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PIERRE (AP) — An official with Indiana's Health Department has been named South Dakota's next state epidemiologist. South Dakota Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon says Joshua Clayton will succeed Lon Kightlinger, who retired earlier this month after serving 20 years with the department. Clayton is a South Dakota native who previously spent five years with the state Health Department working in the disease prevention and public health preparedness programs.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Custer City man accused of running over a wakeboarder while boating drunk on Angostura Reservoir in 2015 has been scheduled for a new trial in June. A Fall River County jury last month convicted 41-year-old Cory Schmitz of boating under the influence, but it couldn't reach a unanimous verdict on a felony charge of aggravated assault.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City police are investigating the death of a pedestrian. Authorities say the 43-year-old man was struck by a pickup truck about 5 p.m. Wednesday while crossing a city avenue, outside of a crosswalk. He died later at a hospital. The 81-year-old man driving the pickup wasn't injured. Neither man was immediately identified.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The city of Sioux Falls won't publicly release which companies have submitted bids to make sure flawed paneling is protecting the city's new $117 million events center. The Argus Leader reports that the Sioux Falls Public Works Department has received four submissions from companies vying for the review work. But city officials won't name the companies yet or say when a selection will be made.
DAKOTA DUNES (AP) — An aid fund application deadline is looming for workers laid off by South Dakota meat producer Beef Products Inc. The Dakota Dunes-based company in September set up a $10 million fund for employees who lost their jobs when the company closed three plants in 2012 over reports of a beef product critics dubbed "pink slime."
PINE RIDGE (AP) — A man involved in a crash that killed a Wanblee family on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been charged in tribal court with drunken driving. Highway Safety troopers say 28-year-old Tyler Makes Him First, of Porcupine, is charged in Oglala Sioux Tribal Court involving a crash that happened Nov. 4 along Bureau of Indian Affairs Highway 27.
PIERRE (AP) — An Eagle Butte man is facing a murder charge in a slaying on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. The American News reports that Dee Hawk Moran is accused of fatally shooting 21-year-old Andrew Frost of Eagle Butte on Saturday. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says a grand jury indicted Moran on charges of premeditated murder and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls woman is facing an aggravated assault charge after police say she hit a man in the head with a frying pan. Police say the 49-year-old woman apparently didn't like the man's singing and struck him at her home Saturday afternoon. The victim and a friend left and called police. KSFY-TV says his injuries weren't serious. Authorities say drugs or alcohol were not involved.
SPEARFISH (AP) — Regional Health has appointed an interim president of Spearfish Hospital after its longtime leader was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash. Thomas Worsley will oversee the hospital and clinics in Spearfish and Belle Fourche for Rapid City-based Regional Health. His appointment follows the recent death of 59-year-old Larry Veitz (veetz). He was killed in an ATV accident Nov. 4 in Lawrence County.
VERMILLION (AP) — University of South Dakota officials say they're taking steps to better train staff and students on the proper ways to respond to sexual assaults. The comments came at a Monday forum on campus on sexual assault awareness that drew a near-capacity crowd. It followed the arrests late last month of two USD football players on rape-related charges.