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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A prosecutor has cleared a Bismarck police officer who shot and wounded a fleeing suspect who tried to run him over. Ward County State's Attorney Rozanna Larson found that Officer Lane Masters "acted reasonably and justifiably" when he shot 22-year-old Ulises Villalobos-Alvarado in January. Authorities were conducting a probation search when Villalobos-Alvarado reportedly fled the scene in Bismarck. He was shot in the arm and later turned himself in at a gas station in Brookings, South Dakota.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a pair of bills Friday requiring ballot question signature gatherers to provide more information to voters or the secretary of state. Some critics contend the measures will make it harder to put initiatives on the ballot because campaigns will have more trouble finding people to gather names. The governor also rejected three bills ahead of the legislative session's final day next week, when lawmakers will debate whether to accept or override the vetoes.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The state Agriculture Department said this week that it helped distribute more hay to drought-stricken ranchers, amid cautious optimism that this year won't be as bone-dry as last. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a wetter-than-average next three months for the northern Plains, and improvement in drought conditions in the region.
MADISON, S.D. (AP) - Dakota State University says no faculty worked with now-Sen. Mike Rounds' 2014 campaign to try to identify who was behind anonymous Twitter accounts that attacked Rounds during the Republican primary. The university released the statement Friday after the Argus Leader reported on emails between Rounds' team in 2013 about a plan to bait several Twitter users into clicking on links and revealing IP addresses that could de-mask them.
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