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South Dakota at 1 p.m. CT.

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TOP STORY:

BUDGET-REVENUE

PIERRE, S.D. — State economists predict South Dakota's revenue collections next year will fall up to $6 million short of projections made when Gov. Dennis Daugaard proposed his state budget in December. That will give the Legislature less money to spend in the nearly $1.4 billion general budget it plans to pass by Friday. By Chet Brokaw. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m. CT.

AROUND THE STATE:

ANIMAL CRUELTY

PIERRE, S.D. — A House committee has passed a bill to make cruelty against animals a felony, sending it to the floor. The measure has already passed the Senate. South Dakota is the only state without such a law. By Nora Hertel. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m. CT.

USD-ATHLETIC FACILITIES

VERMILLION, S.D. — The University of South Dakota has set May 12 as the date to break ground for new athletic facilities. The heart of the $66 million project is a 6,000-seat arena for basketball and volleyball. The facility will be connected to the existing DakotaDome by a Science, Health and Research Laboratory. USD also plans an outdoor soccer and track facility. SENT: 320 words, photo, on news and sports lines.

IN BRIEF:

VETERANS HOME-SUPERINTENDENT— An Aberdeen native has been named superintendent of the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs. With photo.

BACKGROUND CHECKS — The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee has passed a bill to require background checks of officers and employees of the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

AUTISM DISORDERS— A South Dakota legislative panel has passed a bill to study the effect of autism spectrum disorder on children in the state.

AUTUMN STORM-CALL CENTER — Demolition is underway on a Spearfish call center that collapsed under the weight of snow during an early October blizzard.

WILDLIFE CRIME-SENTENCE — A Spencer man has been sentenced for illegally shooting 61 double-crested cormorants on a lake island near the southeastern South Dakota town.

WATER QUALITY CONFERENCE — The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources is hosting a ground water quality conference in Fort Pierre next week.

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