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MILLER — A man in a motorized wheelchair has died after being struck by a semitrailer in Miller. The Highway Patrol says the 80-year-old man was in an intersection crosswalk when he was struck by the semi, which was making a turn off state Highway 45 and onto U.S. Highway 14. It happened shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday. The pedestrian later died at a hospital. He wasn't immediately identified. The patrol says charges are pending against the semi driver.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A developer listed as a defendant in lawsuits over a 2016 fatal building collapse in downtown Sioux Falls has alleged the company never owned the structure. Legacy Developments also asked a judge for a change of venue to Aberdeen, arguing the company can't get a fair trial in Sioux Falls. Legacy is one of several defendants in three lawsuits filed after the Dec. 2, 2016, collapse of the Copper Lounge building that killed construction worker Ethan McMahon.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that goes under a reservoir in the Dakotas has submitted a court-ordered spill response plan, but an American Indian tribe that draws water from Lake Oahe is unsatisfied with the company's efforts and is taking steps of its own to protect its water supply. The Standing Rock Sioux also worries that cultural sites could be harmed by oil spill response efforts or by the staging of equipment at the Missouri River reservoir.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota youth rodeo program could change its separate boys and girls events to comply with federal law prohibiting sex discrimination. The Capital Journal reports that rodeo supporters and some state lawmakers have long opposed the U.S. Agriculture Department's ruling that the 4-H rodeo violates the law known as Title IX.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Delays and some inconveniences could soon be in store for travelers using the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. Construction will start soon on the airport's baggage area and main runway. Airport executive director Dan Letellier says a $5 million project will double the size of the baggage claim area and give it a new look. Bids on the baggage claim work open this week and construction begins next month.
YANKTON (AP) — Authorities are searching the Missouri River in the Yankton area for a missing Sioux Falls woman. Sixty-six-year-old Diane Bartling was last seen in Sioux Falls on Sunday afternoon. Her car and some personal items were later discovered near the Meridian Bridge in Yankton. Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen says a four-hour search Wednesday yielded no clues. The effort was to continue Thursday.
YANKTON (AP) — Authorities say no foul play is suspected in the death of a man whose body was found in downtown Yankton. Police say an autopsy determined that 39-year-old David Courtney died of positional asphyxiation. That happens when a person can't get enough air to breathe due to the positioning of his or her body.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tyson Foods is expanding the safety programs it has been testing in its beef plants for several years to 12 poultry plants because of the results. The Springdale, Arkansas-based company said Thursday it developed the measures in cooperation with the United Food and Commercial Workers International union. The policies empower workers to stop the production line if they see a safety issue, and workers are involved in plant safety committees.
YANKTON (AP) — Authorities are searching the Missouri River in the Yankton area for a missing Sioux Falls woman. Sixty-six-year-old Diane Bartling was last seen in Sioux Falls on Sunday afternoon. Her car and some personal items were later discovered near the Meridian Bridge in Yankton. Yankton Police Chief Brian Paulsen says a four-hour search Wednesday yielded no clues. The effort was to continue Thursday. Authorities did not immediately release details on the woman's disappearance.
FORT PIERRE (AP) — Horse races will be taking place this spring in Fort Pierre following some doubts last fall. The Verendrye Benevolent Association had decided against continuing the races due to funding woes, The Capital Journal reported. But those problems were addressed at the Commission on Gaming's recent meeting in Deadwood.