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GOP pulls health care overhaul off House floor
WASHINGTON - Speaker Paul Ryan has abruptly pulled the Republicans' troubled health care overhaul off the House floor. The decision was a humiliating setback for President Donald Trump and congressional leaders. The bill had appeared all but certain to be defeated Friday. The...
March 24, 2017

Vendors to help wildland fire crews this summer
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The U.S. Forest Service is enlisting the help of small businesses to support firefighters battling flames this summer. About 300 regional companies from portable toilet providers to food vendors are contracted to supply the needs of crews. The Black Hills Nat...
March 24, 2017

Trial date set for man charged with murder
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A trial date has been set for a Rapid City man accused of a December murder at the Stardust Motel on East North Street. Clifford Gilbert, age 33, is facing alternative charges of 2nd degree murder and first degree manslaughter. He is accused of killing 61-y...
March 24, 2017

North Dakota oil spill 3 times larger than first estimated
BISMARCK, N.D. - A December oil pipeline spill in western North Dakota is now believed to be three times larger than first estimated, and one of the biggest in state history. Health Department environmental scientist Bill Seuss (sees) says about 530,000 gallons of oil is now bel...
March 24, 2017

Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard lauds Keystone XL approval
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he welcomes the Trump administration's approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and hopes people will exercise their First Amendment rights peacefully. The Republican said Friday that he recognizes some in South Dakota won't celebrate the...
March 24, 2017

Plane inspection just prior to crash in South Dakota
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A preliminary report from federal investigators looking into a fatal plane crash in northwestern South Dakota says the Cessna was inspected just prior to the incident. The March 16 crash killed the only person on board, Barry Vig. The 67-year-old Opal pilot d...
March 24, 2017

Supporters press state lawmakers to overturn gun bill veto
PIERRE, S.D. - Gun rights supporters are urging state lawmakers to overturn Gov. Dennis Daugaard's veto of a bill to allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit. Lawmakers gather Monday to accept or override vetoes from the Republican governor. Zach Lautenschlager...
March 23, 2017

Microsoft comes to Buffalo, SD to showcase rural technology
BUFFALO, SD – Long before the computer age, people in rural areas were experts at networking; neighbor to neighbor, party lines, letter and phone trees; they knew how to create links to others. So in a way, they were the leaders in communication technology.  And they s...
March 23, 2017

Meade County Commission discusses roads at its Thursday meeting
STURGIS, S.D. - The Meade County Commission met in regular session Wednesday, March 22nd.  Commissioner Galen Niederwerder provides the synopsis:   The main subject, as it often is for county government, was roads.  With the recent slow-moisture event in par...
March 23, 2017

Three charged in alcohol poisoning death of college student
WATERTOWN, S.D. - Three people are facing misdemeanor charges after a 19-year-old Lake Area Tech student died of alcohol poisoning in Watertown. Watertown Police report that a 21-year-old woman is accused of buying alcohol for an underage person, a 19-year-old man is accused of ...
March 23, 2017

Four teens suffer minor injuries in Interstate 90 police chase
CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. - Four juveniles suffered minor injuries after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Fort Thompson and leading law enforcement on a chase. Chamberlain Police Chief Joe Hutmacher tells The Daily Republic that a 13-year-old girl was driving the sport utility vehicle th...
March 23, 2017

Sturgis Motorcycle Museum names honorees
STURGIS, S.D.  - The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame has named Buffalo Chip owner, Sturgis Rally supporter and philanthropist Rod “Woody” Woodruff as a 2017 Hall of Fame inductee. Woodruff will be presented with the Pappy Hoel Founders Award for indivi...
March 23, 2017

Man gets same sentence on murder conviction 2nd time around
GILLETTE, Wyo. - A 24-year-old Gillette man has been sentenced to 48 years to life in prison for a second time in a fatal shooting on Thanksgiving 2013. Todd Sindelar was convicted in January of shooting and killing Matthew Boyer. He had been convicted and sentenced for the same...
March 23, 2017

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


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