Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Local Headlines

By Jeri Thomas-Dakota Radio Group News Director

Stained Glass Being Removed from Capitol Rotunda as Restoration Project Begins

The process started in earnest yesterday to begin removing stained glass panels from the Capitol Rotunda dome--as the century old features are to be restored and reinstalled in the coming months. The Capitol also contains stained glass in the House and Senate chambers and above the grand marble staircase and the years have taken their toll on the all the glass since the panels were installed in 1909.
Workers with Conrad Schmitt Studios of Milwaukee, Wisconsin began work yesterday to bring panels down 96 feet from the rotunda dome to the floor. Panels were removed from the dome, a special wooden crate was raised from the floor up to the dome, a panel was placed in the box and the crate was then lowered slowly to the rotunda floor and the panel was taken out so the box could be raised again. The historic stained glass will eventually be transported to Milwaukee for cleaning, repair and restoration.
Mike Mueller of the Bureau of Administration says a special system had to be put together to remove the glass panels from the rotunda dome.

Mueller says 16 panels that create the “eye” of the rotunda were taken out of place Thursday and Friday but they remained in the dome until they could be brought down yesterday. Kevin Grabowski, project director from Conrad Schmitt Studios said yesterday that the dome portion of the project is the most complicated of the Capitol’s four areas where glass will be removed.

Grabowski says the panels are showing their age and are in need of some attention.

Lights that used to illuminate the panels in the rotunda dome no longer work and the state is considering adding a new lighting system in the dome to highlight the beauty of the panels. Grabowski says the lighting, combined with the cleaning and restoration work on the panels will likely make a difference in how they currently look from afar.

Plans call for all of the stained glass in the rotunda dome to be removed by the end of the week. The spaces will be replaced by specially cut wood pieces. Grabowski says once the work is done, the state will have some piece of mind knowing that the stained glass pieces are very stable and will remain so into the future. Conrad Schmitt Studios has set up a blog to offer updates on the progress of the restoration project. The blog is available at http://conradschmittprojects.wordpress.com/ Check out a video of crews lowering a section of stained glass Monday on the homepage of our website at www.drgnews.com.


SD Humanities Speaker Discusses Importance of Repair and Restoration Work on Stained Glass at Capitol

A member of the State of South Dakota Humanities Speakers Bureau stood by yesterday as work was done at the Capitol Building to begin removing stained glass panels from the rotunda dome. Dr. Barbara Jean Johnson of Aberdeen, who has studied stained glass displays across the state through a 2010 grant from the SD Humanities Council, says though it will take some time, work that will be done to preserve the panels is important for South Dakota history.

Getting a chance to see the panels close up-once they were brought down to the floor of the rotunda, Johnson said the pieces are quite special.

Johnson says it’s hoped that the renovation work on the panels will provide more of a clue into where the glass was created when the Capitol was constructed more than 100 years ago.

Johnson identified the stained glass as “American Opalescent Glass”. She says it was probably made in Kokomo, Indiana by a company called Kokomo Glass, which was a popular glass maker at the time. Johnson plans to go to the Conrad Schmitt Studios in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the coming months to check the progress of the South Dakota project.
The stained glass sections in the Rotunda dome are the first to be removed. The House and Senate chamber stained glass will be taken out after the 2014 Legislative Session. The barrel vault above the grand marble staircase will be the last to be removed in May of next year. The goal is to finish the stained glass restoration project at the Capitol before the state’s 125th anniversary of statehood on November 2, 2014.


Commission Gives Okay for Placement of Statue Honoring Former Governor Bill Janklow

The Capitol Complex Restoration and Beautification Commission met last week and approved the location for the placement of a statue of former South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow. Janklow’s statue was unveiled during a ceremony at the Capitol in June with two others-those of Governors Harvey Wollman and Frank Farrar. Farrar’s statue was placed in front of First National Bank last month, along with a statue completed last year-that of Governor Arthur Mellette-which was put in place in front of the Hughes County Courthouse. Two other statues that were placed last year included Governor Harlan Bushfield and Walt Miller.
The Capitol Beautification Commission held a meeting last week and gave the okay to put Janklow’s statue on the grounds near the Capitol. Paul Kinsman, Commissioner of the Bureau of Administration, says the group approved putting the statue near the corner of Broadway Avenue and the parking lot entrance closest to the Visitor Center and the war memorial statues.

Kinsman says Trail of Governors Foundation needed to get approval from the commission to place the Janklow statue near the Capitol as the commission is responsible for changes made to the Capitol complex and nearby grounds.

Kinsman says cement needs to be placed before the Janklow statue can be put up.

