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Judge Allows Surgery Scar Lawsuit to Move Forward

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man who alleges Rapid City hospital workers abused him and intentionally carved the letters “KKK” into his abdomen during heart surgery has been allowed to pursue three of four claims in a federal lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken has rejected Vernon Traversie’s medical negligence allegation. Viken, however,...
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Jury to Hearing Closing Arguments Today in McCahren Trial

WINNER, S.D. – (DRG News) The case of a Pierre 18-year-old charged with Murder could be before a jury sometime today. Braiden McCahren is being tried for the December 2012 shooting death of 16-year-old Dalton Williams. The incident at McCahren’s home was witnessed by another teen, identified by authorities as T.Y. The defense has...
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US Senate Hopeful’s Petitions Allegedly Colorful

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former U.S. Senate candidate in South Dakota who has been indicted on election law violations allegedly submitted nominating petitions with the names of dead people, fictitious people and Hollywood celebrities. Clayton Walker is an independent who failed to make the November ballot. He’s now jailed without bond in...
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SD Inmate Pleads Not Guilty in Prison Slaying Case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota inmate who authorities accuse of killing his cellmate at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls has pleaded not guilty. The Argus Leader reports 28-year-old Douglas Ipsen on Monday entered his plea to alternate counts of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter for the death of...
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