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

November 30, 2018

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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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

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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

SUPREME COURT-MUTILATION

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Supreme Court has denied a Sioux Falls man’s appeal seeking to be re-sentenced for assaulting his ex-girlfriend and mutilating her breasts. The Argus Leader reports that the state’s high court affirmed Tony Ledbetter’s 45-year sentence this week. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250-300 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

EXCHANGE-WORLD WAR II VETERAN HONORED

LEOLA, S.D. — Don Zetterlund, 94, is believed to be the last WWII veteran in Leola, and he was honored during the Leola school’s Veterans Day program this year. Zetterlund was a U.S. Army medical technician, serving in France and Germany during WWII. Zetterlund said he appreciated the giant thank you card signed by the Leola school students. He plans to give it back to the school so the students can come back some day and see their signatures. By Elizabeth Varin, Aberdeen American News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 366 words.

EXCHANGE-HEART PROCEDURE

YANKTON, S.D. — Jim Robinson of Yankton recently underwent a dangerous surgery to have a heart assist device implanted in his failing heart. He has a condition called cardiomyopathy, in which the heart muscles weaken to the point where they no longer function. Robinson has been aware of the condition for some time and said that his doctor told him that his heart muscles were at 17 percent when he had the surgery. By Cora Van Olson, Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1201 words.

IN BRIEF:

ABERDEEN STABBING DEATH, SOLDIER SEND-OFF, DEVELOPER SUES-RAPID CITY, LUCKY BROTHERS

SPORTS:

VONN’S RETIREMENT

Lindsey Vonn can’t bring herself to say goodbye to ski racing without one final run at her favorite course. So she intends to extend her farewell tour into next season. The all-time winningest women’s World Cup racer announced on her new YouTube channel Friday that she plans to come back for one more series of speed races at Lake Louise, Alberta, next season. By Pat Graham. SENT: 640 words, photo.

SPARKS-AGLER RESIGNS

LOS ANGELES — Brian Agler, who led the Los Angeles Sparks to the WNBA championship in 2016, has resigned as coach after four years. The team made the announcement Friday without explanation. Executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler thanked Agler for his contributions and wished him the best. SENT: 330 words, photos.

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