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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls hospital is teaming up with a children's hospital in Florida to conduct a genetic research project identifying health needs of Latino people. The Argus Leader reports Sanford Health will work with Nicklaus Children's Hospital on a gene project designed to ultimately help with treatment and prevention of diseases.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A trial is expected to move forward against a Hutterite colony in South Dakota accused of negligence in a deadly traffic crash. A federal judge has refused the defendant's motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the family of a girl who was killed in February 2014. The family of 15-year-old Vannah Decker says the Deerfield Hutterian Brethren Colony near Ipswich was negligent and reckless by allowing one of its members, Janos Stahl, access to a vehicle.
RUSHVILLE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old South Dakota man has been killed in the Nebraska crash of a sport utility vehicle. The accident was reported around 4:10 p.m. Tuesday on Nebraska Highway 87, about 10 miles north of Rushville in the Nebraska Panhandle. The Nebraska State Patrol says the SUV driven by 25-year-old William Reddy, of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, went out of control on a curve and rolled.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill Tuesday in part meant to restrict South Dakota politicians from pocketing the money in their campaign accounts. Campaign funds shouldn't be rolled into a politician's personal account, the Republican governor said in a statement. The new law goes into effect July 1, removing South Dakota from the short list of states including neighboring North Dakota where withdrawals are legal.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he doesn't like that House Republicans' health care plan would require South Dakota to take on more risk under proposed funding changes for the Medicaid program. But the Republican governor said Tuesday it's important to get control of the federal deficit. And he says that would be difficult without changing entitlements including Medicaid. The bill would convert Medicaid coverage from an open-ended federal entitlement to one that operates under a per-capita cap.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a bill that he proposed to address potential oil pipeline protests in South Dakota. The Republican this week signed the measure, which imposes new penalties for standing in the highway to stop traffic or trespassing in posted emergency areas. Under some circumstances, it also allows the commissioner of school and public lands, at the request of the governor and local sheriff, to block groups larger than 20 people from gathering on land under the office's supervision.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A federal judge has vacated a nearly $1 million trademark infringement award made to the owners of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally brand. SMRI sued Walmart and a Rapid City retailer for improperly using the Sturgis trademark on merchandise. A jury awarded $912,500 to SMRI following a civil trial in October 2015. Federal Judge Jeffrey Viken has upheld SMRI's trademark rights, but set aside the jury award against the defendants.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A bond of $500,000 cash has been set for a Rapids City man accused in a fatal stabbing at a local motel. Twenty-three-year-old Vincent Mousseaux is charged with first-degree murder and an alternative of second-degree murder in the death of Deziree Martinez at the Price Motel last Wednesday. Mousseaux was arrested Thursday. He appeared in 7th Judicial Court Monday. The Rapid City Journal says Mousseaux is also facing alternate charges of aggravated assault. Police say he stabbed another person in the hotel room.
YANKTON (AP) — South Dakota's largest county has sued a state-run mental health hospital after it denied a criminal defendant despite a judge's order to admit him. The Argus Leader reports the Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office filed the suit last week on behalf of 18-year-old Sampson Balu, who was denied admittance into Yankton's Human Services Center last month. County officials were told while transporting Balu to the hospital that there was no "bed space" available.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sioux tribes suing to stop the Dakota Access pipeline want a federal judge to head off the imminent flow of oil. Judge James Boasberg last week rejected the request of the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux to stop construction of the final segment of the pipeline that would move oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Developer Energy Transfer Partners says the pipeline could begin operating this week.