PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota legislative panel is holding its first hearing on the Governor's Office of Economic Development and its involvement in a failed beef packing plant. Governor Dennis Daugaard ordered reviews after finding about alleged misconduct in the development agency before he took office in 2011. A federal investigation also is being conducted into the failed Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen.
ARMOUR, S.D. (AP) - A man convicted of a 1985 murder in South Dakota has been ruled out as the source of two hair samples taken from the victim. It's uncertain if that's enough to clear Lewis Ashker. Ashker and Kurt Novaock were sentenced to life in prison for killing Jerry Plihal while trying to steal his gun collection. Authorities said Plihal was stabbed 21 times.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A former Sioux Falls day care provider has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child neglect in the case of an infant who died in her home. Four-month-old Meredith Ulmer died in June 2011. Authorities say provider Constance Edwards had taken nine children to a water park that day and left 15 others including Ulmer in the care of two teenage girls.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Corps of Engineers official says flooding of the Missouri River this year is far less likely than in 2011 flooding. Jody Farhat says drought in 2012 has resulted in a one-third increase in water storage capacity in the three Missouri River reservoirs in the Dakotas and Montana. She says there is not as much snow accumulation on the plains as there was three years ago.
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