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PIERRE, (AP) — A collections program meant to recover money owed to state agencies and programs has recovered more than $3.3 million in its first year. The Bureau of Administration released a report Thursday saying that $7.6 million in payment plans were also established in the 2017 budget year. Agencies referred more than $47 million in debt to the center during that time period. Lawmakers approved the recovery center during the 2015 legislative session. State agencies use the center to enforce child support and restitution orders and recover debts.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Wanblee man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for stabbing to death another man during a fight on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation last year. Thirty-four-year-old Leon Lodges in March admitted stabbing 22-year-old Leonard Sitting Up with a knife in May 2016. The Rapid City Journal reports Lodges was sentenced Wednesday for second-degree murder and for assault with a dangerous weapon for stabbing and injuring another man during the altercation.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — International clinics run by a Sioux Falls medical facility have treated a million patients, a milestone for the decade-old program. Sanford Health's World Clinic program began after philanthropist T. Denny Sanford donated $400 million in 2007, the Argus Leader reported. World Clinic Program Director Dr. Dan Blue says the program initially focused on pediatric care in the U.S., but has expanded internationally.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who was married to her cousin at age 14 in a ceremony overseen by polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has won a $16 million lawsuit against the group. Elissa Wall's lawyer said Wednesday that the decision lets attorneys investigate the secretive group's bank accounts and property held in states all over the U.S.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Backers of a proposed ballot measure that would cap the amount state agencies could pay for prescription drugs hope to start building support soon to put the initiative before voters in 2018, a key proponent said Wednesday.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Parmelee woman has been sentenced to four months in federal prison for assaulting a baby. Prosecutors say 22-year-old Charlee Spotted Tail started an altercation in a store parking lot last year with a woman who was holding a 6-month-old baby. Spotted Tail tried to strike the woman, but hit the baby in the head instead. She then hit the baby a second time before fleeing. The Argus Leader says Spotted Tail was convicted of one count of assault.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Native American tribe seeking millions of dollars from a company that previously managed a tribal off-track betting business is set to ask South Dakota gambling regulators Wednesday not to make a state rule change that the tribe contends would hamstring its collection efforts.
YANKTON (AP) — Four felony charges have been filed in Charles Mix County against an inmate who authorities say assaulted a guard before escaping the county jail and ending up in a standoff with law enforcement in Vermillion. Nineteen-year-old Jubal Grant is charged with escape, simple assault on a correctional officer, burglary and grand theft. The Associated Press reports that Grant appeared in court Tuesday but did not enter pleas to the charges.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota's spring wheat and oat harvests are nearly complete after a mostly dry week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that temperatures last week were average to above average for much of South Dakota. Daytime highs reached the upper 80s and lower 90s for much of central and western South Dakota by the end of the week. Spring wheat was 97 percent harvested, compared with 93 percent last year and for the five-year average. Oats were 95 percent harvested, behind 100 percent last year and an average of 99 percent.
CANTON (AP) — A 45-year-old man is dead after a car crash in southeastern South Dakota. Authorities say the man was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Impala LS north of Canton when he drove onto the shoulder Tuesday morning. The driver overcorrected, sending the car across both lanes and into the ditch where it rolled several times. The man, who was driving alone, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car. He died at the scene. The name of the victim was not immediately released. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating.