MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A man convicted of a 1985 murder in South Dakota won't get a new trial. That's despite new DNA evidence that concluded he wasn't the source of two hair samples taken from the victim. Judge Bruce Anderson has ruled that nothing in the DNA evidence exonerates Lewis Ashker. The judge says DNA evidence must be considered with the other evidence in the case.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man accused of beating his ex-girlfriend and taking their two young daughters has pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and kidnapping charges. Skye Burnham-Endicott is accused of kicking, stabbing and choking the mother of his children. Authorities say he then took the 1-month-old and 1-year-old children.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Legislature's budget-writing committee is deciding how much money the state will have to spend in the next budget year. The governor's budget office predicts that ongoing general revenue for the current year will be about $8.4 million below earlier projections for the current year. The Legislature's budget staff expects revenue will fall $6 million short of earlier projections for this year.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A texting-while-driving ban could be in jeopardy after the South Dakota Senate approved changes to the measure. The legislation now returns to the House for consideration of the changes made by the Senate. The version approved by the Senate would allow fines up to $500. The House version would impose a fine of only $25.
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