Monday, July 8, 2013

Local Headlines

By Jeri Thomas-Dakota Radio Group News Director

Deployment Ceremony Held for SDANG’s 152nd CSSB Saturday-Troops Flew Out of Pierre Sunday

About 400 people gathered Saturday at Riggs High School for a deployment ceremony for the South Dakota National Guard’s 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, based in Pierre. The hour long ceremony was held in the school gym and featured as speakers-Governor Dennis Daugaard, Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill, Major General Timothy Reisch and Lt. Colonel Michael Oster-who commands the 152nd. The unit’s 68 soldiers will spend about six months in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
During Saturday’s ceremony, Governor Daugaard told the soldiers that he is proud of them, offered prayers for their safe return and thanked the soldiers’ families and employers for their sacrifices, as well. Daugaard said before the ceremony that the soldiers have a lot on their minds as they prepare to serve.

Mayor Gill cited the importance of the South Dakota National Guard to the communities of Pierre and Fort Pierre during the 2011 flood and said after Saturday’s ceremony that citizens want to return that support when possible.

Major General Reisch told the audience he couldn’t be more proud of this unit; which is one of the Guard’s newest. He said he looks forward to the return of the troops in 2014. Speaking with reporters before the ceremony, Reisch said he believes that many South Dakota troops will be back in the state as President Barack Obama’s drawdown of troops in Afghanistan progresses in the coming year.

Current plans call for at least one other South Dakota-based Army Guard unit to deploy in December-according to Reisch. Once the 152nd arrives in Afghanistan, Reisch says there will be more than 400 Guard members serving overseas from South Dakota.
Lt. Colonel Oster says it’s hard to know how the drawdown will impact the members of the 152nd while they are in Afghanistan.

Oster says about 25% of the 152nd soldiers are from the Pierre area and the rest are from other parts of the state. He says at least half of the soldiers in his unit have deployed before and all bring a great deal of knowledge to their service. Specialist Josh Becker of Pierre is one of the members of the 152nd. This is his first deployment with the guard and he said Saturday that he’s leaving behind his wife and two daughters. He says the unit has known about the deployment for about two years and they have been working hard to prepare.

Becker is originally from White River and has been with the Guard for about seven years. He says he signed up to serve for a few different reasons.

The 152nd was escorted from the Armory in Pierre to the Airport by law enforcement vehicles and a caravan of veterans on motorcycles Sunday afternoon. Several family members watched from outside a fence near the old airport terminal as a plane carrying the soldiers departed during the noon hour yesterday. The group will spend several weeks in Fort Hood, Texas for training prior to deployment.


Weekend Brought Public Opening for New Paws Animal Shelter

The past weekend brought the first time that the new animal shelter for Paws Animal Rescue was open to the public. Paws volunteers broke ground for the new shelter in northeast Pierre near Walmart last fall and the building is mostly complete. Paws Vice President Lindy Gereats says about 40 cats that used to be housed at the former Miller Studio building downtown were moved to the new shelter a few weeks ago. Dogs will be moved from foster homes to the shelter in coming weeks, once a series of outdoor runs that are part of the building are finished. Gereats says opening the building over the weekend was a great moment for the many people that have worked over the years to care for homeless cats and dogs in Pierre/Fort Pierre.

Gereats says the new building has several great features.

Gereats says for now, the new shelter is open Saturdays from 11-2. Pets can also be seen by appointment and Gereats says they hope to eventually add Thursday evenings to the time the building is open for the public. She says as always, volunteers are needed to help with the day-to-day shelter operations.

The new building is located at the end of Lowell Avenue behind Walmart. For more information on Paws, visit This Saturday, Paws will hold a “Honk and Bark” car wash at Young’s Mobil from 10-2. Funds raised will go toward buying litter, food and other supplies for the shelter.

Pierre Man Arrested Friday After Two People Say They Were Threatened with a Knife

A Pierre man was arrested Friday night on at least four charges for an incident reported at a Pierre home earlier in the day. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says officers were called early Friday morning to a residence in the 100 block of South Taylor Avenue. Blemaster says officers were told a man had entered an unlocked home, went into a room, brandished a knife and threatened to stab two people in the home. He says a 25-year-old female reportedly confronted the suspect and she received a cut wound. An ambulance was called to the home to treat the woman. Also present was the woman’s 28-year-old boyfriend. Blemaster says the man with the knife fled and was not located until Friday night about 9:15 p.m. Arrested without incident in the 300 block of South Poplar was 30-year-old Michael Roy. He was taken into custody for one count of Aggravated Assault-Domestic, one count of Aggravated Assault, one count of First Degree Burglary and one count of Violation of a Protection Order.

