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Month: April, 2014

KORN Earns Kudos

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
For the 16th consecutive year, KORN News Radio has earned honors from the Great Plains Associated Press News Contest in small market radio.
1st Place-Talk/Public Affairs: In Touch-Cyberterrorism
1st Place-Writing: A Flight Back In Time
2nd Place-Feature: A Flight Back In Time
3rd Place-Newscast: KORN News Radio 5 pm Newscast
3rd Place-Talk/Public Affairs: Inside State Government
Earlier this spring KORN News Radio earned five Eric Sevareid Awards-of-Merit from Midwest Broadcast Journalism Association for newscast, feature, talk/public affairs, sports program and sports play-by-play.
News Director J.P. Skelly has advanced to president-elect of the Midwest Broadcast Journalism Association.


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Corn, spring wheat seeding progress in SD

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Seeding of corn and spring wheat has progressed in South Dakota thanks to a week of favorable weather.
 
The federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that about six days were suitable for field work.
 
The spring wheat crop is now 42 percent planted, ahead of 12 percent last year but slightly behind the long-term average of 46 percent.
 
Corn planting is 11 percent complete, near the average of 10 percent. Last year, no corn was in the ground in South Dakota at this time.
 
The report says the calving season in South Dakota is three-fourths complete. Cattle and calf conditions are rated 83 percent good to excellent.
 
The condition of the state's winter wheat crop is rated 65 percent good to excellent.
 
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Proposed Wal-Mart store faces legal challenges

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A proposed new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Sioux Falls is facing a second legal challenge.
 
Sioux Falls voters on April 8 approved an ordinance clearing the way for the store. But some homeowners in the area want a judge to bar the city from issuing a building permit until after their allegations of misleading ballot wording are addressed in court.
 
Meanwhile, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday was hearing arguments in a case brought by the Save Our Neighborhood group last year. Members maintain that the city improperly annexed the land set aside for the store.
 
Wal-Mart has said it has made several changes to make the planned store a better fit for the neighborhood, and that the store has supporters in the community.
 
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NTSB to focus on why SD plane was flying so low

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal investigator will focus on why a small aircraft was flying so low when it crashed into a wind turbine in South Dakota, killing all four people onboard.
 
Possible factors include trouble with the pilot or plane, and the weather.
 
The Piper crashed Sunday evening 10 miles south of Highmore, killing the pilot, Donald J. "D.J." Fischer, and three passengers.
 
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jennifer Rodi says it doesn't appear the pilot filed a flight plan or was communicating with air traffic controllers, so it's unclear if he refueled before leaving Hereford, Texas.
 
Fischer, of Gettysburg, owned the plane. Cattlemen Brent Beitelspacher, of Bowdle, and Logan Rau, of Java, were also killed. A funeral home Tuesday identified the fourth victim as 33-year-old Nick Reimann, of Ree Heights.
 
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Gov allows insurers to renew 'non-compliant' plans

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says South Dakota will allow insurers to renew existing insurance plans for individuals and small groups, regardless of whether the plans comply with the provisions of the nation's new health care law.
 
Daugaard says the decision will allow insurers to renew existing "non-compliant" insurance plans on or before Oct. 1, 2016, for individuals and for groups with 51 to 100 employees.
 
The State Division of Insurance estimates that the move will affect more than 83,000 people and will save South Dakotans more than $70 million over the next two years.
 
Daugaard says the federal Affordable Care Act is forcing millions of Americans to change health insurance plans, and in some cases it adds expensive and unnecessary new coverages.
 
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McLaughlin woman sentenced on larceny conviction

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A McLaughlin woman accused of stealing check blanks from a business and forging signatures on them has been sentenced to 1 ½ years of probation.
 
Fifty-two-year-old Rhea Archambault also was ordered to pay $1,450 in restitution to L & L Auto.
 
U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Archambault in March 2013 stole a book of checks from the business and wrote several of them to various businesses, forging the signature of one of the L&L Auto owners.
 
She pleaded guilty to a federal larceny charge earlier this year.
 
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Yankton girl treated after pit bull attack

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A 12-year-old Yankton-area girl was treated at a hospital for bites and cuts on her arms and legs after being attacked by what authorities described as a pit bull.
 
The Yankton County Sheriff's Office says the girl was attacked in a mobile home park east of Yankton while walking to school Monday morning. Sheriff Jim Vlahakis says the dog was on a chain but broke loose.
 
No charges are pending, but the sheriff says the dog is quarantined for 10 days. He says after that, the owner will either take the dog to the Humane Society or have it euthanized.
 
Vlahakis says the same dog bit a girl in a city park in 2012.
 
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Commission expects drop in South Dakota deer tags

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The number of South Dakota deer hunting licenses is expected to drop substantially this year due to habitat loss and a disease that thrives in dry weather.
 
Game, Fish and Parks Commission Chairman John Cooper says the total number of tags for the East River deer season will drop by about 40 percent. West River tags will be down 56 percent.
 
The commission will review the license proposals at a meeting Thursday and Friday at Custer State Park.
 
A public hearing on a change to the state's hunting license policy is scheduled for Thursday at 2 p.m.
 
The proposed change would allow hunters to buy "preference points," giving them a higher priority in subsequent years when applying for limited licenses.
 
Cooper says other western states have similar systems.
 
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SD Lottery expects less income this year than last

Saturday, April 12, 2014
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Lottery is anticipating a slight decrease in revenue this year.

Lottery director of sales Joe Willingham says lotto game sales are down 4.6 percent. He says it's not likely the lottery can surpass last year's numbers as last year was a record year.

Video lottery has leveled out, as has instant ticket sales.

Willingham says bad weather is bad for scratch games. He thinks popularity will increase with the arrival of spring weather.

Sales for most of the lotto games are down. The Mega Millions game, while not performing exactly as lottery officials hoped, has increased sales by nearly 80 percent.

The South Dakota Lottery Commission discussed the figures at a meeting Thursday.

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2nd suspect in reservation slaying jailed in Mont.

Saturday, April 12, 2014
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A South Dakota woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of a Montana woman on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

Forty-one-year-old Eugenia Rowland of Pine Ridge appeared Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby.

Ostby told Rowland she could face life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder and appointed a public defender to represent her.

Rowland was arrested in South Dakota last month in the death of 21-year-old Hanna Harris, who went missing July 4th in Lame Deer. Her body was found several days later near the town's rodeo grounds.

About a dozen relatives of Harris attended Friday's hearing. Mother Malinda Harris Limberhand says she's thankful for the prayers of supporters.

Co-defendant Garrett Wadda pleaded not guilty on April 2nd to first-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse.

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