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A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...

FILE - In this June 22, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at the Sioux Falls city hall in Sioux Falls, S.D. As the state looks to use $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds, one of the largest expenditures has been for law enforcement. The funds came with the stipulation that they be used in addressing the pandemic and anything unused would be returned at the end of the year. Gov. Noem's administration opted to use the money to pay salaries for law enforcement officers.(AP Photo/Stephen Groves File)

South Dakota lawmakers finalize plans for coronavirus funds

Sep. 30, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Wednesday worked to finalize their plan on how to spend more than $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds ahead of a special legislative session tentatively scheduled for next week. Lawmakers have been holding public input sessions in recent weeks...

South Dakota ends deadliest month for COVID-19 as cases dip

Sep. 30, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota reported a decrease in the number of active cases to 3,658 on Wednesday as the state marked the end of its deadliest month of the pandemic to date. Health officials have recorded 56 death from COVID-19 during September, as well as new highs in cases. Over the past two...

Second man pleads guilty in fatal drug robbery shooting

Sep. 30, 2020 12:43 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — One of two men accused of fatally shooting a teenager during a drug robbery in Rapid City has changed his plea to guilty. Andre Martinez, 20, entered the plea to first-degree manslaughter in Seventh Circuit Court Tuesday for his role in the shooting death of 17-year-old Emmanuel...

Plans for $12.6 million rec center in Box Elder advance

Sep. 30, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

BOX ELDER, S.D. (AP) — Plans for a $12.6 million recreation center that would be used by both the Ellsworth Air Force Base and the community are moving forward in Box Elder. The South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority approved the center at a meeting this week. A $6.3 million Department of Defense...

South Dakota reports 5 COVID-19 deaths, dip in active cases

Sep. 29, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The number of people with active coronavirus infections in South Dakota declined for the first time in a week on Tuesday to 3,684, according to data from the Department of Health. Health officials also reported five more deaths from COVID-19, while the number of daily new cases...

Inmate accused in deputy assault has lengthy criminal record

Sep. 29, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

TEA, S.D. (AP) — An inmate accused of attacking a Turner County deputy and stealing his sheriff's vehicle during a transport has previous charges of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. Tyson Wessels was being returned to the Minnehaha County Jail in Sioux Falls following a court appearance in...

Defendant's sanity in question in deaths of mother, nephew

Sep. 29, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A judge will decide whether a Sioux Falls man is not guilty by reason of mental disease in the slayings of his mother and nephew in 2016. Heath Otto told investigators he felt he did the right thing in killing the two because he was ending their misery from their respective...

$10,000 reward offered in Rapid City gun store robbery

Sep. 29, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities said Monday a $10,000 reward is being offered to help catch suspects in a Rapid City gun store robbery and recover some of the stolen weapons. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade...

Secretary of Health: Hospitals can handle more virus cases

Sep. 28, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's hospitals have plenty of capacity to care for COVID-19 patients, a top health official said Monday, even as the state has become one of the nation’s coronavirus hotspots. South Dakota has reported the nation’s second-highest number of new cases per...