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Daugaard backs ending collective bargaining at universities
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he would support legislation to end collective bargaining at the state's public universities. House Speaker Mark Mickelson said Friday that the bill should be ready next week. The Republican lawmaker says it's important that ...
January 19, 2018

Executive branch workers taking online harassment training
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says executive branch employees are undergoing new online anti-harassment training. The Republican governor said Friday that the deadline to complete the training is in February. Officials say more than 60 percent of employees hav...
January 19, 2018

Judge rejects privacy claim in South Dakota affair case
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A federal judge has ruled that an Illinois woman's privacy wasn't violated when a South Dakota man sent her evidence that her husband was having an affair with his wife. The Argus Leader reports that Federal Judge Roberto Lange rejected Virginia Flaum's priva...
January 19, 2018

Western Union claim deadline approaching
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota attorney general says the deadline is fast approaching for consumers to file claims in a settlement with Western Union. Attorney General Marty Jackley says those who lost money in wire transfers through Western Union between Jan. 1, 2004 and Jan....
January 19, 2018

South Dakota officer says he feared for life before shooting
MITCHELL, S.D. - A former South Dakota police officer says he feared for his life during a struggle that resulted in the shooting death of a man about three years ago. Former Mitchell officer Russell Stevenson shot and killed 37-year-old Curtis Meyer in 2015 during an armed conf...
January 19, 2018

California murder suspect fights extradition to California
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The man accused of driving to South Dakota with his mother's body in the vehicle, is fighting being returned to California. In a hearing Friday morning, Tosten Walsh Lommen declined to waive extradition to California, where he reportedly murdered his mother in...
January 19, 2018

Youth volunteer pleads not guilty to child sexual contact
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Box Elder man accused of sexually abusing a child while volunteering at youth organizations in Pennington County has pleaded not guilty to one of three charges against him. Twenty-seven-year-old Trevor Lone Hill faces one count of first-degree rape and two c...
January 19, 2018

South Dakota tourism continues growth in 2017
PIERRE, S.D. — Officials say South Dakota tourism continued growing in 2017, with increases in visitation, visitor spending and overall impact on the state's economy. Tourism marked its eighth consecutive year of economic growth in South Dakota last year. A new study by T...
January 19, 2018

Standoff leads to arrest in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A standoff in Rapid City led to the arrest of a man Thursday. Police were called to the 400 block of East Van Buren around 8:00 a.m. for an assault and they later determined it was a domestic violence issue. According to police, 33-year-old Will LeClair...
January 18, 2018

Extension of law governing lakes on private land advances
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Dennis Daugaard's bill to extend an expiring law that governs the use of lakes on private land for recreation has passed its first legislative test. A Senate committee voted 7-2 Thursday to advance the bill. It would move the law's June sunset to 2021. The ...
January 18, 2018

Second suspect found guilty in baseball bat beating death
HURON, S.D. - A Beadle County jury has convicted a man of killing another man with a baseball bat in eastern South Dakota last year. Kevin Krueger was charged with first-degree murder in the May 2017 beating death of 49-year-old Keith Houck at a rural Cavour home. The jury conv...
January 18, 2018

Report: Wyoming counties owed $42M in unpaid mineral taxes
CASPER, Wyo. - A report from a Wyoming landowners group says 12 counties in the state are owed $42 million in delinquent property taxes going back a dozen years. The report comes from the Powder River Basin Resource Council. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Campbell, Sherid...
January 18, 2018

Developer says it's moving forward with Keystone XL pipeline
LINCOLN, Neb. - The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline says it is moving forward with its plans and hopes to begin construction next year. TransCanada Corp. said Thursday that its decision builds on the Nebraska Public Service Commission's decision to approve a route through ...
January 18, 2018

Suspect's competency in question in Sioux Falls slayings
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The case of a man accused of killing his mother and nephew in Sioux Falls is on hold until the court determines whether he's competent to stand trial. Attorneys for 25-year-old Heath Otto say a doctor has found him incompetent. The Argus Leader reports a hea...
January 18, 2018

Man gets 30 years in prison for shooting and paralyzing friend
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A Piedmont man was sentenced to 30 years behind bars after earlier admitting to shooting his friend and leaving him paralyzed. After earlier being charged with attempted murder, 49-year old Michael Wisecarver earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and c...
January 18, 2018

