South Dakota News

Crash on east side of Bowdle kills 1 teen, injures another
BOWDLE, S.D. (AP) — One teenager was killed and another seriously injured when their car collided with a semitrailer in Edmunds County. The Highway Patrol says the car the two 16-year-old boys were in pulled into an intersection on state Highway 47 on the east side of Bowdle and collided with a semitrailer pulling an empty cattle trailer. The crash happened about 9:30 p.m. Monday. The driver of the car was killed and the passenger suffered what authorities say are life-threatening injuries. They weren't immediately identified. The semi driver wasn't hurt.

Pine Ridge man sentenced to 14 years in 2015 slaying
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Pine Ridge man has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for his role in the slaying of a 30-year-old man last year. Twenty-year-old Jerome Warrior pleaded guilty last July to murder in the July 12, 2015, death of Ferris Brings Plenty on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Warrior is among seven people charged in the case. Authorities allege the men killed Brings Plenty with a machete, a stick, a bat and a cinder block. Warrior admitted to kicking the victim in the head and face with his boot. Two of the other suspects in the case, Steven Steele and Terry Goings, have each been sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison. The other cases are ongoing.

Gregory man on trial for allegedly killing his infant son
BURKE, S.D. (AP) — A Gregory man accused of killing his infant son by shaking him and causing severe brain damage is on trial in Gregory County. Twenty-four-year-old Adam Bruns earlier pleaded not guilty to several charges including murder in the March 2014 death of 3-month-old Levi Bruns. He'll face life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. The Daily Republic reports that jury selection began Monday. Opening statements from attorneys are scheduled Thursday. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

South Dakota farm, ranch land drops in value per acre
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The average value of farm and ranch land in South Dakota has dropped for the first time in at least a quarter century. A new report from South Dakota State University says the average per-acre value of land dropped 2.4 percent after averaging a 10 percent increase annually since at least 1991, when the university began its survey of experts across the state. The Capital Journal reports that the land's worth reflects the sharp declines in crop and beef cattle prices. Ranchers and other livestock market experts say prices for calves coming off pasture in the fall are down at least 40 percent from two years ago. Farmers say prices for corn, soybeans and wheat are down at least 30 percent historic highs seen three and four years ago.

The Latest: Jesse Jackson to join Dakota Access protest
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he is going to North Dakota to join the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Jackson says Native Americans who oppose the pipeline have a "moral claim to be heard" and that their burial grounds "must be honored." The civil rights leader says he plans to arrive in Bismarck on Wednesday and will stand with pipeline opponents and "if necessary, go to jail with them." Jackson has been campaigning for Hillary Clinton, but says he is diverting to North Dakota "because their case is that precious to me." Pipeline opponents worry about potential effects on drinking water on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's reservation and farther downstream on the Missouri River, as well as destruction of cultural artifacts, including burial sites. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners says the pipeline has numerous safeguards.

Actor Mark Ruffalo in North Dakota to oppose oil pipeline
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Actor-activist Mark Ruffalo has traveled to North Dakota to support the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's opposition to the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline. Ruffalo is co-founder of The Solutions Project, which promotes clean and renewable energy. He says he plans to deliver a pair of Navajo-made solar trailers on Wednesday to help power the encampments established to protest the pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes and environmental groups say that the pipeline could threaten water supplies for millions, since it will cross the Missouri River, as well as harm sacred sites and artifacts. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners says the pipeline has numerous safeguards. Ruffalo is one of the movie industry's most outspoken advocates for environmental causes. He says "water is life."

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