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PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers start their legislative session Tuesday with a difficult budget picture that's expected to mean little new state spending. Gov. Dennis Daugaard in December proposed modest increases for the next fiscal year to key budget areas including education, Medicaid providers and state workers. And he's said since then that even those might need to be smaller.
PIERRE (AP) — The Indian Health Service says an embattled South Dakota reservation hospital has made improvements after being found in violation of quality care standards. IHS, the agency that administers the hospital on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, announced Friday that the hospital was removed from "immediate jeopardy" status. That's a term used when a hospital's actions have caused or are likely to cause serious injury or death to a patient.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Another member of a Utah polygamous group charged with food stamp fraud will avoid jail time and fines after his charges were dropped. A judge Friday approved federal prosecutors' request to dismiss charges against Nephi Allred. Prosecutors said in court documents the decision was made in "the interests of justice." U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch said she couldn't provide any more details.
PIERRE (AP) — Nearly half of South Dakota's short-term lenders didn't renew their state licenses for 2017 after voters capped the interest rates the businesses can charge, according to information released Friday by the state Division of Banking. Eighty-five lenders reported they didn't renew because their products didn't comply with the new regulations. That's about 47 percent of the 179 small-dollar lenders operating in South Dakota as of October 2016, according to Banking Division director Bret Afdahl.
ABERDEEN (AP) — Northern State University has launched game-day suites at its basketball arena in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen News reports that right now, they're invitation only. But the university's alumni organization is seeking a beer and wine license under a new state law, which would make it possible for the school to lease the suites to people and companies on a season-long and per-game basis. Northern State Athletic Director Josh Moon says he expects that license to be approved within the next month or so.
WINNER (AP) — A century-old mansion in South Dakota that was once used as a hunting lodge is on the market in Winner. Listing agent Rick Shippy tells the Argus Leader that few homes in the South Dakota town of about 2,900 residents sell for more than $100,000. The 5,500-squre-foot mansion is listed at $137,900. The home was built in 1914 and has been owned by a family who lived in it for much of the 20th century, a business owner who upgraded the utilities and a surgeon who turned it into a hunting lodge.
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The military believes an engine that dropped from a B-52 bomber during a training mission this week in rural North Dakota suffered a "catastrophic failure," disintegrated and fell into a river, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said. An in-flight emergency was declared Wednesday and the crew landed the plane safely, according to Minot Air Force Base. No injuries were reported on the ground or among the plane's five crew members. No weapons were on board, according to the military.
LAKE NORDEN (AP) — South Dakota's attorney general says a police shooting in Lake Norden is justified. Attorney General Marty Jackley said in a statement Friday that the shooting of a 32-year-old woman by Police Chief Jimmy Murphy was warranted.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Prosecutors say they're dropping a misdemeanor sexual conduct without consent charge against an incoming Democratic state senator. The Minnehaha County State's Attorney's Office said Thursday that officials concluded after further investigation that criminal charges against Reynold Nesiba (NESS'-ih-buh) aren't warranted. The office says that prosecutors found inconsistencies in evidence previously given to authorities after receiving additional information from the defense and law enforcement.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — It's getting more expensive to liven up concerts and other shows in Sioux Falls with smoke, fire and explosions. The city plans to raise the fees it charges for fire inspectors who review plans for pyrotechnics and monitor shows to ensure that fire suppression systems like sprinklers and smoke alarms are working.