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PIERRE (AP) — An analysis for The Associated Press shows South Dakota residents who buy health coverage through the federal insurance marketplace will have more choices when it comes to insurers than people in some other states. The analysis by Avalere Health and the AP found that South Dakota will have two participating insurers in all 66 counties next year, the same as the Affordable Care Act's 2016 enrollment period.
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A months-long protest over the Dakota Access oil pipeline reached its most chaotic pitch yet when hundreds of law enforcement officers moved in to force activists off private property. Thursday's nearly six-hour operation dramatically escalated the dispute over Native American rights and the project's environmental impact, with officers in riot gear firing bean bags and pepper spray.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — State authorities have launched an investigation into drugs at South Dakota's mental health hospital in Yankton. Attorney General Marty Jackley declined to tell the Argus Leader newspaper what his office is looking for, citing the ongoing investigation. However he referred to the probe as "a controlled substance investigation."
ABERDEEN (AP) — South Dakota's Supreme Court says hospitals don't have to turn over documents related to doctor performance even when there's evidence they committed fraud against patients. The high court in a Wednesday opinion reversed a lower court ruling that plaintiffs suing two South Dakota hospitals and several doctors should have access to certain materials used by hospital peer review committees to review physicians' performance.
STURGIS (AP) — Authorities have identified two people who died in a crash in western South Dakota's Meade County. The Highway Patrol says two pickup trucks crashed at the intersection of two rural roads north of Sturgis shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday. Sixty-seven-year-old Ronald Audus, of Belle Fourche, was driving one of the pickups, and 32-year-old Leah Hankins, of Nisland, was a passenger in the other vehicle. Both were killed.
PINE RIDGE (AP) — The Oglala Lakota County Commission has decided to keep an early voting center outside the village of Pine Ridge on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The state Democratic Party and tribal officials had asked county and state officials to consider relocating the voting site that's at the SuAnne Big Crow Center, citing in part safety concerns. The center's parking lot was the site of a deadly shooting earlier this month.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Rain last week hampered the harvest in some parts of central and southeastern South Dakota. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that high grain moisture on late-planted corn and soybeans also is slowing progress for some farmers. The corn and soybean harvests remain behind the average pace, at 47 percent and 89 percent complete, respectively. The sunflower harvest is ahead of average, at 56 percent done. The winter wheat crop is 82 percent emerged, well ahead of average.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sean Sherman is working to help Native Americans reclaim their identity one meal at a time. The chef, an Oglala Lakota born on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, embarked on a journey almost a decade ago to revitalize the gastronomy of his culture to bring Native American cuisine to more tables. Now, with a big boost from online fundraising, Sherman is preparing to open a Minneapolis-area restaurant.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Police arrested the pilot of a SkyWest Airlines plane on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol Wednesday before the passenger jet could leave a South Dakota airport. Rapid City police were notified shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday that the pilot smelled of alcohol. Police said they determined the 38-year-old pilot from Salt Lake City was in violation of a South Dakota law prohibiting the operation of an aircraft with a blood-alcohol content above 0.04 percent.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Financial disclosures show GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump holds stock in the company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline across the Midwest. Trump's 2016 federal disclosure forms, filed in May, show he owned between $15,000 and $50,000 in stock in Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. That's down from between $500,000 and $1 million a year earlier. Trump's form also shows he holds between $100,000 and $250,000 in Phillips 66 stock, which has a one-quarter share of Dakota Access.