Rick Jensen, President of the Trail of Governors Foundation says once the concrete pad is complete, the Janklow statue will be erected in its new home sometime this year. He says it will face Broadway Avenue and will be looking toward the Hilger’s Gulch area with the statues back to Capitol Lake and the monuments located behind it. The Trail of Governors board will meet tomorrow to likely give the final approval for the placement of Governor Wollman. Jensen says plans call for it to be located at the southwest corner of the Pierre Street and Dakota Avenue intersection in a newly created bump-out area.
The Trail of Governors project is working to place statues of at least three former Governors on a trail from the area around the Capitol building, along Capitol Avenue and south down Pierre Street. Next year’s featured Governors include statues for Governors Mike Rounds, George S. Mickelson and Robert Vessey. For more information, visit www.trailofgovernors.com.


Highway Work to Impact Highway 83 from SD/ND Border North

Highway 83 from the South Dakota border north to around Strasburg, North Dakota will not be a pleasant place to drive today. Highway crews have put fresh oil down, and are paving that section of road. There will be long waits for pilot cars, along with the fresh oil. Officials advise that motorists use Highway 1804 or another route today. (From KOLY-Mobridge)


Winter Wheat Meeting to be Held in Draper Next Week

SDSU Extension will be holding a Winter Wheat Meeting in Draper next week. The meeting will take place next Tuesday evening and will include a meal. Bob Fanning Plant Pathology Field Specialist with the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Winner says this is the 25th year the Winter Wheat meetings have been held. He says when they were first organized; they were held in Murdo but were moved to Draper. Fanning says as the title suggests-the main topic of the annual gathering focuses on Winter Wheat.

Fanning says one of the two speakers at the event will be Nathan Mueller, SDSU Extension Agronomist-who will talk about various Winter Wheat varieties, Crop Performance Testing trials and more.

Fanning says SDSU Extension Commodity Marketing Specialist Lisa Elliot will also be at the meeting to provide an outlook for wheat prices and potential changes in the crop insurance program.

Tuesday’s meeting is free and starts with a meal prepared by local church women and sponsored by several area businesses at 6:30 p.m. at the Auditorium in Draper. For more information, contact the Winner Regional Extension Center at 842-1267.


Next KGFX Hometown Tour to Put the Spotlight on the Community of Kennebec!

KGFX takes the Dakota Cruiser on the road again soon as our next Hometown Tour broadcast will take place in Kennebec. This will be our first Hometown Tour broadcast in Kennebec in the seven year history of the program and we’re excited to get a chance to highlight the great things in town. We’ll learn about Lake Byre Day coming up August 24; Lyman County Sheriff Steve Manger will discuss a boat safety course taking place during the celebration; plus we’ll have Quint Garnos from Garnos Ranch Hunts on the program to talk about hunting opportunities in Lyman County. Jason Thiry will join us to highlight Town and Country Club activities and we’ll hear about Kennebec’s new clinic.
Thanks to our host location sponsor, Kennebec Telephone Company, as well as our other sponsors-including B.J.'s Food Center, Halverson Oil, DRB Enterprises, Big Prairie Hunts, BankWest Kennebec, Renegade Grill Guards, KT Trucking, LLC and Hot Rod’s Steakhouse. Wednesday’s program starts at 9:05 a.m. and we hope you tune in!


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South Dakota News Headlines

From the Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - An Air Force colonel says the service will conduct a thorough investigation into the crash of a B-1B bomber in southeastern Montana. Meanwhile, Col. Kevin Kennedy says he's thankful that four crew members were able to safely eject. The airplane crashed Monday in a remote area near Broadus, Mont. It was based at South Dakota's Ellsworth Air Force Base, one of only two bases in the U.S. that have B-1B crews. Kennedy says two 28th Bomb Wing pilots and two weapons system officers were taken by ambulance and air to South Dakota hospitals in Rapid City and Spearfish. He says their injuries were not life threatening. No details were released about what may have caused the crash, which occurred about 170 miles southeast of Billings, Mont.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Pierre woman has pleaded guilty to stealing from the federal government. Thirty-seven-year-old Brandis Rose was accused of misappropriating more than $8,700 while working in 2009 for South Dakota CARES, an organization affiliated with the federal Social Security Administration. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Rose will be sentenced Oct. 28 on the charge of theft of government funds. She could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A state task force studying the possibility of expanding South Dakota's Medicaid program is wrapping up its work. The task force will not recommend whether Medicaid should be expanded, but instead will identify the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. The panel meets Tuesday to finish its report. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and the Legislature will have the final say on expanding Medicaid. States have the option of expanding Medicaid to cover more people considered too poor to get private insurance. The governor and the Legislature decided earlier this year to delay a decision on expanding the state-federal program that provides medical care for low-income people. South Dakota's Medicaid program now covers about 116,000 children, adults and disabled people. Expanded eligibility would add an estimated 48,000 people, mostly adults without children.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - City commissioners in Pierre will be considering a proposal in the coming weeks to build an indoor sports facility and events center. A Public Facilities Task Force has endorsed the idea of a multimillion-dollar facility that could handle indoor sports as well as shows and meetings. The task force has representatives of city and county government, and the business, health and education sectors. Building a new facility has been talked about since the run-down City Auditorium closed more than two years ago. A consultant earlier this year recommended a 40,000-square-foot multipurpose building.
A task force subcommittee is recommending the city hire Icon Architectural Group, which has developed similar facilities in North Dakota and Nebraska.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The winter wheat harvest and the development of row crops continue to lag behind last year's pace in South Dakota. The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop and weather report that the past week was marked by continued below-normal temperatures. Eighty-seven percent of the state's winter wheat crop is in the bin, compared with 98 percent on average and 100 percent last year. The report says the late-season corn, soybean and sunflower crops in South Dakota all are behind last year's pace and the average in their development.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota has its first West Nile virus death of the year.
The state Health Department says the Turner County resident was between 70 and 79 years old. Officials did not identify the person, citing patient confidentiality. South Dakota has had 52 confirmed human cases of West Nile so far this year. Since 2002 the state has reported more than 2,000 cases, with 30 deaths, including three last year and the one this year. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says people should protect themselves from virus-carrying mosquitoes through measures such as using insect repellents and eliminating standing water where the bugs can breed.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Allegiant Air has announced new flights in three cities in the Dakotas, starting in November. Las Vegas-based Allegiant will launch twice-weekly nonstop jet service between Tampa Bay, Fla., and the two largest cities in the Dakotas - Fargo, N.D., and Sioux Falls, S.D. It also will offer twice-weekly nonstop flights between Bismarck, N.D., and Orlando, Fla. The flights to Tampa Bay will go through the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - City commissioners in the Old West town of Deadwood have approved a shooting range within city limits, despite opposition by some residents in the western South Dakota community. Businessman and retiring FBI agent Greg Vecchi wants to open the range in partnership with local campground owner Tom Blair in an area surrounded by high ridges. Police Chief Kelly Fuller says test firings last week showed that the range will have minimal effects on noise levels in the campground and no effect outside of it. Fuller also says he's comfortable with the topography of the area and the isolation from residential neighborhoods. Resident Ronda Feteryl says she worries about harm to the environment and a drop in property values. The Rapid City Journal reports the commission unanimously approved the range.

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - A real estate entrepreneur in Spearfish wants to erect a large sculpture of Jesus Christ on city-owned land high upon a hillside. Rand Williams says the issue of separation of church and state is a legitimate concern, but he at least wants public discussion about his idea. Williams last year bought a 6,000-seat amphitheater that hosted the Black Hills Passion Play for nearly 70 years. The play that attracted millions of visitors for summer productions recreated the last seven days of Christ. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that Williams says his vision for revitalizing the amphitheater won't necessarily be derailed if the idea for the Christ statue doesn't pan out.

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - An annual fundraising raffle held by Democrats in South Dakota's Brown County had a surprise winner - the chairman of the county's Republican Party.
Jason Williams bought the winning ticket while visiting friends manning the Democrats' booth at the county fair this month. He says that when Democrats later informed him that he won a shotgun, "I thought they were pulling my leg." A spokeswoman for the Democrats says Williams won the raffle fair and square. Deb Knecht tells the American News that the whole thing is "just kind of funny." Williams jokes that he might use the gun for pheasant hunting, or he might put in on display at the Republican booth at next year's county fair and raffle it off to raise money for his own party.

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - A Sturgis man has claimed a $90,000 Hot Lotto prize. Charles Dirnbauer says he plans to pay off his motorcycle, pay some other bills and put the rest in savings. Dirnbauer's ticket matched all five white ball numbers but missed the Hot Ball in the Saturday drawing to win the game's $30,000 second prize. He also bought an option for an additional dollar that tripled the winnings. The odds of winning Hot Lotto's second prize are 1 in about 1.6 million. Hot Lotto is played in 15 states and the District of Columbia. The jackpot sits at $1.2 million for the next drawing, on Wednesday.


Regional News Headlines

From the Associated Press

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Allegiant Air is adding service at the St. Cloud Regional Airport. The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation recently announced new service to a leisure destination, although no city was named. Mayor Dave Kleis plans to make an announcement on the destination today.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Opponents of a planned project to diver the Red River around Fargo-Moorhead have sued the Army Corps of Engineers. The federal lawsuit filed by opponents south of the metro area accuses diversion leaders of unnecessarily expanding the scope of the flood protection project. A spokesman for the opposition says "we were pushed against a wall and we had no alternatives."

