Monday, November 25, 2013

Local Headlines

By Jeri Thomas-Dakota Radio Group News Director

SDIBA Holds Policy Meeting in Pierre-Hears from Some U.S. Senate Candidates and State Lawmakers

The South Dakota Indian Business Alliance held its fall policy meeting in Pierre last Friday. The event included a Senate candidate forum and State Legislative Preview. Three U.S. Senate candidates shared their perspective on economic development in the state's reservations and two state lawmakers provided a preview of the 2014 Legislative session.
The lone Democrat U.S. Senate candidate, Rick Weiland says to improve economic development in Indian Country, basic things like education, healthcare and infrastructure need to be met first.

Republican Annette Bosworth says pouring financial resources into economic development programs is not the complete answer.

Fellow Republican Stace Nelson agrees-saying development on reservations must come from within.

Stacey LaCompte, SDIBA Secretary/Treasurer said the alliance would like to see an expansion of Native American Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI's) on reservations across the state.

LaCompte said Friday's policy meeting helps prioritize the policies that will have an impact on legislation in Indian Country.

The roundtable discussion explored solutions to challenges in the use of specific state and federal programs and identified policies to support economic development in Indian Country.
Also speaking Friday were state Senator Ryan Maher and state Representative Kevin Killer.

 

 Congresswoman Noem to Unveil a New School Nutrition Bill Today

South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem is expected today to unveil a new school nutrition bill during an appearance at a South Dakota school. Noem says she has heard stories from schools and from students who report having a hard time getting used to changes made to the school lunch program through the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Noem said during a visit to Pierre last week that school districts should have more latitude in making decisions about the meals they serve to students.

Noem is scheduled to talk about a new school nutrition bill today and have lunch with students at Chester High School later this afternoon. Last Friday, she visited Pierre and spoke to students about civic engagement at Riggs High School. She also made an appearance Friday at a meeting of the South Dakota Farm Bureau in Pierre.

 

Use Tax Due on Online Holiday Purchases

The South Dakota Department of Revenue reminds state residents who are using their computers to search for great holiday shopping deals that state and municipal use tax may be due on their purchases. Business Tax Division Director Doug Schinkel says in a press release that many consumers do not realize that most Internet retailers are not collecting sales tax on online sales, so use tax would be due. South Dakota’s use tax rate is four percent, which is the same as the state’s sales tax rate. Municipal tax may also be due, based on where the purchaser receives the goods. Schinkel says many people assume they are being charged sales tax by Internet retailers because they are used to paying sales tax in storefront businesses. In many cases however, he says the Internet retailer is not charging the tax. Those who buy something online who are not charged sales tax on the item are supposed to pay use tax to the state. Shoppers can find use tax reporting forms and other information on the state’s use tax at the Department of Revenue website at http://www.state.sd.us/drr2/businesstax/st/usetax.htm. Consumers can also contact the department’s toll-free helpline with questions at 1-800-829-9188.

 

Work Complete on New Visitor Parking Lot at Cultural Heritage Center

Work was finalized last week on a new visitor parking lot at the Cultural Heritage Center in Pierre. The work was completed just in time for this Friday's annual holiday open house of the South Dakota State Historical Society. Parking has been a problem at the center since it opened in 1989. The previous parking lot allowed only for one-way traffic, which made it hard for buses and motor homes to maneuver. Work to reconfigure the lot began in late August and was done in two phases. Paul Kinsman, commissioner of the state Bureau of Administration says in a press release that the new parking lot has two, two-way access points to improve traffic flow and it will be easier for tour buses to come and go. Jay D. Vogt, director of the State Historical Society says they are pleased that the new visitor parking lot is done in time for the upcoming holiday open house. Friday's open house runs from noon to 4:30 p.m. It will feature free admission to the museum, photos with Santa Claus, holiday entertainment and treats, living history demonstrations and special buys in the Heritage Store. Visitors are also being encouraged to bring items to donate to the local food pantry.

 

Preparation Begins for Share The Spirit

Share the Spirit Thanksgiving meal will be served on Thursday, November 28th at 11 A.M. at the Mobridge Moose Lodge. Preparations are well under way for the event. Donations and volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve the roast turkey with all the trimmings. They are on track with the turkeys and trimmings but are still in need of salads and desserts.
Those wishing to volunteer are to call Jim Keller at 845-6671. Anyone wishing to donate turkeys, breadcrumbs, potatoes or sweet potatoes can do so at Payless Foods or Merkel’s Foods in Mobridge. If you want to donate salads, desserts or cranberries call Lillian at 845-3724. Those needing a ride or delivered meals should call 845-3637 by 11 A.M on Thanksgiving Day. (Story by Brian Sippert-KOLY)

 

Local Resident Wins Free Fuel from Cenex

A Pierre woman has been given a special thank you as the result of her contribution to the community. Marjorie Schoenrock was selected to receive free fuel from “Tanks of Thanks”, which is a Cenex program that rewards people who do good deeds to improve their community. The program encourages people to nominate friends, family and neighbors for free fuel as a way to say thanks for what they do. Schoenrock was named for volunteering at the hospital, donating handmade quilts to patients, mending sheets and bibs and organizing merchandise in the hospice unit. A release from Cenex says Schoenrock is also involved in her church and provides home health care for those in need. Schoenrock was named to get a $50 Tanks of Thanks gift card redeemable at any Cenex location. So far, the program has rewarded 111 people from across the state with gift cards for free fuel.


