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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck clinic says a move by the Federal Trade Commission and North Dakota attorney general to block a merger agreement with Dakotas-based Sanford Health lacks an understanding of health care delivery in western North Dakota. The regulators last month filed a federal complaint alleging that the Sanford-Mid Dakota Clinic deal would violate antitrust law. The suit seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop the deal until the matter can go to trial.
LEAD (AP) — A research facility in the eastern part of South Dakota is preparing to spend a day dedicated to teaching the public about neutrinos, a type of particle. The Sanford Underground Research Facility plans to host Neutrino Day on Saturday. The day includes events designed to explain how and why scientists are investigating neutrinos, with guided tours to demonstrate the labs and procedures they use.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs is expected back in a Utah courtroom following his capture after nearly a year on the run. Court records show Jeffs is set to enter a plea on a federal failure-to-appear charge connected to his time as a fugitive at a hearing Monday. He's also charged with two felony counts in a suspected multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme, and was awaiting trial on those charges when he escaped from home confinement in Salt Lake City on June 18, 2016.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said Friday that an icon in the state's voter information app that directed users to the Facebook page of her campaign for Congress was an oversight. The Republican House hopeful said it was fixed Friday morning after she learned about it the night before. Krebs said she doesn't know how long the app linked to the Facebook account or how it occurred, saying it likely happened during her transition into office after the 2014 election. She has used the account for several political campaigns.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Foes of the Keystone XL oil pipeline said Friday they may appeal a South Dakota judge's decision upholding state regulators' approval for the pipeline to cross the state, potentially extending the legal conflict over the pipeline. Two groups said they are weighing whether to raise the issue to the state Supreme Court, while an attorney for a Native American tribe in South Dakota also said its lawyers are examining an appeal. A state judge last month affirmed a Public Utilities Commission decision that tribes, landowners and others challenged.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Federal regulators have rejected a troubled Black Hills hotel's application to operate a septic system. The Rapid City Journal reports that the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week issued its final denial of an underground injection control permit for The Lodge at Mount Rushmore. It means the hotel will not be allowed to use its septic system, and cannot open for business.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Authorities say a teenager was rescued by other swimmers when he lost consciousness after diving off a popular waterfall in the Black Hills. The incident happened Thursday afternoon at Hippy Hole. The Pennington County Sheriff's Department says the teen was attempting a backflip off the rocks when he hit the water face-first and lost consciousness. Other swimmers assisted and held the victim's head out of the water until he regained consciousness. He suffered a possible head injury and was not responsive for about 15 minutes.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Native American tribes, clans and leaders from seven states and Canada say the U.S. government's recent decision to lift protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area violates their religious freedom. They are suing to block the government from removing Yellowstone grizzlies from the endangered and threatened species list, which would allow Montana, Wyoming and Idaho to hold grizzly bear hunts.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A year after teachers across South Dakota got raises, state and school officials say it's too soon to tell if higher salaries are retaining more teachers. South Dakota began collecting an extra half-cent sales tax last June to increase teacher pay, the Argus Leader reported. The number of open teaching positions has decreased compared to this time last year, but the state doesn't have evidence or research to conclude the tax is responsible.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead after a two-vehicle crash 4 miles west of Rapid City. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a 71-year-old woman was killed when she tried to pass a semi-trailer on Interstate 90 Wednesday morning and struck the corner of the semi as she moved back into the driving lane. Her vehicle went into the ditch and rolled. The woman was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been released. The driver of the semi, a 26-year-old man, was not injured.