SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's congressional delegation is inviting the new Veterans Affairs secretary to the state. The invitation to Robert McDonald is intended to prevent the closure of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in the western part of the state. Senators Tim Johnson, John Thune and Representative Kristi Noem say they want McDonald to visit the VA hospital in Hot Springs.
CANTON, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota inmates donating more than $3,440 to people affected by severe weather in the state this summer. KELO-TV reports that state penitentiary inmates raised more than $1,700 for the Lincoln and Union County Relief Fund, which was started following heavy rains and flooding in June.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man accused of stealing liquor from a convenience store ended with him being pepper sprayed and dragged out of a doghouse by police. The Rapid City Journal says that 22-year-old Joseph Decory faces several charges including theft. Police say the Decory allegedly stole three bottles of liquor Wednesday night.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A man who donated to a South Dakota museum a slightly damaged acoustic guitar played by Elvis Presley that is at the center of a custody battle insisted Thursday he had the right to give it away because he owned it. A federal judge has been asked to determine whether blues guitarist Robert A. Johnson rightfully owned the broken instrument when he donated it to the National Music Museum last year.
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