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RALLY RCFD PREP          The Rapid City Fire Department has bolstered the department staff specifically for the Rally. Fire Chief Mike Maltaverne said they are fully staffed for the anniversary event.….   073
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A man accused of murdering his uncle in Yankton last year has been sentenced to serve 50 years in prison.

Joshua Hudson was accused of using a hammer to kill 46-year-old Todd Hudson in March 2014. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors.

The Daily Press & Dakotan reports that Hudson on Thursday was sentenced to 150 years
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he needs to review proposed ballot measures that would decriminalize marijuana possession and legalize medicinal cannabis, but the governor says he generally hasn't supported such proposals.

Daugaard told The Associated Press on Wednesday he believes marijuana decriminalization would make the plant more available and less difficult to
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say two small planes crashed within hours of one another in western Wisconsin and southwestern Minnesota, killing all seven people who were onboard the aircraft.

The Polk County (Wisconsin) sheriff’s office says a single-engine Beechcraft plane carrying four people crashed Monday evening in a field near Amery, Wisconsin, about 50 miles northeast of
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A former South Dakota county prosecutor who has pleaded not guilty to child rape charges is scheduled to change his plea to at least some of the counts against him.

A change-of-plea hearing was scheduled in state court in Hughes County on Wednesday for former Walworth County State's Attorney Christopher Jansen. He also faces similar charges in
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — The driver in the crash that killed a 14-year-old boy in Mitchell last month has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges stemming from the incident.

22-year-old Karla Martinez entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to charges including third-offense drunken driving and vehicular homicide.

Martinez's sports utility vehicle rolled in the ditch off a gravel road west
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials have confirmed four human cases of West Nile virus disease so far this year.

The state Department of Health says the cases have been reported in Brown, Butte and Spink counties. The ages of the ill individuals range from 20 to 59.

The virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. The
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Forty gay couples have applied to be married in South Dakotaduring the first month following the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing such unions across the country.

The state Department of Health provided The Associated Press with data detailing marriage licenses issued across the state from June 26 to July 27. Overall, gay couples

MADISON, S.D. (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in eastern South Dakota have identified the 25-year-old woman who drowned in Lake Madison over the weekend.

The Lake County sheriff's office says friends of Briauna Moulton reported that she fell out of a boat and into the lake about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The body of the Sioux Falls woman was found around 8:30 p.m.

Lake County Sheriff
Rapid City fire crews were called to a residence on Monday afternoon for an unattended fire in a back yard. The homeowner was burning rubbish in a 55-gallon barrel. No one was watching the fire and officials were unable to reach the homeowner…. &nb
Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that Paul Kinsman, the Commissioner of the South Dakota Bureau of Administration, has retired for health reasons.
Attorney General Marty Jackley joined with 30 other states in requesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delay the effective date of the new rule defining ?Waters of the United States? under the Clean Water Act. The rule is currently set to go into effect on August 28, 2015.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently decided it would offer crop insurance coverage for winter wheat in all South Dakota counties for the 2016 crop. Producers wishing to insure their 2016 crop should sign up before Sept. 30, 2015.
A state prison inmate has died following a lengthy illness. Inmate Dale Aschmeller, age 69, died earlier this morning at a Sioux Falls hospital.
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