SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota journalist is suing Attorney General Marty Jackley for more information about the October 2013 death of former state economic development director Richard Benda. Bob Mercer was unsuccessful in getting records earlier through an administrative law process. The Argus Leader reports that he's now taken the matter to circuit court.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The chair of the state's Government Operations and Audit Committee says he plans to ask the man who formerly handled the state's role in an investment-for-green-card program to speak at its next meeting. Republican Senator Larry Tidemann says he's drafted a letter to Joop (yohp) Bollen that asks him to give of chronology of the EB-5 program in South Dakota.
DENVER (AP) - Two U.S. senators are calling for an outside investigation into how the Air Force Academy handles sexual assaults, including an allegation that agents were blocked from speaking to academy football coaches. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) of New York and Senator John Thune (thoon) of South Dakota asked the Defense Department and civilian investigators on Wednesday to investigate allegations by a former Air Force agent.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - An Oglala (OHG'-lah-luh) Sioux police officer has been fired for improperly using a stun gun, and the police chief's job might also be in jeopardy. Tribal Councilman Garfield Steele tells the Rapid City Journal Corporal Becki Sotherland was fired Thursday for an incident last week in which she used a Taser several times on a man lying on the ground. A passer-by shot video and posted it online.
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