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SPEARFISH (AP) — Investigators say the exact cause of a fire that killed five children in Spearfish cannot be determined, but they have pinpointed the area where it started. Fire investigators say the origin of the April 1 fire has been traced to a corner on the porch of the multi-family residence. A metal trash can in that area was used to collect ash and hot coals from a fireplace. Investigators also found discarded smoking materials in the area. The Rapid City Journal reports authorities say it's impossible to determine which items ignited the fire.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The city of Sioux Falls is preparing for a possible $1.2 million budget shortfall this year as city officials cut their budgets in response to sluggish sales tax revenues. The Argus Leader reports that March sales tax revenue growth for the city came in at 2.5 percent, less than the 4 percent increase projected when the 2017 budget was adopted.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A routine traffic stop in Sioux Falls escalated with the arrest of two juveniles who will likely face numerous felony charges. Police say they pulled over an adult motorist Wednesday afternoon, and after he stepped out of the vehicle, a boy in the front passenger seat slid over and drove away. Police followed the vehicle. The boy eventually jumped out and fled. The Argus Leader says a girl in the back seat jumped out as well, grabbed a 6-year-old child in the vehicle and tried to flee.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A South Dakota businessman and philanthropist has donated $28 million to the National University System, a nonprofit that focuses on education and philanthropy initiatives. The donation made by T. Denny Sanford is the largest in the history of the nonprofit, which supports students looking for alternative ways to learn. It will be used to help further three programs Sanford helped create that are expected to reach more than 500,000 students nationwide.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Four Nebraska stores that sell millions of cans of beer each year near a South Dakota Indian reservation lost their liquor licenses Wednesday amid complaints that the area lacks adequate law enforcement. The state ruling marks a monumental shift for Whiteclay, an unincorporated town with nine residents on the border of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The stores have operated in town for decades despite criticism that they fuel alcohol-related problems among members of the Oglala Lakota Tribe.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The debate over outdoor smoking restrictions has resurfaced in Sioux Falls. The City Council passed an outdoor smoking ordinance several months ago, but it applies only to playgrounds and parks where youth activity is taking place. A tougher ordinance applying to all city-owned property was rejected by Mayor Mike Huether. KELO-TV reports the issue has re-ignited. A new proposal would make it illegal to smoke within 20 feet of an entrance to city-owned buildings. Smoking would be banned at the city's bus transfer stations.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Police say a man asked to leave an anti-Muslim event in South Dakota who later appeared in a video on Facebook brandishing weapons will not face charges. Sam Clemens, Sioux Falls Police Department spokesman, to the Argus Leader that security officers believed the man had a weapon and asked him to leave. The man left and went to his vehicle. A video the appeared on Facebook showing him in a vehicle holding up weapons and ammunition and saying: "Be scared."
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers have decided against studying a secretive polygamous sect's outpost in the western part of the state. Republican Rep. Tim Goodwin proposed looking into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' compound near Pringle. Goodwin wanted to look at issues including whether polygamy or sex trafficking are taking place there. The idea was among more than 20 proposals, and lawmakers instead voted Tuesday to study a water issue and workforce housing.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — World War II era B-25 bombers flew over a memorial service in Ohio marking the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders' attack on Japan. The last Raider living, 101-year-old retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, attended Tuesday afternoon's service at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton. Lead plane co-pilot Cole came from his Comfort, Texas, home.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A South Dakota prison inmate who was placed on escape status last week is back in custody. Corrections officials say Sioux Falls police arrested inmate Michael Clark at a Sioux Falls residence on Tuesday afternoon. He is currently housed in the Jameson Annex to the South Dakota State Penitentiary. Authorities say Clark left the Sioux Falls Community Work Center on Thursday to search for a job and didn't return. Clark is serving eight years behind bars for grand theft in Charles Mix County. He's also serving time for burglary in Miner County.