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RAPID CITY (AP) — Two teenagers arrested in the stabbing of a Rapid City gas station clerk have been charged with murder and robbery. The Pennington County State Attorney's Office says 17-year-old Carlos Quevedo, of Rapid City, was charged as an adult Thursday with first- and second-degree murder and first-degree robbery. Nineteen-year-old Cody Grady, of Rapid City, has been charged with first-degree murder and second-degree robbery.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Barack Obama has denied a clemency request by American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison in the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, Peltier's attorney said Thursday. His attorney, Martin Garbus, said they received a letter from the White House on Wednesday night saying their application to commute his sentence to the 40 years he's already served has been denied.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Authorities have identified a gas station clerk stabbed to death during an apparent robbery in Rapid City. Police say 45-year-old Kasie Lord, of Rapid City, died early Wednesday morning at Rapid City Regions Hospital after being stabbed several times. A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were arrested. Formal charges were pending. Police said the suspects were trying to walk out of a Loaf N' Jug with stolen beer around 4:45 a.m. when Lord followed them out.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison in the death of her 2-year-old foster son. A Minnehaha County judge gave 32-year-old Mary Beth Jennewein the maximum sentence Wednesday. Jennewein pleaded guilty in October to aggravated battery of an infant, and prosecutors dropped a second-degree murder charge and alternate counts of manslaughter.
PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota House will investigate a Republican representative for sexual contact with an intern. Lawmakers voted Wednesday to form a special committee on discipline and expulsion to investigate Rep. Matthew Wollmann. House Majority Leader Lee Qualm says Wollmann told him he had consensual sexual contact with an intern in 2015 and 2016. Wollmann told The Associated Press he doesn't challenge Qualm's statement. The 26-year-old Wollmann, of Madison, was first elected in 2014.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota officials are optimistic that a 1992 Supreme Court ruling saying sales taxes can't be collected from companies not physically present in the state can be overturned.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A gas station clerk has been stabbed to death during a robbery in Rapid City. Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris says in a video posted on his department's Facebook page that a suspect or suspects are now in custody, but he didn't specify how many. The incident happened around 4:45 a.m. Wednesday. Rapid City police allege that two suspects were trying to walk out of a Loaf N' Jug with stolen beer when the young female clerk followed them out.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Federal authorities say two children taken by their non-custodial mother in Wisconsin are thought to be in the Black Hills area. U.S. marshals say the mother and children could be camping in a remote area and extreme weather conditions could be difficult to deal with. Officials say Cathy Brown took the children — 9-year-old Dalton Brown and 11-year-old Averie Brown — from Antigo, Wisconsin last month.
PIERRE (AP) — A Sioux Falls company has given a $50,000 contribution to help South Dakota students attend private schools under a state-backed scholarship program. Michael VanErdewyk, CEO and chairman at ReliaMax, said Tuesday that helping students and their families with options to get the best education possible has always been the company's top priority. Former Sen. Phyllis Heineman, who sponsored the legislation last year, says that the scholarship program raised $325,000 in 2016.
PIERRE (AP) — State lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would move back the date that voter-approved ballot initiatives take effect in South Dakota. The bill introduced this week says also that voter initiatives would be subject to the same constitutional requirements that apply to measures put forward by the Legislature. Sponsor Sen. Jim White says that would include requiring a two-thirds majority to approve ballot measures that spend money.