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RAPID CITY (AP) — A woman charged with killing a woman on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota has agreed to plead guilty to murder charges. Twenty-four-year-old Elizabeth Ann LeBeau has signed an agreement with prosecutors that allows her to plead guilty to second-degree murder. She had been charged with first-degree murder. The Rapid City Journal reports LeBeau's boyfriend, 30-year-old Fred Quiver, is also charged in Bluebird's death.
PIERRE (AP) — A House panel has tabled a bill that would have banned a type of second-trimester abortion in the state. The House Judiciary Committee voted 7-6 to shelve the bill, which had an amendment pending that would have changed it substantially. As introduced, the measure would have banned a procedure known medically as dilation and extraction, though the bill called it "dismemberment abortion." It would have made performing them a felony except in medical emergencies.
HAYWARD (AP) — A wildfire is threatening homes and forcing some evacuations in western South Dakota. The fire was burning Tuesday on public and private land just off Highway 40 near Hayward, in southwestern Pennington County. The Rapid City Journal reports the fire is threatening 20 to 30 structures. Some people have been forced to leave their homes. A spokesman for the Rapid City Fire Department says no one has been hurt and no structures damaged.
PIERRE (AP) — Two nearly identical bills aiming to eliminate penalties for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in South Dakota are moving forward in both the House and Senate. The Senate bill cleared a panel hearing Tuesday 5-2 after its companion passed through a House committee last week. Lawmakers have to take up the two bills by Thursday, which is the deadline for proposals to advance through their chamber of origin.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change. A House committee on Wednesday is set to consider the measure, which would give legal protection to teachers who want to discuss "in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses" of the subjects.
PIERRE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says Republicans are glad to have a partner in the White House after years of working as a check against former President Barack Obama. Noem gave speeches Tuesday to the South Dakota House and Senate. She says much of Obama's legacy was "built on sand" and can be quickly undone with executive orders. The state's lone U.S. representative says that over the next two year she wants to pursue an overhaul of the tax system, work on the next farm bill and change government programs to help people get off of them.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Police are looking for information about a rash of church burglaries in the Sioux Falls area. At least four churches in or around Sioux Falls were broken into on Monday but police say the damage was minimal. Jon Moeller, congregation president of Messiah New Hope Lutheran Church, told the Argus Leader that the suspect, or suspects, went directly to the safe in their main office. He said there was no other damage in the church and that it was the work of someone who "knew what they were doing."
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers said it won't extend a Wednesday deadline for Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents to vacate their encampment on federal land in North Dakota. The camp has existed since August and at times has housed thousands of people who supported the concerns of Sioux nations that the $3.8 billion pipeline to carry North Dakota oil through the Dakotas and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois threatens the environment and sacred sites. Dallas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners disputes those claims.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks say South Dakota-based Daktronics will outfit the team's new arena and surrounding development in downtown Milwaukee with digital displays. The Bucks said Tuesday that Daktronics will outfit the new arena with a custom-designed 52-display system featuring more than 16 million LEDs. The Brookings, South Dakota-based company also will design and install additional outdoor displays on the northwest corner of the arena as well as the northwest corner of a new parking structure north of the arena.
KEYSTONE (AP) — Federal regulators are threatening to shut down a septic system at a hotel near Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The Rapid City Journal reports that officials say The Lodge at Mount Rushmore has discharged wastewater onto a neighbor's land and could be contaminating the hotel's drinking water. In March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered the hotel's owner, Mark Arend, to abandon and plug the hotel's septic tank or apply for an underground injection control permit to potentially resume operation.