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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police say they're investigating a suspicious death reported last week at a Sioux Falls nursing home. The Argus Leader says the incident happened on Thursday. Police Lt. Mike Colwill says a staff member at Southridge Healthcare heard what sounded like a body hitting the floor in the facility's locked dementia unit.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota Senate panel has rejected a bill that would have allowed authorities to pull over drivers for texting. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-2 Tuesday to reject the bill, which would have made texting while driving a primary offense. Under current law, authorities must pull people over for an unrelated violation before they can be cited for texting.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's House speaker released security footage Tuesday of an altercation in the chamber after representatives ended an investigation into Rep. David Johnson's conduct. Members voted 64-1 Monday to disband a discipline and expulsion committee established days earlier to investigate Johnson's actions toward Rep. Lynne DiSanto. She has said she feared for her safety during last week's confrontation.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota voters will decide in November if the state constitution should be harder to change. The state House of Representatives voted 55-9 Tuesday to send the proposed constitutional amendment to the fall ballot. It had passed through the Senate. The measure asks voters to increase the majority vote threshold required for a constitutional change to 55 percent of the votes cast on the amendment.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — One of four men charged with poaching deer during the Dakota Access pipeline protests has reached a deal with prosecutors to dismiss his case. Danny LeClaire of Pocatello, Idaho, was charged last year with a misdemeanor count of unlawful taking of a big game animal. The Bismarck Tribune reports that a judge last week approved a pretrial diversion agreement.
HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Another lawsuit has been filed over a duplex explosion that killed four people on the Pine Ridge reservation. The lawsuit filed in Oglala Lakota County Court this month on behalf of 13 plaintiffs names Nebraska-based Western Cooperative Company and South Dakota-based C. Brunsch Inc., doing business as Lakota Plains Propane.
BROOKINGS (AP) — A girl from Vermillion has drowned in the swimming pool of a Brookings hotel. Police Lt. Derrick Powers tells KBRK-AM that first responders were called to the Days Inn just before 9 p.m. Saturday after a preteen girl was found unresponsive in the pool. She was taken to the Brookings Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The girl's name and age have not been released.
PIERRE (AP) — A bill that would end collective bargaining at South Dakota's public universities is one vote away from Gov. Dennis Daugaard's signature after a Senate committee approved it Monday. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-4 to advance the legislation to the chamber's floor for a likely final vote. It has already narrowly passed through the House, and the Republican governor supports the proposal.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota Senate panel has shelved a measure that would have asked voters to give legislators a significant pay raise and tied their salaries to the state's median household income. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously Monday to table the resolution. It would have gone to November voters. But senators will instead debate the proposal in bill form, which would require Gov. Dennis Daugaard's signature.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Rep. Lynne DiSanto says she forgives a colleague who will be investigated by a special House panel over a confrontation she said made her fear for her safety. DiSanto writes on Facebook that she's accepted a private apology from Rep. David Johnson. He also apologized publicly Friday, saying his emotions got the better of him. The confrontation occurred Wednesday evening on the House floor.