South Dakota Legislature holds sexual harassment training
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota lawmakers and their staff attended sexual harassment training Wednesday after news reports about women who experienced sexism and harassment around the statehouse. The training was required for legislative employees. Leaders had said all lawma...
January 18, 2018

South Dakota's ESSA education plan approved
WASHINGTON  - U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the approval of South Dakota’s consolidated state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on Tuesday. “South Dakota’s plan met the requirements of the law, and so I am happy to appro...
January 17, 2018

Group praises Legislature's sexual harassment training
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota organization that encourages women to enter politics says the group hopes sexual harassment training will help make the legislative session safer and more inclusive for women. The Wednesday training is required for legislative employees. Leaders say...
January 17, 2018

Ellsworth airmen returning home from Guam deployment
RAPID CITY, S.D.  - Ellsworth’s B-1 contingent is preparing to return home from Guam, now that a cadre of B-52 bombers has touched down at Andersen Air Force Base. Tuesday, six B-52H Stratofortress bombers and approximately 300 airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base, La...
January 17, 2018

Pipeline protester accused in shooting reaches plea deal
BISMARCK, N.D. - Attorneys for a Denver woman accused of shooting at law enforcement officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline say they've reached a deal with prosecutors to avoid a lengthy prison term. If a judge agrees, Red Fawn Fallis wil...
January 17, 2018

Man wanted in South Dakota slayings arrested in Nebraska
SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. - Authorities in northeast Nebraska have arrested a man suspected in two South Dakota slayings. Police say Manuel Frias was taken into custody a little before 10 p.m. Tuesday in South Sioux City, following a brief standoff. South Sioux City Police Chief Ed...
January 17, 2018

Ex-lawmaker declines board seat after harassment claim
PIERRE, S.D. - A former South Dakota legislator named to the state Board of Pardons and Paroles has withdrawn from consideration after a past lobbyist accused him of sexual harassment. The Argus Leader reports Gene Abdallah, a former U.S. Marshal and state Highway Patrol superi...
January 16, 2018

Lawmakers delay action on data breach legislation
PIERRE, S.D. - A legislative panel has delayed action on a bill that would require companies to inform South Dakota residents whose personal information was acquired in a data breach. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to take up the proposal again Thursday. Attorney General ...
January 16, 2018

Consultants recommend more money for Wyoming K-12 schools
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Consultants reviewing Wyoming's K-12 public education funding say the state needs to spend over $50 million more a year over current levels. Wyoming spends over $1 billion a year on its schools. In the face of declining state revenues, lawmakers last year decid...
January 16, 2018

Ten South Dakota programs get money to help the homeless
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Ten programs in South Dakota that help the homeless with housing and other services are sharing in $1.3 million in federal money. The funding is part of $2 billion being awarded by Housing and Urban Development to more than 7,300 programs nationwide. HUD say...
January 16, 2018

Pollock woman sentenced for role in Herreid bar arson case
MOUND CITY, S.D. - A Pollock woman has been sentenced to serve two months behind bars for her role in a conspiracy to burn down a Herreid business. Authorities say 21-year-old Cheyenne Wolski conspired with three others to burn down the Herreid Roadhouse Bar and Grill in 2015 fo...
January 16, 2018

Sturgis municipal election set for April 10
STURGIS, S.D. - The 2018 elections will be for the following City Council seats: Ward 1 incumbent Rod Bradley, Ward 2 incumbent  Scott Peterson, Ward 3 incumbent Ron Waterland and Ward 4 incumbent Rhea Crane.  All elected officials serve three-year terms.  Petiti...
January 16, 2018

Lawmakers may take up campus speech, ballot question bills
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota lawmakers will attend sexual harassment training this week and could consider bills on ballot questions and free speech on campus. Legislators return Tuesday to the Capitol. Thirty lawmakers are backing a bill that supporters say would promote the fre...
January 15, 2018

Snow and bitter cold are back
STURGIS, S.D. – Snow and bitterly cold temperatures have again descended on the region. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory that will remain in effect until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Very cold wind chills rom 20 below zero to 35 below zero are...
January 15, 2018

Two crashes result in fatalities over weekend
GROTON, S.D.  – One person died Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash south of Groton.    The name of the male, 34, is not being released pending notification of family members. He was the only person involved. A 2011 Nissan Rogue was southbound on Sout...
January 15, 2018

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