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South Dakota News Headlines

From the Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A national group that fights gun violence says South Dakota is one of the worst states in terms of sharing mental health records for use in background checks. The Argus Leader reports Mayors Against Illegal Guns issued a report this month that said South Dakota has shared only one mental health record in 20 years with the federal government's National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The background database was created to enable gun dealers to check buyers for firearms restrictions - a requirement since the passage of the Brady Bill in 1993. States are expected to submit records on people with a mental illness that would disqualify them from owning a gun. Mayors Against Illegal Guns says many states are failing to help keep the database up to date.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Forty-five donated Montana cattle to serve as breeding stock have been sent to South Dakota ranchers who lost thousands of cattle in a freak blizzard in October. The Great Falls Tribune reports the cattle shipped Friday. Montana ranchers Rene Browns and Alisha Burcham decided they wanted to do something and began gathering cattle donations from Montana's Hi-Line area in northern Montana. The organization Heifers for South Dakota accepted nominations for the donated cattle. The group chose family ranches that had herds of about 160 head, but lost 50 to 60 percent of them in the storm.
South Dakota officials say the October 4th blizzard dumped up to 4 feet of snow in the western part of the state, killing about 14,000 cattle, 1,257 sheep, 287 horses and 40 bison.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Authorities have identified a South Dakota School of Mines and Technology faculty member who apparently killed himself on campus. Thirty-seven-year-old Alberto Lemut died last Thursday. Police say he died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Rapid City school canceled classes in the Electrical Engineering/Physics building that day and made counselors available. School President Heather Wilson says Lemut was a physicist and the principal investigator for an experiment at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. She says he joined the School of Mines faculty this semester from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He originally was from Italy.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A rural Brandon woman has non-life-threatening injuries after the car she was driving collided with a train near Corson. The Argus Leader reports that 58-year-old Patty Stettnichs told authorities she couldn't stop before the collision on Saturday morning and accelerated to try to avoid the accident. Stettnichs was transported by ambulance to a Sioux Falls. The train operators were unaware of the accident and continued on to where it was located in Hills, Minnesota. The investigation revealed that the accident occurred around 10:15 a.m. Authorities say the train was not damaged.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a Rapid City man was arrested for drunken driving at the scene of a fatal crash. The Argus Leader reports that 27-year-old Josh Cuny was arrested on scene at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Authorities say additional charges are pending. Police say Cuny's vehicle was traveling eastbound and turned left and collided with a westbound vehicle. Authorities say a 31-year-old male passenger in Cuny's vehicle was taken to a hospital where he died. Another passenger also was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. Authorities say the driver and a passenger of the second vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Eighteen South Dakota National Guard soldiers who served nine months of duty in Afghanistan will be home in time for Thanksgiving. The members of the Rapid City-based 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment will return Wednesday. The Guard says a welcome-home ceremony is scheduled that morning at the Duke Corning Armory at Camp Rapid. Gov. Dennis Daugaard is scheduled to be on hand. The unit arrived at Fort Dix, N.J., a week ago to go through the demobilization process. The unit's mission overseas involved public affairs, media coverage and media escorting.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Passengers at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport will have the option of taking a shuttle from the parking lot to the terminal again this year. The Argus Leader reports the airport used the shuttle for the first time last winter, from January through March. This year, service will start in mid-December. The airport is seeing record numbers of passengers this year. Departures are up 6.1 percent from this time last year, with more than 42,000 passengers in October. Airport Executive Director Dan Letellier says he expects the year to end about 4 percent ahead of a record-setting 2012.

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Bah humbug. Downtown Aberdeen will not have a Christmas tree this year. City Forester Aaron Kiesz tells the American News that there isn't a suitable tree on public property, and the city doesn't have the time or manpower to go seeking a tree from private property. He says that also would create a liability issue. Aberdeen Downtown Association spokeswoman Heidi Appl says that in the spot normally occupied by the tree, officials will decorate a sleigh or a small house with lights.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Wild cats roaming Black Hills communities present more than just a question of how to reduce their numbers humanely. The list of animals that are affected when domestic cats have to fend for themselves starts with native birds and chipmunks and goes up the food chain to mountain lions. Feline leukemia is easily transferable between domestic cats and lions. It can cause blindness long before it causes death. Starving or diseased lions are less likely to succeed at hunting their natural prey and more prone to human conflict. The Rapid City Journal reports advocates for wild cats see programs like Trap-Neuter-Release as a humane way to reduce the number of feral cats without having to euthanize. It traps feral cats, sterilizes them and releases them back into the wild.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota officials want a 30-day extension to comment on a proposal to list two Upper Midwest butterfly species as threatened and endangered.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Rep. Kevin Cramer sent a joint letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requesting the extension. The agency has proposed listing the Dakota skipper as threatened and the powershiek skipperling as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Both species are native to prairie and upland grasslands and their declines have been blamed on the loss of habitat. A 60-day public comment period is scheduled to close Dec. 23. The officials requested an extension to Jan. 23 to allow additional comments.

LEAD, S.D. (AP) - A petition submitted to city of Lead officials has prompted a recount on a vote that cut city funding for the town's only indoor recreation facility.  The Black Hills Pioneer reports that about one in four of Lead's 2,037 registered voters turned out for the Nov. 5 election. Of those, 273 voted to cut future funding for the Handley Center, and 269 voted to continue paying for it. The recount is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday at city hall. The public is invited to attend.

