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PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota circuit judge is asking the attorney for convicted prison guard killer Rodney Berget to submit a report about whether his client is mentally disabled. State Attorney General Marty Jackley says the judge wants to review the findings before ruling on a motion by prosecutors to dismiss Berget's death penalty appeal. Berget told Judge Doug Hoffman in September that he wanted to drop the appeal.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's typically an unquestioned honor to participate in the inauguration of an American president. Who wouldn't want to be part of such a historic event? This time, though, it's different.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Without a word, the gunman moved through the baggage claim picking off travelers until his handgun ran out of ammunition, leaving five dead and six wounded in Fort Lauderdale's airport. Panicked witnesses ran out of the terminal and spilled onto the tarmac, baggage in hand. Others hid in bathroom stalls or crouched behind cars or anything else they could find as police and paramedics rushed in Friday to help the wounded and establish whether there were any other gunmen.
DEADWOOD (AP) — More than $150,000 in security upgrades are planned for the Lawrence County Courthouse. The Lawrence County Commission approved nearly $22,000 in architectural fees to plan for possible security upgrades including impact-resistant windows and doors, new walls and electronic door access controls. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that Williams and Associates Architecture is helping Lawrence county with the planning for the Deadwood building.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers start their legislative session Tuesday with a difficult budget picture that's expected to mean little new state spending. Gov. Dennis Daugaard in December proposed modest increases for the next fiscal year to key budget areas including education, Medicaid providers and state workers. And he's said since then that even those might need to be smaller.
PIERRE (AP) — The Indian Health Service says an embattled South Dakota reservation hospital has made improvements after being found in violation of quality care standards. IHS, the agency that administers the hospital on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, announced Friday that the hospital was removed from "immediate jeopardy" status. That's a term used when a hospital's actions have caused or are likely to cause serious injury or death to a patient.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Another member of a Utah polygamous group charged with food stamp fraud will avoid jail time and fines after his charges were dropped. A judge Friday approved federal prosecutors' request to dismiss charges against Nephi Allred. Prosecutors said in court documents the decision was made in "the interests of justice." U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch said she couldn't provide any more details.
PIERRE (AP) — Nearly half of South Dakota's short-term lenders didn't renew their state licenses for 2017 after voters capped the interest rates the businesses can charge, according to information released Friday by the state Division of Banking. Eighty-five lenders reported they didn't renew because their products didn't comply with the new regulations. That's about 47 percent of the 179 small-dollar lenders operating in South Dakota as of October 2016, according to Banking Division director Bret Afdahl.
ABERDEEN (AP) — Northern State University has launched game-day suites at its basketball arena in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen News reports that right now, they're invitation only. But the university's alumni organization is seeking a beer and wine license under a new state law, which would make it possible for the school to lease the suites to people and companies on a season-long and per-game basis. Northern State Athletic Director Josh Moon says he expects that license to be approved within the next month or so.
WINNER (AP) — A century-old mansion in South Dakota that was once used as a hunting lodge is on the market in Winner. Listing agent Rick Shippy tells the Argus Leader that few homes in the South Dakota town of about 2,900 residents sell for more than $100,000. The 5,500-squre-foot mansion is listed at $137,900. The home was built in 1914 and has been owned by a family who lived in it for much of the 20th century, a business owner who upgraded the utilities and a surgeon who turned it into a hunting lodge.