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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Two Sioux Falls City Council members plan to propose a special advisory election on whether the city should move forward with a $25 million city office building downtown. Earlier this summer, the council voted to pull funding for the 79,000-square-foot, three-story structure, but Mayor Mike Huether vetoed the move, saying the project is needed. The council didn't override the veto.
WATERTOWN (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has said it will no longer subsidize flights at Watertown, although the city's mayor thinks he can convince federal officials to change their mind. The Essential Air Service subsidy program aims to maintain flights in smaller, rural communities. In June, the Transportation Department awarded contracts to Aerodynamics Inc. to provide service from Denver to Pierre and Watertown under the program. Flights began in mid-August.
HARTFORD (AP) — A female Hartford teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a male student has been indicted on 21 felony counts. A Minnehaha County grand jury indicted 29-year-old Kari Boll on charges of fourth degree rape, sexual contact with a child under 16, sexual exploitation and solicitation of a minor. Authorities allege the West Central School District special education teacher had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. She resigned last month. It isn't clear if she has an attorney, and a home telephone listing for her can't be found.
EAGLE BUTTE (AP) — A one-vehicle crash on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation killed a teenager. Tribal police tell KCCR radio that several people from Eagle Butte were traveling to Timber Lake to watch a volleyball match Tuesday evening when the crash happened on state Highway 63. A 15-year-old student died and four other students were treated for injuries at an Eagle Butte hospital. They're expected to make a full recovery.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A man injured when a semitrailer rear-ended his car in Minnehaha County has died from his injuries. The Highway Patrol says 57-year-old Rohit Shah, of Rock Valley, Iowa, was injured Tuesday in the crash on state Highway 42 east of Rowena, and died Thursday in a Sioux Falls hospital. The semitrailer driver was not hurt, and was not cited or charged in the crash.
PIERRE (AP) — Yankton has been chosen to serve as the honorary South Dakota capital for a day later this month. The event is set for Sept. 21. Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office says activities will include a Main Street walk and business tours around town. Daugaard says "the locals will essentially be welcoming the capital back" as Yankton was the first capital of the Dakota Territory.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An oil-rich American Indian tribe in North Dakota was handed a setback Thursday in its fight against a Texas company building oil and natural gas pipelines beneath a lake on its reservation. The Three Affiliated Tribes ordered the project halted last month, saying Sacagawea Pipeline developer Paradigm Energy Partners needed tribal permission to place the pipelines beneath Lake Sakakawea, and that it made no assurances that water supplies wouldn't be harmed.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls woman is in custody after she reportedly dropped her 11-month-old daughter on her head while walking down a street. Sioux Falls Police spokesman Sam Clemens says 24-year-old Jena Ashley Red Feather was arrested on child abuse charges Thursday. Clemens says neighbors called authorities to report that they saw Red Feather holding the girl by her feet and dropping her head-first onto the concrete.
STURGIS (AP) — A South Dakota judge has issued a final ruling confirming that the Buffalo Chip Campground of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fame cannot be a town. The Rapid City Journal reports Circuit Court Judge Jerome Eckrich has issued a 30-page document with 103 findings supporting the ruling he made in May against the campground's effort to become an incorporated town.
PIERRE (AP) — A key adviser to Gov. Dennis Daugaard who serves as his general counsel is leaving his position for the private sector. The governor's office said Thursday that Jim Seward will depart in the fall. He has served as general counsel since Daugaard took office in 2011. Seward helped lead the state's ambitious criminal justice system overhaul, which is aimed at boosting rehabilitation rates and reducing corrections spending, with an increased focus on violent and career criminals.