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SPEARFISH (AP) — Black Hills State University is rolling out a new program aimed at diverting students cited with minor, first-time alcohol-related charges to avoid the start of a criminal record.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — On a recent morning, former U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland walked between businesses in downtown Sioux Falls, pushing a trio of ballot measures he's dubbed the "trifecta of reform." The Democrat rattled off the measures' inscrutable names to a clothing shop employee using a slogan invented by his mother: "If you want to change the channel, vote yes on 'T-V-22.'"
SISSETON (AP) — A Sisseton woman will spend five years on probation after admitting that she defrauded a federal program aimed at helping tribal governments consolidate their land. Sixty-two-year-old Sharon Nelson has also been ordered to pay nearly $6,650 in restitution. Nelson earlier pleaded guilty to theft of government property.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Work on the four-state pipeline whose construction has sparked protests in North Dakota is nearly finished in South Dakota.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — More than 80 people protesting the Dakota Access pipeline were arrested Saturday during a demonstration that gathered about 300 people at a construction site in North Dakota and prompted law enforcement officers to use pepper spray.
VERMILLION (AP) - The South Dakota Highway Patrol has identified the 78-year-old man who died in a two-vehicle crash on the edge of Vermillion earlier this week. The Highway Patrol says the victim was Vermillion resident Keith Hangman. Authorities says Hangman was driving a car that went through a stop sign at the intersection of state Highway 19 and the state Highway 50 bypass about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday. The car collided with a semitrailer. The driver of the semitrailer wasn't hurt.
ABERDEEN (AP) — A man convicted in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend in Aberdeen will not get a new trial. A jury in August found 34-year-old John Hemminger guilty of premeditated murder in the January 2015 death of 26-year-old Jessica Goebel, of Aberdeen. Hemminger was sentenced to life in prison. His attorneys appealed last month, saying their client deserved a new trial because the prosecutor had made an inappropriate statement to the jury during final arguments.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is accusing a Rapid City apartment landlord of discrimination for allegedly favoring a male renter over a single woman and her teenage daughter. Landlord Amie Kelly faces an administrative charge of discrimination based on gender and familial status. HUD alleges that the woman and her daughter were forced to find more expensive housing. Kelly declined to comment to the Rapid City Journal on the advice of her attorney.
ABERDEEN (AP) — Ghouls, clowns and zombies will take over an Aberdeen park this weekend for an annual Halloween event, but gun props will be missing this year. The Aberdeen News reports that the Optimist Club, which holds the "Haunted Forest," is honoring a police request to nix anything that simulates gunfire.
LANGFORD (AP) — A one-vehicle crash in Marshall County killed a 25-year-old woman. The Highway Patrol says the woman was driving a car that went into the ditch off a county road northeast of Langford, struck a telephone pole and rolled several times. The crash happened about 4 p.m. Wednesday. The woman died later of her injuries. She wasn't immediately identified. She was alone in the vehicle.