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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Officials say Uber has failed to provide necessary paperwork to begin ride-hailing services in South Dakota's largest city. The Argus Leader reports that subsidiary of the transportation network company submitted an application to the Sioux Falls licensing office last month, along with a $1,500 annual license fee.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A U.S. Senator has formally requested an audit of the finances of the Indian Health Service. South Dakota's U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds has asked the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to conduct the audit. Rounds' request on Wednesday comes at a time when the Indian Health Service is facing intense scrutiny after federal health inspectors uncovered severe quality-of-care deficiencies at some of its hospitals in the Great Plains.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Authorities say don't suspect foul play in the death of infant that was found behind a Rapid City motel. Rapid City police spokesman Brendyn Medina says an autopsy was performed after the deceased child was found Sunday morning wrapped in cloth behind the motel. Police say a witness informed officers that a female had a miscarriage and was going to "dispose" of baby's body. Police made contact with the mother who said that her baby was stillborn.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A monthly survey of teacher job openings in South Dakota shows that the number of teacher vacancies is continuing its downward trend, dipping below last year's numbers for the sixth consecutive month. The Argus Leader reports the Teacher Placement Center reported 186 openings in June compared to the 215 during the same month last year.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of infant that was found behind a Rapid City motel. Police say a witness informed officers on Sunday morning that a female had a miscarriage and was going to "dispose" of baby's body. Police made contact with the mother who said that her baby was stillborn.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A 45-year-old man accused of breaking into U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds' office in Sioux Falls on Tuesday faces charges including burglary and grand theft. Police say Donald Hallor, of Sioux Falls, will appear in court Wednesday. A Sioux Falls police spokesman didn't have information about a potential motivation for the alleged break in. Police spokesman Sam Clemens said in an email that property allegedly taken from Rounds' office included books, a flag stand and office supplies.
ABERDEEN (AP) — Officials say a $15 million upgrade at the Fine Arts Center at Northern State University is nearing completion. The American News reports the remodeling project is slated to open next month. Classes start on Aug. 22 across campus and school officials say the center will be open for classes on that day. Construction began last year on the project that will add more than 18,000 square feet to the 48,000-square-foot center and give existing spaces updated looks and equipment.
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A former Minot neurosurgeon has had state child pornography charges dropped against him now that the case has moved to federal court. KXMC-TV reports that Marc Eichler is accused of coercing two minors into becoming victims of child pornography. He is charged in federal court with seven counts, including production and receipt of materials depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. He has pleaded not guilty.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls teenager acquitted of murder earlier this year is now accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and threatening her and her current boyfriend. The Argus Leader reports 18-year-old Conner Hanson was indicted last week on charges of burglary, simple domestic assault and stalking. Authorities say Hanson kicked his ex-girlfriend's door open last month. She hid while her current boyfriend got a hammer, and Hanson allegedly ran.
INTERIOR (AP) — Astronomy novices and experts: the Badlands National Park is waiting for you this week. The park in western South Dakota is hosting its three-day Astronomy Festival starting Friday. The annual event is open to space science professionals, amateur astronomers, educators and the general public. The scheduled events for this year's festival include public stargazing activities, solar observing opportunities, planetarium shows and equipment demonstrations.