Two Vehicle Accident Reported on Highway 1804 in Sully County Saturday

A two vehicle accident Saturday resulted in injuries to the motorists involved. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says the accident was reported at the intersection of Highway 1804 and 192nd Street in Sully County. A vehicle driven by a Colorado man, William Pate was southbound on 1804 when the Highway Patrol says it collided with a vehicle driven by Larry Steffen of Pierre. DPS says the Steffen vehicle exited a private drive to cross the highway and struck the passenger side of the Pate vehicle. Both motorists were transported to the hospital by family. Pate received minor injuries and DPS classifies Steffen’s injuries as serious, but non-life threatening. Agencies responding to the accident site were the Sully County Sheriff’s Office, the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office, the Onida Ambulance and South Dakota Highway Patrol.

South Dakota Perspective to Air This Afternoon

The monthly program South Dakota Perspective is coming up today on KGFX-AM, KOLY-AM and affiliate stations of the Dakota News Network. Join us this afternoon at 2:05 p.m. as we welcome South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard for the broadcast. Lee Axdahl, Director of the SD Office of Highway Safety will join the program starting at 2:30 p.m. If you have questions or comments, e-mail or call in during the program at 224-8686 or 1-800-658-5439. South Dakota Perspective-this afternoon starting at 2:05 p.m. on select Dakota News Network affiliate stations.


Local Newscasts can be heard on your favorite Dakota Radio Group station Monday through Friday at the following times:

KGFX 1060 AM - Pierre, SD 6:09 a.m.; 7:09 a.m.; 8:09 a.m.; 12:06 p.m. and 5:05 p.m.

River 92.7 FM - Pierre, SD 6:15 a.m.; 7:15 a.m.; 8:15 a.m. and 5:20 p.m.

KPLO 94.5 FM - Chamberlain/Pierre, SD 12:03 p.m. and 3:03 p.m.

KMLO 100.7 FM - Lowry/Mobridge 12:03 p.m. and 3:03 p.m.

KOLY 1300 AM - Mobridge, SD 6:10 a.m.; 7:10 a.m.; 8:10 a.m.; 12:10 p.m. and 5:06 p.m.

Star 99 99.5 FM - Mobridge, SD 6:00 a.m.; 7:00 a.m.; 8:00 a.m.; 9:00 a.m.; Noon and 5:00 p.m.

100.1 FM The Eagle - Pierre, SD 6:18 a.m.; 6:54 a.m.; 7:18 a.m.; 7:54 a.m.; 8:18 a.m.; 8:54 a.m.; 5:18 p.m.

South Dakota News Headlines

From the Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Enforcement of the Indian Child Welfare Act, protection of sacred sites and the Keystone XL pipeline will be among the topics discussed at a gathering of Sioux tribal leaders in Rapid City. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is hosting the three-day meeting that starts today. It's the third in a series between the seven Sioux tribes in South Dakota and the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota. Terry Yellow Fat is the Indian Child Welfare Act director for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. He says experiences shows that if the tribes meet with Congress or state leaders separately, it doesn't carry as much weight. He says that as a group, the seven Sioux tribes carry more clout.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota attorney general's office has hired a former state legislator and retired lawman to help coordinate training efforts between state, local and federal law enforcement agencies in the state. The Argus Leader newspaper reports that 76-year-old Gene Abdallah served in the Legislature 13 years. He also was a former superintendent of the state Highway Patrol. Abdallah will lead efforts to coordinate training among the various law enforcement agencies. Such training has been occurring for decades, but it had been coordinated through the U.S. attorney's office. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says the person who had been overseeing those duties retired and federal budget cuts prevented hiring a replacement.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission is deciding whether to impose a limit on the number of bobcats that could be killed in the western part of the state. The panel meets today to consider proposed rules for next winter's bobcat hunting and trapping season. The commission was scheduled to set the season last month, but delayed a decision for a month after proposing a season that would be much different than state wildlife officials had originally suggested. Because of uncertainty on how many bobcats live in South Dakota, the panel is proposing that no more than 600 bobcats could be shot or trapped in a western South Dakota season that would run from Dec. 26 to March 1. The season would end early if that quota is reached.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Firefighters have contained a dozen small wildfires in the Black Hills region since the morning of the Fourth of July. The Great Plains Fire Information agency says lightning sparked the blazes. They occurred on private, state-owned and federally owned land. All of the fires have been less than a square mile in size. The largest was the Horse Trap Fire, which burned about 11 acres in rugged terrain near Minnekahta.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Bush Foundation is seeking applications from enrolled members of tribes in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota as part of its Native Nation Rebuilders Program.  The program aims to strengthen leadership skills for leaders in 23 tribal nations. The program was launched in 2010.  Over the course of the two-year program, selected participants take part in five trainings led by regional and national experts in nation-rebuilding and issues specific to Indian Country.  Applicants must be at least 25 years old, an enrolled citizen of one of the 23 nations and currently living in North Dakota, South Dakota or Minnesota. The deadline to apply is Aug. 15.  Online:

