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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley says the U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal by Rodney Berget.

Berget was sentenced to die for his role in killing State Penitentiary guard Ronald Johnson during an April 2011 escape attempt. Berget is to die by lethal injection the week of May 3.

Jackley says the Supreme Court rejected Berget's request to overturn his
A bill, HB 1186, to revise an appropriation made to the Science and Technology Authority was up for a second reading before legislators this week. In 2004, the state acquired the Homestake Mine property with the condition that the state put 10-million do
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former Sioux Falls middle school teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual contact with a child younger than 16.

Thirty-three-year-old Tonya Drueppel was charged in a five-count indictment in February 2014. Authorities say Drueppel developed a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl between
A few dozen members of the Native American community and non–Native community came together Thursday afternoon, marching in solidarity to bring attention to racism in Rapid City.

Native American community leader Chase Iron Eyes says Thursday's racism march was in honor of Allen Locke, a 30–year–old Native American man who was fatally shot by a Rapid City police officer in
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The capital cities of the Dakotas have a chance to pass Go and collect $200.

Pierre and Bismarck are among 60 cities up for possible inclusion as property spaces in the new Monopoly Here and Now special U.S. edition of the popular board game. The edition, along with a World Edition featuring names of cities worldwide, is being marketed this year to
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's Republican congressional delegation is criticizing the president's veto of a bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Senator John Thune, South Dakota's senior senator, says President Barack Obama's veto is disappointing but not surprising.
The pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corporation would
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Ellsworth Air Force Base, (KEVN-TV) The commander of the 28th Bomb Wing, Colonel Kevin Kennedy, gave his State of Ellsworth Address Thursday morning, discussing operations, updates and enhancements in regards to the base. Enhancing the quality of life fo
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

The regulatory agency voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of rules aimed at enforcing what's called "net neutrality." That's the idea that service providers shouldn't intentionally block or slow web traffic,
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Oglala Sioux officials are pushing for a popular basketball tournament to be moved out of Rapid City due to racial tensions.

Tensions were exacerbated by reports of Native American children being subjected to racial slurs and sprayed with beer at a minor league hockey game in Rapid City in late January.

Oglala Sioux tribal leaders are pushing the board of the
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Box Elder man has pleaded guilty to burglary and grand theft charges in connection with a six-hour-long standoff with law enforcement officials in July.

Kidnapping charges against 32-year-old Raymond Cuny were dropped as part of the plea deal. Authorities say Cuny took a 2-year-old boy hostage during the standoff at a Rapid City home that he was trying to
The Rapid City Police Department has hired a detective to investigate cold cases going back 40 years.  Wayne Keefe an investigator who retired from the department last year, will work part time.  Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker spoke about two rece
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — State Corrections officials are working to address the use of an illegal synthetic drug at the minimum security unit of the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. Authorities believe smuggled synthetic drugs likely sickened tw
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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
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — An Ohio man has been sentenced for committing a federal wildlife crime while acting as a hunting guide in South Dakota.

U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 59-year-old Randy Miller shot and killed a turkey vulture on a U.S. Forest Service trail while guiding hunters in May 2013. Turkey vultures are protected under federal law.

Miller was sentenced to a

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man charged in the death of the 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will remain in jail until his trial in September.

Judge Bradley Zell on Tuesday said he does not think 29-year-old Joseph Patterson is a flight risk, but he does think Patterson is a danger to his ex-girlfriend.

Patterson is charged with second-degree murder,
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