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - The Spearfish School District has built one new school and remodeled another one since 2011. Now board members are discussing the need for another facility. School district officials say its buildings are near capacity because of several years of growth. The district has 200 more students than it did two years ago. School district superintendent Dave Peters tells the Black Hills Pioneer that the next step is to find land that is suitable for building a new school.  Peters says the district might have to ask voters to approve a bond issue for the new facility.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Sioux Falls School Board says it will consider revising its policy to require high school students to say the Pledge of Allegiance every school day, following two weeks of controversy over the issue. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that the board surveyed 10,000 parents and guardians earlier this week for their opinions on the pledge policy. It requires the oath to be recited daily in elementary and middle schools, but not daily in high schools. Some veterans were upset that the pledge wasn't being recited every day and national media coverage brought a flurry of complaints - and some death threats - toward school board members. School board officials say that out of 3,500 responses in the survey, 70 percent favored a daily recital of the pledge.

MADISON, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota college is set to announce funding to create a basement bunker for top-security cyber work. Dakota State University officials say a major gift to the school's foundation will allow the university to create what it calls a Secret Compartmentalized Information Facility, or SCIF. It would allow students, faculty and eventually full-time employees to conduct cyber operations for agencies within the U.S. Department of Defense. Josh Pauli, associate professor of cyber operations at the Madison school, tells the Sioux Falls Argus Leader that the Defense Department has promised to use the facility if it is built. School officials have scheduled a noon news conference Monday to announce the donation.

WEST FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A West Fargo Harley-Davidson dealership has been sold to a family that operates Harley-Davidson dealerships in Sioux Falls and Watertown in South Dakota. The Forum reports that the dealership has been known as Fargo Harley-Davidson Sales. As a result of the ownership change, the dealership is now called Harley-Davidson of Fargo. The Entenman family purchased the dealership from Del Hofer, who owned it for many decades. The new owners say most of the staff at the dealership will remain the same.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Dakota Cash ticket sold in Spearfish is worth $74,504 in the latest drawing. South Dakota Lottery officials say the ticket matched all five numbers in Saturday's drawing to win the jackpot. The odds of winning the top prize in Dakota Cash are about 1 in 324,000. Dakota Cash is played and won only in South Dakota. The jackpot starts again at $20,000 for the next drawing, on Wednesday.

 

Regional News Headlines

From the Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Police say a lone gunman opened fire on a Minneapolis restaurant, killing one person and injuring three others. The shooting happened early this morning at the La Que Buena restaurant. Authorities say the suspect is still at large.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Ramsey County prosecutors are seeking a 30-year prison term for a man convicted of killing his wife and dumping her body in the Mississippi River. Jeffery Trevino is scheduled to be in court today for sentencing. Trevino was convicted last month in the death of Wisconsin-native Kira Steger.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A University of Minnesota student says a man who sexually assaulted her claimed to be a police officer. Authorities say the woman was walking near campus yesterday morning when a man in an SUV slowed down to talk to her. The Star Tribune says the man offered her a ride and when she got in the vehicle he locked the doors, drove to a remote location and sexually assaulted her.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Authorities are looking for a person who held up a convenience store in Grand Forks. Police say the robber entered a Valley Dairy store last night, displayed a weapon and demanded money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Farmers Union members have elected a new president. Mark Watne of Jamestown was elected during the group's convention in Minot over the weekend. Watne succeeds Elwood Barth, who had been president since 2011.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's deer gun season has closed, but the Game and Fish Department says there are still some hunting opportunities in the state. Several national wildlife refuges in North Dakota opened today for late-season upland game bird hunting. The hunting seasons for pheasant, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge and ruffed grouse close statewide on January 5th.

 

National News

From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The second-ranking Republican in the House isn't counting on Iran to live up to the nuclear deal that was announced over the weekend. Eric Cantor tells CBS that it's a "dangerous" arrangement that brings Iran "closer to becoming a nuclear power." He says the approach to Iran should be "mistrust but verify" -- a twist on Ronald Reagan's famous "trust but verify" standard for arms control deals with the Soviet Union.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says National Security Adviser Susan Rice is in Afghanistan to meet with government officials, including President Hamid Karzai, and visit U.S. troops for the Thanksgiving holidays. The visit is Rice's first overseas trip as President Barack Obama's top national security aide and comes as Karzai has cast doubt on the future of U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Almost a year after the deaths of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, investigators today plan to release a report on the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. The report is not expected to include evidence from state police, which is believed to total thousands of pages. And the state's attorney has fought against the release of 911 tapes from the school.

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A school superintendent and three others have been charged by a grand jury that investigated whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last year in eastern Ohio. The grand jury had investigated whether coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it. The superintendent in Steubenville faces the most serious charges, including obstructing justice. A principal, a strength coach and a volunteer coach are accused of interfering with the investigation or failing to report possible abuse of a minor. A judge convicted two Steubenville football players of raping the girl.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The mother of a Florida girl who committed suicide after complaining about being bullied is asking state and federal lawmakers to pass new anti-bullying legislation. Tricia Norman and her attorney say current laws don't do enough. Her daughter, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, jumped to her death at an abandoned concrete plant in September. Two of her classmates, ages 12 and 14, were charged with aggravated stalking, but the charges were dropped last week because of insufficient evidence. Norman says that sends a message that bullying is acceptable.

