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DEADWOOD (AP) — Though this city in western South Dakota saw fewer incidents of violent crime and no murders in 2016, it has seen a 130 percent increase in felony drug arrests. The Rapid City Journal reported 90 percent of felony drug arrests in Deadwood were tied to methamphetamine use and distribution. Deadwood police have already made 10 felony drug arrests in 2017.
YANKTON (AP) — A city in southern South Dakota will be getting its own ride-sharing operation aimed at rural communities, to the dismay of existing taxi companies. The Yankton Press and Dakotan reports that Tuesday the Yankton Area Progressive Growth's board of directors agreed to pay ride-sharing company Liberty Mobility $25,000 to help get started in the area.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A popular summer arts festival in Rapid City has been canceled for the first time in 42 years. The Rapid City Journal reports that the West Boulevard Summer Festival at Wilson Park has been called off due to ongoing construction on nearby Mount Rushmore Road. The two-day event in June typically attracts around 20,000 visitors and 100 vendors.
WHITE RIVER (AP) — Eva Iyotte was waiting on propane ordered under a federal energy assistance program President Donald Trump has targeted for elimination when she lost power at her home on frozen tribal land in South Dakota. As the January conditions sent temperatures plummeting inside the house, the 63-year-old, her daughter and two grandsons took blankets to their car, where they waited with the heater running until the electricity was restored.
RAPID CITY (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard joined a group of state and local officials to mark the official opening of the renovated chemical and biological engineering and chemistry building on the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus. The $6.6 million project includes new laboratory spaces, modernized classrooms for teaching and research, improved office space for faculty and staff, new elevators, and upgraded student lounge areas with new windows and a third-floor deck overlooking the Quad.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A recent report by the Associated General Contractors of America shows South Dakota is employing more people in construction than ever before. The Argus Leader reports the state added about 1,000 construction jobs last month. This is more than any other state except Alaska and Delaware. Sioux Falls has seen an increase in construction jobs since 2012 because of the city's growth. South Dakota's labor department says construction was the seventh biggest employer of Sioux Falls residents in 2015.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota man is accused of assaulting a boy with a television and a knife. The U.S. attorney's office in South Dakota says 20-year-old Charles Gay faces charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Gay has pleaded not guilty. Authorities say Gay in 2015 seriously injured a juvenile male with a knife and a television in Kyle, South Dakota. An attorney for Gay declined to comment.
STURGIS (AP) — Rock legend Ozzy Osbourne is scheduled to perform at this year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Osbourne is a founding member of Black Sabbath and a multi-platinum selling solo artist. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member is frequently referred to as the godfather of heavy metal. Buffalo Chip Campground says Osbourne will perform Aug. 9. The annual motorcycle rally draws hundreds of thousands of people to western South Dakota's Black Hills every year. This year's rally is Aug. 4-13.
PIERRE (AP) — A Powerball ticket sold in Pierre is worth $50,000. South Dakota lottery officials say the ticket matched four of five white ball numbers and the Powerball to win the game's third prize in Wednesday's drawing. The winning numbers are 8, 14, 61, 63 and 68, with the Powerball 24 and Power Play 2. The odds of winning $50,000 playing Powerball are 1 in about 913,000.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Two South Dakota prison inmates have been placed on escape status after failing to return to a minimum-security lockup on the grounds of the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. Corrections officials say inmates Michael Clark and Sean Kilbourn left the Sioux Falls Community Work Center on Thursday to search for jobs and didn't return. Clark is serving eight years behind bars for grand theft in Charles Mix County and burglary in Miner County. Kilbourn is serving a four-year sentence on a Tripp County drug charge.