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RAPID CITY (AP) — A Wanblee man has pleaded guilty in a fatal stabbing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Leon Between Lodges admitted stabbing Leonard Sitting Up with a knife last May after the victim and his friends drove by the defendant's house and shouted comments which upset him. Those comments weren't disclosed.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says it's a concern that South Dakota has landed on San Francisco's list of places where city workers aren't allowed to go on official business. The move came after the state passed a law aimed at protecting faith-based organizations that refuse to place children with gay couples or other arrangements contrary to their religious beliefs. Civil liberties groups and LGBT advocates say it opens the door to discrimination.
PIERRE (AP) — The state House failed Monday to override Gov. Dennis Daugaard's vetoes of a pair of bills that would have loosened restrictions on carrying concealed guns in conservative South Dakota. The Legislature met for the final day of the 2017 legislative session and accepted five vetoes from Daugaard. The two highest-profile override attempts were on measures that would have allowed guns in the state Capitol and let people carry concealed handguns without a permit.
PIERRE (AP) — The Latest on the South Dakota Legislature: 9:23 a.m. South Dakota lawmakers are gathering at the state Capitol to decide whether to accept or override five vetoes from Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The two highest-profile vetoes were of bills that would allow guns in the state Capitol and let people carry concealed handguns without a permit. The Legislature meets Monday for the final day of the 2017 legislative session.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Hospitality businesses in South Dakota's Black Hills are having trouble finding enough workers for the busy tourist season. Many business owners look beyond U.S. borders to fill summer jobs. A federal law that expired last September has reduced the number of temporary guest workers allowed into the country. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service announced last week that it has already received enough applications from businesses to reach the 2017 cap for seasonal nonagricultural work.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police are asking for the public's help in finding a sculpture stolen from a downtown exhibit over the weekend. The piece called "Weathering the Storm" was among the city's SculptureWalk exhibits. The director of SculptureWalk noticed Sunday that the piece was missing. The missing piece is a Native American-themed sculpture of a horse's head. SculptureWalk says it is valued at nearly $6,000. KSFY-TV reports this is the third time in the organization's history a sculpture was stolen off the street.
LEAD (AP) — A soon-to-be-renovated park in the South Dakota town of Lead will include a feature available in only a few U.S. cities: outdoor musical instruments. The devices at Manuel Brothers Park will be large outdoor equivalents of common and not-so-common musical instruments. The devices will allow children to experiment with making sounds on drums, pagoda bells, chimes, xylophones and lily pad cymbals. They're expected to be installed next to the park's playground equipment, the Black Hills Pioneer reported.
REDFIELD (AP) — Officials in Redfield plan to break ground in a few weeks on a more than $20 million preschool-to-12th grade school. The project passed in a $16 million bond vote last year. The remainder of the money will be from the district's capital outlay funds, the Aberdeen American News ( http://bit.ly/2nN8r5X ) reported. Superintendent Shad Storley said the building will add an auditorium and auxiliary gym, as well as a new kitchen and commons area. "What's coming is going to be so much better," School board president Heather Jordan said.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The number of speeding tickets issued by South Dakota state troopers has gone up since the state's top speed limit increased from 75 mph to 80 mph nearly two years ago. According to an analysis of ticket data by the Argus Leader, in the nearly two years before the speed limit increase, troopers wrote 12,585 speeding tickets on interstates and state highways. For the same period following the change, troopers wrote 18,227 citations.
YANKTON (AP) — A South Dakota archery center is planning a large expansion with an eye toward potentially hosting the Olympic trials. The Yankton Press & Dakotan reports the National Field Archery Association had an opportunity to present to the Yankton City Commission last week its vision to expand the Easton Yankton Archery Complex. The added space would allow for larger archery tournaments, more convention space and areas for hunter safety courses. The association received approval Monday for $400,000 in aid from the Business Improvement District.