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PIERRE (AP) — Shantel Krebs' congressional campaign says she raised more than $130,000 in the second quarter of 2017 and ended the period with more than $230,000 in the bank. Krebs is South Dakota's secretary of state. She's competing in the 2018 Republican primary against former state public utilities commissioner and former governor chief of staff Dusty Johnson. Both want to succeed U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, who is running for governor. Johnson earlier said he raised more than $120,000 in the second quarter, ending the period with more than $288,000.
PIERRE (AP) — Extreme drought has worsened over the past week in north-central South Dakota. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows nearly 11 percent of the state in extreme drought, up from a little over 4 percent last week. Roughly 31 percent of the state is rated in severe drought, up slightly from a week ago. Another nearly 31 percent of South Dakota is experiencing moderate drought conditions, an increase from just below 24 percent last week.
PIERRE (AP) — Dusty Johnson's congressional campaign says that he has raised more than $120,000 in the second quarter of 2017. Johnson's campaign on Thursday announced fundraising numbers in his 2018 bid to succeed U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, who is running for governor. Johnson says that he ended the quarter with more than $288,000 in the bank. Johnson was elected to the Public Utilities Commission in 2004 and re-elected in 2010. He later served as Gov. Dennis Daugaard's chief of staff until 2014.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota's two U.S. senators didn't commit Wednesday to voting for a revised GOP health care bill set to be unveiled in Washington, but both lawmakers said the measure will move Senate Republicans closer to replacing Barack Obama's health care law.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Economic development leaders in South Dakota are holding an event for former state residents in hopes to persuade them to return and help address a worker shortage amid a thriving economy. The Argus Leader reports that leaders in Sioux Falls are hosting a free event on Saturday called "Back to SoDak." The event is being held at the Denny Sanford Premier Center and will showcase a flourishing Sioux Falls, highlighting its entertainment and dining industry as well as job opportunities.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota's Department of Social Services has named an interim director for the state-run mental health hospital in Yankton. Independent health care consultant Marcene Dickes is a registered nurse with a master's degree in health services administration. She has 35 years of administrative experience at Sanford and Avera, as well as at hospitals in Chicago and Kansas City. Dickes will assume leadership at the Human Services Center on Aug. 14 and remain in the post until a permanent administrator is hired.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Rapid City man has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. Forty-one-year-old Michael John Vinton admitted to having hundreds of photos and some videos of child pornography on his computer last year. The Rapid City Journal says investigators from South Dakota's Crimes Against Children Task Force received the images from Vinton through peer-to-peer file-sharing networks.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A South Dakota man accused of stabbing another man to death using a bayonet has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Authorities accused 27-year-old Joseph Rich of killing 21-year-old Juan Legarda Jr. on New Year's Day in Rapid City by stabbing him five times with the bayonet, a blade attached to the muzzle end of a gun. The stabbing happened after Rich's brother became involved in a fight with other men outside Rich's home. Rich maintained he was protecting his home and family.
PIERRE (AP) — Supporters of a constitutional amendment that would replace a voter-imposed government ethics overhaul that South Dakota lawmakers repealed this year plan to start building support to put the amendment before voters in 2018, the sponsoring group said Tuesday.
PIERRE (AP) — An official accused of stealing from the Oglala Sioux tribe has pleaded not guilty. Fifty-seven-year-old Charles Cummings, of Martin, faces theft and embezzlement charges in federal court. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says Cummings entered his plea late last week. Cummings is accused of embezzling more than $1,000 from the tribe while serving as a district vice chairman. He faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution if convicted.