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BC-SD--South Dakota News Digest 1:30 pm, SD

March 19, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in South Dakota. Questions about coverage plans go to News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or dglass@ap.org. Jeff Baenen is on the desk.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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TOP STORY:

WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING-HAY HELP

BISMARCK, N.D. _ The Plains farm aid nonprofit Farm Rescue is launching an effort to bring donated hay to flood-stricken Nebraska ranchers. North Dakota-based Farm Rescue first activated its “Operation Hay Lift” program to help drought-stricken Upper Midwest ranchers in 2017. Dozens of volunteer truckers hauled hundreds of loads of hay to the region. The organization now wants to do the same for Nebraska ranchers dealing with widespread flooding after a massive late-winter storm. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words. AP Photo planned.

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WINTER WEATHER-FLOODING-SOUTH DAKOTA

PIERRE, S.D. _ Gov. Kristi Noem is encouraging residents in the Big Sioux River Valley in eastern South Dakota to start preparing for record flooding while Sioux Falls recuperates from heavy rain that left parts of the city under water. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

SOUTH DAKOTA-CAPITOL-GUNS

PIERRE, S.D. _ South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has signed a bill allowing firearms to be carried in the state Capitol building. SENT: 290 words. AP Photos planned.

SEXUAL ASSAULT-SOUTH DAKOTA-FOOTBALL PLAYERS

VERMILLION, S.D. _ A former University of South Dakota football player who was accused of raping a woman in her dorm room has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of aggravated assault and been sentenced to 10 years of probation. Twenty-three-year-old Dale Williamson Jr., of Texarkana, Texas, entered the plea Monday. Prosecutor Alexis Tracy told the court that the March 2017 attack has changed the victim “forever.” SENT: 330 words. AP Photo requested.

BISTATE GROUSE

RENO, Nev. Conservationists want a federal judge to allow them to join a legal battle over a type of sage grouse found only along the California-Nevada line in opposition to a lawsuit filed by off-road vehicle enthusiasts trying to overturn U.S. protections for the bird. Four national environmental groups filed the formal request to intervene in the bistate grouse case in federal court in Reno on Friday. That’s the same day the Trump administration finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans easing restrictions on energy companies across 11 Western states where the greater sage grouse lives. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

IN BRIEF:

RIVER BODY-ARREST, HUGHES COUNTY FATAL

SPORTS:

WARRIORS-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Golden State Warriors, wrapping up a four-game road trip with a slim lead for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, visit the Minnesota Timberwolves. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

AVALANCHE-WILD

ST. PAUL, Minn. _ The Colorado Avalanche visit the Minnesota Wild in a key matchup for two Western Conference wild card contenders. By Tyler Mason. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. CT.

NCAA-MINNESOTA-PITINO’S PROGRESS

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Minnesota-Louisville matchup in the NCAA Tournament created a compelling angle, with Gophers coach Richard Pitino facing his father’s old program. Had they not made the tournament, the story around the Gophers would have surrounded Pitino’s job status. By Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words, by 6 p.m. CT.

NIT-SOUTH DAKOTA ST-TEXAS

AUSTIN, Texas _ After missing the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, Texas (16-16) hosts South Dakota State (24-8) in the first round of the NIT. UPCOMING: 150 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m. CT.

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NCAA-SOUTH DAKOTA

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