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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The federal agency that provides health care to Native Americans will award up to $1 million in grants to tribes and organizations across the country in an effort to improve HIV prevention and care outcomes among tribal populations.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The Department of Agriculture's Wildland Fire Division says citizens should be very cautious lighting off fireworks in areas of South Dakota where conditions are dry. Fireworks sales in South Dakota are legal until July 5, and they can be shot off through July 10. Officials are reminding people not to use fireworks in an area where a fire could ignite and to have water nearby to put out a potential fire.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he voted for former presidential contender John Kasich in South Dakota's GOP primary earlier this month after the Ohio governor had suspended his campaign for the White House. Daugaard cast a ballot for Kasich in the June primary even though Donald Trump was the presumptive Republican nominee. Kasich and Ted Cruz remained on the ballot in South Dakota after departing from the race.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard is backing a proposed constitutional amendment that supporters say will help South Dakota's technical schools address the state's skilled worker shortage. Boosters launched their campaign Tuesday to convince South Dakota residents to vote for Constitutional Amendment R at the polls in November. Supporters say the measure gives the technical schools a seat at the political table and changes the constitution to reflect current workforce demands.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Prosecutors have charged two West Allis residents in the killing of a 25-year-old pregnant woman whose body was found in South Dakota. Thirty-four-year-old Tiffany Simmons and 44-year-old Shanta Pearson were charged Tuesday in Milwaukee County. According to the complaint, Simmons and Pearson were giving Tess White a ride when she and Simmons began to argue over whether White stole drugs from them. The complaint says Simmons tortured White before strangling her with a rope.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — AAA South Dakota is offering a free ride home and tow service for drinking drivers over the Fourth of July holiday. KSFY-TV reports the "Tipsy Tow" service is available from 6 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Tuesday. The program will be offered to AAA members and nonmembers in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Mitchell and Yankton.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A woman who was acquitted of assaulting a police officer in Brookings is now suing the city, its police chief and three officers over excessive force use and false allegations. The Argus Leader reports 45-year-old Tamra Welbig is arguing that officers unnecessarily slammed her to the floor and then wrongfully arrested her for a felony in 2012.
CUSTER (AP) — The Black Hills National Forest in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming is getting a new supervisor. Mark Van Every has more than 33 years of experience with the U.S. Forest Service. He has worked at forests in Alaska, Wyoming, Utah, Minnesota and Colorado. The last four years he's been forest supervisor for the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University are collaborating on a retail sports apparel store in Sioux Falls. The Jack and Charlie's store in the Empire Mall is named after the schools' Jackrabbit and Coyote mascots. The 3,000-square-foot store will open next month, selling apparel, gifts, souvenirs and other items from the Vermillion- and Brookings-based universities.
SPEARFISH (AP) — The number of personnel battling a wildfire on Crow Peak west of Spearfish has grown to nearly 420, with more arriving. The fire sparked by lightning Friday evening has burned an estimated 943 acres, or nearly 1 ½ square miles. There is still no containment. Crews are battling the flames on the ground and from the air. Voluntary evacuation notices have been issued, with 16 structures close to the fire. Higgins Gulch Road is closed to the public.