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PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says a judge has upheld his explanation of a proposed ballot measure that would cap the amount state agencies could pay for prescription drugs. Jackley said Tuesday that Circuit Court Judge Mark Barnett denied a request to have his office rewrite the explanation. Drug companies challenged the explanation. In a statement, Jackley says he has "worked to provide a fair, clear, and simple summary" of the measure to assist voters. Jackley says his role is not to advocate for or against a ballot measure.
BROOKINGS (AP) — South Dakota State University and a state agency say they're investigating an allegation of excessive force used by a campus police officer making an arrest. Melissa Mentele says her two daughters were stopped by an officer while walking through campus with friends late Saturday. Mentele says the officer dislocated the wrist of her younger daughter as he wrestled her to the ground. The Argus Leader says she was arrested on a charge of resisting arrest. The older daughter tried to intervene and was charged with obstruction.
CUSTER (AP) — Bond is set at $1 million for a man accused of kidnapping, assaulting and burglarizing a woman in Custer County. Authorities say Harry Evans was armed with a gun and a knife when he broke into the house of an acquaintance Wednesday night, sexually assaulted her and kidnapped her. The 59-year-old Pringle man appeared in court Monday. The Rapid City Journal says he's charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape, first-degree burglary, aggravated assault, stalking and violating a protection order.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Pheasant numbers in the Dakotas are down to some of the lowest levels on record. And biologists say the drop is blamed largely on the worst drought to hit the states in decades. North Dakota's roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August shows the number of birds is down 61 percent from last year. A similar survey in South Dakota shows a 45 percent drop. Biologists say drought reduces the amount of insects available for pheasant chicks to eat and also decreases habitat, leaving young birds more susceptible to predators.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police say the man arrested in a casino robbery may also be responsible for two other similar casino robberies. The 27-year-old man was arrested last Friday as a suspect in the Crown Casino robbery Sept. 6. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says investigators believe the man also robbed Duece's Casino and Rice Lake Casino on Sept. 1 and 2. He was arrested along with two others who were in a car in the Walmart parking lot. Police say they found marijuana, methamphetamine and a handgun.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates the local economic impact of Garth Brooks' performances during the next two weekends at $12.5 million. The singer has nine shows scheduled Sept. 15-17 and Sept. 22-24 at the Sanford Premier Center. Hotels, restaurants and bars will all benefit from the additional spending by concert goers.
YANKTON (AP) — An expansion project at an archery center in South Dakota could come down to the wire. The National Field Archery Association's Easton Yankton Archery Center was represented at an entrepreneur meeting last month, the Press and Dakotan reported. Spokeswoman Nancy Wenande discussed the efforts to expand the facility as well as talk about the upcoming 2018 World Archery Indoor Championships.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A retired South Dakota State University physiology professor has taken the first steps toward his goal of building a library in his childhood home of Masaka, Uganda. Henry Kayongo-Male says Masaka has more than 100,000 residents but no public library, the Argus Leader reported. He said he hopes to change that by raising money through the sale of children's books he's writing based on African stories he heard as a kid.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has ordered flags flown at half-staff Monday to honor those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Daugaard asked that the flags remain at half-staff from 8 a.m. until sunset Monday. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the attacks. Sept. 11 has been designated as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sanford Health is creating an award for health care breakthroughs. The chief global brand officer for the Dakotas-based health system tells the Argus Leader that the honor will be bestowed beginning in December 2018 to people who make significant breakthroughs in the field. Micah Aberson says the award will be "Nobel-like." Sanford's international board will assist in identifying and selecting the award winners.