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - As a University of South Dakota law student, Sarah Larson didn't expect to be practicing in the small town of Gettysburg. But her future husband, Michael. had a desire to move back to his hometown and get into the family business, so the couple settled into a small practice in the Potter County community. The Capital Journal reports that the Larsons are the latest example of law school graduates making the leap to rural areas. The state Legislature this year funded a pilot program giving 16 lawyers a little more than $13,000 a year for five years to practice in a rural location currently underserved. Of the state's more than 1,800 lawyers, 65 percent operate in just four cities - Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Pierre and Aberdeen.

OLIVET, S.D. (AP) - An 18-year-old Parkston man who was involved in an armed standoff with police in March will be able to erase his assault conviction from his record if he follows the terms of his probation. Nicholas Heisinger pleaded guilty last month to one count of felony aggravated assault for a March incident in which he held police at bay for two hours before surrendering. The Daily Republic of Mitchell reports Circuit Judge Patrick Smith has given Heisinger a suspended imposition of sentence, which means the felony will kept off his record if he successfully completes probation. According to court documents, Heisinger will be on probation for four years, will have to refrain from using drugs and alcohol, and may have to enroll in a treatment program.

LEAD, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified the man who shot himself in a Black Hills city park as 66-year-old Wayne Mayer of rural Lead. The Black Hills Pioneer reports the incident occurred Thursday evening at Manuel Brothers Park in Lead, which was filled with several hundred people attending a Fourth of July celebration. Two Lead police officers approached Mayer to investigate a report of suspicious activity. Authorities say that while the officers were talking with Mayer at the edge of the park, he pulled out a handgun. The officers were taking to Mayer when he shot himself. Mayer was taken to Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital, but he died later in the evening.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say two men have been arrested after a casino robbery in Rapid City. Police say 30-year-old Rudolph Gabe and 23-year-old Bradley Lightfoot were arrested early Sunday morning following a vehicle pursuit. Police one man pointed a handgun at a casino clerk and demanded money shortly before midnight on Saturday. The second suspect brandished a sword. The pair fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects led authorities on a pursuit toward Box Elder. During the chase, the suspects threw cash out the windows. Police says the suspects' van crashed through several fences before coming to a stop. One man was found in the vehicle and the other was found hiding in a field. Police say a handgun and sword were located on scene.

MOUNT VERNON, S.D. (AP) - A rural Huron couple who loaned their daughter and her husband nearly $32,000 worth of livestock and farm equipment have filed a lawsuit demanding the property be returned. The Daily Republic of Mitchell reports that Joseph and Sharon Rex claim in court documents that their daughter Melissa Peterson and her husband, Jeremiah Peterson, of rural Mount Vernon have refused to return the property that includes 24 sheep, two calves, a tractor, mower and other equipment. The parents claim in court documents that some of the property may have been sold without permission. The Petersons have yet to file a response to the complaint.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Board on Geographic Names is asking for input to come up with a new name for Squaw Creek in Moody County. The name is considered offensive, and guidelines established by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names require that a new name be solicited. The creek is near Trent. Name suggestions may be descriptions of topography, local history or associated with natural life. A name can't duplicate another name in the state or nearby in an adjoining state. People have until August 15th to submit suggestions. Suggestions can be sent to the South Dakota Board of Geographic Names; Department of Tribal Relations; 302 East Dakota; Pierre, South Dakota 57501.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Officials say a ban on cave exploration in the Black Hills National Forest is being partially lifted in August. The Rapid City Journal reports that the U.S. Forest Service imposed the ban in July 2010 to prevent the spread of a deadly bat disease. White-nose syndrome has devastated some bat populations in other states. Officials say the caves will be open under certain conditions. Cavers will be required to use a free online registration system that is now under development. They will have to agree to certain terms, including a mandate that they will use only new caving gear that does not come from one of the 22 states where the disease has been detected. Every piece of equipment, including shoes, must be decontaminated before and after entering a cave.

