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A storm system that buried parts of Wyoming and South Dakota in heavy, wet snow on Friday also brought powerful thunderstorms packing tornadoes to the Great Plains. The storm dumped at least 33 inches of snow in a part of South Dakota’s scenic Black Hills, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Helgeson said Friday afternoon. Later in the day, thunderstorms rolled across the Plains, and witnesses reported seeing tornadoes in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mike Miller says he’s just trying to fit in and be an asset to the Memphis Grizzlies. The two-time NBA champion is being a bit humble. When he smoothly swishes 3-pointer after 3-pointer in training camp, the Grizzlies see more than just the outside threat they’ve lacked for so many years.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Authorities say a man was taken to a Rapid City mental health center after posting on Facebook that he was going to kill people. Someone told police that the 20-year-old was on his way to the Rushmore Mall on Thursday. His name was not released. Police spokeswoman Tarah Heupel told the Rapid City Journal that mall security officers were alerted.
PIERRE (AP) — A 3-yearold boy has been found, but his juvenile mother is still missing after leaving a residential treatment program in Sioux Falls earlier this week. The state says the boy was initially dropped off at a friend’s home Wednesday and has since been reunited with family members. He was with his mother, Kimberly Guerra, on Tuesday evening when she left a program that serves pregnant women and mothers with small children. Kimberly is 17 years old and Hispanic. She’s 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota officials have closed Interstate 90 from Sturgis to the Wyoming border because of the early autumn blizzard hitting the western part of the state. Officials say that section of the interstate will remain closed until storm conditions improve and crews are able to clear the roadway. The state Transportation Department is recommending no travel on some other western South Dakota roads. The National Weather Service says up to two feet of snow is expected across the Black Hills, with winds gusting to 70 mph.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Autumn storms are threatening much of the Midwest, with heavy snow in South Dakota and possibly dangerous thunderstorms from Wisconsin to Oklahoma. The National Weather Service says the summerlike system expected to hit the Plains on Friday could pack thunder, high winds, heavy rain and possibly tornadoes. Besides Wisconsin and Oklahoma, other states in the path include Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday. They locked down the entire complex, derailing debate over how to end a government shutdown. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., told reporters he was walking from the Capitol to the Senate Russell Office Building across the street when he noticed several police officers driving fast up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles. "Within seconds of that," Casey said, "we heard three, four, five pops," which he assumed were gunshots.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender says a $500,000 federal grant will allow his department to hire four officers to combat a growing crime problem in the western South Dakota city. Allender tells the Rapid City Journal the grant will delay the expense to taxpayers.
SPEARFISH (AP) — A Sioux Falls man who was injured in a car crash with a Chester volunteer firefighter speeding to a fire has asked the South Dakota Supreme Court to reinstate his lawsuit against the firefighter. A trial judge ruled that Areyman Gabriel could not sue Tim Bauman because the volunteer firefighter was immune from damages.
PIERRE (AP) — A Dakota Cash ticket sold in Sisseton is worth $143,706 in the latest drawing. South Dakota Lottery officials say the ticket matched all five numbers in Wednesday's drawing to win the jackpot. The odds of winning the top prize in Dakota Cash are about 1 in 324,000. Dakota Cash is played and won only in South Dakota. The jackpot starts again at $20,000 for the next drawing, on Saturday.