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MONTROSE (AP) — Some 15,000 turkeys died when a fire destroyed their barn in southeastern South Dakota. The Montrose Fire Department was called to the Orland Hutterite Colony near Montrose just after 11 p.m. Friday in McCook County. The roof of the barn had already collapsed by the time crews arrived. The Associated Press reports the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Authorities say a South Dakota man who was asked to leave an anti-Islam event is facing a felony charge after he livestreamed himself brandishing weapons and making threats to the public. Attorney General Marty Jackley and Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman said Friday that 45-year-old Ehab Abdulmutta Jaber of Sioux Falls has been charged with one count of terrorist threats.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Groups in South Dakota are trying to clean up the sediment and bacteria from farms, fields, neighborhoods and businesses that drain into the Big Sioux River and make it unsafe for activities such as swimming, kayaking and canoeing. The Argus Leader reported the city of Sioux Falls spends millions on watershed improvement, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service has cash incentives for farmers to be more water-friendly. The East Dakota Water Development District also monitors water quality along the watershed.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Supporters of a pair of ballot measures that would legalize medical and recreational marijuana in South Dakota plan to launch their push Saturday to get on the ballot in 2018. Backers of the South Dakota effort would have to submit nearly 14,000 valid signatures for each initiative to the secretary of state by November 2017 to put them before voters in 2018. The kickoff event is in Sioux Falls. Melissa Mentele, founder and director of a group advancing the measures, said voters "should definitely expect to see us on the ballot."
PIERRE (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley has released an explanation for a ballot measure that would restrict the bathrooms transgender students could use at school. Jackley's office said Friday that the explanation has been filed with the secretary of state's office. The initiative would require people to use the public school bathrooms, locker rooms, shower rooms and changing facilities matching their gender at birth. Schools would be allowed to provide alternative accommodations, such as single-occupancy restrooms.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell to record lows in four U.S. states in March after months of steady job creation nationwide. Unemployment rates fell in 17 states in March and were mostly unchanged in 33, the Labor Department said Friday. Employers added a significant number of jobs in just three states last month and cut them in four. Employment was mostly unchanged in the other 43 states. Hiring nationwide was weak in March but strong in the previous two months.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Many scientists are planning to march in Sioux Falls this weekend to raise awareness about science, and encourage research and data-backed policymaking. The Argus Leader reports the effort is the local arm of a national campaign. Some scientists have been motivated to step into the political sphere following President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health.
PORCUPINE (AP) — A man accused in a shooting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has pleaded not guilty to federal charges. An FBI statement filed in court says Kison Robertson shot Urva Quick Bear Sr. in a fight over a financial disagreement. Quick Bear survived a gunshot to the abdomen. The 45-year-old Robertson is charged with attempted murder and three other charges. The Rapid City Journal says the March 30 fight outside the Evergreen Housing complex in Porcupine. Authorities say Robertson also fired at Quick Bear's son, but missed.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Several Black Hills mountain-bike and trail-running races that had been threatened by a U.S. Forest Service crackdown on illegal trails are now getting approved. Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Mark Van Every says compromises have allowed the issuance of permits to all but one of the races, and that progress is being made on the final permit. The Rapid City Journal reports his announcement came Wednesday.
ABERDEEN (AP) — A jury has convicted an Aberdeen man of murder for fatally beating a friend in what prosecutors say was a dispute over a $400 debt. Fifty-six-year-old Bradley Quist was sentenced to life in prison Thursday after the jury found him guilty in the death of 61-year-old Ron Witchey. In closing arguments Thursday, Brown County prosecutor Chris White said Witchey owed Quist $400 when they left a bar on May 31, 2015.