UNDATED (AP) - More than ten inches of snow is on the ground in parts of southwestern Oklahoma, as an icy storm that began in the West moves eastward in the run-up to Thanksgiving. A winter weather warning is in effect for southwestern Arkansas. Forecasters say the area should get the worst of the storm through this afternoon. They expect the Arctic mass to head south and east over the next couple of days, threatening plans for pre-Thanksgiving travel.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - Passengers on board an Amtrak train are being taken by bus to their destinations farther up the East Coast, after the train went off the tracks early today in South Carolina. The train -- heading from New Orleans to New York -- had 218 people on board. The derailment sent bags flying, but Amtrak says there were no serious injuries.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A 61-year-old man is hospitalized with serious injuries after trying to catch a woman who jumped about 45 feet from a deck at the stadium where the Oakland Raiders play. It happened as fans left the stadium yesterday following the Raiders' loss to the Tennessee Titans. A sheriff's sergeant tells a TV station (KTVU) that the man saw the woman before she jumped, and yelled, "Don't do it." When she jumped, he lunged toward her and broke her fall. The woman was critically injured.


 

International News

From the Associated Press

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan is deploying drones of its own. The country's military today put its first fleet of domestically developed drones into operation. This, as police cracked down on a protest by demonstrators angry at the U.S. for using similar aircraft to attack Islamic militants there.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Saudi Arabia is cautiously welcoming a deal reached between world powers and Iran as a first step toward reaching a comprehensive solution for Iran's nuclear program. It's the first official Saudi reaction to the deal. Saudi Arabia, the Gulf's main political power, has previously expressed uneasiness about U.S. outreach to Iran.

RIGA, Latvia (AP) - The rescue service in the Baltic state of Latvia says it has finished searching the site of a collapsed supermarket in which 54 people died, including three firefighters, and at least 40 were injured. The four-day operation was interrupted on Saturday when a large portion of the roof caved in, but no one was injured.

ISHINOMAKI, Japan (AP) - Just days after arriving in Japan as the new U.S. ambassador, Caroline Kennedy has begun a two-day visit to areas devastated by the 2011 tsunami. She's meeting with survivors, and highlighting America's commitment to helping its ally. Tens of thousands of people are still in temporary, prefabricated housing more than two and a-half years after the disaster, which left more than 18,000 people dead or missing.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Hundreds of angry Ukrainians are clashing with riot police outside the government building in Kiev over the government's decision to snub a potentially historic deal with the EU and focus on ties with Russia after pressure from Moscow. Today's clashes follow a large protest Sunday in the heart of Kiev.

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - An Italian prosecutor says an appeals court should reinstate the guilty verdict against U.S. exchange student Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of her roommate. Prosecutor Alessandro Crini is arguing his case today, denouncing the decision to throw out the guilty verdicts, freeing Knox and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Knox served four years of her 26-year prison sentence before she was freed. She has not returned to Italy for her third trial. Sollecito was in court today.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Human Rights Watch says the Afghan government should reject a proposal to reintroduce public stoning as a punishment for adultery. But the country's Justice Ministry says the proposal hasn't actually been submitted. The human rights organization said today that a working group that's assisting in drafting Afghanistan's new penal code has, in fact, proposed including public execution by stoning as a punishment for adultery.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-7.0 earthquake southwest of the disputed Falkland Islands today is an uncommon occurrence. The USGS says only 15 quakes of more than 5.0 had been measured in the region in the previous 40 years.


 

Business News

From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in October for the fifth straight month. Higher mortgage rates, price increases and the 16-day partial government shutdown held back sales. The National Association of Realtors says its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index dipped 0.6 percent to 102.1. That's the lowest level since December. September's reading was revised slightly higher to 102.7.  There is generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale. The drop suggests final sales will remain weak in the coming months.
The Realtors group said the shutdown prevented the IRS from verifying incomes, a critical part of the mortgage-approval process. The group said that 17 percent of Realtors reported delays.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is ordering genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is backed by science. In a warning letter posted online, FDA regulators say the Silicon Valley company is violating federal law because its products claim to identify health risks for more than 250 diseases and health conditions.  Only medical tests that have been cleared by the FDA are permitted to make such claims. A call was placed and an email was sent seeking comment from the company.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Boeing is alerting airlines about possible engine icing problems on some of its new planes. It is recommending that planes with a specific General Electric engine avoid flying near thunderstorms that might contain ice crystals. Boeing says it issued the advisory after ice crystal formation in some instances diminished engine performance. Airlines with planes affected include United, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa and Air India. Models affected are the 747-8 and the 787, which Boeing Co. calls the Dreamliner. Boeing recommended that affected planes fly at least 50 nautical miles from thunderstorms that may contain ice crystals. It's the latest problem to confront the 787. Earlier this year, air safety authorities grounded the 787 after two planes suffered from smoldering batteries. Flights resumed after Boeing redesigned the battery system.

