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RAPID CITY (AP) — Two people accused of stabbing a Rapid City conveniences store clerk to death during a robbery in January have pleaded not guilty. The Rapid City Journal reports that 17-year-old Carlos Quevedo is charged as an adult with first- and second-degree murder and first-degree robbery. Nineteen-year-old Cody Grady is charged with first-degree murder and robbery or theft. Authorities say 45-year-old Kasie Lord was killed at the Loaf N' Jug in Rapid City as she followed Quevedo and Grady outside while they attempted to steal some beer.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's governor signed a bill that would encourage people to install buffer strips between agricultural land and waterways. Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the bill Wednesday. It passed both chambers with bipartisan support last month following a veto of a similar bill in 2016. Republican Rep. Mary Duvall supported the measure. She says buffer strips are important to help improve water quality throughout South Dakota.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Police are investigating a homicide at a motel in Rapid City. The Rapid City Journal reports Assistant Police Chief Don Hedrick said officers were called to the Price Motel Wednesday morning on a report of an "unconscious subject." Hedrick says there were clear signs the woman, about 30 years old, had been assaulted. He says potential suspects have been identified. It's the city's fourth homicide this year.
STURGIS (AP) — A nearly $74,000 contract has been awarded to a South Dakota university to research stories of veterans buried at the Black Hills National Cemetery. Staff and students at Black Hills State University will research the veterans' history and the circumstances of their service, the Black Hills Pioneer reported. Thousands of people are buried at the sprawling cemetery near Sturgis that opened in 1948.
PIERRE (AP) — A bill that would allow people to bring guns into the state Capitol is headed to Gov. Dennis Daugaard. The Senate voted 19-15 Monday to approve the bill, which would allow people who have an enhanced permit to bring concealed handguns into the Capitol if they register beforehand with security. GOP Sen. Jim Stalzer, the main Senate sponsor, says most active shooter situations occur in gun-free zones. Republican Sen. Arthur Rusch, an opponent, says he doesn't think the Capitol building is the place for guns.
PIERRE (AP) — A state House panel has approved a scaled-down version of Gov. Dennis Daugaard's public safety bill preparing for potential oil pipeline protests in South Dakota. The House State Affairs Committee advanced the plan Monday to the chamber's floor. The bill would make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for someone to stand in the highway to stop traffic or to enter a posted emergency area.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police say a bad reaction to narcotics may have caused a man to fatally stab an acquaintance at a house party. Capt. Brian Larsen said Monday 27-year-old Alexander Rodriguez, of Sioux Falls, was stabbed early Sunday morning after an all-night party at a house rented by the suspect and his girlfriend. Larsen says the suspect became agitated after using drugs and stabbed Rodriguez with a large combat knife.
RAPID CITY (AP) — White supremacist posters have been appearing at Black Hills State University and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, drawing criticism from school officials. The posters are part of a national recruitment campaign by a group called Identity Evropa, the Rapid City Journal reported Sunday. They included images of Greek and Roman statuary with captions like, "Serve your people" and "Protect your heritage."
YANKTON (AP) — Yankton's city pound will be phased out in favor of an agreement with a better facility to house the city's impounded animals. The city commission voted to enter into an agreement with the Heartland Humane Society, the Yankton Press and Dakotan reported. "We've been working with Heartland Humane Society to partner with them to streamline our services with our animal population," Nelson said.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A drop-in center for homeless veterans in Sioux Falls is running despite low funding, and the state's dire budget situation has dashed hopes for a legislative solution. The Veteran's Outreach Center offers services such as showers, laundry, food and help looking for work, the Argus Leader reported.