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RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender is proposing a retirement buyout program for long-term city employees that he says could potentially save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. Full-time employees with at least 20 years of city experience who are eligible under the South Dakota Retirement System would receive three months of bonus pay in exchange for retiring by the end of the year.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Sioux Falls City Council this week passed on a chance to expand the city's anti-discrimination laws to include protections for transgender people, a move one advocate likened to "sweeping something under the rug."
ABERDEEN (AP) — Fire destroyed about 260 large round hay bales in rural Brown County. Aberdeen Rural Assistant Fire Chief Derwin Kampa tells the American News that spontaneous combustion likely caused the Tuesday afternoon blaze. No one was hurt. Smoke from the fire prompted authorities to close a road for about 1 ½ hours.
STURGIS (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a 65-year-old man has died in a motorcycle crash near the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Authorities said Tuesday that the man was pronounced dead at the scene about 3 miles south of Sturgis. Officials say the man's motorcycle went into the ditch and hit several rocks after he failed to negotiate a turn.
PIERRE (AP) — Wildlife officials in South Dakota are asking landowners and hunters to report to the state any sightings of sick or a cluster of dead deer. The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department says it has documented the first deer mortality of the year caused by epizootic hemorrhagic disease, also known as EHD. The disease, which is spread by a biting midge, is common in white-tailed deer.
HARROLD (AP) — One man was killed and two others injured in an explosion and fire at a shop building on a Hughes County farm. Sheriff Mike Leidholt says 22-year-old Troy Hattum, of rural Harrold, was severely burned when a fuel tank he was welding exploded Monday morning. Hattum died of his injuries at a Pierre hospital. Twenty-two-year-old Chalan Hedman and 52-year-old Jeff Holshauser also suffered burns. They also were taken to hospitals. Their conditions aren't known.
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — Federal safety officials have begun investigating a worker's fall at a construction site in Scottsbluff. The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that the fall occurred at a Western Sugar Cooperative facility. Initial reports are that the worker fell through a floor opening on the second floor and was hospitalized.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Advocates who want to end beer sales in Whiteclay are calling on state officials to enforce liquor laws in the Nebraska town or revoke the licenses of its four beer stores. The group said in a statement Tuesday that Nebraska needs to provide adequate law enforcement if the stores are allowed to remain open.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Two Rapid City men accused of robbing a store in June are in custody, and police have requested an arrest warrant for a bystander who allegedly shot at the suspects as they fled. Rapid City police identified 18-year-old Yuriah Anderson and 20-year-old Jamaul Shangreaux as suspects in the robbery. Authorities have requested an arrest warrant for a 22-year-old Rapid City man for Reckless Discharge of a Firearm.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A 19-year-old South Dakota man has been hospitalized in Billings after a 20- to 30-foot fall on Montana's highest peak. The Park County sheriff's office says the man had been climbing Granite Peak with his father Monday when he fell near the summit of the 12,800-foot peak just north of Cooke City. A Gallatin County rescue team located the man, who was flown by helicopter to a Billings hospital.