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SPEARFISH (AP) — Regional Health has appointed an interim president of Spearfish Hospital after its longtime leader was killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash. Thomas Worsley will oversee the hospital and clinics in Spearfish and Belle Fourche for Rapid City-based Regional Health. His appointment follows the recent death of 59-year-old Larry Veitz (veetz). He was killed in an ATV accident Nov. 4 in Lawrence County.
VERMILLION (AP) — University of South Dakota officials say they're taking steps to better train staff and students on the proper ways to respond to sexual assaults. The comments came at a Monday forum on campus on sexual assault awareness that drew a near-capacity crowd. It followed the arrests late last month of two USD football players on rape-related charges.
ABERDEEN (AP) — South Dakota law enforcement officials believe a Bristol man drowned in a Day County lake while hunting alone and trying to retrieve a downed bird. The American News reports that the 63-year-old man was reported missing in early November. The Day County Sheriff's Office says his body was found on Nov. 5 in Lake Jessie.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A South Dakota constitutional amendment that passed last November to provide new protections to crime victims has created conflicts for defense attorneys, law enforcement and county officials. The statute, named Marsy's Law, has led to several changes in the criminal justice system, including revising the process to release accident reports, which has increased responsibilities for law enforcement officers, the Argus Leader reported .
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's House speaker says lawmakers will consider legislation to end collective bargaining at six public universities. Republican Rep. Mark Mickelson said Monday that he doesn't think collective bargaining "serves the mission of educating our kids." Faculty at the state's six public universities and at schools for the blind and deaf have union contracts.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Residents can begin dressing downtown statues in Rapid City in warm winter clothing beginning Wednesday. From Nov. 15 to March 15, donors can put coats, hats, scarves and other outerwear on the statues so that those who need the clothing will have a warmer winter. Churches, schools and other organizations have joined in randomly placing clothing on statues.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A former employee of a school bus company serving the Sioux Falls School District has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing more than half a million dollars from her employer. Authorities say Crystal Neuman began working for School Bus, Inc. in 1998 and started embezzling $537,000 from the company beginning in 2006 by writing extra checks to herself.
GRAYSLAKE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say the pilot of a small plane escaped injury after making an emergency landing near an airport in suburban Chicago. Officials the single-engine Cessna was heading from Pierre, South Dakota, to Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling, Illinois, when it reportedly had engine trouble.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Production of corn, soybeans and grain sorghum in South Dakota is expected to be down this year. The Agriculture Department's latest estimates put South Dakota's corn crop at 788 million bushels, down 5 percent from last year. Soybean production is expected to be down 1 percent to 252 million bushels, and sorghum production down 10 percent to 14.2 million bushels.
VERMILLION, S.D. — Matt Mooney scored 13 points with 6-for-11 shooting and South Dakota won its season opener 87-59 over NAIA program Mayville State on Saturday night. Tyler Hagedorn and Tyler Peterson added 11 points each and Brandon Armstrong had 10 for South Dakota, last season's Summit League regular-season champion. The Coyotes controlled the boards 53-36 and never trailed.