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RAPID CITY (AP) — A Washington state man accused of trying to kill a Highway Patrol trooper in South Dakota has been scheduled for trial in December. Three others who pleaded guilty to being accessories in the case are expected to testify against 35-year-old Donald Willingham. He's pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in the October 2015 beating of Trooper Zachary Bader during an Interstate 90 traffic stop east of Rapid City. Bader recovered from skull and facial fractures and returned to work about a year ago.
YANKTON (AP) — A crash in the Yankton area involving a semitrailer and a pickup truck towing a cattle trailer injured one person and killed six cows. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports the crash happened at a state Highway 46 intersection about midday Thursday. The pickup driver was taken to a Yankton hospital with unknown injuries. Highway traffic was disrupted for about three hours.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City police are searching for a man they say robbed a casino while wearing a clown mask and wielding a hammer. The robbery at the Rushmore Casino happened about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities say the man left with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.
STURGIS (AP) — A South Dakota high school has forfeited its homecoming football game against a school from a nearby American Indian reservation and has cancelled its homecoming dance and parade after photos posted on social media show students destroying a car with "Go back to the Rez" painted on the side.
STURGIS (AP) — A South Dakota high school is investigating photos posted on social media that show students destroying a car with "Go back to the Rez" painted on the side. Sturgis Brown High School is scheduled to play Pine Ridge High School, from the nearby Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Friday night. Sturgis Brown Principal Pete Wilson told The Associated Press that he learned of the posts Wednesday night. Wilson says the situation "hurts the student body."
PIERRE (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is supporting a proposed constitutional amendment that would take control of redistricting from South Dakota legislators and give it to an independent commission. The civil liberties organization reported an Oct. 1 expenditure of $1,145.60 for web pages supporting signature-gathering efforts for the amendment. ACLU of South Dakota spokeswoman Jen Petersen says the spending comes as part of a 50-state voting rights campaign from the ACLU's grassroots platform.
PIERRE (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a federal American Indian boarding school by the family of a girl who committed suicide. Emerson Little Elk says the Pierre Indian Learning Center failed to adequately monitor his 14-year-old granddaughter, who had a history of depression and had made prior threats of suicide. The girl died at the school in October 2015. The Argus Leader says the family's lawsuit claims the school was negligent and is asking a jury to award compensation for pain and suffering, funeral expenses and attorneys' fees.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Late-summer hail storms caused September building permit figures to spike in Rapid City. The most serious storm was Aug. 14, when the city was pounded with hail up to 2 inches in diameter. The Rapid City Journal reports that nearly 400 permits were issued last month for roofing repair work. That bumped total permits to 631, the eighth-highest number of permits issued in a month since 2000. The total permit valuation for September surpassed $12 million.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls cab driver was arrested after allegedly pointing a handgun at another cab driver during a dispute near the airport. Police say the two drivers clashed Wednesday evening over a parking space, and officers responded. The driver who allegedly pulled the gun was arrested on an aggravated assault charge.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls man with a Napa Valley connection is fearful the wildfires that have killed 11 people and caused widespread devastation will consume his business in wine country. Dan Blue co-owns Jessup Cellars in Yountville near where the fires burned Tuesday. Blue tells The Associated Press the winery tasting room has lost power, as has much of the community. One of his partners, as well as their winemaker, have evacuated their homes.