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PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says South Dakota has launched a pardon website for people to go online to seek clemency. The Republican governor said Tuesday that South Dakota is the first state to have an online, paperless pardon process. The governor's office says the tool is part of Daugaard's efforts to make government more efficient. The new website offers a guided, interactive process to assist applicants in determining eligibility, completing an application and submitting their request online.
PIERRE (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office in South Dakota says authorities are searching for a Pine Ridge man who is among 15 indicted for illegally trafficking eagles and other migratory birds. Office spokeswoman Ace Crawford said Tuesday that 14 people have pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges resulting from the two-year undercover operation.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Pine Ridge man has pleaded guilty in the shooting death of another man on the reservation. The Rapid City Journal reports that 26-year-old Thomas Brewer this month pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and discharge of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors. Brewer has admitted to shooting Shawn Stevens with a pistol in the early morning hours of Nov. 30, 2016, during an argument in Pine Ridge. Stevens later died from his injuries.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A South Dakota woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars raised to pay funeral expenses for a friend's daughter. Thirty-three-year-old Stephanie Lea Blaine of Sioux Falls is charged with grand theft, a felony that carries a maximum five years in prison. Court documents say Blaine raised about $3,900 online to help her friend with expenses. The mother checked with the funeral home and hospital where her daughter was treated and discovered no payments had been made. She informed the online fundraising website gofundme.com.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A prosecutor has abandoned a plan to call a Sioux Falls Argus Leader reporter as a witness in a trial related to a marijuana operation that the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe attempted to start. Argus Leader Media reported Monday that a subpoena issued to reporter Dana Ferguson has been withdrawn. Ferguson had joined lawmakers on a tour of the facility in October 2015, when the tribe was planning to open a recreational marijuana resort. The tribe ended the project under fire from state officials.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is set to host a public dedication event for Good Earth State Park's new visitor center. The event is scheduled for Friday. Speakers include tribal representatives, Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Jeff Scherschligt from the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation board. Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler says the visitor center has features including an interactive Oneota culture exhibit, a state-of-the-art theater and a large classroom for park programs.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Monday chose people to lead studies ahead of the 2018 legislative session on workforce housing, campaign finance regulations and the state's ballot question system. Here's a look at some of the issues that members of the study groups expect to consider: ___ GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
BOX ELDER (AP) — Authorities have identified a Hermosa man who died in a motorcycle crash in Pennington County. The Highway Patrol says 76-year-old Randall Davis failed to negotiate the curve on an Interstate 90 on-ramp in Box Elder on Friday afternoon. He was thrown from the bike and died later at a Rapid City hospital. He was alone on the motorcycle.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Critics of the Pennington County Commission's decision to allow an asphalt plant near a soccer complex and mobile home community are trying to put the issue before voters. The Rapid City Journal reports that critics want to prompt a special countywide election over the decision. They would have to get 3,573 people to sign petitions and turn them in by May 23 to get on the ballot. The commission voted 3-2 last month in favor of rezoning land in Rapid City, paving the way for Western Construction to build the asphalt plant.
YANKTON (AP) — A 60-year-old man has died in a motorcycle crash in Yankton County of southeastern South Dakota. The Department of Public Safety says the crash happened on U.S. Highway 81, seven miles north of Yankton, when the motorcyclist tried to pass a vehicle and collided with an oncoming car just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The man was thrown from his motorcycle and died at the scene. His name was not immediately released. The other driver, who tried to avoid crashing, was not hurt. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.