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The city of Duluth will try to convince a judge that a downtown store is a public nuisance because it doesn't have a license to sell synthetic drugs. City officials are trying to shut down the Last Place on Earth for one year. Law enforcement officials and a neighboring business owner testified yesterday that the shop has negatively affected the area.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - Ousted Spirit Lake Chairman Roger Yankton has filed a lawsuit in federal court, seeking relief from restraining orders he says violate his rights. Yankton and Leander McDonald are embroiled in a dispute over who is the tribe's rightful leader. A restraining order bars Yankton from the tribal offices, having contact with the tribal council and from coming within 100 feet of McDonald.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Technology officials are gathering in Fargo for an annual conference aimed at showcasing the impact technology has had on North Dakota industries. U.S. Senator John Hoeven is hosting today's State of Technology conference along with the local Chamber of Commerce. Microsoft executive Tami Reller is among this year's keynote speakers.

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - U.S. Senator John Hoeven says Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is set to visit the oil boom town of Williston. Hoeven says tomorrow's visit is a chance for Donahoe to hear firsthand about postal-related problems and discuss solutions. Hoeven and Donahoe will tour residential areas that are experiencing mail delivery challenges.


National News

From the Associated Press

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - The judge who's now deciding on a sentence for former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning has said her decision could come as soon as tomorrow morning. Col. Denise Lind began her deliberations this morning after a court-martial at Fort Meade in Maryland. Manning could get up to 90 years for leaking documents to WikiLeaks, including Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and State Department diplomatic cables.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - He's already been sentenced to life in prison -- and now, a military jury in Washington state will determine whether the life sentence for Robert Bales will offer a chance of parole. The Army staff sergeant pleaded guilty in June in the deaths of 16 Afghan villagers during pre-dawn raids last year. In the sentencing phase of his trial, he's expected to face several survivors of the massacre, and relatives of the dead who are outraged that his life will be spared.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants the nation's top financial regulators to quickly finish writing rules designed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis. Obama met privately yesterday with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and seven other independent agency heads to emphasize his desire for comprehensive new rules.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government says 57,265 fewer children across the country will participate in Head Start this school year because of automatic budget cuts put in place two years ago. Head Start programs help prepare low-income children for elementary school, feed them and provide them with health care. The Office of Head Start says more than a million children are served by the programs each year. The automatic cuts were put in place after Congress and the White House failed to agree on a plan to reduce the federal budget deficit.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The medical examiner in San Diego says a woman whose body was found near the remains of her 8-year-old son died of a head injury. Christina Anderson was found dead earlier this month when firefighters extinguished a fire at the home of James DiMaggio. He's accused of murdering her and her son, and kidnapping her 16-year-old daughter. DiMaggio was killed six days later in an FBI shootout in Idaho. Hannah Anderson was rescued and returned to California.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Settlement talks are under way between lawyers for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and one of the women who accuses him of making unwanted sexual advances. Meanwhile, Filner is facing a recall effort prompted by the cascade of sexual harassment allegations, but he's vowing to stay in office. He returned to work yesterday after completing a two-week therapy program.

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) - Authorities in Idaho are slowly allowing residents living near a 160-square-mile wildfire fire to return home. A mandatory evacuation order has been lifted for the resort towns of Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley, Idaho. Meanwhile, strong winds have helped a wildfire in Oregon to grow to nearly 8 square miles. Some buildings were evacuated Monday near the Columbia River city of The Dalles, and other residents are on standby to leave.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Four young people are dead after their car drove into the path of a freight train in Fresno, Calif. The lone survivor is a 20-year-old woman who's in serious condition. Authorities say the Union Pacific train was traveling about 40 mph and sounding its horns right before it struck the Chevy sedan Monday afternoon.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities say a passenger on an AirTran flight tried to open an emergency exit on the plane, prompting the flight to be diverted to an airport in Memphis, Tenn. An airline spokesman tells a Memphis TV station (WREG-TV) that the plane was flying from Baltimore to Austin, Texas Monday evening when the passenger became unruly. The passenger was interviewed and the plane was checked before continuing its flight. There's no word on if charges will be filed.


International News

From the Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's chief negotiator says her country will make "dramatic decisions" to reach a final peace agreement that will end the conflict with the Palestinians. But she's warning that hawks inside the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are making her job more difficult. The remarks from Tzipi Livni came as a senior Palestinian official said Israeli and Palestinian negotiators would meet today for their second round of talks.

