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MURDO (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol has identified two people killed in a weekend crash west of Murdo. A couple from Pierre died when their pickup truck collided with a semi on Interstate 90 and caught fire. Authorities say the semi was eastbound, entered the median and traveled into the westbound lanes where the collision occurred Sunday. Sixty-four-year-old Terrie Roede and 59-year-old Randy Roede were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi wasn't injured. The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota Board of Regents says fall enrollment at the state's six public universities increased slightly compared to last year, up a third of one percent. The total number of students at the six universities is 36,662. The increase equates to 131 additional students. Regents say Dakota State University at Madison reported the greatest percentage growth with nearly 4 percent more students. The University of South Dakota at Vermillion has about 2 percent more students.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A polygamous sect leader recaptured after a year on the run in a fraud case is expected to appear in court Wednesday. Lyle Jeffs is facing federal charges in what prosecutors call a multimillion-dollar food-stamp fraud scheme as well as his escape from home confinement. Jeffs was awaiting trial in the food-stamp case when he escaped from Salt Lake City in June 2016. He was recaptured in South Dakota after pawning two pairs of pliers while apparently living out of his pickup truck a year later.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — State lottery officials say a retired Sioux Falls woman has claimed a record Dakota Cash jackpot. Lynda Blesi won more than $614,000 in the Sept. 6 drawing, at odds of about one in 325,000. She claimed the money Tuesday. The jackpot amount was the highest since the Dakota Cash game was launched in South Dakota in 1994.
ELLSWORTH (AP) — Ellsworth Air Force Base will likely be home to the next generation bomber currently under development. U.S. Sen. John Thune says Air Force officials told him that bases currently home to units of the bomber fleet will likely be chosen to host the B-21 Raider. Ellsworth is currently home to the 34th and 37th bomb squadrons. About a decade ago, Ellsworth was on a list of possible base closures. South Dakota's politicians fought to keep it open, given the economic benefits to the western region.
PIERRE (AP) — A Fort Thompson woman has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for stealing money from a nonprofit on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation. Forty-two-year-old Tally Colombe was indicted on a larceny charge about a year ago for allegedly stealing from Hunkpati Investments while serving as executive director. She pleaded guilty in July to fraud and embezzlement charges in a deal with prosecutors. The Capital Journal reports that Colombe was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in federal prison and ordered to repay about $40,000.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Republican South Dakota legislator is coming under fire for a meme she shared on her Facebook page depicting protesters being hit by a vehicle. Rep. Lynn DiSanto of Box Elder shared the image Sept. 7 under the caption "All Lives Splatter." The Argus Leader reports the image was posted less than a month after a driver rammed through counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing a woman.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers are considering options on how to collect the $70 million to $84 million owed to the state. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that legislators at the Interim Joint Revenue Committee meeting last week discussed the possibility of hiring a private contractor to collect the debt. The Canada-based CGI Group was considered as an option. The company recently began debt collection for South Dakota, and the company is paid from a percentage of the payments it collects.
ABERDEEN (AP) — Businesses in an Aberdeen shopping center are cleaning up after a weekend flood. The American News reports that a water line break late Saturday flooded Super City Plaza. Several businesses have been forced to temporarily close or relocate, along with a child care center. Management company official George Casanova says repairs could take up to two weeks.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A week of warm, dry weather in South Dakota has benefited spring wheat planting in the state. The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says nearly one-third of the winter wheat crop is now in the ground. Drought is still impacting soil moisture. The report says nearly half of the topsoil moisture is rated short or very short, and nearly two-thirds of the subsoil moisture is in those categories.