RAPID VALLEY, S.D. (AP) - The parents of a western South Dakota child say a 15-year-old girl entered their home, grabbed their son and tried to get away in the family car. Police took the girl to a hospital after she was found near the Rapid Valley home of Erin and Danny Banker. Witnesses said the girl had been going in and out of homes and vehicles in the neighborhood before she entered the Banker home.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota would become the last state in the nation to make animal cruelty a felony under a bill that received the Legislature's final approval Tuesday. Rep. Mary Duvall, R-Pierre, said the measure reserves felony charges only for those who willfully and maliciously seek to harm animals, while keeping a misdemeanor penalty for neglect or mistreatment. It will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Senate has unanimously approved a bill to license businesses that help home brewers make and bottle malt beverages and wine. The bill that heads to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for final review would require a $250 license for businesses that provide equipment and expertise to home brewers.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Lottery plans to request a study of the financial and social effects of gambling in the state after the issue came up in various debates this session. Opponents of gambling enhancements often cite problems with addicts and their families. Supporters say gaming provides important state revenue.
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