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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The family of a man who died in a 2016 Sioux Falls building collapse has filed two lawsuits alleging the developer and construction company were responsible for the tragedy. Construction worker Ethan McMahon died Dec. 2, 2016, in the Cooper Lounge collapse. His brother, John F. McMahon, was also working at the site during the collapse and witnessed Ethan's death.
PIERRE (AP) — A bill that would ease a state production limit and other regulations on South Dakota craft breweries is headed to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his signature. The state House voted 63-3 Tuesday to approve the bill, which passed unanimously through the Senate. Daugaard has pushed for the brewing overhaul, saying state regulations are stifling the industry. Republican Rep. Tim Reed, a supporter, says the bill would help young businesses.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A Pine Ridge woman accused of driving a getaway car in a fatal shooting outside a youth center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Thirty-one-year-old Tiffanee Garnier was accused of helping the assailants of Vincent Brewer III in October 2016.
ABERDEEN (AP) — Transportation officials have reopened Interstate 29 in eastern South Dakota but caution that travel conditions are still poor. The interstate was closed from North Dakota to Iowa on Monday due to blizzard conditions. A 215-mile stretch of I-90 in southeastern South Dakota remains closed. Parts of South Dakota remain under blizzard and winter storm warnings. The National Weather Service expects the snow to gradually diminish, but winds are expected to remain strong. Many school districts including Sioux Falls have canceled classes.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota voters will not be seeing ballot question advertisements with the disclaimer: "Paid for in-part with out-of-state money." The state Senate voted 27-6 Monday to reject a bill that would have required ballot measure campaigns that accepted a donation that exceeded $10,000 from outside South Dakota to put the disclaimer on communications such as brochures, billboards and broadcast advertisements.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota House panel has approved a bill that would ease a state production limit and other regulations on microbreweries. The House Commerce and Energy Committee voted 11-1 Monday to send the measure to the chamber's floor. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has pushed for the brewing overhaul, saying state regulations are stifling the industry.
PIERRE (AP) — A bill that would give South Dakota legislators a pay raise and tie their salaries to the state's median household income is headed to the Senate floor. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-3 Monday to approve the measure. Republican Sen. Jeffrey Partridge says the bill aims to fairly compensate future lawmakers to encourage a wider range of qualified candidates to run for office.
PIERRE (AP) — A measure that would ask South Dakota voters to mandate that constitutional amendments encompass only one subject is headed to the full Senate. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 6-3 Monday to approve the resolution, which would put the constitutional change on the November ballot. It has passed through the state House. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the sponsor, says supporters want to make sure voters understand what they're voting for.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gun store owners called it the "Trump slump." Sales of firearms slowed dramatically after the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016 allayed fears of a Democratic crackdown on gun owners. That trend has continued in recent weeks even with talk of gun control in Congress and among business leaders following the Feb. 14 massacre of 17 people at a Florida high school.
BROOKINGS (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol has been seeking to recruit more women to join the state troopers for several years. Brynn Rist is one of only 13 female troopers that work for the state Highway Patrol. Rist told KSFY News that the job has its challenges, but can be rewarding as well.