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PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard enters his final two years in office aiming to tackle issues ranging from rising methamphetamine use to the solvency of the state retirement system. During the legislative session that starts Jan. 10, the Republican governor will likely be the final word on reshaping a voter-approved government ethics overhaul and deciding whether to restrict the bathrooms that transgender students use.
SPEARFISH (AP) — Police have arrested a man accused of stealing credit cards from two Spearfish churches on Christmas Eve. The 34-year-old man from Norman Park, Georgia, was arrested Friday in Rapid City after he was spotted by police and fled into a business, where he barricaded himself in a restroom. Police say the suspect did not allow another person in the restroom to leave and destroyed part of the ceiling while trying to escape from law enforcement. No injuries were reported.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Officials say power has been restored to thousands of residents in northeastern South Dakota who were hit by the Christmas weekend ice and wind storm. East River Electric Power Cooperative representatives say crews began re-energizing the lines Thursday night and many households were online by Friday morning. Power is expected to be restored to remaining members by the end of the weekend, if the weather cooperates.
PIERRE (AP) — Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says the roughly 30,000 concealed carry permits issued in 2016 is a record. Krebs said Friday that the previous high was nearly 27,000 permits issued in 2013. She says South Dakota residents value Second Amendment rights. She says national events and discussions about limiting gun rights directly influence the number of permits issued.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Court documents say a man accused in a fatal beating at a Rapid City motel told investigators he "snapped" in anger and used a walking stick and his hands and feet in the assault. Thirty-four-year-old Clifford Leigh Gilbert is being held on $250,000 cash bond in the death of Robert Laverne Smith at the Stardust Motel. Court documents say Gilbert used the name Gilbert Clifford as an alias.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City's block of new tiny town houses may serve as a model in the housing market. The Rapid City Journal reports the city's mayor, Steve Allender, a private developer and the nonprofit Neighborworks Dakota Home Resources have been working together on plans to build a small block of five tiny town homes just north of Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The homes' sizes will range from 360 square feet to 968 square feet. They will have garages.
KYLE (AP) — Authorities say an Oglala Sioux tribe police officer has shot and killed a man who drew a firearm. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says that an FBI investigation into the Tuesday shooting in Kyle is ongoing. Authorities didn't immediately identify those involved.
The number of police killed in the line of duty rose sharply in 2016, driven by shootings of police around the country, most notably ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From Jan. 1 through Wednesday, 135 officers lost their lives. Some died in traffic accidents, but nearly half were shot to death. That's a 56 percent increase in shooting deaths over the previous year. Of the 64 who were fatally shot, 21 were killed in ambush attacks often fueled by anger over police use of force involving minorities.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It will be a happy New Year indeed for millions of the lowest-paid U.S. workers. Nineteen states, including New York and California, will ring in the year with an increase in the minimum wage. Massachusetts and Washington state will have the highest new minimum wages in the country, at $11 per hour.
YANKTON (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley says a Highway Patrol trooper who shot and wounded a suspect was justified in firing his weapon. A report released Thursday says Trooper Kayne Weaver shot 58-year-old Curtis Adams Sr., of Yankton, on Dec. 3 after a car chase that ended in a Yankton lawn. The report says Weaver shot 10 rounds into the vehicle after Adams fired from inside. Authorities say one of Weaver's shots hit Adams, who also shot himself in the neck.