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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota livestock appear to be in fairly good shape despite some rough weather in January, particularly in the south. The Agriculture Department says in its monthly crop report that a large storm with heavy snow late in the month created difficult conditions for ranchers in southern areas, and there also was blowing and drifting snow in the north.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The Rapid City Police Department has been taking steps to hire more minorities and women since a 2015 study on race relations showed friction between the city's Native American community and a police force made up mostly of white men. The study also shows a desire on both sides to improve the situation, the Rapid City Journal reported.
PIERRE (AP) — New ethics regulations that South Dakota voters imposed in November are all but stripped from law after the state Senate voted Wednesday to send a bill repealing them to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The chamber voted 27-8 to pass the repeal bill, which the Republican governor has said he supports. It would dismantle a ballot initiative that instituted a public campaign finance system, created an ethics commission and tightened campaign finance and lobbying laws.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tra-Deon Hollins had 19 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists Wednesday night and Marcus Tyus scored four of Omaha's last eight points to help the Mavericks hold off South Dakota 91-83. Tyus, who finished with 17 points, hit a pair of free throws with 38 seconds left and scored on a layup at 25 seconds to make it 87-80. Daniel Norl had 12 points, and Tre'Shawn Thurman and Mitchell Hahn added 11 each for the Mavericks (15-10, 6-4 Summit).
BROOKINGS (AP) — Michael Orris scored 18 points and added eight assists and South Dakota State avenged its prior loss to Western Illinois by crushing the Leathernecks 98-65 on Wednesday night. Five players checked in with 15-points-plus efforts for South Dakota State, and the 98-point total is its highest offensive output of the season.
RAPID CITY (AP) — An 81-year-old Rapid City man accused of defrauding consumers of nearly $17 million has pleaded not guilty. The Rapid City Journal reports Robert "Larry" Lytle, purveyor of the QLaser, pleaded not guilty Monday to defrauding consumers through the sale of an allegedly bogus medical device and to secretly continuing to sell the device after he was ordered to stop. Lytle faces charges including conspiracy, criminal contempt, aiding and abetting, mail fraud, wire fraud and obstruction.
DEADWOOD (AP) — A broken waterline has sent more than 70,000 gallons rushing through the first floor of the Deadwood Comfort Inn & Suites. The general manager of the 69-room hotel and casino, Tracy Island, says she got the call Monday night and arrived to a scene of chaos and torrents of water coming out of six different doors. Island says the water had knocked down two walls and created an "indoor lake" on the main floor. It took workers an hour to shut off the flow.
ABERDEEN (AP) — The man who once ran South Dakota's scandal-ridden investment-for-visa program has reached a deal with prosecutors in a high-profile financial misconduct case. The Aberdeen American News reports that 53-year-old Joop (yope) Bollen pleaded guilty Wednesday to one of five felony counts he was facing.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The acting secretary of the Army has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir, a North Dakota senator said, the latest twist in the months-long legal battle over the $3.8 billion project. The Standing Rock Sioux, whose opposition to the project attracted the support of thousands of protesters from around the country to North Dakota, immediately vowed to return to court to stop it.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The University of Sioux Falls has named a new president after outgoing President Mark Benedetto announced his retirement plans last spring. Brett Bradfield was named the 23rd president of the Christian and liberal arts university on Tuesday. Bradfield started at USF as director of graduate programs in 2000, then became vice president for professional studies in 2003 and provost and vice president of public academic affairs in 2007. His appointment takes effect Feb. 6.