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Feds: South Dakota doc made millions on unneeded surgeries

Nov. 14, 2019 8:11 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota neurosurgeon made millions of dollars by performing unnecessary and dangerous surgeries, including one that left a patient partially paralyzed, federal prosecutors contend in a lawsuit against the doctor. Dr. Wilson Asfora enriched himself by using medical devices he...

South Dakota Sen. Rounds: Wife’s cancer surgery a success

Nov. 14, 2019 4:53 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds says his wife is resting at home after undergoing successful cancer surgery. Rounds says the couple returned home to Fort Pierre on Wednesday after Jean Rounds underwent surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Rounds says his wife will now...

South Dakota Supreme Court rejects appeal in rape conviction

Nov. 14, 2019 4:18 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Sioux Falls man convicted in a 2015 rape. Jurors convicted Jonathan Jerome Packard of second-degree rape after DNA evidence from a sexual assault examination kit matched him to the rape of a woman in her garage. Packard argued...

Sioux Falls police investigating shooting

Nov. 14, 2019 12:14 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police are investigating a shooting that left a bullet hole in the side of a mobile home. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says officers responded to the sound of gunfire on the city’s west side about 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Clemens says he doesn’t know how many...

Convicted killer wants new identity

Nov. 14, 2019 8:33 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man sentenced to 90 years in prison for killing his stepfather has petitioned the court in Minnehaha County to change his name because he wants a fresh start. Thirty-five-year-old Daniel Charles was 14 when he was sent to prison in 2000 for first-degree murder in Meade County. He...

‘Bits and pieces’: Americans view impeachment on their terms

Nov. 13, 2019 10:17 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Cattle rancher Jeffery Gatzke in South Dakota was listening in as he worked on his tractor in his workshop. The first public hearing on impeaching President Donald Trump is a political show, he thinks, but one he wanted to tune into. Nadxely Sanchez, 18, watched on her phone,...

University apologizes to author after ex-student’s criticism

Nov. 13, 2019 7:29 PM EST

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota university has apologized to a young adult author whose work was criticized by a former student. Northern State University tweeted an apology to author Sarah Dessen on Tuesday. That was the same day the Aberdeen American News published an article looking at the 10 years...

Search for missing woman turns up ‘areas of interest’

Nov. 13, 2019 5:24 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police say a search for the remains of a woman missing for 45 years has turned up “areas of interest.” Police used two dogs Wednesday to search an area along the Big Sioux River for the remains of Ellabeth Lodermeier. Lodermeier was 25 when she disappeared...

Gun fired into Rapid City home, tactical officers respond

Nov. 13, 2019 1:55 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Tactical officers responded to a home near downtown Rapid City after someone fired a gun from a car into a first-floor bedroom. Police say no one was hurt in Tuesday’s shooting near Rapid City High School. The Rapid City Journal reports a rifle was found inside a vehicle...

USC rallies in 2nd half to beat South Dakota State 84-66

Nov. 13, 2019 1:03 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was senior night for Southern California and the season has barely begun. Nick Rakocevic and Jonah Mathews both went over the 1,000-point mark in their careers while helping the Trojans rally twice in the second half before pulling away to beat South Dakota State 84-66 Tuesday night....