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(AP) - Some boosters of South Dakota's Augustana University are hoping their school will aim higher in sports. The small Lutheran school in Sioux Falls has won Division II national titles in basketball and baseball in recent years, and three other Dakotas schools have already shown that moving up to Division I can bring big rewards. School President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin says in a statement she's open to renewing a discussion last held more than a decade ago.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls high school basketball coach has been speaking to students across the state about distracted driving ever since his cousin was killed four years ago. The Argus Leader reports that Tim Weidenbach has given more than 100 presentations on youth issues, reaching more than 10,000 people. He's traveled throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska as part of his nonprofit Higher Power Sports, which aims to address issues such as distracted driving and cyber bullying.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says sandbars along part of the Missouri River are again closed to protect the nests of endangered bird species. The Corps says endangered interior least terns and threatened piping plovers nest on sandbars between Ft. Peck Dam in Montana and Ponca State Park in Nebraska.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Republicans have chosen to nominate Yankton lawyer Jason Ravnsborg for state attorney general and selected candidates for other offices. GOP delegates at the party's state convention voted Saturday for Larry Rhoden for lieutenant governor; Steve Barnett for secretary of state; Josh Haeder for state treasurer; Rich Sattgast for state auditor; Ryan Brunner for commissioner of School and Public Lands; and Kristie Fiegen for Public Utilities commissioner.

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