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ANDOVER (AP) — Authorities have recovered a body from the rubble of an apartment fire in northeastern South Dakota. The South Dakota attorney general's office said Saturday that local police confirmed that a body was found in the apartment complex. The fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. Friday at the complex in Andover.
STURGIS (AP) — A push for fire and ambulance tax districts to serve a city and county in western South Dakota didn't gather enough support to put the issue on the April ballot. Sturgis sought tax districts as a solution to recover costs for providing fire and ambulance services to surrounding Meade County areas outside of city limits. City Manager Daniel Ainslie told the Black Hills Pioneer they're considering next steps.
BROOKINGS (AP) — A university town in eastern South Dakota is trying to increase its population growth by marketing to a specific target group: families who left after graduation and want to put down roots. Brookings is home to nearly 24,000 people and South Dakota State University's campus.
PIERRE (AP) — A voter-approved constitutional bill of rights for crime victims that critics say is causing problems for South Dakota authorities and prosecutors could be changed rather than repealed, in a potential deal with the group that campaigned to pass the measure, the state House speaker said this week.
BOX ELDER (AP) — Sheriff's officials think a man found dead in a highway median in Box Elder is the victim of a hit-and-run accident. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office says the man was found in the median on Highway 14-16 on Thursday. They believe the man was in his early 20s or late teens and possibly of Native American descent. Investigators are trying to track down the driver and vehicle involved.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers will consider banning public school teaching on gender identity in elementary and middle schools, a push that critics say targets transgender students in the same way some states limit the positive portrayal of homosexuality in the classroom.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls teen accused of manslaughter and murder in a fatal crash has pleaded guilty to criminal charges as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
PIERRE (AP) — Competing bills overhauling rules for craft brewers are pitting beer distributors against microbreweries at the South Dakota Legislature. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 7-2 Wednesday to approve a distributor-backed bill. A panel passed Gov. Dennis Daugaard's brewer-supported legislation the day before. The governor's bill would allow craft brewers to produce up to 30,000 barrels annually before losing privileges like being able to sell beer for customers to take away. The limit now is 5,000 barrels.
PIERRE (AP) — A legislative panel has rejected a bill that would have made some government correspondence such as emails public records under South Dakota law. The Argus Leader reports that Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office spearheaded the effort Wednesday to kill the legislation. A Senate panel voted 5-2 to reject it.
PIERRE (AP) — Republican lawmakers fighting out-of-state influence in ballot question campaigns are pushing to restrict the flow of money from outside South Dakota for the second straight legislative session. The House State Affairs Committee voted 7-6 Wednesday to move the bill to the full chamber. It hasn't yet gone through the Senate, where the push died last session.