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RAPID CITY (AP) — The Air Force says two bombers from the Ellsworth base debuted new cruise missiles during the mission in Syria last week. The extended range missiles were launched by the B-1B Lancer bombers and struck the Barzeh Research and Development Center near Damascus on April 13. The Rapid City Journal says the B-1s can carry up to 24 of the new missiles at a time. Each one costs about $1.4 million.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of bankers shows that concerns over a trade war have hurt confidence in the economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says weak farm income continues to weigh on the rural economy, but that the survey in recent months shows the economy is trending upward.
PINE RIDGE (AP) — A guilty plea is expected from a man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who had been severely injured when she was run over by a vehicle on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Rapid City Journal says a federal plea agreement calls for 29-year-old Bishop Cottier to plead guilty to sexual abuse of a minor. Cottier has admitted sexually assaulting the girl at his home in Pine Ridge in April 2014.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Three South Dakota American Indian tribes say they want to take over management of Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City from the U.S. Indian Health Service. The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board says in the news release that the Oglala, Cheyenne River and Rosebud Sioux tribes passed resolutions approving the effort and authorizing the board to manage the hospital.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Waste piles from logging operations fueled a fire near a lake in South Dakota that grew to be the third largest wildfire in the Black Hills region's history, according to a state meteorologist. The Legion Lake fire originated near piles of unwanted tree tops left behind after logging, the Rapid City Journal reported. The Dec. 11 fire likely would not have grown as large without the debris, according to Darren Clabo, a state fire meteorologist.
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss charges against an Ipswich man accused of bestiality. Fifty-seven-year-old James Schumacher is accused of engaging in sexual acts with two calves on a Bath-area farm. He's pleaded not guilty to six felony charges and faces trial in late July. Defense attorney Marshall Lovrien argued in March that the bestiality counts were unconstitutional. He cited U.S. Supreme Court cases including one that upheld a person's right to engage in private, intimate conduct of his or her choosing.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Citi is laying off 57 customer service employees in Sioux Falls. But, the financial services company says it's committed to its operations in Sioux Falls where it employees about 1,800. Citi announced plans last year to building a new center in southwest Sioux Falls. Citi says it will provide outplacement services to the employees losing their jobs.
CUSTER (AP) — A $22 million hospital and clinic will soon be opening in Custer. KELO-TV reports that the 44,000-square-foot facility being built by Regional Health is replacing an older building. It's scheduled to open April 30. Regional Health Custer Market President Mark Schmidt says replacing rather than remodeling enables officials to also update technology. The hospital and clinic will have eight patient rooms, 18 exam rooms, a hospice suite and more.
RAPID CITY (AP) — Prosecutors won't seek the death penalty against a second suspect accused in a murder-for-hire case in western South Dakota. Pennington County prosecutors withdrew a request this week to pursue capital punishment against Richard Hirth if he is convicted of the 2015 fatal stabbing of Jessica Rehfeld, 22, the Rapid City Journal reported .
BOX ELDER (AP) — The Pennington County Board has rejected a request by the Douglas School District to beef up security by adding two additional sheriff's deputies. Commissioners voted 3-2 against providing the funds necessary to double the number of school resource officers.