MADRID (AP) - The driver of the train that derailed in Spain last month, killing 79 people, is no longer the only suspect in the case. A Spanish judge who's investigating the crash wants to question whoever is responsible for rail security in the area where the accident occurred. The driver has admitted he was going too fast, and he's been provisionally charged with multiple counts of negligent homicide.

LONDON (AP) - The British government is defending the decision to detain David Miranda for nine hours at Heathrow Airport. Miranda is the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has published stories about U.S. and British government surveillance programs, based on documents released by Edward Snowden. Britain's Home Office says in a statement that the government has "a duty to protect the public" and national security. Meanwhile, a lawyer says Miranda has begun legal action against the government.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea's usual criticism of joint U.S.-South Korean military maneuvers is milder than usual today. It's seen as a sign of Pyongyang's interest in keeping up recent diplomacy. Today's language is not as intimidating as North Korea's previous rhetoric such as threats of nuclear wars the country made during springtime drills between the allies.

SYDNEY (AP) - More than 100 suspected asylum seekers have been rescued after their boat sank in the Indian Ocean. The boat sank about 140 miles north of Christmas Island, where Australia operates a detention camp for asylum seekers. An Australian navy ship hurried to the scene after the Australian Maritime Safety Authority received a call for help. The search and rescue effort continues but it's unclear if anyone is missing.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Authorities are bracing for flood chaos in outlying provinces today even as waters recede in the Philippine capital, Manila. Some of the Philippines' heaviest rains submerged more than half the capital. Thousands of residents along Manila's overflowing rivers were evacuated. At least eight people have died.

TOKYO (AP) - The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant says it suspects a valve connected to a gutter around a storage tank is the source of a highly radioactive water leak. Tokyo Electric Power says about 300 tons of water have leaked from a tank at the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. It's the worst leak yet from one of the vessels.

LONDON (AP) - Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have bypassed professional photographers and chosen family snapshots for the first official images of their new son, Prince George. Royal officials today released photos of Kate holding the swaddled baby while standing beside William - and in one image, the couple's cocker spaniel, Lupo. The pictures were taken by Kate's father, Michael Middleton, in the family's backyard.

LONDON (AP) - A British businessman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for making fake bomb detectors. Gary Bolton sold some of the homemade plastic devices to international clients for more than $15,000 each, claiming they could detect explosives, drugs, tobacco and ivory.

PALEMBANG, Indonesia (AP) - An education official on Indonesia's Sumatra island is proposing virginity tests for female high school students. He says it'll discourage premarital sex and protect against prostitution. The head of the local education office says he wants to start the tests next year and has proposed a budget for it. But the province's educational chief says the plan should be dropped because girls should be nurtured and not judged.


Business News

From the Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) - An annual survey shows that the average cost for employer-sponsored health insurance rose modestly this year, but it still outpaced worker wage increases.
That means that in many cases workers are seeing a larger portion of their paycheck sliced off to cover health insurance. The survey was conducted by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust.  It found that annual premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage climbed nearly 4 percent this year to top $16,000 for the first time. The cost of single coverage rose almost 5 percent.  Worker wages, meanwhile, climbed nearly 2 percent on average.  Those wages have climbed about 31 percent since 2003. But the average contribution a worker makes to family health insurance has jumped 89 percent.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve says the nation's largest banks need to do a better job of determining how much capital they need to cushion against a future crisis.
The Fed says a study shows that banks have made progress in preparing for stresses like those brought by the 2008 financial crisis. But it says banks must go further by accounting for specific risks that relate to their business activities. The Fed has been conducting annual stress tests on the biggest banks since 2009. The next round will include the 18 largest banks and an additional 12 firms that will participate for the first time next year.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The latest data on car loans show borrowers have bigger notes but are managing to make the payments.  Credit reporting agency TransUnion says average auto loan balances have increased amid a strong market for cars and trucks this year, rising to $13,435 in the second quarter. That's up 4.5 percent year-over-year and a 1.3 percent increase from the first quarter. Many drivers have moved to replace older vehicles after holding back for several years following the last recession. Low interest rates and good lease terms have also helped fuel U.S. auto sales, which jumped 14 percent to 1.3 million in July. Lenders have responded, making loans available, even to those with less-than-perfect credit.

NEW YORK (AP) - Barnes & Noble's first-quarter net loss more than doubled and the company's chairman is calling off his offer to buy the booksellers' retail business.
The loss was larger expected. The book seller's stock fell 11 percent in premarket trading. The New York company is reviewing its strategy after its CEO left and it decided to stop making its Nook color tablets. Its Chairman Leonard Riggio is ending a bid for the company's bookstores.

