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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota State University president Barry Dunn says he can see a future in which reservation hospitals and health centers across South Dakota employ pharmacists and lab scientists educated at his school, with doctors and administrators also trained at institutions in the state.
ABERDEEN (AP) — Four of six people charged in a tribal embezzlement case in South Dakota have pleaded guilty in federal court in Aberdeen. Court documents show the case involves unlawful spending of over $81,000 from Big Coulee District, a political subdivision of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe. The Aberdeen News reports that Carrie Godfrey, Gerald Heminger Jr. and Colette White pleaded guilty this week to conspiracy to commit theft.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Solid hiring nationwide led unemployment rates to touch record lows in three U.S. states last month. Unemployment rates declined in 10 states in April, increased in one — Massachusetts — and held relatively stable in the other 39, the Labor Department said Friday. A significant number of the job gains occurred in nine states, led by Texas, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Indiana was the only state to see a significant decrease in jobs last month.
BRANDON (AP) — The owners of the Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon have canceled this season's races. BMS suspended racing after cutting ties this week with Med Star Dirt Track Rescue Team. The owners say the ambulance company showed up late and left early from a recent race. BMS said the company was paid for the full season. The track owners say those who have already purchased tickets will get a full refund. BMS is searching for a new ownership group and says it has cut its asking price to $7.5 million.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The Rapid City Police Department is set to participate in saturation patrols during the nationwide "Click it or Ticket" campaign. The campaign runs Monday until June 4. The department plans to add officers during its standard shifts to help with traffic enforcement and address seatbelt and child restraint violations. Officers will also be looking for speed violations and impaired drivers. Rapid City police made 973 DUI arrests in 2016.
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will visit South Dakota to discuss his department's initiatives for bringing veterans into agriculture. Perdue will be joined at Ellsworth Air Force Base on Friday by U.S. Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem. They'll hold a listening session with veterans, transitioning service members and their families to discuss entrepreneurship, employment and educational opportunities in agriculture.
ONIDA (AP) — Elected officials in one South Dakota county are at odds after the local sheriff was told he couldn't use a drug-sniffing dog because the resulting arrests would prove too costly. The Argus Leader reported the highly-trained dog named Reggie has created a stir in Sully County in central South Dakota. Sheriff Bill Stahl wants to welcome the black Labrador retriever to his two-deputy team, but county commissioners voted in February to block him. More recently, commissioners denied requests to amend the county's insurance policy to cover the canine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. forecasters are predicting another warmer than normal summer for most of the country along with wetter weather in a swath of states stretching from Texas to Montana. The National Weather Service's summer outlook issued Thursday predicts greater chances for hot weather in Alaska and pretty much everywhere else. The exceptions are Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and parts of Missouri and Colorado.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Rapid City hospital plans to expand its emergency room over the next two years with the goal of providing better care for people suffering a mental health crisis in western South Dakota. The Rapid City Journal reports Rapid City Region CEO Paulette Davidson said Wednesday that the expansion will include eight "safe rooms" where people can be cared for while their mental crisis is de-escalated.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indian tribes who are still fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in court have dropped an appeal of a federal judge's decision that allowed final construction to proceed on the project that is just two weeks from operating commercially.