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PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a bill that he proposed to address potential oil pipeline protests in South Dakota. The Republican this week signed the measure, which imposes new penalties for standing in the highway to stop traffic or trespassing in posted emergency areas. Under some circumstances, it also allows the commissioner of school and public lands, at the request of the governor and local sheriff, to block groups larger than 20 people from gathering on land under the office's supervision.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A federal judge has vacated a nearly $1 million trademark infringement award made to the owners of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally brand. SMRI sued Walmart and a Rapid City retailer for improperly using the Sturgis trademark on merchandise. A jury awarded $912,500 to SMRI following a civil trial in October 2015. Federal Judge Jeffrey Viken has upheld SMRI's trademark rights, but set aside the jury award against the defendants.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A bond of $500,000 cash has been set for a Rapids City man accused in a fatal stabbing at a local motel. Twenty-three-year-old Vincent Mousseaux is charged with first-degree murder and an alternative of second-degree murder in the death of Deziree Martinez at the Price Motel last Wednesday. Mousseaux was arrested Thursday. He appeared in 7th Judicial Court Monday. The Rapid City Journal says Mousseaux is also facing alternate charges of aggravated assault. Police say he stabbed another person in the hotel room.
YANKTON (AP) — South Dakota's largest county has sued a state-run mental health hospital after it denied a criminal defendant despite a judge's order to admit him. The Argus Leader reports the Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office filed the suit last week on behalf of 18-year-old Sampson Balu, who was denied admittance into Yankton's Human Services Center last month. County officials were told while transporting Balu to the hospital that there was no "bed space" available.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sioux tribes suing to stop the Dakota Access pipeline want a federal judge to head off the imminent flow of oil. Judge James Boasberg last week rejected the request of the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux to stop construction of the final segment of the pipeline that would move oil from North Dakota to Illinois. Developer Energy Transfer Partners says the pipeline could begin operating this week.
BELLE FOURCHE (AP) — Officials are deciding whether to replace the nearly century-old rodeo arena grandstands at the Roundup Grounds Sports Complex in Belle Fourche, and how to pay for such a project. Mayor Gloria Landphere says work began on a master plan for the complex earlier this year. She says initial talks should focus on the financial aspects of the $1.2 million projected cost of replacing the grandstands at the city-owned complex. "It is a huge undertaking," Landphere said.
PIERRE — South Dakota lawmakers navigated lower-than-anticipated tax collections to pass a lean state budget, capping a difficult legislative session dominated by the repeal and patchwork replacement of government-ethics regulations that voters imposed in November.
BUFFALO (AP) — One person died and another was injured in a one-vehicle crash south of Buffalo, near the South Dakota and North Dakota border. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a 24-year-old man lost control of a 2005 Freightliner semi-tractor he was driving without a trailer. The Friday morning crash killed a 60-year-old passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A newly proposed residential project in Rapid City aims to provide much-needed affordable housing. The Rapid City Journal reports that developer Hani Shafai wants to build between 80 and 100 multifamily apartments and about 70 to 75 single-family residential units that Shafai classifies as "affordable workforce housing." The units would be priced between $140,000 and $190,000.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The Sioux Falls School District has approved a nearly $1.3 million contract with a company to teach students about computer coding. The Argus Leader reports the contract with Code to the Future will create computer science immersion in three elementary schools this fall and in two middle schools in 2019. The company will train teachers and principals in how to bring coding and computer science into the existing curriculum.