SEATTLE (AP) - Developers of a proposed oil-by-rail terminal along the Columbia River that would be the nation's largest have poured big money into a port commissioner race that may shape the project's future. Filings with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission say the backers of the Vancouver Energy project have given $370,000 in cash to support Kris Greene, who has expressed support for the oil terminal proposed at the Port of Vancouver.
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota man was charged with manslaughter in the suffocation of his wife who prosecutors say stuffed a sock in her mouth, fastened a belt around her head and then fell asleep. Thirty-nine-year-old James Brinker was charged Thursday in the death of 36-year-old Marie Brinker. Court documents said Brinker awoke Tuesday to find his wife cold to the touch. Prosecutors say he left to pick up the couple's three children, returned and had two of his sons go inside to call 911.
PRESHO, S.D. (AP) - Hundreds of community members and firefighters have said goodbye to Presho's fire chief. Mourners crowded the Lyman School District's gym in Presho on Thursday for the funeral of 54-year-old Donny Manger. Manger suffered a medical condition at the scene of a fire over the weekend, collapsed and died. Representatives from the South Dakota Firefighters Association and more than 50 state fire departments were among those attending his funeral.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A longtime sex shop owner is asking a federal judge to overturn a Rapid City Council decision barring him from opening a store within city limits. The Argus Leader reports that the council voted last month to deny David Eliason a conditional use permit to open a sex shop called Dick and Jane's Naughty Spot because no locations complied with zoning requirements. Eliason asks a judge in his complaint for an injunction on the council ruling, saying it violates his constitutional rights.
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