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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The Oglala Sioux Tribe is the latest South Dakota American Indian tribe to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors. The tribe sued 24 opioid industry groups in federal court Friday. The lawsuit alleges the companies marketed prescription opioids in a way that fraudulently concealed and minimized their addiction risk. The tribe is at least the fourth in South Dakota to sue. The companies have denied wrongdoing in response to similar lawsuits filed around the country.
SIOUS FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sioux Falls police say a 5-year-old Iowa girl who drowned in a river in a Sioux Falls park had reached out to touch the foam near some waterfalls when she slipped into the water. Police spokesman Sam Clemens says Maggie Jo Zaiger, of Audubon, Iowa, fell into the Big Sioux River in Falls Park near a pedestrian bridge Sunday, a spot not far from where two others drowned in 2013.
STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota is challenging the incorporation of a town on the western part of the state. The Black Hills Pioneer reports that the South Dakota Supreme court said last week it will allow the state to intervene in the incorporation of Buffalo Chip, which is located outside Sturgis. The court in January had said any challenge to the 2015 vote to incorporate Buffalo Chip must be brought by the state.
WAGNER, S.D. (AP) - A Wagner man is facing up to 94 years behind bars for nearly running over three police officers at the scene of a vehicle fire in 2016. Jerrod Zephier has been found guilty of three counts of aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, as well as three misdemeanor charges.
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