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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. forecasters are predicting another warmer than normal summer for most of the country along with wetter weather in a swath of states stretching from Texas to Montana. The National Weather Service's summer outlook issued Thursday predicts greater chances for hot weather in Alaska and pretty much everywhere else. The exceptions are Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and parts of Missouri and Colorado.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Rapid City hospital plans to expand its emergency room over the next two years with the goal of providing better care for people suffering a mental health crisis in western South Dakota. The Rapid City Journal reports Rapid City Region CEO Paulette Davidson said Wednesday that the expansion will include eight "safe rooms" where people can be cared for while their mental crisis is de-escalated.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indian tribes who are still fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in court have dropped an appeal of a federal judge's decision that allowed final construction to proceed on the project that is just two weeks from operating commercially.
VALENTINE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a South Dakota woman has been killed in a northern Nebraska collision. The accident occurred early Monday morning on U.S. Highway 83, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Valentine. Cherry County Attorney Eric Scott says 68-year-old Philomene Redbull, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was killed when her pickup truck collided head-on with another vehicle driven by a Texas man.
PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld law enforcement's authority to perform a warrantless search following a citizen's arrest. The ruling involves a 2015 case in which a person was accused of shoplifting and was detained at a retail store by on-site security until police arrived. The police officer who responded searched the woman's purse without a warrant and found a glass pipe which tested positive for methamphetamine. The woman challenged the authority of the police officer to conduct a search of her purse following a citizen's arrest.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A South Dakota man accused of livestreaming himself brandishing weapons and making threats outside an anti-Islam event last month is now facing a federal gun charge. Ehab Jaber of Sioux Falls was indicted last week for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person after he was found in April in possession of five firearms while being a drug user. Court records don't list an attorney for the 45-year-old Jaber.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The South Dakota Democratic Party says it will use a $10,000 grant to hire summer interns and organizers in tribal communities. The party said Wednesday that the money came from the Democratic National Committee. It will go toward two paid internships through the summer and hiring seven grassroots organizers in tribal areas around the state. Chairwoman Ann Tornberg says the grant is an encouraging sign that the Democratic National Committee is committed to helping Democrats in all 50 states.
PIERRE (AP) — Roughly two years after an American Indian tribe began an ambitious push to open the nation's first marijuana resort in South Dakota, a consultant who helped pursue the stalled venture is heading to trial on drug charges. Jury selection starts Thursday in the case of Eric Hagen, a consultant who worked with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe on its operation about 45 miles north of Sioux Falls. Hagen was indicted on state marijuana charges months after the tribe destroyed their crop amid fears of a federal raid.
PIERRE (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says a Native American tribe in South Dakota has repaid roughly $54,000 in costs questioned by auditors. The bureau said Wednesday that the tribe and the agency also agreed to increase oversight of financial reporting and agreements. The bureau's decision came after an audit that found the tribe claimed $1.44 million in costs for the operation and maintenance of a water system that were unsupported, unallowable or unreasonable.
ATLANTA (AP) — A man accused of killing two 17-year-olds behind a supermarket in an Atlanta suburb has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jeffrey Hazelwood was sentenced Wednesday after he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder charges. Carter Davis and Natalie Henderson were shot to death Aug. 1 in Roswell. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua had earlier ruled that Hazelwood was competent to stand trial based on reports from a clinical psychologist.