NEW YORK (AP) - This holiday season, Americans may not spend their green unless they see more red. Despite signs that the economy is improving, big store chains don't expect Americans to have much holiday shopping cheer unless they see bold, red signs offering huge discounts. As a result, shoppers likely will see big sales events earlier and more often than in previous holiday seasons. It's a problem that retailers know all too well. Since the recession began in late 2007, stores have had to offer financially-strapped Americans ever bigger price cuts just to get them into stores. But those discounts eat away at profits. So far, Wal-Mart, Target and Kohl's are among more than two dozen major chains that have lowered their profit outlooks for either the quarter or the year.

NEW YORK (AP) - So long, dingy sweatpants. Workout clothes for women, once relegated to the back of the closet, are moving to the front of the fashion scene. Yoga pants are the new jeans, neon sports bras are the "it" accessory and athletic socks are hipper than heels. It's partly a push by Americans toward a more active lifestyle. It's also an extension of the nation's fascination with fashion. These days jogging suits are as likely to be seen on a runway as a treadmill. Spending on workout clothes jumped 7 percent to $31.6 billion during the 12 month period that ended in August compared with the year-ago period.  These aren't cheap cotton T-shirts and spandex jumpsuits. Top designers like Calvin Klein and retailers like Macy's have rolled out fitness clothing lines.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores CEO and President Mike Duke is stepping down from those posts. The world's biggest retailer named Doug McMillon as his successor. The 63-year-old Duke will stay on as chairman. The 47-year-old McMillon's appointments are effective Feb. 1, 2014. He previously served as CEO of Walmart International. The announcement came just days before the kickoff of the holiday shopping season.  Wal-Mart shares edged up in premarket trading.

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - After nine weeks of falling gas prices, the average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline is up 3 cents over the past two weeks.  The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.25. Midgrade costs an average of $3.44 a gallon, and premium is $3.59.  Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said it's the first price hike since Sept. 6. Of the cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, the highest average, $3.58 a gallon, was found in San Diego. The lowest, $2.93, was in Tulsa, Okla.

NEW YORK (AP) - The "Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire" opened with $161.1 million at the box office, narrowly besting the original film and setting a record for a November opening. The result, from studio estimates Sunday, fell short of some expectations, and failed to dethrone the year's biggest box-office opening of $174 million for "Iron Man 3." But it did best the previous top November opening of $142.9 million by "Twilight Saga: New Moon." But the bigger budget and better reviewed "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is doing far better abroad than the 2012 original. It opened with $146.6 million internationally. The domestic total included Thursday night screenings that made approximately $25 million. The film's three-day weekend total of $136.1 million was actually less than "The Hunger Games."


 

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Carolina 20 Miami 16
St. Louis 42 Chicago 21
Jacksonville 13 Houston 6
Minnesota 26 Green Bay 26 OT
Baltimore 19 N-Y Jets 3
Pittsburgh 27 Cleveland 11
San Diego 41 Kansas City 38
Tampa Bay 24 Detroit 21
Arizona 40 Indianapolis 11
Tennessee 23 Oakland 19
Dallas 24 N-Y Giants 21
New England 34 Denver 31 OT

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Detroit 109 Brooklyn 97
L-A Clippers 121 Chicago 82
Phoenix 104 Orlando 96
Oklahoma City 95 Utah 73
L-A Lakers 100 Sacramento 86

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Detroit 3 Buffalo 1
Carolina 4 Ottawa 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(24) North Carolina 93 ( 3) Louisville 84
( 6) Duke 91 Vermont 90
Georgetown 84 (10) VCU 80
Charlotte 63 (14) Michigan 61
(17) Oregon 100 San Francisco 82
(19) New Mexico 79 Davidson 58
(22) UCLA 106 Chattanooga 65

TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
( 1) UConn 88 St. Bonaventure 39
( 2) Duke 78 Marquette 61
( 3) Tennessee 84 Oakland 50
( 4) Louisville 69 Florida St. 59 OT
( 7) Kentucky 84 Middle Tennessee 72
UCLA 82 (10) Oklahoma 76
(11) Nebraska 87 Southern U. 64
(12) North Carolina 91 Coppin St. 51
(17) California 65 Northwestern 51
(22) Iowa St. 89 Drake 47
(23) Georgia 63 Georgia Tech 56

SOUTH DAKOTA SCOREBOARD
NCAA Wrestling

Nebraska 36, S. Dakota St. 9

Women's College Basketball
South Dakota 74, Boise State 61


 

Local and Regional Sports

From Dakota Radio Group Sports Director Rod Fisher

Dakota Radio Group Sports Play by Play this week

Saturday SDSU at Northern Arizona First Round Playoffs 7:00 pm 6:30 pm
Sunday SDSU at Stanford Mens College Basketball 7:00 pm 6:30 pm

 

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Sunday Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings NFL Football 12 Noon 11:00 am


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BROOKINGS, S.D. - The South Dakota State University football team has been selected for an at-large berth in the 2013 Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and will travel to Northern Arizona in first-round action Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Mountain Time (7 p.m. Central) in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Jackrabbits, who will be making their second consecutive playoff appearance and third in five years, ended the regular season with an 8-4 overall record, including a 5-3 mark in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Northern Arizona also received an at-large bid and enters the playoffs with a 9-2 overall record and runner-up finish in the Big Sky Conference with a 7-1 league mark. Northern Arizona was ranked eighth in the final Sports Network media poll, while SDSU checked in at No. 13. The winner of Saturday's game will face No. 3 national seed Eastern Washington on Dec. 7.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Top-ranked North Dakota State has drawn the top seed for the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The Forum reports that NDSU earned a first-round bye and will host the winner of South Carolina State and Furman in the second round at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 7. The Bison have never played either team. Furman is based in Greenville, S.C. The Bison are 11-0 and are guaranteed home field advantage throughout the playoffs if they keep advancing. The FCS championship game will return to Frisco, Texas in early January. The Bison took the host route in winning the last two FCS national titles.

