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RAPID CITY (AP) — South Dakota has dismissed a criminal charge against a SkyWest Airlines pilot accused of being under the influence of alcohol before a flight at an airport in the state. Pennington County Chief Deputy State's Attorney Lara Roetzel said Monday that the state filed for dismissal because a blood draw taken hours after a preliminary breath test showed no measurable alcohol in his system.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Several hundred people gathered at the state Capitol to show support for law enforcement officers working the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Republican Sen. John Hoeven told the crowd Sunday afternoon that exercising First Amendment rights should be done peacefully. Hoeven says the officers are working to protect the right to protest, as well as the farmers, ranchers and others in the area.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in North Dakota are investigating a report of multiple shots fired during a weekend protest against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota Senate GOP caucus has elected a new leadership. The caucus this weekend selected Sen. Blake Curd, of Sioux Falls, as its new majority leader. Sen. Ryan Maher, of Isabel, was chosen as assistant majority leader. The three majority whips now are Sens. Kris Langer, of Dell Rapids, Al Novstrup, of Aberdeen, and Bob Ewing, of Spearfish.
PIERRE (AP) — Three organizations in the Pierre area have formed a partnership to address bullying and the long-term emotional impacts it has on youth. Pierre Public Schools, the Pierre Police Department and Capital Area Counseling Services are approaching the issue from at least two angles, the Capital Journal reported.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Some boosters of Sioux Falls' new indoor aquatic center aren't happy with how the city is putting the $24 million facility to use. The city parks office has established a policy not to commit any of the newly opened Spellerberg Park building for anything other than public swimming and lane rentals, the Argus Leader reported.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota legislators are considering whether to make it harder for people to place initiatives on the ballot, a topic that's likely to come up during the 2017 session. In an election season that featured few competitive races, 10 ballot questions were the main source of drama Tuesday, bringing in millions of dollars from interested out-of-state groups.
MARTIN (AP) — Police in the southern South Dakota town of Martin are investigating a homicide. Officers were called early Saturday on reports of a homicide. Police determined someone had been killed at a home and the body moved. Later that morning, crews responding to a grass fire in rural Bennett County found a man's body on the side of the road after the fire was extinguished. KELO-TV reports several people were arrested. Authorities stress there is no danger to the public.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have left after blocking a construction yard for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota. Morton County sheriff's spokesman Rob Keller says the crowd of about 500 protesters dispersed early Saturday afternoon after linking arms to block the entrance. No one was arrested, and workers had been evacuated.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police say two boys were pulled unconscious from an apartment complex swimming pool, and one of the boys is in critical condition. Police and first responders were called around 5:30 p.m. Friday to the Timberland Village Apartments. Authorities say the boys — 9 and 12 years old — were playing in the indoor pool with friends when they went underwater.