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PIERRE (AP) — The warden of South Dakota's state women's prison in Pierre has announced her retirement. Brenda Hyde has worked at the lockup since it opened in 1997. She's been the top official there since October 2009. The state Corrections Department has appointed an interim warden. Brent Fluke is an associate warden at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield. He previously served as unit manager of the Rapid City Community Work Center.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A judge has refused to throw out statements allegedly made to authorities by a Washington state man accused of trying to kill a Highway Patrol trooper in South Dakota. The Rapid City Journal reports that attorneys for 34-year-old Donald Willingham, of Renton, Washington, unsuccessfully argued that the statements were obtained illegally.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — One of the four Nebraska liquor stores that sell millions of cans of beer near the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been sanctioned for selling to a minor. The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission decided Tuesday to penalize the Arrowhead Inn. The business is expected to pay a $600 fine for the Oct. 1 violation to avoid a 12-day suspension of its liquor license. A 19-year-old told a Nebraska State Trooper he bought beer at the Arrowhead Inn.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — One of six tigers seized nearly two years ago in a crackdown on exotic animal owners in Ohio has been euthanized just months after it was...
PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota attorney general's office is asking a state judge to re-instate parts of a government ethics overhaul after the court put the new law on hold while a challenge against it moves forward. Attorney General Marty Jackley's office and the law's sponsors asked the court in legal filings to save provisions including lower caps on campaign contributions and tougher lobbying regulations.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The sale of about 600 wild horses seized from a troubled sanctuary in north-central South Dakota will be held in Faith, after a sale in Philip was called off due to the auction there allegedly being harassed and threatened. Dewey County Sheriff Les Mayer had said last week that he wouldn't disclose the new location until a few days before the Dec. 20 sale. The Rapid City Journal reports that he changed course this week.
PIERRE (AP) — Nine women face charges in state court this week related to using or dealing illegal drugs and assaulting guards at the state women's prison in Pierre. The Capital Journal reports that the charges are related to a bust at the facility. Six inmates face drug charges, two are accused of assault and another woman who was released from the prison a year ago is charged with failing to report a felony.
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Activists who joined the Dakota Access pipeline protest in North Dakota say they'll take what they learned to their fights back home. Activists told The Bismarck Tribune that the experience is giving the environmental movement a new method of fighting and has fomented opposition to other projects.
PIERRE (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says she won't be serving in President-elect Donald Trump's administration. Noem issued a statement Monday after at least one news outlet reported she was being vetted for agriculture secretary. Noem called it an honor to be considered for a job in the administration but said she is committed to finishing her two-year term in the House.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Republican Attorney General Marty Jackley said Monday that South Dakota should embrace a government ethics commission that is part of a voter-approved anti-corruption package under fire from top GOP lawmakers and tied up in court. Jackley encouraged support for an ethics commission at a Rotary Club meeting in Sioux Falls, the Argus Leader reported.