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Officials are draining a lake that's a backup water source for the city of Aberdeen so that workers can repair ruptured lines. City Manager Lynn Lander tells the American News that Willow Creek Lake east of Leola holds about a billion gallons of water. The draining into the Elm River began last fall and is expected to wrap up this fall.  It isn't the first time lines have ruptured. Ten years ago a diver fixed them as best as he could. Once repairs are made this time, the lake will be refilled through natural drainage. If needed, the city also can pump water from the Elm River into the lake.

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - A storm that rolled through southeastern South Dakota on Sunday night brought dangerous lightning to the city of Yankton. Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles tells KVHT radio that firefighters responded to three reported strikes. He says witnesses saw lightning strike a tower on the Mount Marty College campus, though firefighters didn't find any damage. He says an apartment building that was struck also escaped damage, but a home in the city suffered minor damage in a lightning strike that felled a tree onto some power lines. Storms on Sunday caused flash flooding and tree and home damage in many other communities in the region. The city of Pierre set a rainfall record for the date, with 1.67 inches. That broke the city's July 7, 1992, record of 1.09 inches.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A workshop will be held Thursday in Watertown to help South Dakotans deal with trees damaged in recent wind storms. South Dakota Community Forester Richard Mayko says a June storm left hundreds of trees broken, damaged or uprooted. Mayko says the workshop will help people decide whether damaged trees are worth saving. People also will get advice on techniques for pruning and repairing trees. Mayko says homeowners buying replacement trees should get them from reputable local nurseries to make sure they are not infested with disease or pests. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Watertown Regional Extension Center. It is being hosted by the state Agriculture Department's Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry and the Watertown Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - The funeral for Oliver Red Cloud, a descendent of legendary Lakota Chief Red Cloud, will be held Saturday July 13. Oglala Sioux Tribe spokeswoman Toni Red Cloud, who is Oliver Red Cloud's niece, says the location of the funeral has not yet been decided. But a wake will be held Thursday and Friday evenings at the newly built gym at the Pine Ridge High School. Oliver Red Cloud died Thursday in a Denver hospital at age 93. Chief Red Cloud was an Oglala Lakota signer of the 1868 Fort Laramie peace treaty with the United States.

WHITEWOOD, S.D. (AP) - Charlotte Thompson has spent seven years working to identify the inhabitants of 112 unmarked graves in Whitewood Cemetery. The Whitewood resident says she was roped into the project when her husband and the Friends of the Whitewood Cemetery Association asked her to become their secretary. She has served as the association's treasurer since its inception in 1987. Thompson tells the Rapid City Journal that it makes her feel good that the people who are buried there are recognized. Most of their families have died. To date, she's identified 92 graves. Thanks to a $7,500 grant from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, the cemetery association has placed granite markers at each grave site.

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) - A ticket sold in Watertown is worth $6,000 in the latest Wild Card 2 drawing. South Dakota lottery officials say the ticket matched all five white ball numbers but missed the Wild Card to win the game's second prize in Saturday's drawing. The odds of doing so are one in about 127,000. Wild Card 2 is played in the Dakotas, Montana and Idaho. The jackpot sits at $370,000 for the next drawing, on Wednesday.


Regional News Headlines

From the Associated Press

FINLAND, Minn. (AP) - Fire has destroyed the only church in the northeastern Minnesota town of Finland. Fire Chief Pete Walsh says a lightning strike appears to have started the blaze at Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday night. The building dates to 1957 and was the only traditional house of worship in Finland.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Two boats collided on Lake Minnetonka, tossing a toddler overboard and injuring another child. The Hennepin County Sheriff's office says two boats struck each other while traveling in the same direction 200 feet from shore on Wayzata Bay yesterday morning. A 7-year-old girl suffered minor injuries and the 2-year-old boy who was thrown in to the lake was pulled from the water by his father.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Top state officials are set to meet today and review the upcoming renovation of the Minnesota Capitol. Governor Mark Dayton and members of the Capitol Preservation Committee plan to discuss schematic designs and the bid process for the project. Bids to work on various aspects of the project are due by the end of the week.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Fire has heavily damaged a business in downtown Williston. The blaze at Gaffaney's Stationery began yesterday evening. No injuries were reported. The building's back wall collapsed as firefighters fought to stop the flames from spreading to neighboring structures.

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) - School enrollment in Watford City is expected to double to 1,600 students in the next three years because of the western North Dakota oil boom. Officials in the city are considering ways to accommodate the growth. School Superintendent Steve Holen says it would cost as much as $30 million to add a third building to the school campus.

CARPIO, N.D. (AP) - Work will begin this summer on a housing development that could more than double the size of the town of Carpio. Developer Eagle Homes is building nearly 150 lots in the community on the outskirts of the oil patch. Ken Wisniewski with Eagle Homes says the project is geared toward providing affordable housing for families.


