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News Minute: Here is the latest South Dakota news from The Associated Press

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's General Counsel says legislation passed last year in an effort to reduce the prison population and save money is working. Jim Seward says the Public Safety Improvement Act has tripled the number of nonviolent offenders in the state's DUI and drug courts, increased the number of criminals on probation and decreased the number serving parole.

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota officials say they believe someone set the fires that destroyed two vehicles. Aberdeen Fire and Rescue and the Aberdeen Police Department responded to a local trailer park around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police say no one was injured, but several residents were evacuated. The fire chief says the owner of both vehicles also lost a van to a fire in May.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota officials have asked residents affected by flooding to begin making recovery plans. Heavy rains caused flooding throughout southeastern South Dakota last month. Rainfall was at record levels in parts of the region. The Lincoln/Union County Long-Term Recovery Team says people can call 211 to make an appointment with a disaster-recovery case manager.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Three reporters for a food safety publication have been subpoenaed in the $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC related to the network's coverage of a meat product derided as "pink slime." Court records show that the writers for the online Food Safety News have been asked to supply all communication they had with ABC in 2012. Attorney Bruce Johnson says the subpoenas were "overreaching" and that the publication would fight the requests.

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