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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Game bird producers in the Midwest are ramping up disease prevention measures in an effort to shield their multi-billion-dollar industry from the highly contagious avian influenza outbreak sweeping the region's poultry producers.

The deadly H5N2 strain of avian influenza has cost turkey and chicken producers millions of birds but the virus hasn't
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Travelers on a roughly 55-mile stretch of I-90 west of Rapid City to the Wyoming border may not be able to drive the new 80 mph speed limit for much longer.

The state Transportation Commission will take public comment during a hearing at the end of May on a proposal to drop the speed limit on that portion to 75 mph.

Transportation Department engineer Mike

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Rapid City School District says some students suffered minor injuries in a bus crash.

District officials say about 55 middle school and elementary school students were on the bus when it crashed about 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

A second bus was sent to the scene to bring the students to school. Some were referred to a school nurse or doctors. It was not
MOUNT VERNON, S.D. (AP) — The wife of a Davison County sheriff's deputy was injured in an incident involving his gun.

Attorney General's Office spokeswoman Sara Rabern says the woman was cleaning house Tuesday night when she moved the gun and it went off. The bullet hit the woman but she did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

The Daily Republic newspaper reports that the

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Federal investigators say pilot error and a non-functioning light atop a wind turbine are probable causes of a plane crash that killed four South Dakota men a year ago.

The single-engine Piper crashed April 27, 2014, when it struck a 330-foot-high wind turbine in fog 10 miles south of Highmore. The crash killed the pilot and three cattlemen returning from a
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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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