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Top South Dakota Republicans call for Donald Trump's exit

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Top South Dakota Republicans are calling for GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump to leave the race after newly revealed audio of him making lewd and sexually charged comments was released.

U.S. Sen. John Thune, the third-ranking Senate Republican, tweeted Saturday that Trump's running mate Mike Pence should immediately take the spot at the top of the Republican ticket.

A safe bet for re-election to a third term in heavily GOP South Dakota, Thune joined other Republicans nationally in calling for Trump to drop out.

GOP Gov. Dennis Daugaard also lent his voice to the clamor Saturday, tweeting that the election is "too important" and that Trump should withdraw in favor of Pence.

Lt. Gov. Matt Michels echoed those comments, tweeting that Trump must step aside "for our party and country."


Marsy's Law amendment backers hold huge cash lead over foes

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A California businessman has put roughly $2.5 million so far into a North Dakota ballot measure that would incorporate victims' rights provisions into the state constitution.

Campaign finance reports filed Friday show that billionaire Henry Nicholas donated about $2 million to the Marsy's Law campaign through Sept. 29. That's on top of the nearly $500,000 he donated in 2015.

Opponents have raised $10,000.

The law is named after Marsalee "Marsy" Nicholas, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Her brother, Henry Nicholas, is bankrolling an effort to expand it into more states, including both Dakotas.

Nicholas has put roughly $800,000 toward the South Dakota campaign.

Supporters say the plan would elevate victims' rights to ensure they have protections similar to criminal defendants. Opponents argue it would bog down the system for victims.


Federal officials: Pine Ridge duplex blast deemed accidental

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - Federal authorities say a duplex explosion that killed at least four people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota has been deemed an accident.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Saturday that a certified fire investigator has found the blast was likely caused by a propane line leak and an accidental spark.

Oglala Sioux Tribe spokesman Kevin Yellow Bird Steele has said the explosion happened Thursday in the town of Pine Ridge and that several injured people were taken to hospitals.

He didn't identify the victims. Yellow Bird Steele has said tenants in the duplex smelled gas and were searching for a leak before the explosion.

Federal officials say more information will be made available in the coming days.


Man pleads guilty to DUI at Dakota Access pipeline protest

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) - A 24-year-old man is accused of drunken driving and allegedly crashing into an occupied teepee at a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp in North Dakota.

Authorities say Bryce Ironhawk of McLaughlin, South Dakota, pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor charges of aggravated reckless driving and driving under the influence.

Officials say a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer clocked Ironhawk driving 113 mph on Highway 1806. Authorities say Ironhawk later drove through the main protest camp area, hitting flag poles and crashing into the teepee.

A man in the teepee declined medical attention.

Officials say Ironhawk had a blood-alcohol content of 0.17, more than double the legal limit, while he drove a Chevy Camaro allegedly stolen in Bismarck, North Dakota.


Open Meeting Commission scheduled to gather in Aberdeen

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Attorney General's office says the Open Meeting Commission is gathering in Aberdeen.

The meeting is scheduled for Oct. 14 at Beulah Williams Library. The agenda is set to include oral presentations on a complaint related to the Groton City Council.

The Attorney General's office says the meeting is open for the public to attend.


US judge sides with Nevada tribes in voting rights case

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Two Native American tribes in Nevada have won an emergency court order in a federal lawsuit accusing the Republican secretary of state and two counties of discriminating against them under the Voting Rights Act.

U.S. District Judge Miranda Du issued a temporary injunction in Reno late Friday requiring the establishment of satellite polling places on two northern Nevada reservations ahead of next month's election in the Western battleground state.

The Pyramid Lake and Walker River Paiute (PY'-ewt) tribes say their members are being denied equal access to the polls as a result of the long distances some must travel to vote early or cast ballots on Election Day.

Du says they've proven they'll suffer irreparable harm if she doesn't intervene with the election less than five weeks away.

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