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TOP STORY:

TRUMP

BILLINGS, Mont. — President Donald Trump praised Judge Brett Kavanaugh's progress toward winning confirmation to the Supreme Court but decried the "anger and the meanness on the other side," blasting Democrats' behavior toward his nominee as "sick." During a campaign rally in Montana Thursday, Trump sought to elevate Kavanaugh's confirmation as a political litmus test for voters as he embraced a Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, a top GOP target in the fall elections. The president's strategy on the Supreme Court nomination aims to turn the screws on Tester and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, where Trump planned to appear Friday. He also planned to appear in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. By Ken Thomas and Darlene Superville. SENT: 860 words, photos, video. Developing.

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TRAINING COMPLEX

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A massive military training complex over the Northern Plains is expanding — upward. The 35,000-square-mile Powder River Training Complex over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming will now have higher maximum altitudes. That will allow detection-evading stealth aircraft to fly at normal operating altitudes. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.

INTERSECTION ALERT

TRIPP, S.D. — A system that aims to improve safety at rural intersections appears to be working in Bon Homme County. The intersection of South Dakota Highways 37 and 46 was the first in the state to get a Rural Intersection Conflict Warning System, and officials are closely watching the results. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 200 words.

EXCHANGE-ROAD TREATMENT

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Transportation is creating more grip so your car won't slip on some of the Black Hill's windiest roads. The process is called High Friction Surface Treatment, and the state DOT is the first in the nation to use it to reduce road-departure crashes on curvy roads in winter conditions. Statistics show the new treatment is leading to fewer crashes, and it has earned the department some national recognition. By Chris Huber and Holly Edmiston, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 634 words.

IN BRIEF:

GUARD-MEMORIAL PLAZA, BROTHER FATALLY SHOT, BELLE FOURCHE SHOOTING-SENTENCE, GUARD UNITS DEPLOYING, CHASE ARREST, DAYCARE ABUSE-TRIAL, SCULPTURE VANDALIZED, DRUG TRAFFICKING PLEAS, UNITED TRIBES POWWOW

SPORTS:

ROYALS-TWINS

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins start a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals, with Stephen Gonsalves starting for the Twins and Heath Fillmyer taking the mound for the Royals in a matchup of rookie pitchers. By Patrick Donnelly. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m. CDT.

VIKINGS-COACH NEWMAN

EAGAN, Minn. —Terence Newman acknowledged this week the strangeness of being called "Coach," but coaching is what he's been doing all along as a valuable mentor for Minnesota's young cornerbacks. Newman joined the coaching staff of the Vikings this week after retiring as a player. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m. CDT, photo.

EXCHANGE-ANOTHER VINATIERI

BROOKINGS, S.D. — A South Dakota football player is making a name for himself amid pressure to live up to his famous uncle's legacy. Though Chase Vinatieri was a standout wide receiver at Roosevelt, there was no escaping that he was expected to be the team's kicker, and a good one, too. After all, his coach at Roosevelt was Kim Nelson, the same guy who coached Chase Vinatieri's famous uncle, future Hall of Famer Adam Vinatieri, at Rapid City Central. By Matt Zimmer, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1099 words.

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