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

February 18, 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. Blake Nicholson 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This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change.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:

HEMP-SOUTH DAKOTA

PIERRE, S.D. _ The fate of a South Dakota industrial hemp bill with strong support in the Republican-controlled Legislature despite GOP Gov. Kristi Noem’s disapproval will remain a mystery a little longer after debate scheduled for this week was postponed at the administration’s request. By James Nord. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words.

AROUND THE STATE:

FLOCK OF DRONES

RAPID CITY, S.D. _ Students at the South Dakota School of Mines are working on drone technology that could potentially protect lives and impact the agriculture industry, according to officials at the science and engineering university. The students have developed drones that fly together like a flock or swarm of birds without any manual control. Each drone measures 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) wide and has a thermal camera and sensors that detect nitrogen levels in fertilizer. Farmers would use the drones as a unit to more evenly disperse nutrients on fields. SENT: 265 words.

IN BRIEF:

APARTMENT SHOOTING-ABERDEEN

SPORTS:

TWINS-PINEDA

FORT MYERS, Fla. _ The Minnesota Twins signed Michael Pineda more than a year before he’ll be cleared to pitch, aiming for what could be a bargain for the rotation this season if the big right-hander bounces back from elbow surgery. By Dana Caldwell. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 5 p.m. EST.

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