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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Rapid City police say a man charged in a 15-count criminal complaint paid young girls to pose for lewd photos at a motel room in the city.

51-year-old Wallace A. "Wally" Beane, of Rapid City, is in jail on a $500,000 bond.

He is charged with one count of third-degree rape, four counts of sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 and 10
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a Pennington County deputy who shot and killed a man five years ago is not immune from a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Deputy David Olson sought to have the case dismissed, claiming he was a public employee and thus immune from prosecution. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a federal judge's rejection of that
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council has approved a resolution banning all businesses on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from selling the Rapid City Journal after the newspaper published a headline the tribe found objectionable.

Tribal spokesman Kevin Steele said that the ban will stay in effect until the newspaper apologizes for a headline that questioned
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 30-year-old Sioux Falls man who lost sight in one eye when a portable meth lab exploded in a vehicle he was driving has been sentenced to five years in prison.

The Argus Leader reports JayJay Stanton Coronado was driving while he and a woman made methamphetamine in a 20-ounce pop bottle. The meth lab exploded, burning both people and setting the vehicle on
NEW YORK | OPEC and lower global oil prices delivered a one-two punch to the drillers in North Dakota and Texas who brought the U.S. one of the biggest booms in the history of the global oil industry.

Now they are fighting back.

Companies are leaning on new techniques and technology to get more oil out of every well they drill, and furiously cutting costs in an effort to keep U.S. oil
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A southeast South Dakota man accused of soliciting sex from two 13-year-old girls has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.

The Argus Leader reports 25-year-old Elijah Wilson entered his guilty plea Monday to travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Prosecutors in exchange dropped a commercial sex trafficking charge.

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a controversial measure to exempt South Dakota'syoungest workers from the $8.50 minimum wage voters approved in November.

Daugaard weighed his decision before signing the measure Friday to carve out a $7.50 youth minimum wage.

The governor said previously he wouldn't support a "direct attack" on
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles directive on when county treasurers should impose an increase in vehicle license fees has upset some county officials.

A new state law increases most motor vehicle license fees by 20 percent, effective April 1.

The Division of Motor Vehicles on Monday directed county treasurers to immediately start
PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard today signed Senate Bill 1, a comprehensive state and local road and bridge funding package.
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MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A Mitchell man who died when he fled from police and crashed into a parked car had a history of running from law officers.

Court documents show that 33-year-old Ryan McManus had been involved in at least three other incidents since 2004 in which police said he fled from officers, either in a vehicle or on foot.

Police say McManus fled from a Davison County
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls police say a woman was robbed and assaulted by two men after leaving her home to check her mail. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says the incident happened Friday morning. The victim told police there were two sus
Pennington County, S.D- The suspect, identified as T.J. Looking Horse, 26 years old, from Rapid City, was arrested at approximately 1230 p.m., March 13, 2015, on a warrant for aggravated assault on law enforcement.  Mr. Looking Horse was involved in an incident on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at approximately 7:54 p.m. Deputies from the Pennington County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to
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WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — Police in northeastern South Dakota say a man accidentally shot himself during a gun show. The Watertown Public Opinion reports that the Arlington resident mistakenly thought his 9 mm Ruger pistol was unloaded
FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Denver filmmaker who produces training and documentary films for the military is making a documentary about rodeo legend Casey Tibbs.

Justin Koehler grew up in the South Dakota town of Midland, not far from Tibbs' hometown of Fort Pierre. He finished up just about all of the interviews he needs during a trip to Pierre-Fort Pierre earlier
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Ducks Unlimited has opened an office in Brookings in its effort to expand the waterfowl habitat in South Dakota's Prairie Pothole Region.

The group is located in the same research park building at South Dakota State University as Pheasants Forever, which opened a Brookings office last year.

Ducks Unlimited hired SDSU graduate
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