at half-staff at the state Capitol on Monday to honor former South Dakota House Speaker Roger Hunt. Hunt died Friday following complications from surgery. He was 80. His funeral is Monday morning at Central Church in Sioux Falls. Hunt served one term as speaker during his 20 years in the House. He championed conservative causes, including sponsoring bills to restrict abortion. Daugaard says Hunt was a gentleman and "true public servant."
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