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Less Than 30 Minutes Before Departure, the Pilot Was Arrested

Cops say pilot showed up drunk for Delta flight

(Newser) - The pilot of a Delta flight from a South Dakota airport was arrested less than 30 minutes before departure time Wednesday morning when a TSA agent told police he smelled like booze. Russel Duszak, 38, was found to have a blood alcohol content of more than 0.04 and was... More »

Feds Overrule State to Rename Its Highest Mountain

Introducing Black Elk peak

(Newser) - A federal board's Thursday decision to rename Harney Peak to Black Elk Peak surprised South Dakota's governor, but vindicated activists who unsuccessfully argued to state officials last year that the peak shouldn't bear the name of a man whose soldiers killed Native Americans. The decision by the... More »

Couple Married 63 Years Die 20 Minutes Apart

'You couldn't ask for anything more beautiful'

(Newser) - Henry and Jeanette De Lange lived together as husband and wife for 63 years, so perhaps it's only fitting that they died together, too. The married couple from Platte, South Dakota, were in the same room in a nursing home on July 31 when Jeanette, 87, suffering from Alzheimer'... More »

Here's Why Amish Kids Don't Get Asthma as Often

They can probably thank the cows

(Newser) - You're probably less likely to see an Amish kid carrying around an inhaler, because they don't seem to get asthma as often as other kids—and researchers think it's due to the cows, Live Science reports. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine ... More »

Delta Flight Lands at Air Force Base by Mistake

Passengers were stuck at Ellsworth for hours

(Newser) - Oops: Some 130 Delta passengers were stuck on the tarmac for hours Thursday night after they were mistakenly taken to a military airport instead of a civilian one. The airline says Flight 2845 landed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota instead of Rapid City Regional Airport, which is... More »

Cops Called Out for Forcing Catheters on Suspects

'There’s a lot of screaming and hollering'

(Newser) - Police in South Dakota are forcing catheters onto some uncooperative suspects—“They don’t anesthetize them,” one lawyer says. “There’s a lot of screaming and hollering”—and critics say the practice could be unconstitutional, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports. While forced catheterization has been... More »

Guy Busted With DUI in Stolen Ambulance

That's not the only odd DUI charge this week

(Newser) - If you're bored on the University of Rochester campus after the bars let out, don't do as this student did: Police say 22-year-old Robert Cordaro Jr. hopped into a Rural Metro ambulance around 2:20am Thursday and drove a quarter of a mile until he crashed into a... More »

SD Needlessly Dumps Thousands Into Nursing Homes: DOJ

Feds may sue the state

(Newser) - The Justice Department may be gearing up to sue the state of South Dakota after a report released Monday found thousands of people with disabilities that could potentially be managed at home are being relegated to nursing homes or other long-term-care facilities instead, the New York Times reports. This most... More »

Keystone Pipeline Leaks Thousands of Gallons of Oil Into S. Dakota

TransCanada denies any significant threats to the environment or public health

(Newser) - The Keystone pipeline sprung a leak Saturday, and TransCanada was slightly off in its original estimate of how much oil spilled into Hutchinson County, South Dakota—by about 9,000% or so. CNN reports the oil company originally estimated that only about 187 gallons had spilled. On Thursday, it updated... More »

In Search of a Fresh Start, Teen Vanishes

Family is searching for Morgan Bauer

(Newser) - Morgan Bauer "wanted to start a new life and she wanted to start her adulthood," her mother, Sherri Sichmeller, tells the Huffington Post . So the 19-year-old, with just $20 in cash, left Aberdeen, SD, for Atlanta on Feb. 12—and disappeared soon after. No one has heard from... More »

6 Cities With Fastest-Rising Crime Rates

San Luis Obispo tops the list, with crimes up 58%

(Newser) - Is there something in the air in San Luis Obispo? The number of violent crimes including rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, and murders, spiked 58% in the metropolitan area from 2010 to 2014, making it home to the fastest-rising crime rate of any US city. Interestingly, the crime rate 30 miles... More »

S. Dakota Passes Bathroom Rule for Transgender Kids

Ban on kids from bathrooms of gender they identify with awaits governor's signature

(Newser) - South Dakota may become the first state to ban transgender students from the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify. A bill that would allow only students of the same biological sex in certain areas, including shower facilities, passed the state Senate Tuesday with a 20-15... More »

It Doesn't Pay to Teach in South Dakota

The state trails the nation in teacher salary

(Newser) - Jessica Ries works at a tux shop. Lori Brandt covers the desk at a Super 8 motel. Jared Baumann works for a moving company. What do they have in common? They're also all teachers in South Dakota, which pays its teachers less than any state in the union—making... More »

Little House on the Prairie Movie in the Works

No word on cast yet; Sean Durkin will direct

(Newser) - One of NBC's most popular television series of the '70s and early '80s is leaving the Midwest and heading for Hollywood. Paramount Pictures will be adapting Little House on the Prairie, which ran on TV from 1974 to 1983 , for the big screen, per the Hollywood Reporter ... More »

Tiniest of Typos Looms Large on College Billboard

Yep, apostrophes matter, as the University of South Dakota has discovered

(Newser) - A University of South Dakota billboard erected east of Sioux Falls on Interstate 90 boasts that it's the "Best in the Dakota's," adding an apostrophe that shouldn't be there, the Argus Leader reports. The director of the university's marketing department tells the Leader that... More »

Why Sex Traffickers Love South Dakota

They 'see this as a trusting place'

(Newser) - Federal authorities are cracking down on sex trafficking in a seemingly unlikely place: the friendly, low-crime state of South Dakota. It's been a relatively nascent effort: KDLT quotes Assistant US Attorney Jeff Clapper as saying, "Before 2010, we didn't have any of these cases. Since then, we'... More »

One of the Biggest Raptors Found in South Dakota

Meet Dakotaraptor

(Newser) - Archaeologists have found one of the biggest raptors ever, one that used to roam what is now Hell Creek in South Dakota. Hence, the name: Dakotaraptor. Discover reports that this beast was about 16 feet long with sickle-like claws of nearly 10 inches, making it one of the largest raptors... More »

Meet the Guy Who Illegally Sold Execution Drugs to 4 States

Buzzfeed digs into Harris Pharma of Salt Lake City, India

(Newser) - Four US states bought execution drugs illegally supplied from a man in India, according to a report from Buzzfeed . Journalists Chris McDaniel and Tasneem Nashrulla say Chris Harris of Harris Pharma, a self-described drug manufacturer and distributor in Salt Lake City, India, has earned tens of thousands of dollars from... More »

Here's the Next Mountain Name Up for Debate

Native Americans want to nix Harney Peak

(Newser) - With the dispute over Alaska's Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley) now over , legislators can turn their attention to another mountain nomenclature debate. South Dakota's Harney Peak is named for Gen. William S. Harney, an Army general who was "one of the best-known military figures in America"... More »

Scientists Explore Secret Cave to Unlock Climate Mystery

Experts begin digging at Persistence Cave in South Dakota

(Newser) - Scientists have found remains of three animals at the mouth of an unexplored cave in South Dakota's Black Hills, along with other bones dating back almost 11,000 years, and are now on a mission to unearth the cave's opening, the AP reports. What they hope to find:... More »

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