National News

From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Military files about the Navy SEAL raid that took out Osama bin Laden are said to be in the hands of the CIA for safekeeping. A draft report by the Pentagon's inspector general says the nation's top special operations commander ordered the files deleted from Defense Department computers. The secret move raises questions about whether it may have sidestepped federal rules.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is laying out a vision for better government services delivered at lower taxpayer expense. Obama is meeting with his Cabinet this morning to discuss his second-term plan for smarter government. He then plans to deliver public remarks on his management agenda from the White House.

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Lawyers for an Army private who gave classified information to WikiLeaks have opened their defense at his court-martial in Maryland. Attorneys for Bradley Manning began presenting evidence today as the trial entered its sixth week at Fort Meade. They opened with video of a helicopter attack in Baghdad - a video that Manning leaked. Earlier today, Manning's defense team asked the military judge to acquit him of as many as seven charges for lack of incriminating evidence. The government has until Thursday to respond.

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) - Defense lawyers for George Zimmerman have called more witnesses to testify that it's Zimmerman's voice that was heard on a tape of a 911 call, screaming for help during a confrontation with Trayvon Martin. Prosecutors last week called Martin's mother and another family member who testified that the voice was that of Martin, not Zimmerman. The 911 call has been played repeatedly for jurors, because it could help determine who the aggressor was in the confrontation that preceded the fatal shooting of Martin.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has invited friends and supporters to San Antonio and the country's largest Caterpillar equipment dealership this afternoon to announce what he calls "exciting future plans." The longest-serving governor in Texas history should reveal if he'll seek a fourth full term in office next year. Perry hasn't offered hints on his plans. But he also hasn't ruled out another White House run. Perry dropped his presidential bid in January of last year.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash of an air taxi in Alaska that's left 10 people dead. An NTSB investigator says the pilot and all nine passengers died as the aircraft crashed and burst into flames in Soldotna, about 75 miles southwest of Anchorage.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Shipping traffic on the Mississippi River near New Orleans is stacking up, because traffic has been reduced to one direction while crews search for a sunken tugboat. The Coast Guard says more than a dozen ships have been waiting to travel upriver. The river was closed until last night from the river's mouth to mile marker 10. The Coast Guard says it is unclear when two-way traffic will resume.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Monument is closed over the next year for earthquake damage repairs, but it will light up every night. Each night beginning tonight, 488 lamps will shine on the marble tower, that's wrapped in blue, semi-transparent fabric. National Mall Superintendent Bob Vogel says, "We know that our visitors are disappointed that they can't actually go up in the monument." He says, "So, we hope that this will make up for it just a little."

BOSTON (AP) - Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, is in critical but stable condition at Massachusetts General hospital in Boston. A person in close contact with the family says Heinz Kerry had experienced symptoms consistent with a seizure. She was first taken to a hospital in Nantucket and the flown last night to the Boston hospital. Heinz Kerry is 74.


International News

From the Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's government says officials will be inspecting engines and landing equipment on all Boeing 777 planes owned by Asiana and Korean Air. An Asiana Airlines 777 crashed on landing in San Francisco over the weekend, leaving two passengers dead. Investigators have determined that the plane was traveling "significantly below" the target speed during its landing approach.

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's state news agency says clashes between security forces and Islamists protesting the ouster of the president left 51 protesters dead. The news agency quotes the head of emergency services as saying 435 were wounded, mostly from live ammunition and birdshot. The bloodshed outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo also left two policemen and one soldier dead. The military said it was protecting the military installation and personnel from an attack by gunmen among the protesters. Ousted President Mohammed Morsi's supporters say the military's attack on their sit-in was unprovoked.

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) - Firefighters in Quebec are focusing their efforts today on two rail cars filled with oil -- among the dozens of tanker cars that came loose Saturday and sped downhill into a town near the border with Maine, where they derailed. Five people are known dead from the explosion and fire, and about 40 others are still missing. Crews are spraying two of the cars with water and foam today, to try to keep them from overheating and exploding.

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) - The governor in a northeast state in Nigeria is ordering all schools closed to avoid attacks by Islamic militants who've killed dozens of students and teachers. The U.N. children's agency, UNICEF, says 48 students and seven teachers have been slain since June. Many of those students were killed Saturday. Authorities have blamed the attacks on Boko Haram, a terrorist group whose name means "Western education is sacrilege."

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) - In Indonesia, rescuers have reached five men trapped in trees by several Sumatran tigers for five days. A sixth man was mauled to death. The rescue team of soldiers, policemen and conservationists was sent after villagers failed to reach the men because of the tigers.

