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

March 1, 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. Amy Forliti 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 This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

SOUTH DAKOTA-HEMP

PIERRE, S.D. _ Gov. Kristi Noem says she remains concerned about legislative efforts to move forward with legalizing hemp, but stopps short of threatening a veto. In a wide-ranging media availability, Noem also said she had spoken with President Trump about trade moves she said last week were badly hurting South Dakota’s economy. By James Nord. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350-400 words by 3 p.m.

AROUND THE STATE:

HAWAIIAN DAY NIXED

VERMILLION, S.D. _ A student organization at the University of South Dakota has been told that holding a “Hawaiian Day” party violates the school’s policy on inclusiveness. So, the Student Bar Association has renamed its winter social event “Beach Day.” And even though the group is encouraging members to wear floral shirts, it won’t be distributing leis at the party. SENT: 325 words.

MIDWEST ECONOMY

OMAHA, Neb. _ A new report says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index in February hit its highest level since September, signaling solid economic growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states. SENT: 130 words. Developing.

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MIDWEST ECONOMY-GLANCE

EXCHANGE-ALPACAS VISIT SCHOOL

RAPID CITY, S.D. _ A library in South Dakota recently held an event with three alpacas. Dozens of enthusiastic visitors stopped by the Rapid City Public Library to see the alpacas that walked around a small area on the second floor of the library as people petted, fed and took selfies with them. The alpaca visit is part of the library’s “No School Day” series, when the library plans fun educational activities for youth, said Janet Parr, events coordinator. By Arielle Zionts, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 420 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-STUDENT STAND-UP

ABERDEEN, S.D. _ A comedy and humor seminar at a South Dakota college requires students to do stand-up. Humor is an interesting tool people use in every day interactions. That’s something students taking Liz Sill’s comedy and humor seminar at Northern State University are learning. The class is mandatory for all communication studies majors, and has undergraduates of all levels. By Katherine Grandstrand, Aberdeen American News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 450 words.

IN BRIEF:

HANSON COUNTY FATAL

SPORTS:

TWINS-PINEDA’S DEBUT

FORT MYERS, Fla. _ Right-hander Michael Pineda makes his first spring training game appearance for the Minnesota Twins after sitting out last season to recover from elbow surgery. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 5 p.m. EST.

MINNESOTA-WAHLEN’S WAY

PISCATAWAY, N.J. _ It has been a learning process for Lindsay Whalen in her first year as coach of Minnesota. On and off the court, the rookie coach has been finding her way with a bit of help. “Practice and things like that, you can figure out what you like and how you want to run things,” Whalen said. “You always have to be thinking one more step ahead as a coach. You have to be prepared to answer any question at any time.” By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 920 words, photos.

MLS-PLAYERS TO WATCH

The MLS season about to launch has plenty of players to keep an eye on in 2019. That includes Darwin Quintero and Osvaldo Alonso of Minnesota United. It’s time for the Loons to show up. They will move into their new stadium in April. They’ve added one of the best defensive midfielders in the league in Osvaldo Alonso. Now it’s on Quintero to be the leader of Minnesota’s offensive attack that will need to give fans something to get excited about at Allianz Field. By Tim Booth. SENT: 595 words, photos.

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