YANKTON COUNTY TORNADO
No injuries, damage reported from Mayfield tornado
MAYFIELD, S.D. (AP) - No injuries or damage was reported from a tornado that touched down in northeastern Yankton County.
The Daily Press and Dakotan reports that a funnel cloud that dropped out of a small storm cell touched down several times in the Mayfield area over the course of about half an hour Thursday night.
Thursday's storms dropped record amounts of rain on both Aberdeen and Pierre. The National Weather Service says both cities set records for the date - Pierre with 0.73 inches and Aberdeen with 1.25 inches. Aberdeen's record had stood for two decades, and Pierre's for nearly half a century.
US Senate candidates square off at State Fair
HURON, S.D. (AP) - The four candidates vying to replace retiring U.S. Senator Tim Johnson all say they're the best choice to help reduce the nation's debt.
The candidates squared off at the State Fair on Friday for their second debate.
KELO-TV reports former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and Independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie each made their pitch for how they would reduce the nation's debt if elected.
Rounds suggested the country should balance its budget each year, like South Dakota. But the candidate caught flak from his opponents for his time as governor.
Weiland says Rounds used federal stimulus money to balance the state budget, despite criticizing the stimulus package.
Rounds says every governor used the money because they didn't want to lose it to another state.
SOUTH DAKOTA-WOMEN IN POLITICS
More women at the top of South Dakota's ballot
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Come November, women want to make sure South Dakota politics is no longer a boy's club.
Six women - including incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Kristi Noem - are running for top statewide or congressional offices.
Gubernatorial candidate Susan Wismer became the first woman in South Dakota to win a major party's nomination for the office, and chose Susy Blake as her running mate.
Wismer, a state representative, says her upbringing has played a role in going after what she wants.
Noem says that women want to see their population reflected in politics.
Child immunization rates up in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's Health Department says a national survey shows that child immunization rates are up in the state.
State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says more South Dakota preschoolers are getting immunized for pertussis, polio, rotavirus and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
He says that's good news but there's still work to be done, including increasing rates for older children.
SD, other states settle lawsuit against Omnicare
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state's attorney general says South Dakota has recovered more than $170,000 after settling a whistle blower lawsuit with a Cincinnati-based company that allegedly engaged in a kickback scheme with skilled-nursing facilities nationally.
A Friday statement from Attorney General Marty Jackley's office says Omnicare Incorporated, allegedly gave discounts to some skilled-nursing facilities to keep the company as their drug provider for elderly Medicare and Medicaid recipients.
The company is the nation's largest provider of drugs and pharmacy services to skilled-nursing facilities.
The federal government will retain about $93,000 of the total amount recovered by South Dakota. The remaining $78,000 will go to the state general fund to offset alleged Medicaid damages in the case.
Jackley's office says South Dakota worked with other states and the federal government on the matter.
South Dakota is realistic about facing No. 3 Ducks
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - South Dakota coach Joe Glenn has no illusions about the Oregon team the Coyotes will face on Saturday night. He says everybody knows they're good.
Oregon opens the season ranked Number 3 in the AP Top 25 after going 11-2 last season, capped by a victory over Texas in the Alamo Bowl. The Coyotes finished 4-8 overall and 3-5 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference last season.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota, who opted to return to the Ducks this season rather than declare for the NFL draft, is one of the main reasons Oregon has been selected to win the Pac-12 title this season.
Mariota threw for 3,665 yards and 31 touchdowns with only four interceptions last season. He also rushed for 715 yards and nine scores. His 4,380 yards of total offense set a school record.
T25-S DAKOTA ST-MISSOURI
Missouri set for opener against South Dakota State
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Braylon Webb has made 30 starts for Missouri, the most by any current Southeastern Conference safety. He still expects to have the "jitters" in the Tigers' opener against an overmatched Football Championship Subdivision opponent.
The 24th-ranked Tigers host South Dakota State on Saturday. The Jackrabbits play in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and are 0-6 against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents since moving to Division One in 2004.
South Dakota State coach John Stiegelmeier said the matchup might be the toughest in school history, but that his team wasn't traveling to be "tourists."
Defending SEC East champion Missouri is 13-0 against Football Championship Subdivision teams.
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