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MADISON (AP) — A South Dakota public university known for cybersecurity education is set to make a "major announcement" at a technology building unveiling on its Madison campus. The Dakota State University event is set for Sunday, when officials including Gov. Dennis Daugaard and U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds will attend the celebration for the new Beacom Institute of Technology.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's House speaker says he doesn't plan to pursue an initiative that would have forced nonprofit advocacy groups to reveal top donors if they make big contributions to ballot question campaigns. Republican Mark Mickelson said this week that he plans to pull the proposal. It would have required disclosure of the 50 largest contributors to such groups, including labor organizations, business leagues and social welfare organizations, if they give $25,000 or more in a year to a ballot measure committee.
BIG STONE CITY (AP) — Authorities say a 77-year-old man has died from injurie suffered in a crash that happened after a vehicle struck a deer in northeastern South Dakota. The Highway Patrol says the accident happened Tuesday night west of Big Stone City. The man died Wednesday in a Fargo, North Dakota hospital. The patrol says a 1999 Dodge Caravan was eastbound on U.S. Highway 12 when it struck the deer. The vehicle went off the road and rolled. The name of the victim has not been released. The crash remains under investigation.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is taking steps to make it easier for farmers in his state to help out their drought-stricken colleagues in the Northern Plains. Walker on Wednesday declared a 30-day "state of emergency" for the purpose of transporting loads of forage to North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. The states have been dealing with extreme drought this summer that has devastated crops and forced many ranchers to sell off cattle.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former Esurance call center worker in South Dakota is suing the insurance company alleging discrimination and harassment because he's Jewish. The Argus Leader reports that Brandon Marshall filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday. Marshall claims his supervisor called him a "whiny Jew" for reporting an injury and that a human resources manager made anti-Semitic comments after he won baseball tickets.
ABERDEEN (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a recent incident in Sully County in which a low-flying crop-spraying plane hit a sprayer on the ground. Chief Deputy Sheriff Curt Olson tells the American News that after the plane's landing gear scraped and punctured the ground sprayer, the uninjured pilot was able to land. The operator of the ground sprayer was taken to a Pierre hospital with what were described as minor cuts.
ABERDEEN (AP) — The boards of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to hold a second vote among their members about merging. The Aberdeen American News reports that a narrow majority of members from North Central Farmers Elevator voted in 2015 against merging with the Wheat Growers. Discussions resurfaced a couple weeks ago when leaders of both groups wanted to gather member feedback on the idea amid a changing agricultural environment.
STURGIS (AP) — Nine men were arrested in undercover sex trafficking stings during the recent Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the suspects are from South Dakota, Missouri, Connecticut, Minnesota and Texas. They range in age from 22 to 45. The Rapid City Journal reports it's the fifth straight year that state and federal law enforcement agents have conducted operations targeting people seeking sex with minors. Undercover agents use online ads and social media applications to snare suspects.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A state inmate is suing the state over a lack of air conditioning and ventilation at the Springfield prison, saying it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Fifty-year-old Winston Brakeall is incarcerated at the Mike Durfee State Prison for first-degree rape and sexual contact with a child. His lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of South Dakota asks a judge to find the state is violating the constitution by failing to attend to his medical needs as a 6-foot-9-inch, 376-pound diabetic inmate.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A federal judge has sided with the state of South Dakota in its order against a fair amusement game operator. The South Dakota Department of Revenue ordered Lonnie Fowler to turn off his six machines at the Sioux Empire Fair, saying they violated an attorney general's opinion that identified coin-operated machines as games of chance.