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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in North Dakota have arrested a dozen people protesting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said the 12 arrests as of Thursday evening were for disorderly conduct or criminal trespass. He says some protesters encroached on a zone established for workers' safety. Those arrested were brought to the Morton County Correctional Center.
PIERRE (AP) — A group of lawmakers studying how to prevent drug abuse in South Dakota is set to meet at the Capitol in Pierre. The Substance Abuse Prevention Interim Study Committee is scheduled to meet next week. Republican Sen. Jim White is leading the group. The group will hear from former U.S. attorney from North Dakota Timothy Purdon. The study committee will also take testimony from the public about meth use on Native American reservations and opioid use.
PIERRE (AP) — A federal board's Thursday decision to rename Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak surprised South Dakota's governor, but vindicated activists who unsuccessfully argued to state officials last year that the peak shouldn't bear the name of a man whose soldiers killed Native Americans.
HILL CITY (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol has identified a 68-year-old woman who died after a trike-style motorcycle hit the back of a pickup near Hill City. Authorities say Paulette Sheridan of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was thrown from the motorcycle Tuesday after it rear-ended the pickup. Authorities say she died later from her injuries. The Highway Patrol says the driver of the motorcycle received minor injuries, while the pickup driver wasn't hurt.
BOWDLE (AP) — Authorities say a 41-year-old man faces a felony aggravated assault charge for an alleged alcohol-fueled screwdriver stabbing of his coworker. The Aberdeen American News reports that authorities accuse Donaciano Pablo-Hernadez of using a screwdriver to stab another man multiple times at a work site near Bowdle. It wasn't immediately clear if Pablo-Hernadez has an attorney in the case.
PIERRE (AP) — A Standing Rock Indian Reservation man accused of having sex with a person incapable of giving consent has pleaded not guilty in federal court to sexual abuse-related charges. Authorities allege that 18-year-old Brian Thunder Shield, of McLaughlin, had sex and attempted to have sex with two females including a minor between October and December last year.
PIERRE (AP) — A Centerville man convicted of raping a child in November 2012 has been sentenced to serve 25 years in prison. Thirty-five-year-old Benjamin Thomas was convicted earlier this summer of third-degree rape, aggravated incest, sexual contact with a child under 16 and sexual exploitation of a minor.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Pine Ridge Indian Reservation woman accused of killing her 2-year-old son has pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges and has been ordered to remain behind bars. Federal authorities allege the son of Katrina Shangreaux, 28, had bruises and bite marks on his body and other injuries. Investigators believe a potty-training issue triggered the alleged incident in late July at Shangreaux's mother's home in Porcupine.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials are lowering the number of mountain lions that can be killed for the first time in about a decade of lion hunting in the state, in large part due to the prowess of hunters, particularly those with hounds. The exact size of the state's lion population isn't known and some cattle ranchers wish the quota would be left alone.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police are returning about 300 gift cards donated by area churches due to ethics concerns. The gift cards for local eateries and coffee shops flowed in as a show of support for law enforcement after five Dallas police officers were killed and seven others wounded last month in a shooting during a protest over recent killings by police of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.