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Fire burns inside The Family Dollar Store after a night of unrest and protests in the death of George Floyd early Friday, May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis.   Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Uncle of black man killed in police custody calls for peace

May. 29, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The uncle of a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis said he will be attending a peaceful demonstration in Rapid City this weekend, but that he doesn't approve of the violent protests taking place in response to the killing. George Floyd died Monday after a white...

South Dakota reports 5 COVID-19 deaths, 77 cases

May. 29, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota has reported five new deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, along with 77 new cases, according to the Department of Health. So far, 59 people have died from COVID-19 statewide during the pandemic. All but one of the deaths reported Friday were in Minnehaha County, which is...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Rapid City, S.D. Noem on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, previewed her plan to disburse the $1.25 billion the state has received from the federal government for coronavirus relief, following a push from President Donald Trump's administration to share the money with local governments. (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

South Dakota testing hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19

May. 28, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is going forward with plans to test using a controversial anti-malaria drug in small doses to prevent COVID-19, Gov. Kristi Noem announced Thursday. The drug hydroxychloroquine has attracted controversy after President Donald Trump promoted it as an antidote to...

Body pulled from Rapid City creek is missing man

May. 28, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Police say a body pulled from a Rapid City creek this week in that of a man who had been missing since last week. The man was identified as 41-year-old Jason Rush of Rapid City. Police had been searching for Rush since he was reported missing on May 19. An autopsy has been done,...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Rapid City, S.D. Noem on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, previewed her plan to disburse the $1.25 billion the state has received from the federal government for coronavirus relief, following a push from President Donald Trump's administration to share the money with local governments. (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Noem considers using coronavirus funds for employee salaries

May. 27, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is developing a plan to use some of the $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay state employees’ March salaries and balance the budget, in case the Trump administration doesn't allow her to use the money to plug revenue...

Property owners file lawsuit over recently exposed mine

May. 27, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

BLACK HAWK, S.D. (AP) — Residents of a Black Hawk neighborhood where a sinkhole has exposed an abandoned mine endangering their properties have filed a $75.5 million lawsuit claiming government entities and private developers were negligent. Attorney John Fitzgerald is representing more than 117 residents...

Body found in Pennington County believed to be hunter

May. 27, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

DEERFIELD LAKE, S.D. (AP) — Sheriff's officials said they believe they have found the body of a missing hunter who was the subject of extensive searches in western South Dakota. The body was found near Deerfield Lake in Pennington County Tuesday afternoon. Based on clothing and other factors, the remains...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Rapid City, S.D. Noem on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, previewed her plan to disburse the $1.25 billion the state has received from the federal government for coronavirus relief, following a push from President Donald Trump's administration to share the money with local governments. (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Noem previews plan to spend $1.25 billion coronavirus relief

May. 26, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday previewed her plan to disburse the $1.25 billion the state has received from the federal government for coronavirus relief following a push from President Donald Trump's administration to share the money with local governments. The...

In this photo provided by Cristobal Francisquez, his parents Paulina and Marcos Francisco pose for a photo in front of their house in Sioux City, Iowa, Monday, May 25, 2020. They bought the home after years of working in a meatpacking plant and other food processing jobs. (Cristobal Francisquez via AP)

Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

May. 26, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When Martha Kebede’s adult sons immigrated from Ethiopia and reunited with her in South Dakota this year, they had few work opportunities. Lacking English skills, the brothers took jobs at Smithfield Foods' Sioux Falls pork plant, grueling and increasingly risky work as the...

Procession through Sioux Falls cemeteries honors veterans

May. 25, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Dozens of cars and motorcycles flying American flags looped through Sioux Falls cemeteries Monday on a Memorial Day with social distancing. The procession halted in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery next to a row of American flags. Divers and passengers remained in their vehicles while...