NEW YORK (AP) - J.C. Penney Co. is reporting another big loss on a nearly 12 percent drop in revenue for the second quarter. The results, announced Tuesday, underscore the big challenges the retailer faces as it tries to recover from a botched transformation plan spearheaded by its ousted CEO Ron Johnson. The Plano, Texas-based department store chain says that it lost $586 million, or $2.66 per share for the three-month period ended Aug. 3. That compares with a loss of $147 million, or 67 cents per share in the year-ago period. Revenue reached $2.66 billion, down from $3.02 billion.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Best Buy's second-quarter net income rose sharply, helped by cost-cutting efforts and a benefit from legal settlements. The results beat expectations. Best Buy's shares are up 14 percent in premarket trading. The biggest specialty electronics store in the U.S. earned $266 million, or 77 cents per share, for the period ended Aug. 3. A year earlier it earned $12 million, or 4 cents per share.  Earnings were 32 cents per share excluding one-time items. Analysts expected 12 cents.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Director Lee Daniels' biopic of a White House butler who served eight presidents topped the weekend box office while three other new releases failed to connect with fans. "Lee Daniels' The Butler" features an ensemble cast led by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in her first big-screen appearance since 1998's "Beloved."
The superhero caper "Kick-Ass 2," dramatic thriller "Paranoia" and Steve Jobs biopic "Jobs" also opened Friday but were outpaced by holdovers from the previous week.


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Local and Regional Sports

From Dakota Radio Group Sports Director Rod Fisher


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Dillon Gee pitched into the eighth inning for the New York Mets in a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday afternoon in a makeup game from April 14. Gee turned in yet another quality start, and the offense for the Mets was about as balanced as could be with RBI singles by Eric Young, Daniel Murphy, Andrew Brown, Wilmer Flores and Omar Quintanilla. All five of them had two hits, as did Marlon Byrd, who hit his 20th home run. Rookie Kyle Gibson struggled again, failing to finish the fourth. He recorded 11 outs and surrendered 10 hits. The Mets won the first two games of the series here by a total score of 20-7, but the finale was postponed due to cold and rain.

BROOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota State University right-hander Chad Hodges was named Horizon Air Summer Series Pitcher of the Year during the recently completed collegiate summer league season. Pitching for the Humboldt (Calif.) Crabs, Hodges compiled a 7-0 record with a 2.46 earned run average in helping the team win its third consecutive Far West League Championship. He struck out 55 batters and walked only 18 in 62 innings pitched.
Hodges pitched primarily out of the bullpen for South Dakota State during the 2013 campaign, posting a 3-2 record with a 4.76 ERA in 16 appearances, including two starts, as the Jackrabbits went on to win the Summit League tournament championship and made their inaugural appearance in the NCAA Tournament at the Division I level.
College teammate Eric Danforth, an outfielder for the Walnut Creek Crawdads, was an honorable mention selection to the all-Horizon Air Summer Series Team. The outfielder from Watertown batted .302 with two home runs and 20 runs batted in, adding 12 stolen bases in 35 games.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings have released cornerback Jacob Lacey a week after his arthroscopic knee surgery. After three seasons with Indianapolis and one with Detroit, Lacey signed with the Vikings. He had a legitimate chance to make the squad with veteran Antoine Winfield no longer on the team. But he was injured early in training camp and didn't play in any exhibition games. Chris Cook and Josh Robinson are the first team cornerbacks, with Robinson moving inside to the slot position in the nickel defense and rookie Xavier Rhodes entering as the third cornerback. Others competing for backup spots are A.J. Jefferson, Bobby Felder, Marcus Sherels and Brandon Burton.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota State star linebacker Travis Beck has been given a suspended 10-day jail sentence on a charge of resisting arrest. The Forum reports that Beck was sentenced Monday after reaching a plea deal. Beck's attorney, Bruce Quick, says the plea deal was designed to allow Beck to put his legal woes behind him without a trial interfering with the Bison football season. The misdemeanor charge stemmed from a brawl outside a downtown Fargo restaurant in early June in which police said Beck knocked another man unconscious. Prosecutors earlier dismissed a more serious assault charge. The 6-foot, 212-pound native from the North Dakota town of Munich is a two-year starter for the two-time Football Championship Subdivision champions. He was the most valuable player in the 2012 FCS championship game.

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State was tabbed to finish fourth while Presentation College is 5th in the inaugural North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Football Preseason Poll, announced Monday afternoon. Valley City State was picked as the football league favorite to win the newly-formed National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ conference. Jamestown is second and Mayville St. 3rd in the first poll.

