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Car-motorcycle crash in Sioux Falls kills motorcyclist
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A crash involving a motorcycle and a car at a Sioux Falls intersection killed the driver of the motorcycle. Police say the crash happened about 7 p.m. Sunday. They say the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it collided with a car at the intersection in western Sioux Falls. The motorcyclist was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead. The driver and passenger of the car were treated at the scene for minor injuries. The names of those involved were not immediately released.

Laborers union applauds Dakota Access pipeline ruling
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's congressional delegation and a laborers union are applauding a federal appeals court ruling allowing construction to continue on a small stretch of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline. The ruling Sunday clears the way for pipeline work to resume within 20 miles of Lake Oahe in North Dakota. The pipeline is otherwise nearly complete. The Laborers International Union says the ruling affirms that the pipeline is a lawfully permitted project. Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman tells The Bismarck Tribune that continuing construction would be "a tragedy." The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is still appealing a court ruling that let work on the entire pipeline go forward. And federal agencies have prohibited construction on a section right at Lake Oahe where land is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Rapid City facing financial problems after land deal
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Rapid City Council is being pressured into making difficult financial decisions due to an agreement made with a land developer over a decade ago. According to the Rapid City Journal , the deal made to aid developers could have left 22 Rapid City homeowners to pay $11,000 each to build a new road. To help the homeowners, city council voted last week that homeowners south of Field View Drive should not have to pay for a mistake a previous council made. The mistake was allowing the land developer to sign a Waiver of the Right to Protest (WORP) in 2005. WORP allows the developer to not have to build a road then, but can do so at a later time. Since then, the developer has sold the property to over 22 homeowners, legally requiring them to pay for the road.

Pay gap causes racial divide in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Median income for black households in Sioux Falls dropped closer to the poverty line last year, while the rest of the four-county area enjoyed another increase in middle class income. The persistent divide is evidence for the barriers faced by the African American community when it comes to education and employment. The Argus Leader reports the Sioux Falls metro area's black population is five times bigger than in 2000, and is growing yearly. Recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show median income for black households dropped to $26,182 in 2015, thousands of dollars less than the national average for blacks. Median income for the rest of the Sioux Falls metro ticked up to $59,844. White families climbed even higher, reaching a median income of $61,681.

Rapid City school district to conduct drinking water test
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The Rapid City school district is going to check for lead in the drinking water at its schools. The Rapid City Journal reports that district officials have ordered a test on school drinking water fixtures that's expected to be performed in November. A routine survey finished in July shows also that asbestos remains in 23 district buildings. District spokeswoman Katy Urban says the drinking water test and the asbestos survey aren't cause for concern. Kit Cline, manager of buildings and grounds, says he's waiting for price quotes from testing agencies.

Sioux Falls Catholic Schools president plans to retire
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls Catholic Schools President Robert Wehde says he's going to retire at the close of the school year. The Argus Leader reports that Wehde wants to spend more time with his family. A search for Wehde's successor is in the works, and he plans to assist in the transition. The Sioux Falls Catholic school system includes eight schools, 350 staff and about 2,600 students.

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