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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of business supply managers suggests a slight decline in the economic conditions for nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a report released Thursday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report said the overall regional economic index dropped to 55.5 in May from 61.4 in April. The March figure was 60.1. The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth in that factor, while a score below that suggests decline.
ABERDEEN (AP) — A fifth defendant charged in a tribal embezzlement case in South Dakota has pleaded guilty in federal court in Aberdeen. The American News reports that 59-year-old Ann German pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft from a tribal organization. She was among six people charged in 2015 in a case involving the unlawful spending of more than $81,000 from Big Coulee District, a political subdivision of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Two officials with the Standing Rock Sioux have been acquitted of disorderly conduct charges that were filed during early protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault and Tribal Councilman Dana Yellow Fat were arrested on Aug. 12 for allegedly pushing back against a line of law enforcement officers in North Dakota. During their trial Wednesday, both men said they were only trying to protect older tribal members. Jurors quickly returned not-guilty verdicts.
ROSYLN (AP) — A prosecutor says he won't pursue the death penalty should there be a conviction in the case of a man accused of fatally shooting another man in his Roslyn home. Forty-five-year-old Jason Lewandowski has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murder and other charges in the death of 33-year-old Jeremy Hendrickson in late 2015. The American News reports that Day County State's Attorney Danny Smeins said the decision not to pursue the death penalty was made after consultations with Hendrickson's family.
WALL (AP) — A semitrailer crash on Interstate 90 in Pennington County has killed a man. The Highway Patrol says the semi pulling two trailers went off the roadway into a pasture about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The 45-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene about 14 miles east of Wall. Authorities say some diesel fuel from the semi spilled into a creek bed, and an unknown liquid leaked from a hazardous materials container in one of the trailers. A hazardous materials team responded and determined there was no threat.
VIBORG (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old child has died in an accident with a skid loader in Turner County. Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier says Marcus Bauer was run over by the skid loader at a residence in Viborg Monday afternoon. The sheriff says the person operating the skid loader was a relative. The case is being treated as an accidental death and no charges are expected.
ABERDEEN (AP) — An Aberdeen man convicted of fatally beating a friend over a $400 debt is appealing his conviction to the South Dakota Supreme Court. A jury in April convicted 56-year-old Bradley Quist of killing 61-year-old Ron Witchey in May 2015, and Quist was sentenced to life in prison. Quist had unsuccessfully claimed self-defense. The American News reports that defense attorneys have filed appeal paperwork with the high court, though they haven't yet listed their grounds for appeal.
German biker loses bag of cash, raining bills over Autobahn BERLIN (AP) — German police say a businessman on a motorcycle lost a plastic bag stuffed with his day's earnings while driving along a southern highway, sending a shower of cash across the Bavarian Autobahn. Ingolstadt police said Sunday the 36-year-old had been carrying about 9,000 euros ($10,000) in small bills Saturday night when he lost the bag on the A9 highway.
PINE RIDGE (AP) — Local and federal authorities are investigating a deadly shooting that occurred on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation over Memorial Day weekend. Oglala Sioux police and the FBI confirm that the incident happened Saturday afternoon near Kyle. No other information has been released.
NORTH SIOUX CITY (AP) — There's more information about the body of a woman found along the interstate near North Sioux City. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says the woman was walking along Interstate 29 in the dark when she was struck by a semi. Her body was found early Sunday. She has not been identified. Authorities have talked to the semi driver, but no charges are pending.