ST. LOUIS — South Dakota State University quarterback Austin Sumner was named Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week in leading the Jackrabbits to a 42-13 victory Nov. 23 over Youngstown State. A junior from Brandon, Sumner accounted for three touchdowns -- two passing and one rushing -- in the season finale which helped vault the Jackrabbits into the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs for the second consecutive year. Sumner was efficient in snowy and blustery conditions, completing 15-of-19 passes for 170 yards, while running eight times for 38 yards. His touchdown passes covered 3 yards to Zach Zenner and 8 yards to Jason Schneider, while his 7-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter gave SDSU a three-score advantage. Sumner also had rushes of 16 and 12 yards to set up Jackrabbit touchdowns as SDSU went 10-fo-13 on third-down attempts on the afternoon. The Jackrabbits open the FCS playoffs Saturday at Northern Arizona. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Mountain (7 p.m. Central) in Flagstaff, Ariz. Radio coverage will be available on the Jackrabbit Sports Network, with video coverage on ESPN3.com.

MITCHELL, SD – Dakota Wesleyan University linebacker Brady Bonte recently wrapped up his sophomore season with the Tiger football team with all-conference first team honors, but he learned this week he is up for another, more prestigious honor. Bonte, a Garretson native, is one of 100 nominees for the inaugural Cliff Harris Award. The award will be presented annually to the top small college defensive player of the year in the country. Bonte led the Tiger defense all season. He finished eighth in the conference with 8.1 tackles per game and led Dakota Wesleyan with 88 total tackles. He was eighth in the NAIA in both tackles for a loss (20) and sacks (9.0). He finished the season with 20 tackles for a loss of 100 yards. He also returned one interception for a touchdown, had three pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. Finalists for the Cliff Harris Award will be announced Dec. 4. The winner will be announced Dec. 24 and honored at the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s annual awards banquet in February.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Backup quarterback Matt Flynn threw for 218 yards to help the Packers storm back from a 16-point deficit for a 26-26 tie as the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay could only muster field goals in overtime Sunday. Mason Crosby hit from 20 yards at 10:28 of the extra period and Blair Walsh connected from 35 with 3:54 left. Greg Jennings, playing his first game at Lambeau Field as a member of the Vikings, dropped a third-down pass with 2:11 left. The Packers also stumbled on their next possession. One last chance for the Vikings went nowhere with 1 second left, and the teams walked off with the first tie in the NFL since the Rams and 49ers ended 24-24 on Nov. 11, 2012.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Running back Adrian Peterson and receiver Greg Jennings were active for the Minnesota Vikings against the Packers. Peterson was held out of practice two days this week and was listed as questionable for Sunday's game, as was Jennings, who was nursing a sore Achilles tendon. Jennings returned to Lambeau Field for the first time since signing with Green Bay's NFC North rivals. Defensive end Brian Robison and center John Sullivan were also active for Minnesota. Both had been listed as questionable. For the Packers, cornerback Sam Shields missed a second straight game with a hamstring injury. Scott Tolzien started at quarterback for Aaron Rodgers, who missed a third straight game with a collarbone injury.

VERMILLION, S.D.--South Dakota guard Nicole Seekamp scored a season-high 26 points to lead the Coyotes to a 74-61 win against Boise State in the Coyotes' home opener Sunday inside the DakotaDome. Polly Harrington and Raeshel Contreras scored 14 points each for the Coyotes. South Dakota scored 14 unanswered points near the start of the second half and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way. Brandi Henton came off Boise State's bench to score a team-high 18 points. The Coyotes had a 50-37 edge on the boards and made just as many free throws (16) as the Broncos attempted.

OMAHA – Former Pierre Governor All State basketball player Zach Hanson saw 7 minutes of action on Saturday in Creighton’s 82-72 victory over Tulsa to keep the Bluejays unbeaten at 4-0 on the season. Hanson, South Dakota’s reigning Mr. Basketball and 2 time Player of the Year scored 4 points in the victory on 2 of 3 shooting from the field. He went 0 for 3 from the free throw line and pulled down 2 rebounds. He also had an assist in the Bluejay win. Doug McDermott led the way for Creighton with 33 points and 15 rebounds.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After 28 years at the helm of the Augustana athletic department, Director of Athletics Bill Gross is stepping down and will take a position in Augustana’s Advancement Office as a Senior Gifts Officer. Gross made the announcement at a news conference Friday alongside Augustana College President Rob Oliver. Gross, a 1973 graduate of Augustana, spent 35 years as a member of the athletic staff. He played basketball at Augustana from 1969-1973 and was an All-NCC Selection three times and still remains in the top 10 of numerous statistical categories. Gross spent nine seasons as the head coach of the Augustana men’s basketball team where he posted a 154-103 record, including eight winning seasons. His 1988-89 team won the NCC Championship. A national search for a replacement will begin immediately.