RAPID CITY, S.D. - The South Dakota School of Mines football program has added another game to its 2013 schedule. The Hardrockers will play host to Cole College Jaguars from Denver Colo., Aug. 31. The game is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start on Dunham Field at O'Harra Stadium. Head Coach Stacy Collins also announced the addition of Rob Sales as the newest member of the Hardrocker coaching staff. Sales will assist in coaching the defensive secondary. Sales has 11 years of coaching experience at the high school level. He's coached five years in South Dakota and six in Colorado. Most recently Sales served as the defensive coordinator for Rapid City Stevens.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The Summit League says 26 men's and women's basketball games will be produced and televised regionally by Midco Sports Network this season. Twenty-two of the broadcasts also will air on national cable TV partner FOX College Sports. Coverage will be spread across all eight weeks of the schedule, and all 10 men's and women's quarterfinal and semifinal games at the league championships will be part of the national schedule. Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple says the televised games will showcase the Summit League brand and increase the amount of exposure for teams and athletes North Dakota State and South Dakota State, last season's men's finalists, meet on Saturday, Jan. 25. Last year's women's finalists, South Dakota and South Dakota State, square off on Sunday, Feb. 2.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Augustana men's basketball head coach Tom Billeter has announced the 2013-14 schedule, which features two exhibition contests against Division I opponents and a 22-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference slate. The Vikings open the season on Oct. 28 against the University of Arizona. This will mark the third time since 2009-10 that Augustana has made the trip to Tucson, Ariz. to take on the Wildcats in an exhibition contest. After hosting St. Olaf and traveling to Iowa State on Nov. 1 and 3rd, the Vikings open the season participating in the Sanford Pentagon Basketball Showcase with games against Central Missouri State and Missouri Western State on Nov. 9 and 10th. Augustana's Northern Sun Conference opener is at Wayne State on Nov. 25th. To view the Augustana men's basketball schedule for 2013-14 go to the Augustana athletic website at www.goaugie.com.

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State University games are jumping onto a couple more stations. The Brookings school says two new affiliates have joined Jackrabbit Sports Network - KDSJ-AM in Deadwood and KJOE-FM in Pipestone, Minn. Both will carry all Jackrabbit football games, select basketball broadcasts, weekly coaches' shows and the Jackrabbit Daily Sports Update. Yankton-based WNAX-AM will continue to serve as the flagship of the nine-station network. Other affiliates include KBFS-AM in Belle Fourche; KJJQ-AM in Brookings; KORN-AM in Mitchell; KOLY-AM in Mobridge; KGFX-AM and RIVER 927-FM in Pierre; and KSDR-AM in Watertown.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Governor golf team continues preparations for the upcoming season. Head Coach John Knox held a couple of qualifying rounds last week as he attempts to put a varsity team together for the upcoming year. He has one returner back from last year in Cash Anderson and a lot of spots up for grabs. The Governors open their season on Thursday at Spearfish and Friday at Rapid City as they compete in the West River Invitational.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Lady Governor tennis team began it's second week of the season practicing in the heat of the afternoon at the Griffin Park Courts. The Lady Govs open their season Friday and Saturday when they travel to Sioux Falls to play the three Sioux Falls public Schools. The Lady Govs first home matches of the season will be September 10th when they host Aberdeen Roncalli and Rapid City Central.

PIERRE, S.D. - Results from the weekend's racing at Oahe Speedway saw on Saturday regular shootout races. John Scot DeMonts of Lebanon was the winner in the Box Shootout race while Brent Kopetjka of Norfold, Nebraska won the No Box Shootout category race. Jay Tjeerdsma of Springfield defeated Shawn Englund of Pierre to win the finals of the Trophy Shootout race. Johathan Guether of Ft. Pierre won the Junior Dragster Shootout race. In the special races held Saturday, the Burnouts not Bruises race for Missouri Shores Women's Resource Center, Brian Brosset of Lead was the winner. And the Nostalgia 'Old Skool Drag" races were won by David Rae of Gillette, Wyoming who took the Nostalgia Pro Division. Vern Murphy of West Fargo, N.D. won the Nostalgia Hot Rod Race and the Nostalgia Sporsman Class division was won by Tyler Ehlers of Pierre. Sunday's races were the 7th and second to last Coca Cola Points Series Races of the season. Cal Belden of Aberdeen took the Super Pro while Todd J. Casper of Lake Preston prevailed in the Pro Division. David Tibert of Grand Forks, N.D. was the Snowmobile/Motorcycle Class winner. Jay Tjeerdsma of Springfield won his second race of the weekend by taking the finals of the Sportsman Class. Brian Brossert make it two win on the weekend when he won the Street Trophy Class. Jason Carroll of Ft. Pierre won the High School Class Race while the two Junior Division winners were Jonathan Huse of Onida in the Major Dragster race while Alec Miller of Ft. Pierre took the Minor Dragster Division race. Racing continues with a 3 day race card for the Labor Day weekend on August 31, September 1 and 2 at Oahe Speedway, 14 miles north of Pierre along Highway 1804. To view all of the results of last weekend's racing, go to the Oahe Speedway website at www.oahespeedway.com.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Oahe Hockey Association is now accepting registrations for the 2013-2014 season. Families can register skaters at the organization’s website at www.oahehockey.org. through September 15. OHA youth hockey programs are open to the youngest ages learning to skate though competitive varsity league play. Kids as young as three years old can join the free learn to skate program. Kids up to nine years old can play hockey in an in-house league that does not include any travel. Rental equipment is available for kids up to eleven years old. Financial assistance is available to help pay registration fees for kids of all ages. More information about OHA hockey programs is available at www.oahehockey.org. or you can contact Kevin Atkins, OHA Registrar, kbatkins@pie.midco.net , 605-945-1287 with any questions about registration.

