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RAPID CITY (AP) — A man charged in a fatal shooting in Missouri that authorities believe was prompted by road rage has waived extradition in South Dakota. Thirty-nine-year-old Christopher Taylor, of Independence, Missouri, was arrested Tuesday in Box Elder, South Dakota. He appeared in court Wednesday and said he would not fight a return to his home state to face charges. Taylor is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Sunday death of 22-year-old Whitney Gray, also of Independence.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Scientists say oil and gas development in the Western U.S. could continue to cause sage grouse numbers to decline despite limits on drilling meant to protect the struggling bird species. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado State University examined the effects of drilling on greater sage grouse over a 25-year period. They found that populations of the chicken-sized bird dropped 14 percent annually in areas of Wyoming with at least 10 oil or gas wells per square mile.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota's Democratic U.S. House candidate on Tuesday shared the story of her sexual assault in condemning Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for making predatory comments about women in 2005. Paula Hawks wrote in an essay published on the website Medium that condoning such behavior enables it at colleges and in the workplace.
RAPID CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Thune is requesting federal disaster aid for ranchers affected by a large prairie fire in western South Dakota. Thune wrote to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Tuesday, asking for immediate aid to ranchers affected by the Cottonwood Fire. Thune notes that many of the ranchers were hit by a winter storm three years ago. The fire started Sunday afternoon east of Wall and has burned 48 square miles. Authorities say the blaze was human-caused.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Farmers Union's potential intervention in a lawsuit over the constitutionality of the state's anti-corporate farming law isn't likely to affect the outcome, an attorney for North Dakota Farm Bureau says. "The issues and the law remain the same regardless of which parties are involved in the lawsuit," attorney Claire Smith told The Associated Press.
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — Jackson County authorities say a 39-year-old man is charged in the fatal shooting of an Independence woman that was apparently prompted by road rage. County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Tuesday that Christopher Taylor of Independence was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death Sunday of 22-year-old Whitney Gray. Taylor was arrested early Tuesday in Box Elder, South Dakota.
PINE RIDGE (AP) — Oglala Sioux officials have identified a man fatally shot during a basketball tournament on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and they're taking steps to boost safety after a string of homicides. Tribal authorities tell the Rapid City Journal that several unidentified assailants killed Vinnie Brewer Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the SuAnn Big Crow Center Boys and Girls Club.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A prairie fire in western South Dakota that destroyed buildings and killed livestock is now estimated to have scorched 65 square miles. The Rapid City Journal reports that officials used GPS mapping to make the estimate, which is up substantially from an earlier figure of 48 square miles.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against a suspect should he be convicted of fatally shooting another man outside of a Sioux Falls casino. Jared Stone is accused of killing 28-year-old Baptiste White Eyes last spring. He's been in jail on murder and other charges following his April 27 arrest in Wyoming following a five-day, multistate manhunt.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The lawyer for a Rapid City woman accused of raping a 4-year-old girl while baby-sitting a year ago is asking a judge to throw out statements the woman allegedly made to police and the girl's parents. Twenty-six-year-old Ashlee Goldsmith has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree rape in the alleged October 2015 incident. She could face life in prison if convicted.