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Supreme Court rejects appeal from gay inmate in South Dakota

Jun. 18, 2018 9:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a gay death row inmate in South Dakota who says jurors were biased against him because of his sexual orientation. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place the death sentence for Charles Rhines. He was convicted in the stabbing...

Delta creates special Rapid City flight for Belgian tourists

Jun. 17, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Delta Air Lines recently created a special flight to help a group of Belgian tourists reach their South Dakota vacation after experiencing travel delays. The tourists boarded a flight from Amsterdam on May 31 as part of a reward trip for coffee roasters using creamer by Dutch dairy...

Deputy fired after winning election offered temporary job

Jun. 15, 2018 2:48 PM EDT

TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota sheriff's deputy who was fired by his boss after defeating him in a primary race has been offered another county job until he assumes the sheriff's role. Bon Homme County Sheriff Lenny Gramkow fired Deputy Mark Maggs after Maggs beat him in the election last week. With...

Farmers in Trump country protest Pruitt's ethanol policies

Jun. 15, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Deep in the heart of Trump country, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is being met with protests by farmers and ethanol producers concerned that he is undermining the industry with his strong support of oil and gas. Their unhappiness is being broadcast on billboards, at...

The Latest: Keystone XL opponent says 'fight is not over'

Jun. 14, 2018 11:53 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on a developments with the Keystone XL oil pipeline (all times local): 5:25 p.m. An attorney for an organization opposing the Keystone XL oil pipeline says the "fight is not over" after the South Dakota Supreme Court dismissed a legal appeal from project foes. Robin Martinez,...

South Dakota high court dismisses appeal against Keystone XL

Jun. 14, 2018 6:49 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Supreme Court this week dismissed an appeal from opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear their cases. But an attorney battling the project says the "fight is not over." Groups fighting TransCanada Corp.'s pipeline...

Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief's visit

Jun. 14, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Farmers and ethanol producers gave Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt a rough reception in South Dakota, accusing him of undermining the industry that's a key part of the state's economy. About 200 people rallied in Sioux Falls on Wednesday, urging Pruitt to...

Teen sentenced in manslaughter case that caused furor

Jun. 13, 2018 10:35 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota teenager has been sentenced to about 1 ½ years in jail for causing a fatal crash following a drug dispute — a punishment the victim's family says is too lenient. The Argus Leader reports that 17-year-old Alex Lingor, of Sioux Falls, was sentenced Tuesday...

South Dakota man sentenced on state, federal hunting charges

Jun. 12, 2018 7:53 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man accused of illegally baiting a mountain lion with dead deer has been sentenced on state and federal charges. The Rapid City Journal reports 21-year-old Mason Hamm of Rapid City recently pleaded guilty in federal court to hunting with an unregistered firearm and...

Mother releases video of SDSU officer handcuffing daughter

Jun. 12, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — A woman has released police video of a South Dakota State University officer grabbing her teenage daughter by the wrist and handcuffing her during an arrest on campus last September. Melissa Mentele, of Emery, says her two daughters were stopped by the officer as they walked on...