South Dakota News

USDA offers winter wheat crop insurance for all SD farmers
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Producers across the state will now be able to insure their winter wheat crop for 2016. State Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch says the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently decided to expand crop insurance coverage for winter wheat in all South Dakota counties for the next year's crop. Lentsch says producers in the state rely on an effective and affordable crop insurance program to manage risk. He says the USDA's decision gives producers an additional tool when making planting decisions. Producers wanting to insure their 2016 crop must sign up before September 30th.

Endangered pallid sturgeon larvae found in Missouri River
BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — Scientists say that three fish larvae captured from the Missouri River last year have been confirmed as those of the endangered pallid sturgeon. A U.S. Geological Survey news release issued Thursday says the 1- to 3-day-old larvae were among hundreds of larval shovelnose sturgeon and paddlefish collected near Bellevue, Nebraska on May 30th, 2014. Survey scientists say the discovery indicates that pallid sturgeon successfully spawned in the lower Missouri River downstream of Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota. But the scientists warned that the successful spawning does not necessarily indicate that the species is on its way to recovery. Scientist Aaron DeLonay says the pallid sturgeon population is still small and that reproduction sufficient to increase the population has not been documented.

Man sentenced for killing uncle in Yankton with hammer
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A man accused of murdering his uncle in Yankton last year has been sentenced to serve 50 years in prison. Joshua Hudson was accused of using a hammer to kill 46-year-old Todd Hudson in March 2014. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors. The Daily Press and Dakotan reports that Hudson on Thursday was sentenced to 150 years with 100 suspended. He could have faced life in prison if convicted on the initial charge of second-degree homicide. Hudson was ordered to pay $19,100 in prosecution fees, $1,829 to reimburse his uncle's funeral costs and court fees. Hudson underwent four psychiatric evaluations. Two concluded he was legally insane at the time of the killing. One concluded he was sane, and one was inconclusive.

Man serving life term for 1970 slaying in Sioux Falls dies
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man serving life in prison for killing a woman in Sioux Falls 45 years ago has died. Corrections officials say 69-year-old Dale Aschmeller died Thursday morning at a Sioux Falls hospital, following a lengthy illness. Aschmeller was given a life prison term in 1971 for killing Stella Van Broeke during a $700 tavern robbery in November 1970. Authorities said she had been stabbed, choked, saturated with gasoline and set on fire.

Big 12 names 6 universities as affiliate wrestling members
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Big 12 Conference has added six universities as affiliate members to the postseason wrestling championship. The conference says as Air Force, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Utah Valley and Wyoming will join Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and West Virginia in future Big 12 Wrestling Championships. The affiliate member additions are effective beginning with the 2015-16 academic year. Affiliate members will compete for the conference's postseason championship and the league's automatic qualification to NCAA postseason competition.

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