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ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota jury has awarded $1.2 million to a former state law enforcement agent who claimed discrimination and retaliation. The American News reports the jury sided Friday with past Division of Criminal Investigation agent Laura Zylstra Kaiser, who sued agency Director Bryan Gortmaker and ex-agent Mark Black.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The owners of a coin and precious metal shop in Rapid City say they are the first in the Black Hills to accept bitcoin for purchases. Bitcoin is digital currency that can be sent electronically from one user to another anywhere in the world. It operates outside of the traditional banking system and is run by a decentralized network of computers, not by an individual or business.

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - Custer State Park has reopened a week after a wildfire closed the popular tourism attraction in South Dakota. Park officials say the two main roads in and out of the park as well as the visitors center reopened Monday morning. However some hiking trails and interior roads remain closed. The fire burned more than 84 square miles (218 square kilometers) since it started Dec. 11.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected the argument of an 82-year-old Rapid City man accused of defrauding consumers of nearly $17 million that he couldn't afford to pay for his ankle monitor as he awaits trial. Larry Lytle faces conspiracy and other charges for allegedly ignoring a pair of 2015 federal court orders to stop making and selling allegedly bogus laser medical devices known as QLasers. He unsuccessfully argued he couldn't afford the cost of electronic monitoring.

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