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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Senate's commerce committee wants Apple to lift the veil on its once-secret slowdown of older iPhones. U.S. Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, issued his request for more information in a letter sent Tuesday to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Among other things, Thune wants to know if Apple made any effort to notify its customers that its recent software updates would make several types of iPhones released before 2017 slow down when their batteries weakened.
PIERRE (AP) — Clergy and members of several religions have gathered at the South Dakota Capitol to meet lawmakers and urge them not to denigrate people of faiths different than their own. The prayer and outreach Wednesday come after some lawmakers last year pushed measures on refugee resettlement in South Dakota.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The Rapid City Police Department is using a $750,000 grant to create a new unit that will offer social services to help the homeless and individuals with mental health or substance abuse issues. The Quality of Life Unit will be staffed by both police officers and social workers, and will focus its efforts in downtown Rapid City.
ABERDEEN (AP) — A deer left a South Dakota health care facility in worse shape than when it entered. The American News reports the white-tailed doe crashed through a window of an empty room at Aberdeen Health and Rehab on Tuesday morning. Marketing Director Mike Brown says the animal might have been clipped by a car on a nearby highway and spooked.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A judge has refused to reduce the prison sentence for a Rapid City man serving five years behind bars for a fatal boat crash on Lake Pactola. Thirty-one-year-old Jody Kreycik pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and boating under the influence in the August 2015 crash that killed 33-year-old Gabrielle Fisher, of Rapid City. He was sentenced nearly two years ago.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Two people wanted on a number of felony warrants were arrested after a police standoff in Sioux Falls that lasted several hours. Minnehaha County deputies were attempting to serve a warrant at an apartment about 5 p.m. Tuesday when they learned one of the suspects had a pistol.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls company is donating $5 million toward building a home for the precision agriculture program at South Dakota State University. Raven Industries President and CEO Dan Rykhus says the donation is an investment, noting the company's work in the field of precision agriculture. SDSU offers a four-year degree in precision agriculture and two minors in the field.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether has ruled out a run for statewide office this year. Huether will finish his second term as mayor of the state's largest city in May, and he can't seek another term. He plans to take time off to address "personal and professional goals," which might include writing a book.
PIERRE (AP) — A man arrested after a chase in South Dakota with his mother's body in the SUV is now charged with murder in California. Thirty-year-old Tosten Walsh Lommen was charged Monday in Riverside County in the death of his mother, 58-year-old Michelle Walsh, according to court records.
BELLE FOURCHE (AP) — City officials in Belle Fourche don't believe any sensitive information was compromised when city servers were hacked. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the attack happened Thursday. Officials believe it originated in Russia and Nigeria. Payroll and human resources clerk Nora Erhart says the hackers locked city staff out of their computers, but officials don't believe the hackers got any data.