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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Police say a man accused of fatally stabbing a transgender woman in Sioux Falls has been charged with murder and other counts. Sioux Falls Police Capt. Blaine Larsen says the charges against 25-year-old Joshua Rayvan LeClaire include one count each of first- and second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree manslaughter. His bond has been set at $2 million.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says that debate over restricting the bathrooms that transgender students can use at school shouldn't be a priority during the 2017 legislative session. Daugaard tells the Argus Leader that he views the debate at the Capitol as unnecessary because school districts are handling issues on a case-by-case basis. The Republican governor vetoed a bill in 2016 that would have required transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender at birth.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Polaris Industries will stop making its Victory motorcycles so it can focus on its Indian Motorcycle brand and other products. Polaris announced Monday that it is shutting down the unprofitable Victory brand after 18 years. The motorcycles were produced at the Minneapolis-based company's Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Spearfish, South Dakota, plants. The company decided that its Indian Motorcycle brand has better growth prospects, Polaris CEO Scott Wine said.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are set to consider whether some unmanned aircraft should be exempt from state registration requirements. The 2017 legislative session begins Tuesday. A bill introduced at the request of the state Department of Transportation would excuse the owners of drones weighing less than 55 pounds from being required to register them as aircraft.
PIERRE (AP) — Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is proposing a rewrite of South Dakota's campaign finance laws that she said could replace a voter-approved government ethics overhaul Republican lawmakers are expected to repeal during the legislative session that starts Tuesday.
PIERRE (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley says that the state's forensic lab has finished testing all rape kits collected from South Dakota law enforcement agencies as part of a state project. Jackley's office said Monday that the South Dakota Forensic Lab gathered more than 500 untested rape kits from authorities in South Dakota starting in 2013. He says the lab has finished analysis on 504 cases since the project began. Jackley's office says untested sexual assault kits are a national concern.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Police say it doesn't appear the apparent homicide of a transgender woman in Sioux Falls was a hate crime. At a briefing Monday, Sioux Falls Police Capt. Blaine Larsen said police don't have any information leading them to believe the death of 28-year-old Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow was related to her gender identity. KELO-TV says investigators are searching through texts and social media to determine the relationship between Wounded Arrow and the 25-year-old man in custody. Police describe them as acquaintances.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and two Native American tribes that oppose the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline want a federal judge to reject an effort by the project's developer to get permission to finish the disputed four-state pipeline. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners asked Judge James Boasberg in November to declare it has legal right to lay pipe under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. That's the remaining unbuilt chunk of the 1,200-mile pipeline.
AVON (AP) — A company that proposed a 201-megawatt wind farm near Avon last year has a new plan for 13 smaller projects in southeastern South Dakota. Kristie Fiegen, chairwoman for the state Public Utilities Commission, tells the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that last month, the commission received paperwork Prevailing Winds filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the new project.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota corrections officials say an inmate has died at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls. Authorities said Monday 56-year-old Joseph Olson died Friday, Jan. 6 following an extended illness. He had been serving a 15-year sentence for sexual contact with a minor under 16 years of age in Yankton County. Corrections spokesman Michael Winder says Olson was taken to the prison's Jameson Annex for the last days of his life. The annex houses medical services for inmates, among other things.