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PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota board has voted to withhold payments to the company upgrading the state's 911 emergency system because of recurring bugs. The state's 911 Coordination Board sent a letter to NextGen Communications Inc. (Comtech) of Annapolis, Maryland, Thursday saying the monthly payments of $259,000 wouldn't be sent until the company fixes the issues. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says the company started upgrading the system in 2015 and has collected $7.4 million for design, construction and maintenance.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The former state's attorney for Bennett County has been charged in federal court with evading business taxes. Kenneth Orrock, 48, was charged with willful failure to collect and pay over tax in 2015 as owner of the Black Hills Patrol security agency, The Rapid City Journal reported. The newspaper said Orrock was expected to plead guilty on Friday.
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Construction of the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline has begun, and the full system should be operational within three months, the developer of the long-delayed project said Thursday, even as an American Indian tribe filed a legal challenge to block the work and protect its water supply.
PIERRE (AP) — A House panel has approved a bill that would impose a new requirement for some single parents who are seeking food stamps. The Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously Thursday to approve the bill. It would require Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants to cooperate with child support enforcement to get or enforce a child support order as a condition of eligibility for food stamps.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A man accused of forcing a woman into a vehicle and leading police on a chase through two South Dakota counties could face kidnapping and aggravated assault charges. Sioux Falls police say a citizen called officers Wednesday to report a man had assaulted a woman and forced her into a silver sedan. Police say an officer saw the vehicle driving recklessly and started to follow it in Minnehaha County.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Tyler Flack scored a career-high 29 points, Matt Mooney tossed in 21 and South Dakota pulled away in the second half to defeat Fort Wayne 93-82 on Wednesday night. Flack was 13-for-15 from the floor with eight rebounds and just one turnover. He scored five points to open a big 56-point second half second half as South Dakota (17-10, 8-4 Summit League) rallied from a five-point deficit. The Coyotes have won four of their last five and are poised near the top of the league.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota House panel on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have made it harder for voters to put initiatives on the ballot. The House State Affairs Committee voted 11-1 to defeat the bill, which would have required ballot measure supporters to fan out across South Dakota to gather signatures. Republicans have discussed changing the initiative process after an election season with 10 ballot questions that brought millions of dollars from out-of-state groups pouring into South Dakota campaigns.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers have rejected a bill that was meant to increase transparency in the state's school choice scholarship program.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Nearly a dozen former employees of Wells Fargo in several states are suing the bank in federal court in South Dakota, alleging they were fired for minor criminal charges that had already been disclosed when they were hired.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped all charges against a South Dakota doctor accused of trafficking a 16-year-old girl from Georgia after losing contact with an out-of-state witness. Thirty-six-year-old Jonathan Cohen, of Sioux Falls, had faced human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child pornography and drug charges until they were dismissed Tuesday. A statement from the Minnehaha County State's Attorney's office says there is still an ongoing investigation and the case could be re-opened.