PIERRE, S.D. - Members of the Pierre Governor and Lady Governor football and volleyball teams plus other fall sports teams are selling the "Governor Gold Card" once again this spring. It is a fund raising effort for the teams with monies raised going to teams to help defray expenses for food for State tournaments and the like. Business's in the Pierre Area offer deals designed to save the card holder money. Cost of the card is $15 and can be purchased from any athlete at Riggs High School.

PIERRE, S.D. - The Pierre Area Dart League will conduct their 501 League Meeting & Signup this evening at 7:00 PM at the Lariat Lanes. Registrations will take place during the meeting, and qualifications will be conducted tonight and next Tuesday, the 27th. The first night of league play is scheduled for Sept. 10, and league dues will be $80 per team. For questions or more information, contact Greg at 280-2641.

PIERRE, S.D. - There will be an information meeting for the Pierre tomorrow Night VNEA 8-ball Pool League next Wednesday August 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the back room at the Lariat and is open to anyone interested in the 8-ball pool league. The Pierre Wednesday Night VNEA 8-ball Pool League is a diverse league consisting of 5 person teams. Handicapped scoring with both team and individual payouts. League play on Wednesday nights. The 8-ball league runs September through February. Optional city tournament in late February and an optional state tournament in March.


National Sports Headlines

From the Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball has issued a challenge to Alex Rodriguez's lawyer to allow the sport to make public the evidence that led to the 211-game suspension of the New York third baseman. MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred says baseball would disclose "all drug tests" and "all prior violations" of Rodriguez, plus evidence tied to whether Rodriguez obstructed MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis clinic. The move came after the lawyer told NBC's "Today" show on Monday that the evidence would "never stand up" in court or before an arbitrator.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A former college classmate sued Ryan Braun, saying the Brewers slugger sought his help in fighting a failed drug test, balked on paying him and then disparaged him when asked why their friendship soured. Milwaukee law student Ralph Sasson said Braun's agent hired him in November 2011 to do legal research aimed at clearing Braun after the left fielder tested positive for steroid use. The lawsuit filed in Milwaukee County court says the agent later asked him to investigate the man who collected Braun's urine, and that Braun personally asked Sasson to prank call two journalists working on a story about the failed test.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels say slugger Albert Pujols is done for the season because of an injured left foot. Pujols hasn't played since July 26 and was hoping to return when his partially torn plantar fascia healed. The 33-year-old Pujols hit .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBIs this year.

UNDATED (AP) - Bad news for Tony Stewart. The three-time Cup champion has been informed that he has to miss the rest of the season because of broken bones in his right leg. He has been replaced in the Stewart-Hass No. 14 car by Austin Dillon and Mark Martin.

UNDATED (AP) - The Giants aren't sure when wide receiver Victor Cruz will return to practice after suffering a bruised left heel in Sunday's preseason game against Indianapolis. Also in the NFL, Blaine Gabbert has been tabbed as the Jaguars starting quarterback for the season despite a broken thumb that will cause him to miss the rest of the exhibition season. And the Bills have released longtime kicker Rian Lindell, who spent the last 10 years in Buffalo.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Blaine Gabbert has been named starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars when they start the new season. The club made the announcement despite the fact Gabbert suffered a broken thumb in Saturday's exhibition game against the Jets and will miss the rest of the preseason.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - The NCAA has ruled that a Middle Tennessee football player who spent five years in the Marines will be allowed to compete this fall and that he will have four years of eligibility remaining. It's a reversal from the NCAA's earlier decision to rule Steven Rhodes was ineligible because he played in a recreational league during his military service.

DENVER (AP) - Court records show Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson has been arrested on suspicion of charges including harassment. KUSA-TV in Denver reports that according to Arapahoe County sheriff's officials, Lawson and his girlfriend each face charges after a fight Saturday night. The Denver Post reports Lawson was arraigned Monday.





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