The Associated Press
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Drivers from all over the United States are sporting South Dakota license plates after discovering how easy and cheap it is to register vehicles in the state. South Dakota has more than 58,000 vehicles registered belonging to people with out-of-state addresses, possibly generating millions of dollars in revenue. It makes up 4 percent of the more than 1.5 million registered vehicles in South Dakota, the Rapid City Journal reported.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City will consider a potential settlement in the long-running lawsuit over billboards in the city. The Rapid City Journal reports that the City Council shot down a similar settlement attempt last summer. They'll discuss the new settlement offer Monday.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A fourth man has been charged with murder in the daytime killing of a man in the parking lot of a Pine Ridge Indian Reservation youth center in 2016. The Rapid City Journal reports that 24-year-old Estevan Baquera was arrested earlier in March in his home city of Denver for first-degree murder.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Wounded Knee man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the starvation death of his infant son. Authorities say 25-year-old Darwin Red Cloud withheld food from the 2-month-old in the fall of 2014, and the baby died. Red Cloud initially was charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse and neglect. He reached a deal with prosecutors and recently pleaded guilty to the lesser murder charge, which still carries a maximum punishment of life in prison.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Aerial surveys indicate that 4,700 acres of the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota and Wyoming were affected by mountain pine beetles last year. That's higher than the 2,500 acres that were affected in 2016 but still below what the U.S. Forest Service considers an epidemic. The mountain pine beetle is native to the Black Hills forest ecosystem. The most recent epidemic lasted from 1996 to 2016 and affected about 450,000 acres. There have been several others dating to the late 1890s, each lasting eight to 13 years.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota will get $27.5 million that has been tied up in a legal dispute between the state and large tobacco companies. Jackley said Wednesday the agreement settles a long dispute over enforcement of the 1998 settlement that requires tobacco companies to compensate 46 states including South Dakota for public health costs from smoking-related illnesses. Jackley's office says the settlement avoids decades of potential litigation. He says the agreement will provide "important funding" for education for many years.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol says one person has died and three others have been injured in a highway crash involving a semi west of Sioux Falls. Authorities say a 19-year-old woman died when the car she was driving was struck from behind by a minivan as she waited to turn off Highway 42 and was pushed into the path of a semi. The teen died at the scene. A 10-year-old boy in her vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Sioux Falls.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A police standoff in Rapid City has led to the arrest of a man wanted on a felony warrant for possessing controlled substances.
ABERDEEN (AP) — No one was hurt when a school bus struck a vehicle east of Aberdeen. Highway Patrol spokesman Tony Mangan tells the American News that all 11 children on the bus escaped injury in the crash about 4 p.m. Thursday. Neither driver was hurt. Charges are pending against the 62-year-old bus driver.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a pair of bills that impose 12-year term limits on members of the state Board of Regents and a board that sets content standards for elementary and secondary schools. The Republican governor signed the bills into law Thursday. Regents appointed after July 1 will be limited to two consecutive six-year terms. That board governs South Dakota's six state universities and two special schools.