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South Dakota regents to mull public university tuition hikes
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Tuition and fees at South Dakota's six public universities would increase by an average of 2.9 percent next school year under one plan the state Board of Regents is set to consider at its meeting next week. The board will meet next Wednesday at Black Hills Stat...
March 22, 2017

Immigration Appeals office takes another look at EB-5 program in South Dakota
WASHINGTON, DC – After recommending South Dakota’s immigrant-investor program be terminated because of multiple financial scandals, the Administrative Appeals Office of the U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services is now recommending it be remanded for further review.&nb...
March 22, 2017

Authorities: Fatal shooting of boy was accident
LAKE ANDES, S.D. - Authorities investigating the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old boy in Charles Mix County say his death was an accident. The Daily Republic reports Landon Martin died last Sunday. Sheriff's officials say deputies responded to a shooting involving a juvenile be...
March 22, 2017

Alliance explores options for mentally ill patients
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A special task force is convening in Rapid City to address shortcomings in West River mental health services. Wednesday's meeting is the first for the West River Mental Health Alliance. It's a collaborative effort between Regional Health, the Pennington County...
March 22, 2017

Train collides with pickup truck in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Authorities in Rapid City are investigating an early morning accident in which a train collided with a truck. Law enforcement and rescue personnel responded to the incident early Wednesday morning. A truck heading southbound on Lacrosse Street in Rapid C...
March 22, 2017

Police: 19-year-old tech student died of alcohol poisoning
WATERTOWN, S.D. - Investigators say a 19-year-old woman has died of apparent alcohol poisoning in Watertown. Police and paramedics were called to a home early Tuesday and found the woman unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at Prairie Lakes Hospital. Police say three to four p...
March 21, 2017

South Dakota confirms oil pipeline vandalism
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Authorities have confirmed an incident of vandalism against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in South Dakota. Pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners said in court documents Monday that there have been "coordinated physical attacks" along the $3.8 billion p...
March 21, 2017

Inmate dies in South Dakota's Springfield prison
SPRINGFIELD, S.D. - South Dakota corrections officials say an inmate has died at the Springfield prison. The Department of Corrections says 62-year-old Dennis Lambert died Sunday at the Mike Durfee State Prison following an illness. Lambert was serving two consecutive 10-year...
March 21, 2017

Rapid City lawmaker has harsh words for Governor on veto of her concealed carry bill
PIERRE, S.D. - State Representative Lynne DiSanto of Box Elder took to social media over the weekend after Governor Dennis Daugaard vetoed her “constitutional carry” bill, which was approved by the legislature this year. The bill would have allowed concealed carry of ...
March 21, 2017

Tuesday marks National Ag Day in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. – Joining states across the country, Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed March 19-25 as National Ag Week in South Dakota. March 21 is National Ag Day. This year’s theme is "Agriculture: Food for Life." National Agriculture Week is a time to reflect on th...
March 21, 2017

Company: Dakota Access pipeline on track to start this week
BISMARCK, N.D. - The company building the Dakota Access pipeline says the project remains on track to start moving oil this week despite recent "coordinated physical attacks" along the line. The brief court filing late Monday from Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn't deta...
March 21, 2017

Man killed in motorcycle crash identified
RAPID CITY, .S.D - Pennington County authoriies say the victim of the fatal motorcycle crash on Dark Canyon Road yesterday has been identified as 51 year-old Ronald West of Rapid City. His body was located by sheriff deputies with assistance from the Rapid City Police Departmen...
March 21, 2017

South Dakota report shows violent crime rate dropped in 2016
PIERRE, S.D. - The annual report on crime in South Dakota shows that overall, violent crime is down from 2015 but there are still areas of concern. “The crime statistics reflect that, overall, South Dakota remains a safe place to live as a result of strong community involv...
March 20, 2017

San Francisco prohibits travel to South Dakota for city employees
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - San Francisco has banned city employees from traveling to South Dakota following passage of a bill protecting religious or faith-based adoption agencies that won't place children with unmarried or same-sex couples. A spokesman for the San Francisco city admi...
March 20, 2017

Sturgis Fire Crews help with fire near Ft. Meade early Monday morning
STURGIS, S.D. - Fire crews from Sturgis, Ft. Meade, Vale and Whitewood were among the initial agencies responding to a small fire in the Ft. Meade area overnight. Sturgis Fire Chief Tom Trigg says his fire crews responded to the blaze around 10:00 p.m. Sunday night, and were abl...
March 20, 2017

