PRISON GUARD KILLING-LAWSUIT
Arguments set in prison guard killing lawsuit
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge is hearing arguments in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of a South Dakota State Penitentiary guard slain by inmates three years ago.
Lynette Johnson alleges that lackadaisical behavior by state prison officials enabled Rodney Berget and Eric Robert to kill her husband, Ronald Johnson, during a failed escape attempt in April 2011.
The state Department of Corrections has asked that the lawsuit be dismissed.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol scheduled a Wednesday hearing on the matter.
Both Berget and Robert were sentenced to death for the killing of Johnson. Robert was executed in October 2012. Berget remains on death row.
SD high school group considers transgender policy
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota High School Activities Association is considering a policy on transgender students.
The policy would allow students to participate in activities according to their identified gender, not necessarily the gender listed on their records. A transgender person is defined in the policy as someone who doesn't identify with the gender assigned to them at birth.
The activities association governs high school sports and fine arts events across the state.
Schools must first review requests by transgender students or guardians and decide which team the student can participate on. Then a Gender Identification Eligibility Committee will make the final ruling. The committee will consist of experts familiar with transgender health and gender identity.
Students must seek the designation for genuine reasons and not to gain an unfair competitive advantage.
PAWN SHOP GRENADE
Live WWII hand grenade causes stir at pawn shop
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A woman caused a stir at a Rapid City pawn shop when she brought in two items her husband had collected while serving in the Philippines during World War II.
The items were hand grenades - and one of them was still live.
Officials at Presidential Pawn on Tuesday alerted police, who called in the bomb squad from Ellsworth Air Force Base to dispose of the grenade.
Police say no charges will be filed because the woman was not aware she possessed an explosive.
Summit League tourneys boost Sioux Falls economy
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Sioux Falls economy received an $8.5 million boost from the recent Summit League men's and women's basketball tournaments.
The report from the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Sioux Falls Sports Authority calculates about $4.5 million in direct sales and about $4 million in indirect sales. The figures take into account taxes, lodging, transportation, food, entertainment, shopping, organizer spending and media coverage.
The Summit League Championships in March drew a total of 37,304 fans to Sioux Falls Arena in South Dakota's largest city. North Dakota State won the men's tournament and the University of South Dakota won the women's title.
Next year's championships will be held at the new Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
SD tribe invokes treaties against new uranium mine
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Oglala Sioux Tribe in southwestern South Dakota is invoking federal treaties and international agreements in protest of a proposed uranium mine in the western part of the state.
Tribal president Bryan Brewer is demanding protection from the federal government from "immediate threat of contamination and irreparable harm."
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently issued an operating license for a proposed uranium mine in the area. The mine still needs approval from the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the state.
The Oglala Sioux has called upon the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, signed by President Barack Obama, to support their cause. The tribe has also invoked treaties from the mid-1800s.
A declaration issued by the tribe says the mine would taint water and desecrate the land.
Yankton bids for international archery tournament
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - Yankton is submitting a bid to host an international archery competition that includes hundreds of participants and is viewed by almost 1 billion people on television.
More than 60 countries will send archers to the 2015 Youth World Championships. The Daily Press & Dakotan reports the city, Yankton County and the state have collaborated with the National Field Archery Association on the bid.
Association President Bruce Cull says it's the largest youth archery event in the world. The last time it was held in the United States was in 2009 near Salt Lake City. Since then, it's been held in Poland and China.
World Archery Federation officials have scouted Yankton and Cull thinks the city has a "reasonably good shot." He expects a response within a couple of weeks.
Brookings Blizzard coach leaving for Hamline job
BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Brookings Blizzard head coach Cory Laylin has accepted the head coaching position at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.
Laylin has been head coach of the North American Hockey League team in South Dakota the past two seasons. At Hamline he takes over for Doc Delcastillo, who left at the end of last season after two years with the NCAA Division III program.
Laylin is a native of St. Cloud, Minn., who played at the University of Minnesota from 1988 to 1992.
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