UNDATED - Sioux Falls O'Gorman, Dakota Valley and Warner swept their way to State High School Volleyball Tournament titles as the high school volleyball season came to an end Saturday night. O'Gorman avenged their only loss of the season with a 3 game sweep of rival Sioux Falls Roosevelt to win the State Class AA title. O'Gorman won by scores of 25-22, 25-19, 25-17. Dakota Valley won it's first ever state championship be downing Winner in the title match 25-21,27-25,22-25,25-17. And Warner completed another dominating season in the Class B ranks with a 3 game sweep of Chester Area 25-8, 25-10, 25-22 to repeat as Class B State champions.

HURON, S.D. – The Lyman Raiders won the consolation championship of the State Class B High School Volleyball tournament that wrapped up Saturday in Huron. The Raiders downed Herreid-Selby in 4 games by scores of 25-22, 16-25, 25-16, 25-18. Anna Flitner led the way for the Raiders with 25 kills and had 25 digs in the contest. Bailey Almond had 20 assists for the Raiders who had their highest finish at a State Volleyball tournament in the history of the school. Hailee Biel had 16 kills for Herreid-Selby. Abby Fjeldheim led the Wolverines defensivly with 21 digs and Grace Russell had 21 assists. Both Flitner and Biel were named to the Class B All Tournament team.

INDIANAPOLIS – Second-seeded Denver overcame a two set deficit and had five players reach at least 10 kills to end the South Dakota volleyball team’s season 26-28, 12-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-12 in the Summit League Tournament semifinals at the IUPUI Gymnasium on Saturday night. Sarah Schmid and Moni Corrujedo both recorded 17 kills to lead the Pioneers (17-11, 10-4), while Brea Muhle had 16 kills. Denver outkilled USD 44-33 over the final three sets while recording a hitting percentage of .317. USD had a hitting percentage of .229 during that time. The teams had the same amount of attack errors (11) over the last three sets. USD (19-13, 9-5), the third seed in the tournament, was led by Kendall Kritenbrink’s 23 kills and three aces, while Tori Kroll and Audrey Reeg both recorded double-doubles. Kroll had 55 assists and 12 digs while Reeg had 16 kills and 11 digs. The match was the last match for USD’s three seniors: Tori Kroll, Natalie Walseth and Amber Aschoff.

Brookings, S.D. – The No. 11 Nebraska wrestling team won nine weight classes en route to a 36-6 victory over South Dakota State at Frost Arena on Sunday afternoon. With the win, Head Coach Mark Manning picked up his 200th career victory. The only win by the Jackrabbits was at 157 pounds where the Jackrabbits’ Cody Pack pinned John Svoboda in 4:47.

MINNEAPOLIS - Former Pierre Governor wrestling standout Tyler Sarringer had a 4th place finish for the Dakota Wesleyan wrestling squad Saturday at a tournament in Minneapolis. Sarringer, wrestling at 197 lbs. had to forfeit the third place match to Upper Iowa's Ricky Briggs due to medical reasons. Sarringer was one of three place winners for the Tigers Werstling squad at the tournament.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Athletic Coaches Association has named two members of the Pierre Lady Governor volleyball team as it's Riggs High School Athletes of the Week for the week ending November 16th on Friday afternoon. The two athletes are seniors Kaitlin Severyn and Whitney King. The two girls both set school records in their final volleyball match as a Lady Gov. Severyn had 33 kills on the night setting a new school record for kills in a single game. And King had 55 assists which also set a new school record. Both girls were nominated by their head coach Kacy Kienholz who said both girls worked extremely hard and were a significant part in the improvement the Lady Govs saw during the course of the season.

 Kaitlin Severyn and Whitney King (Courtesy Photos)

 

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City will host its second Amateur Softball Association men’s tournament in four years when the Men’s E Northern Territory championship comes to town in 2015. The Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau announced Friday that the tournament will be held in September 2015, with as many as 65 teams in town. Rapid City hosted an ASA Northern Territory championship for the highest level (C) of men’s softball in 2012. Rodriguez said approximately 28 teams played in that tournament. More local and area teams are at the E level which should mean more teams playing in the 2015 tournament. Mandan, North Dakota will host the 2014 Men’s E championships on Aug. 29 thru the 31st next year. The 2013 tournament, won by a team from Macungie, Pa, was held in St. Joseph, Mo.

PIERRE, S.D. - The annual Pierre Elks 'Hoop Shoot" free throw shooting contest is schedule to be held on Sunday, December 8th at the St. Joseph School Family Gym in Pierre. Registration will begin at 5 pm with the competition beginning at approximately 6 pm. It is open to all boys and girls ages 8 to 13 as of April 1st, 2014 and Parents must sign the registration. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place finishers with the winners of each division qualifying for the State Contest which will be held in Pierre on January 4th. Winners at the State level are eligible to advance to the Regional competition in Rapid City February 28th through March 1st. Regional winners then are eligible to qualify for the National Finals in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 12th of next year. For more information or if you have any questions, contact Seb Axtman in Pierre at 224-5469 or 224-9991.