Landowners can enroll in Block Management Program
HELENA, MT - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is enrolling new landowners in Region 7 who are interested in participating in the Block Management Program. Block Management is a cooperative effort between landowners and FWP to help manage public hunting activities and provid...
March 20, 2017

New organization to address lack of mental health care services in West River
RAPID CITY, SD – Following public outrage over its decision to stop accepting or treating people with certain kinds of mental illness, Rapid City Regional Hospital officials are teaming up with local law enforcement to address the need for better mental health services in W...
March 20, 2017

Fatal motorcycle crash in Rapid City under investigation
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A 51-year-old Rapid City man is dead after a motorcycle crash. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to the crash on Dark Canyon Road in the Rapid City area on Sunday morning. Authorities found the man's body. His name has not be...
March 19, 2017

Appeals court refuses to stop oil in Dakota Access pipeline
BISMARCK, N.D. — An appeals court on Saturday refused a request from two American Indian tribes for an "emergency" order that would prevent oil from flowing through Dakota Access pipeline. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit means...
March 19, 2017

Civil Air Patrol Marks 1,000th Cell Phone Mission
UNDATED - The Civil Air Patrol’s National Cellular Forensics Team participated in its 1,000th mission on 16 March. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) has credited the team with 310 “saves” and nearly 400 “finds” since 2006 when the team...
March 19, 2017

State, Cattlemen’s Association Join Together To Help Wildfire-Impacted Producers
PIERRE, S.D – A partnership between South Dakota state government and the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association has reduced the cost for producers traveling through the state, hauling donated hay to agricultural areas ravaged by recent wildfires. The Cattlemen’s...
March 18, 2017

Authorities identify pilot killed in Meade County plane crash
STURGIS, S.D. - The Meade County Sheriff's Office has identified the pilot killed in a small plane crash Thursday night as 67-year-old Barry Vig of the Faith area. Vig's Cessna 210 aircraft went down on his own private property near Opal, in the north-central part of Meade Count...
March 17, 2017

South Dakota governor vetoes bills trying to loosen gun laws
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's Republican governor has vetoed a pair of bills that would have loosened restrictions on carrying concealed guns in the conservative state. Gov. Dennis Daugaard's vetoes are sure to frustrate his GOP colleagues who passed the gun rights measures this...
March 17, 2017

Upgrades coming for South Dakota's animal research lab
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's animal disease research lab is in line for much-needed renovations and upgrades after Gov. Dennis Daugaard approved creative funding to provide millions of dollars. Daugaard signed legislation Friday to upgrade and expand the Animal Disease Research...
March 17, 2017

Nebraska to drop lawsuit over transgender bathroom policy
LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska has asked to drop a 10-state lawsuit it led challenging the Obama administration's guidance on locker room and bathroom use by transgender students. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Nebraska attorney general's office filed the request in a motio...
March 17, 2017

Medora commission picks preferred location for bridge
MEDORA, N.D. - Billings County officials are considering a location to build a bridge across the Little Missouri River north of Medora. The Bismarck Tribune reports that engineers recommended the Billings County Commission choose a location about 16 miles north of Medora based o...
March 17, 2017

Pierre mayor opposes Trump call to end rural air subsidies
PIERRE, S.D. - The mayor of South Dakota's capital city says President Donald Trump's call to eliminate subsidized air service to rural communities would be a mistake. Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill told The Associated Press that she appreciates efficient government, but that the Esse...
March 17, 2017

John Fitzgerald announces run for Attorney General
SPEARFISH, S.D. - Lawrence County State's Attorney John Fitzgerald announced Thursday a run for South Dakota Attorney General. Fitzgerald said on Thursday he will seek the Republican nomination for Attorney General in 2018. In a news release, Fitzgerald says a priority is t...
March 17, 2017

JCPenney to close four stores in South Dakota
UNDATED - J.C. Penney has released the list of 138 stores it plans to close in an effort to cut costs and grow sales at its strongest locations. Four of them are in South Dakota. The release comes a few weeks after Penney's said it would close up to 140 stores this year, followi...
March 17, 2017

Trade group: GOP plan could cost 25K South Dakotans coverage
PIERRE, S.D. - A trade group says that congressional Republicans' health plan could cost thousands in South Dakota their insurance and leave the state without hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding each year. Scott A. Duke, president and CEO of the South Dakota Assoc...
March 16, 2017

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