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RAPID CITY (AP) — The driver of a motorcycle is dead following a crash with a pickup truck near Rapid City. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the 35-year-old man died Tuesday at a Rapid City hospital where he was transported after the crash.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard said Tuesday that he's convinced South Dakota can expand Medicaid without adding to state spending, but now he must weigh its chances of passing through the Republican-held Legislature. The GOP governor said if the plan appears politically viable, he would like to call a special legislative session in June or July. Daugaard has proposed expanding eligibility to roughly 50,000 more residents, as long as the state's share of the cost is covered by savings.
PIERRE (AP) — Public safety officials in South Dakota say no roadway fatalities were reported in the state during the Memorial Day weekend. Lee Axdahl is director of the state's Office of Highway Safety. He tells South Dakota Public Broadcasting that public safety officials in the state always head into the long weekend with their "fingers crossed, and this year that worked."
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Animal control in Sioux Falls is reminding dog owners to not leave their pet in a parked vehicle this summer. Sioux Falls animal control supervisor Julie DeJong says leaving a dog in a parked car even for just 30 minutes while temperatures soar can create a dangerous situation for the animal. DeJong says animal control has received at least 20 calls over the past two weeks about dogs left in parked vehicles and officers had to remove at least one from a car.
YANKTON (AP) — City officials in Yankton are considering allowing bars to set up sidewalk areas for patrons to enjoy their drinks outdoors. The Daily Press & Dakotan reports that the City Commission is considering an ordinance change that would allow the consumption of alcohol on city sidewalks adjacent to licensed and permitted bars. Commissioner Craig Sommer has questioned whether the change might affect pedestrians. A public hearing is scheduled June 13.
ABERDEEN (AP) — The Aberdeen Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a wanted man who is considered armed and dangerous. Nineteen-year-old Tanner Dvorak is wanted in Brown County for petty theft and also for questioning about the theft of guns and a vehicle. Authorities say Dvorak might be driving a newer dark brown Nissan with black rims and window tint. The Argus Leader reports he was seen Monday in Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County but evaded authorities.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Workers at a state-run mental health hospital in Yankton violated patients' rights by misusing restraints to control potentially unruly subjects, a federal inspection concluded. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began an unannounced inspection of the facility in late February. The agency found that hospital employees excessively used restraints and failed to document the reasons, The Argus Leader newspaper reported. One patient was kept restrained for almost six days.
MERRIMAN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old South Dakota resident has been killed in a Nebraska crash. Norfolk radio station KNEN reports the crash happened just after 9 a.m. Sunday on Nebraska Highway 61, just north of Merriman. The Nebraska State Patrol says a southbound pickup ran off the roadway and rolled into a ditch, landing on its roof.
BROOKINGS (AP) — Honey beehive losses are up in South Dakota. The South Dakota State University Extension Service says a national survey found that honey beehive losses in the state totaled 44.1 percent in 2015-16. That was up from 40.6 percent the previous year. Extension specialist Amanda Bachmann says hive losses are attributed to several factors, including weather, parasites, pathogens and pesticides. South Dakota is the second-leading state in honey production, behind only North Dakota.
ABERDEEN (AP) — A company with kidney dialysis clinics in Sioux Falls, Mitchell and Rosebud is opening a facility in Aberdeen. The American News reports that the Brown Dialysis of DaVita clinic is to open in a former auto parts business in September. The center will have eight dialysis stations and will be able to treat as many as 24 patients. Avera St. Luke's Hospital in Aberdeen also offers kidney dialysis, with a nine-station unit.