LAMPEDUSA, Sicily (AP) - Pope Francis says there's a "globalization of indifference" that greets migrants who risk their lives trying to reach a better life in Europe. Francis traveled to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa today to meet with migrants who reached Italy from Africa and to pray for those who died trying. Francis denounced smugglers who take advantage of migrants' poverty to get rich by transporting them to Italy on overcrowded boats.

LONDON (AP) - Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II's granddaughter Zara Phillips and rugby star Mike Tindall are expecting their first child. Phillips is the daughter of Princess Anne and Capt. Mark Phillips. The child will be Anne's third grandchild. Meanwhile, Prince William and his wife Kate are expecting their first child sometime this month.


Business News

From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Newseum has become a major Washington attraction with 4 million people visiting its exhibits about journalism and the First Amendment - yet it's been struggling mightily almost every year to cover its costs. An Associated Press analysis of the nonprofit's public financial documents shows the Newseum has been losing millions each year between 2009 and 2011. Faced with losses, the Newseum has imposed four rounds of staff layoffs. The Newseum is Washington's most expensive museum, charging $22 for adults in a city full of free galleries and attractions that receive taxpayer support. Still, revenue has been falling short. Now the Newseum is reorganizing its educational programs in order to reach more people, become more efficient and to create more fundraising potential around its First Amendment initiatives.

WASHINGTON (AP) - In one corner of the U.S. economy, hiring is exploding.
The downside for many people is: It's temporary work. From Wal-Mart to General Motors to PepsiCo, companies are increasingly turning to temps and to a much larger universe of freelancers, contract workers and consultants. Combined, these workers number nearly 17 million people who have only tenuous ties to the companies that pay them - about 12 percent of everyone with a job. Hiring is always healthy for an economy. Yet the rise in temp and contract work shows that many employers aren't willing to hire for the long run. Temps typically receive low pay, few benefits and scant job security. That makes them less likely to spend freely, so temp jobs don't tend to boost the economy the way permanent jobs do.  An Associated Press survey of 37 economists has found that three-quarters thought the increased use of temps and contract workers represents a long-standing trend.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Soaring prices are leaving fewer homeowners owing more money than their properties are worth, bringing them off the sidelines of the nation's surging housing market. Real estate data firm CoreLogic Inc. says nearly 20 percent of the nation's mortgaged homes were underwater at the end of March. That's down from nearly 24 percent a year earlier and 25 percent during the same period of 2011. Gains spread across the country, though regions that rose high and crashed hard remained saddled with homeowners who bought near the peak. Nevada has the highest percentage of homes underwater, followed by Florida. Among major metropolitan areas, Tampa Bay and Miami were highest. The gains are welcome news for buyers who are frustrated by bidding wars over slim pickings. Inventories remain unusually low.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court is wading into a high-stakes dispute over the terms of a multibillion-dollar settlement of claims arising from BP's massive Gulf oil spill. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Monday by attorneys for the London-based oil giant and for Gulf Coast businesses that claim the 2010 spill cost them money. BP asserts that the judge who approved the deal and a court-appointed claims administrator have misinterpreted the settlement, allowing thousands of businesses to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in payments for inflated and fictitious losses. Plaintiffs' attorneys who brokered the deal last year counter that BP undervalued the settlement and underestimated how many claimants would qualify for payments under the terms they negotiated.

NEW YORK (AP) - The minions of "Despicable Me 2" ran away with the July 4th box office, leaving the Johnny Depp Western "The Lone Ranger" in the dust. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Universal animated sequel took in $82.5 million over the weekend and $142.1 million across the five-day holiday window. Gore Verbinski's reimagining of the iconic lawman bombed for the Walt Disney Co., opening with just $29.4 million over the weekend, and $48.9 million since Wednesday. The trouncing for Disney was especially painful because of the high cost of "The Lone Ranger," which reportedly took $225 million or more to make. Made by the same team that created the lucrative Disney franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean," the Western drew bad reviews.


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Local and Regional Sports

From Dakota Radio Group Sports Director Rod Fisher


TORONTO (AP) — Todd Redmond pitched one-hit ball over five innings for his first major league win and the Toronto Blue Jays hit three home runs Sunday to beat the slumping Minnesota Twins 11-5. Rajai Davis hit a three-run homer and Jose Reyes and Colby Rasmus also connected for the Blue Jays, who have won 10 of the last 13 against Minnesota. Redmond allowed two runs, with three walks and four strikeouts. Redmond made his first start of the season for Toronto and just the second of his career. The right-hander was called up from Triple-A last week after the Blue Jays designated Chien-Ming Wang for assignment. The Blue Jays took two out of three and have not lost a series against Minnesota since May 2007. Aaron Hicks and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins, who have lost seven of eight.

