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

February 22, 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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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PIERRE, S.D. _ A Senate panel has rejected a bill that would have banned teaching about gender dysphoria in public schools through seventh grade. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted Friday against the bill. It passed through the House last week. People with gender dysphoria suffer discomfort or distress due to the discrepancy between their gender identity and gender at birth. By James Nord. Developing.





BISMARCK, ND. _ Government officials say the five-month shutdown of a North Dakota highway during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline were not aimed at manipulating the media or the American Indian tribe that has led the protracted fight against the project. Authorities had justifiable cause for closing the stretch of state 1806, including limiting disruptions to a project deemed by President Donald Trump to be in the national interest, attorneys argue in recent court filings. By Blake Nicholson. UPCOMING: 450 words, photo.


RAPID CITY, S.D. _ A Minnesota company plans to conduct exploratory drilling for gold near Silver City in the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota, while two other companies have withdrawn proposals to drill on forest land. Forest Service officials are working on an agreement with Big Rock Exploration that would require the Minneapolis company to fund an environmental analysis. UPCOMING: 250 words.


RAPID CITY, S.D. _ A nonprofit has dedicated a new child development center in South Dakota. The grand opening of the Rural America Initiatives’ Child Development Center was the culmination of a five-year fundraising campaign that netted $7.2 million to help the nonprofit consolidate its programs from five modular buildings spread out across Rapid City to under one roof. The initiative serves children and their families who are making the often difficult transition from area reservations to living and working in Rapid City. By Jim Holland, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 551 words, photos.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ Members of Sioux Falls’ drag king scene are looking to start a comeback. Quinn Kathner, president of Sioux Falls Pride, has worked with many others since last June to organize Sioux Falls’ first drag king show in five years. This is an attempt to bring something back, something that’s fallen away over the last half decade. And if they can get it all right, if they can show people what they’ve been missing, they can create their own beginning, carve out a new niche in the city. By Trevor Mitchell, Argus Leader. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1509 words, photos.





Versatile Marwin Gonzalez and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $21 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Gonzalez would receive $12 million this year and $9 million in 2020 under the contract. The infielder and outfielder who turns 30 next month spent the last seven seasons with the Houston Astros. He hit .247 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs last year. He played 73 games as a corner outfielder, plus 29 at shortstop, 32 at second and 24 at first. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 330 words, photo.


NEW YORK _ The Minnesota Timberwolves visit the New York Knicks. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m. CT.


DETROIT _ The Minnesota Wild visit the Detroit Red Wings. AP photos planned. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.


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