PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Office of Highway Safety says the number of traffic fatalities in the state continues to be among the lowest in the nation despite a spike in accidents near the end of 2017. Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl says South Dakota had 129 fatal crashes in 2017, up from 116 the year before. That figure was the second-lowest in state history.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls health care system plans to open an $8 million facility to provide care for people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Avera Health officials announced earlier this month plans to build the two-building Avera Addiction Care Center, which they hope to open mid-2019. The Argus Leader reports that the center's main building will offer rooms for a day treatment program and meditation. A second building will include rooms for patients undergoing residential treatment.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls animal control officials are working to update the city's exotic pet ordinance, saying the rule is broad and needs clarification. The Argus Leader reports that reptile owners grew concerned earlier this month after Animal Control visited a Sioux Falls family to notify them their snakes weren't allowed in city limits. Animal Control is working with the city attorney's office to revise the exotic pet ordinance. City councilors say the issue is worth a look.
PARMELEE, S.D. (AP) - The FBI says a tribal officer has fatally shot a man on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in Parmelee. The Argus Leader reports the officer was confronted by a man with a weapon just before midnight Wednesday and when he failed to respond to commands he was shot. The man later died of his wounds.
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