SIOUX FALLS – Sunday afternoon's ballgame at Sioux Falls Stadium turned into a battle of two bullpens, and the Lincoln Saltdogs came out ahead with a 7-4 defeat of the Sioux Falls Canaries. Lincoln (27-22) rallied from a 4-3 deficit to score four unanswered runs off Canaries relievers in the last three innings, while the Saltdogs bullpen shut out Canaries over the final 3 2/3 innings and allowed only one base runner. Daniel Carroll broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning by knocking Tyler Goodro with base hit, and David Espinosa had a run-scoring double for a 6-4 Lincoln advantage. Brian Embery hit a solo home run in the ninth for the final tally, and the Saltdogs evened the four-game series at one game apiece. Kirk Clark (0-2) took the loss in relief, allowing the two go-ahead runs and four hits in the eighth inning. Canaries starter Ben Moore left with a 4-3 after the fifth inning, but he did not factor in the decision. Cory Morales and Marcos Rodriguez both extended hitting streaks to nine games for the Canaries. Rodriguez had two hits to take sole possession of third place for all-time hits in the American Association with 629. Nick Van Stratten had his second straight three-hit performance of the series with two doubles and run scored. Game three of the series will be tonight in Sioux Falls.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Post 8 American Legion baseball team went 1 and 3 in pool play and did qualify for the finals of the Upper Midwest Classic Baseball tournament in New Ulm, Minnesota over the weekend. After losses to Wazayta and Apple Valley, Minnesota on Friday, Post 8 won an 11 inning thriller with a 7-5 win over Sleepy Eye, Minnesota and but lost an offensive battle with Renner 14-13 in their final game as Renner scored 7 runs in the top of the 7th inning to rally for the win. Pierre is 15-17 on the season as they take today and tomorrow off. Their next games are Wednesday when they travel to Sioux Falls to face Sioux Falls East and West.

PIERRE, S.D. – The Pierre Rattlers amateur baseball team split a doubleheader with Redfield Dairy Queen on Saturday in Pierre. The Rattlers won the opener 5-3 but were beaten in the nightcap by Redfield 6-3. In the opener, Harry Decker improved his record to 4-1 on the season as he went the distance allowing 8 hits and striking out 3. Ryan Yackley tripled and Jared Nielan had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s to lead Pierre’s 8 hit attack. In the nightcap, Allen Goodman started and pitched 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and struck out 4 but Redfield scored 3 times in the top of the 7th off of losing pitcher Bob Bennett. Brian Graves and John Breckenridge each had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s to lead the Rattlers who had 8 hits in the nightcap as well. The Rattlers record is now 13-3 with all 3 of their losses coming to the hands of Redfield. Next up for the Rattlers will be Miller at Hyde Stadium on Tuesday night in a 8 pm contest. Pierre will travel to Custer on Saturday and then play at Rapid City on Sunday.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have waived center Greg Stiemsma and forward Mickael Gelabale. The team announced the moves Sunday. Stiemsma played in 76 games for the Wolves last season, where he average 4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game. The team signed the 6'11 center as a free agent last August. Gelabale played in 36 games a year ago for Minnesota, and posted average of 5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per contest. The team signed the 6'7 forward to a pair of 10-day contracts in January, then for the remainder of last season in February.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore scored 14 of her 23 points in the third quarter and the Minnesota Lynx earned their 10th straight victory over Phoenix, beating the Mercury 91-59 on Sunday night. Monica Wright added 17 for Minnesota and Lindsay Whalen chipped in 14 for the Lynx, who earned their third victory over the Mercury this season in a streak dating to 2011. The victory came at a price, as Minnesota lost Seimone Augustus to a left ankle injury in the second quarter. She left with 7:01 to play in the period and did not return. Phoenix had its season-best five-game winning streak snapped and failed to take over the top spot in the Western Conference from the Lynx. Candice Dupree led Phoenix with 12 points, while rookie Brittney Griner had eight points and a career-high 11 rebounds.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus left Sunday's game against the Phoenix Mercury in the second quarter with a left ankle injury. Augustus landed awkwardly after defending DeWanna Bonner's layup with 7:01 left in the second quarter and left the game. Her return is questionable. Augustus, who entered the game ranked 13th in the WNBA at 16.3 points per game, left the game with eight points on 4-for-5 shooting.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is engaged to Minnesota Lynx guard Monica Wright. Wright confirmed the engagement following Minnesota's 91-59 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday night. Durant, who was selected with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, just completed his sixth season in the NBA. The 24-year-old forward averaged 28.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists last season. Wright is in her fourth season in the WNBA. She played her college ball at Virginia and turns 25 on July 15.

