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

March 9, 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. Dave Kolpack 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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.

For up-to-the-minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORY:

CLIMATE CHANGE-VALVE TURNERS

BISMARCK, N.D. _ A handful of environmental activists in the U.S. have turned their opposition to oil pipelines into physical attacks on the lines, either shutting them off or trying to do so in what pipeline operators call a dangerous action. The tactic, which originated with indigenous people and environmentalists in Canada about five years ago, has prompted several states to toughen fines and prison terms for such attacks, and hold associate organizations legally accountable as well. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 940 words, photos.

AROUND THE STATE:

COLLEGE PREPARATION

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ A newspaper investigation found that there’s a wide disparity in how South Dakota high schools prepare students for college. The Argus Leader analyzed eight years of graduation data collected by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The data shows that nearly a third of graduates enrolling in South Dakota’s public universities needed remedial classes in reading, math or both between 2010 and 2017. The findings show that some high schools are struggling to prepare students for college. SENT: 370 words.

WILD HORSE PASTURES

CHEYENNE, Wyo. _ The U.S. government is seeking more pastures for thousands of wild horses that have overpopulated Western ranges. Landowners interested in hosting large numbers of rounded-up wild horses on their property can now apply with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. By Mead Gruver. SENT: 844 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-VANISHING VIDEO STORES

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. _ The owner of a South Dakota movie rental store has announced plans to close one of the last stand-alone video rental stores in the state. Dan Ahlers said mounting supply-side problems prompted his decision to shutter Video Plus. Ahlers is planning to close Video Plus in mid-March, but recently had his last day of rentals, the Argus Leader reported. By Patrick Anderson, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 485 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-DOCUMENTING NURSE’S LIFE

RAPID CITY, S.D. _ A South Dakota nonprofit has been awarded a grant to document a combat nurse’s life. The Rural Ethnic Institute of Rapid City recently received a $10,000 grant from the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation in Sioux Falls to create a manuscript documenting Marcella LeBeau’s life. The 99-year-old Native American began breaking barriers when she graduated in 1940 from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Pierre. She later enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps and became a combat nurse during World War II. By Pat Butler, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 668 words.

IN BRIEF:

DEPUTY INJURED, WINTER WEATHER-UPPER MIDWEST.

SPORTS:

WIZARDS-TIMBERWOLVES

MINNEAPOLIS _ The Washington Wizards visit Minnesota after beating the Timberwolves 135-121 at home less than two weeks ago, a matchup of two teams struggling to stay afloat in the race for the playoffs. By Andres Ybarra. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EST.

IN BRIEF:

WOODEN AWARD

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