PIERRE, S.D. - The 11th annual Pierre Running Club's Turkey Trot will be run on Thanksgiving morning which is next Thursday beginning with registration at 9 am and the 5K and 10K races beginning at 10 am. Registration will be held at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Building. There is a $5 entry fee per runner with all proceeds going to the Pierre-Ft. Pierre Food Pantry. There will be drawings for holiday treats following the race at approximately 11 am and free food and drinks for everyone. For more information on the 11th annual Turkey Trot email parc_2002@hotmail.com

 

National Sports Headlines

From the Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots stormed back from a 24-0 halftime deficit to beat Denver 34-31 in overtime, dropping the Broncos to 9-2. Tony Carter fumbled a punt to set up Stephen Gostkowski's 31-yard field goal with 1:56 left in OT. Brady completed 34 of his 50 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots improved to 8-3 despite losing three fumbles.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - San Diego beat Kansas City 41-38 on Philip Rivers' 26-yard touchdown pass to Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds left. The TD came just 58 seconds after Dwayne Bowe grabbed a go-ahead, five-yard scoring strike from Alex Smith. Rivers threw for 392 yards and three scores to help the Chargers deal the Chiefs their second straight loss since a 9-0 start.

UNDATED (AP) - Cam Newton hit Greg Olsen with a 1-yard touchdown pass with 43 second left to lead Carolina to a 20-16 win over Miami. It was the second comeback win in a week for the Panthers, who trailed 16-6 midway through the third quarter before earning their team record-tying seventh straight win. Tennessee also pulled out a last-minute win as Ryan Fitzpatrick hit Kendall Wright for a 10-yard TD with just 10 seconds left to give the Titans a 23-19 win at Oakland.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Dallas moved into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the NFC East, blowing a 21-6 lead in the second half before Dan Bailey hit a 35-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Cowboys past the Giants 24-21. Tony Romo engineered the winning drive with three third-down completions to help the Cowboys improve to 6-5. Romo was 23 of 38 for 250 yards and a pair of TDs to Jason Witten.

UNDATED (AP) - None of the NFC North teams won on Sunday, although back-up quarterback Matt Flynn rallied Green Bay from 16 points down to a 26-26 tie with Minnesota. Tavon Martin's 65-yard touchdown run highlighted a 21-point first quarter as St. Louis beat Chicago 42-21, leaving the 6-5 Bears and Detroit tied for the division lead and just a half-game ahead of the Packers. Mike Glennon hit Tiquan Underwood for the go-ahead 85-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter of Tampa Bay's 24-21 win over the Lions.

UNDATED (AP) - The top three remain the same in the BCS standings, with No. 1 Alabama staying ahead of Florida State and No. 3 Ohio State. Northern Illinois moved ahead of Fresno State and up to No. 14 as the Huskies and Bulldogs jockey to be the last BCS buster. NIU jumped two spots Sunday and Fresno State slipped one to 16th.

UNDATED (AP) - Alabama is still the overwhelming choice as No. 1 in this week's AP college football poll, but there have been some changes near the top. Florida State got the other four first-place votes and remains No. 2 after blowing out Idaho. Ohio State moved up to third in this week's poll, followed by Auburn, which jumped up from No. 6. Missouri moved up three spots to fifth. The second five consists of Clemson, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Baylor and South Carolina.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will have season-ending surgery. Murray suffered the injury during the Bulldogs' 59-17 rout of Kentucky on Saturday night.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals and free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta have agreed to a four-year package expected to be worth more than $50 million. Peralta hit .303 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 107 games during the 2013 regular season, then batted .333 with one homer, four doubles and six RBIs in 10 playoff games. He also was suspended 50 games last season as a result of Major League Baseball's investigation in the Biogenesis case involving performance-enhancing drugs.

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) - Third-ranked and defending NCAA men's basketball-champion Louisville has ended its 21-game winning streak by losing in the final of the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament. Marcus Paige poured in 32 points as No. 24 North Carolina knocked off the Cardinals 93-84, one week after the Tar Heels were beaten by Belmont. Russ Smith led all scorers with 36 points for the 5-1 Cardinals.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida point guard Scottie Wilbekin has been reinstated from his five-game suspension and will be on the court when the 16th-ranked Gators visit Jacksonville tonight. Gators coach Billy Donovan suspended Wilbekin in June for undisclosed reasons, shortly after he helped lead the team to a third straight Elite Eight appearance.

UNDATED (AP) - The Chicago Bulls were pounded in their first game since point guard Derrick Rose tore the meniscus in his right knee. Jared Dudley scored a season-high 21 points, and Chris Paul added 16 points and 17 assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the Bulls 121-82. J.J. Redick scored 19 points and Blake Griffin had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Pacific Division-leading Clippers' seventh win in nine games.

UNDATED (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes won Sunday's only NHL games. Daniel Alfredsson and Johan Franzen each had a goal and an assist in the Red Wings' 3-1 win at Buffalo. The Hurricanes beat Ottawa 4-1 as Eric Staal led the offense with a goal and two assists.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Jason Day made an emotional return to golf at the World Cup to win his first tournament in more than three years at Royal Melbourne. He shot a final-round 1-under 70 to earn a two shot win over Thomas Bjorn.

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Shanshan Feng of China finished her year with a 6-under 66 and the richest prize in women's golf. Feng got off to a quick start and played mistake-free to win the LPGA Titleholders by one shot over Gerina Piller.

SAO PAULO (AP) - Sebastien Vettel spent the wrap-up to the Formula One season much like he did most of it. Winning. The four-time reigning FI champ won the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix to equal Michael Schumacher's record of 13 wins in a season. The victory also tied the F1 record of nine straight held by Alberto Ascari over the 1952 and 53 seasons.

 

 

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