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – In a birdie-filled Dakota Dunes Open presented by SaskTel, Rapid City native Wil Collins prevailed for his first PGA Tour Canada victory after going on a big run in Sunday’s fourth round. Collins shot 6-under-par 66 to win the event by a shot with a 21-under 267 total. He began the day four shots off the lead in a tie for third and was 1-over for the round. Canadians Ryan Yip (66) and Taylor (71), and Ellis (67), an American, tied for second at 20-under 268. The 34 year old Collins is a two-time U.S. Open qualifier, including the 2013 event on June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. The Rapid City Stevens graduate won three South Dakota Class A state high school titles – 1993, 94, 96 – and was runner-up in 1995. Collins is also a five-time SDGA champion.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot State University linebackers coach Joe Ford has resigned his position with the university accept a similar job at NCAA Division I University of South Dakota, according to a MSU release Friday. Ford, who coached linebackers and defensive backs for Minot State for the past six season, resigned at Minot State late last week. Ford helped the Beavers through a difficult transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II over the past two seasons as MISU played its first season as a full member of NCAA DII and the rugged Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Minot State advanced to the NAIA National Playoffs in 2009 with an 8-3 record and the 23rd ranked pass defense in the country. He returns home to South Dakota as he is a 2003 graduate of South Dakota State University and joins a Coyote squad under head coach Joe Glenn, who is in his second season at USD. The Coyotes were 1-10 overall and 0-8 in their first season in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

PIERRE, S.D. - Oahe Speedway Races yesterday got underway but as thunderstorms approached the Speedway, the racing was called off. Included were the finals of the Midwest Wild Bunch and the 4th Coca Cola Points Series Races. Officials have not announced when those finals will or in the case of the Midwest Wild Bunch, if the finals will be made up. The next race card at Oahe Speedway will be in two weekends, July 19 and 20 at the Speedway located 14 miles north of Pierre along highway 1804.

MILLER, S.D. – It was a hot humid still night at the Miller Speedway, but in spite of the weather, the best crowd of the year came for Wilbur-Ellis night. The evening’s feature action started with the Clark Pump N Pak UCARs, which ended up being the race of the night. Bowdry Morris won his third feature win at the Speedway. In the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds. Kyle Knouse led the first 3 laps before Lorin Johnson took the lead and ran off to his 40th MW Mod feature win at the track. In the WISSOTA Street Stock feature, Michael Hammill grabbed the lead on the start and led all the way to the win. It was Hammill’s third Street Stock feature win at the Miller Speedway. Capping off the night were the WISSOTA Super Stocks where David Carlson led all the way for his second Super Stock feature. Next week is the WISSOTA Race of Champion qualifiers, and the Quad racers will also be there. Racing will be Friday night at 7:30 pm at Miller Speedway.


National Sports Headlines

From the Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Patrick Corbin gave up three hits in eight innings to finally get his 10th victory and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Colorado 6-1 for their fifth straight win and a dominant three-game sweep of the Rockies. Corbin struck out 10 in his seventh attempt at win No. 10.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Arizona has opened a four-and-a-half game lead in the NL West going into the start of a three-game series tonight with the L.A. Dodgers. The Dodgers climbed into second place by beating defending World Series champion San Francisco 4-1 as A.J. Ellis hit a three-run double in the ninth inning to help Clayton Kershaw win his eighth game.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver outdueled John Lackey and the Los Angeles Angels blanked the Boston Red Sox 3-0. Mike Trout and Hank Conger homered for the Angels to help Weaver improve to 3-4.

LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray became the first British male since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the men's title at Wimbledon. Murray prevailed over top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 to add this year's Wimbledon title to his U.S. Open crown from 2012.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Jonas Blixt shot a 3-under 67 to win the rain-delayed Greenbrier Classic by two strokes. The Swede earned the $1.1 million winner's check, and also gets a spot in the upcoming British Open and next year's Masters for the victory.

LONDON (AP) - The new tennis rankings are out and for the first time in a decade Roger Federer has fallen to No. 5 in the ATP rankings. Novak Djokovic remains No. 1 for the men with Andy Murray second. For the women, Serena Williams is No. 1, despite losing in the fourth round at Wimbledon.

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Scott Dixon took the checkered flag at the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway. It was his first victory of the season and 30th of his IndyCar career.

NUERBURGRING, Germany (AP) — Three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel racked up another win yesterday. He surged ahead at the start of the German Grand Prix and held off a Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. The win is Vettel's fourth of the season.





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