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Extension educator: cattle feed an option for damaged wheat
A South Dakota State Extension educator says feeding damaged wheat to cattle can be a way to salvage a crop. SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist Warren Rusche says recent rains delayed completion of the wheat harvest and some farmers have reported damaged wheat, particularly in the northern areas of South Dakota. Rusche says if the damage levels are high enough, the wheat can be unmarketable through regular channels. He says cattle ranchers thinking about feeding damaged wheat need to consider factors such as vomitoxin or ergot, which may affect cattle health and performance. The FDA guidelines on vomitoxin for feedstuffs fed to beef cattle older than four months is 10 parts per million, as long as the affected feed does not exceed 50 percent of the diet.

Augustana College gets new name after undergoing changes
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Augustana College in southeast South Dakota is now Augustana University. The private school announced its name change Tuesday. The school says the new name speaks of the "breadth of learning" that's happening at its Sioux Falls campus and reflects the changes the school has undergone to "serve the needs of today's students" and meet the demands of the workforce. President Rob Oliver says the school will offer more graduate and continuing education classes and increase its focus on research. The campus will also continue to grow. A new $35 million science building is under construction and the school has plans for a new 125,000-square-foot student activities center featuring an eight-lane, 200-meter indoor competition track, an expanded fitness center, a retail area and other amenities.

SD man stuck in tree bites firefighter during rescue
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Law enforcement authorities say a man whose arm got stuck between tree branches bit a firefighter during his rescue and later fled from a hospital. Sioux Falls Police spokesman Sam Clemens on Tuesday said the 44-year-old man got his arm caught in the tree Sunday afternoon, and when first responders worked to free him, he bit the firefighter on the left forearm. Clemens says the Sioux Falls man was taken to a hospital after the incident, but on Monday, he pulled out his IV and left the hospital. Clemens says the man was taken into custody later that day after a chase. The man, who authorities didn't publicly identify, was returned to the hospital. Clemens says the man hasn't been charged, but likely will face simple assault and ingesting charges.

SD smoking rate falls, remains higher than national average
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As the nation continues to see fewer smokers, so has South Dakota, although the state's most recent data show its rate is still higher than the national average. A new government report released Tuesday shows that the nation's rate dropped to 17 percent last year compared to 18 percent in 2013. The most recent smoking statistics from the South Dakota Department of Health come from 2013. The rate that year dropped to 19.6 percent compared to 23 percent in 2011. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the government's findings Tuesday, based on a large national survey. The nation's smoking rate was about 15 percent for the first three months of 2015. However, beginning-of-the-year survey data tends to be skewed by the temporary impact of New Year's resolutions.

Man accused of harassing American Indian students cleared
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A judge has cleared a South Dakota man accused of harassing American Indian children with racial slurs and spilling beer on them at a minor league hockey game in Rapid City. Magistrate Judge Eric Strawn filed his decision Tuesday acquitting 41-year-old Trace O'Connell. O'Connell had pleaded not guilty to a disorderly conduct charge in the January incident that spurred protests by Native Americans who believed the charge was too lenient. Strawn in July oversaw O'Connell's two-day trial, which drew as many as 250 spectators. Strawn wrote in his ruling that the city hasn't proven the Philip man said any racially charged words near the children and that he didn't intentionally spray beer on them. The judge in May had ruled out the possibility of jail time.

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