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GARRETSON (AP) — School administrators in eastern South Dakota have canceled a planned student walkout after talk of it drew hundreds of negative comments on Facebook. With administrators' support, students at Garretson High School planned a 17-minute walkout and period of silence on April 20 to honor the 17 people killed in the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota Senate approved a measure Wednesday that would ask June primary voters to make changes to the "Marsy's Law" constitutional bill of rights for crime victims previously passed at the ballot. House lawmakers would have to agree with the unusual move to place the measure on the June ballot rather than wait for the November election. Lawmakers are advancing changes to the constitutional amendment under an agreement with a group that has persuaded voters in several states to approve versions of Marsy's Law.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Rapid City woman accused of having sexual contact with an inmate while employed at the Pennington County Jail has been given a suspended one-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to a lesser offense. Thirty-eighty-year-old Kimberly Johnson was accused of having a romantic relationship with a 39-year-old male inmate last September, while working as a staff assistant in the jail's medical department. She was fired after the alleged incident.
MARTIN (AP) — A father and his adult son have pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a man in Martin in 2016. The South Dakota Attorney General's Office says 57-year-old Daniel Ceplecha and 23-year-old Rangler Ceplecha each pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Moses Red Bear.
BROOKINGS (AP) — South Dakota State University's football coach is apologizing to his family and athletics officials and staff for his drunken driving arrest. The Brookings Register reports longtime coach John Stiegelmeier admitted Wednesday to driving under the influence Jan. 27. Stiegelmeier says he didn't think about how much he had to drink before he went out to get some food that night. Stiegelmeier says his poor decision to drive intoxicated reflects on him and not the football team or staff.
PIERRE — Soil moisture supplies in South Dakota remain low as spring planting season nears. The Agriculture Department's monthly crop report shows both topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies in the state rated at 63 percent short or very short. Many South Dakota farmers dealt with crippling drought last year. The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor map shows more than half of the state still in moderate to severe drought.
RAPID CITY (AP) — An energy audit by South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students has found Rapid City could save thousands of dollars by installing energy-efficient lighting in its administration center.
RAPID CITY (AP) — The Rapid City Council, voting after a marathon session, has approved a measure to replace the Don Barrett Arena with a new facility. The vote late Monday night for a new arena was 9-1. The estimated cost of replacement is $130 million. KOTA-TV reports Mayor Steve Allender had argued a new arena, instead of a remodel, would bring better entertainment acts to the city and help boost the local economy.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police say they're investigating a suspicious death reported last week at a Sioux Falls nursing home. The Argus Leader says the incident happened on Thursday. Police Lt. Mike Colwill says a staff member at Southridge Healthcare heard what sounded like a body hitting the floor in the facility's locked dementia unit.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota Senate panel has rejected a bill that would have allowed authorities to pull over drivers for texting. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-2 Tuesday to reject the bill, which would have made texting while driving a primary offense. Under current law, authorities must pull people over for an unrelated violation before they can be cited for texting.