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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — An appeals court has revived a lawsuit filed by a small energy drink company with South Dakota origins against former food giant Sara Lee. The Argus Leader reports a three-judge panel with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a district court judge in Texas wrongly dismissed claims made by Jacked Up against Sara Lee regarding the termination of their licensing agreement when Sara Lee sold its beverage division to J.M. Smucker Co.
PINE RIDGE (AP) — A major shakeup in law enforcement is taking place on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council declared a state of emergency and withdrew support this week for Police Chief Harry Martinez, who has since resigned. The council has faced a deluge of complaints from tribal members on a reservation that's experienced a wave of drug-related crime. Eight police chiefs have come and gone since 2008. Not long ago, 100 officers patrolled the reservation's 3 million acres. Now, it's just 30 officers.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota Democrats will consider rule changes this weekend that could result in ousting the party's chair. Central Committee members will vote Saturday on amending the party's constitution to shorten the terms of party officials and to push elections from winter months following gubernatorial elections to the spring of odd-numbered years. The proposal comes amid the latest call to unseat South Dakota Democratic Party Chair Ann Tornberg.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of North America's most prominent powwows is set to begin in New Mexico in the wake of pipeline protests in North Dakota that became a historic display of Native American solidarity. The Gathering of Nations is one of the world's largest gatherings of indigenous people. Last year's event attracted about 3,000 dancers from hundreds of tribes in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It routinely draws at least 80,000 visitors.
HARTINGTON, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of scalding a year-old infant has been given 10 to 14 years in a Nebraska prison. Court records say 22-year-old River Malatare was sentenced Monday in Cedar County District Court in Hartington. He'd pleaded no contest to attempted intentional child abuse and guilty to an unrelated charge of failing to register as a sex offender.
WATERTOWN (AP) — Three Watertown college students have been sentenced to jail time in the death of a 19-year-old woman who was heavily intoxicated. An autopsy showed the woman died of "positional asphyxia" last month due to a blood alcohol level of .33 — more than four times the legal limit for driving. Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Juhnke will spend 11 days in jail for buying alcohol for an underage individual. Nineteen-year-old Brady Johnke was given 29 days in jail for giving the alcohol to the woman who died.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Bond has been set for a South Dakota man who was asked to leave an anti-Islam event after livestreaming himself brandishing weapons and making threats to the public. Ehab Jaber appeared via teleconference in Lincoln County court Tuesday where bond was set at $2,500 cash. The 45-year-old Sioux Falls man is charged with one count of making terrorist threats. The Argus Leader reports Jaber's charges stem from an incident that occurred outside an April 9 event titled "Sabotaging America: Islam's March Toward Supremacy."
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The construction company that was remodeling a historic downtown Sioux Falls building when it collapsed and killed a worker will be fined nearly $100,000 by the federal government for violations related to the site.
PIERRE (AP) — The Buffalo Chip Campground of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fame has asked South Dakota's Supreme Court to let it stay a city. The high court heard arguments Tuesday after a lower court ruled against the Board of Meade County Commissioners and the campground last year. The campground-turned-city has faced opposition from nearby Sturgis and others. Campground attorney Kent Hagg says he believes Sturgis wants to annex Buffalo Chip for sales tax revenue.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The board of directors at Regional Health is publicly supporting the CEO at its hospital in Rapid City after nearly 100 doctors called for his removal. Earlier this month, the doctors cast a no-confidence vote for Brent Phillips. They cited concerns about Phillips' management style and allocation of hospital resources, particularly in regard to the administration's recent decision to jail overflow mental health patients. The board at a recent meeting expressed "full confidence" in Phillips' leadership.