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VERMILLION (AP) — The South Dakota Board of Regents says a vice president at the University of South Dakota is among four finalists to become the school's president. Sheila Gestring is vice president of finance and chief financial officer at the Vermillion college. She and the other three finalists will be on campus next week to meet with faculty, students, staff, alumni and regents.
PIERRE (AP) — A Hermosa man is accused of stealing mail from a mailbox and using another person's identity to obtain credit cards. Thirty-nine-year-old Tobin Nettifee has pleaded not guilty to federal charges including mail theft and identity theft. The U.S. attorney's office says Nettifee faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. A trial date wasn't immediately scheduled.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation after she had been run over by a vehicle has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor. The Rapid City Journal reports 29-year-old Bishop Cottier reached a plea deal with prosecutors, and court documents show he entered his plea Friday. He faces up to 15 years in prison.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Some western South Dakota residents are questioning the county commission's practice of holding discussions behind closed doors in executive sessions. The Rapid City Journal reports that more than 60 percent of Pennington County Commission discussions have been held in executive sessions since 2016. The private sessions raise questions about whether elected officials are having discussions that should be public.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The government is asking a federal judge to reject a request for evidence to be returned to a New York City woman who suffered a serious arm injury in an explosion while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.
YANKTON (AP) — The body of a Sioux Falls woman missing since Easter has been recovered from the Missouri River near Yankton. The Yankton County Sheriff's Office says the body of 66-year-old Diane Bartling was found in the river approximately six miles east of Yankton Sunday afternoon. Her identity was confirmed Monday. Bartling was last seen Sunday, April 1. The search moved to Yankton after Bartling's car and personal effects were discovered near the Meridian Bridge two days later.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The Air Force says two bombers from the Ellsworth base debuted new cruise missiles during the mission in Syria last week. The extended range missiles were launched by the B-1B Lancer bombers and struck the Barzeh Research and Development Center near Damascus on April 13. The Rapid City Journal says the B-1s can carry up to 24 of the new missiles at a time. Each one costs about $1.4 million.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of bankers shows that concerns over a trade war have hurt confidence in the economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says weak farm income continues to weigh on the rural economy, but that the survey in recent months shows the economy is trending upward.
PINE RIDGE (AP) — A guilty plea is expected from a man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who had been severely injured when she was run over by a vehicle on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Rapid City Journal says a federal plea agreement calls for 29-year-old Bishop Cottier to plead guilty to sexual abuse of a minor. Cottier has admitted sexually assaulting the girl at his home in Pine Ridge in April 2014.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Three South Dakota American Indian tribes say they want to take over management of Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City from the U.S. Indian Health Service. The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board says in the news release that the Oglala, Cheyenne River and Rosebud Sioux tribes passed resolutions approving the effort and authorizing the board to manage the hospital.