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Rounds announces reelection campaign for Senate
WASHINGTON - Senator Mike Rounds announced he is seeking reelection after a period of uncertainty as his wife underwent cancer treatment in recent months. The first-term Republican from South Dakota made the announcement the day after voting to acquit President Donald Trump of ...
February 6, 2020

HB1059 Concealed Carry on certain vehicles passes House Committee
PIERRE, S.D. - A bill to allow the concealed carry of pistols while riding motorcycles and All Terrain Vehicles passed out of the House Ag and Natural Resources Committee this morning in Pierre. HB1059 cleans up language in existing state statues to be consistent with operation ...
February 6, 2020

Amended Hemp Bill Passes Out of House Committee
PIERRE, S.D. - A bill to legalized the growth and transportation of hemp in South Dakota cleared the House Ag and Natural Resources committee this morning in Pierre. HB1008B was heavily amended by the Governor’s Office but ultimately passed on an 11 yes, 2 excused vote sen...
February 6, 2020

MacArthur Foundation awards Pennington County Sheriff's Office and Seventh Circuit Court criminal justic system reform grant
RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office and Seventh Circuit Court are the recipient of a $1.2 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to continue building on efforts to advance local criminal justice system reform and safely re...
February 6, 2020

USD to develop bed bug pest solution for military use
VERMILLION, SD - Jose Pietri, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University of South Dakota Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded a three-year grant from the United States Department of Defense to explore a new and promising solution to controlling bed bugs. Piet...
February 6, 2020

Public comments open for Perkins V State Plan
PIERRE, SD - South Dakota's proposed State Plan for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) is now open for public comment. Perkins V is the $1.2 billion federal law overseeing funding of career and technical education, (CTE). View t...
February 6, 2020

Bill would end vaccination requirements for school enrollment
 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers will weigh a proposal to do away with vaccination requirements for students. House Majority Leader Lee Qualm, a Republican from Platte, introduced a bill that would stop schools and colleges from requiring vaccinations for student...
February 6, 2020

Permanent daylight savings time bill stuck after tied vote
PIERRE, S.D. - A bill that would have put South Dakota permanently on daylight savings time failed to pass the House on Tuesday after a 33-33 tie vote. The proposal to avoid the “fall back” of clocks in November was introduced by Rep. Lana Greenfield, a Doland Repub...
February 5, 2020

South Dakota House panel backs online voter registration
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota House committee has approved a proposal to allow people to register to vote online. It's being pushed by Secretary of State Steve Barnett. He says the bill would allow people with a South Dakota driver's license or other state ID to register to vot...
February 4, 2020

Documents detail ouster of University of Wyoming president
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Records obtained by Wyoming news outlets show the University of Wyoming launched an investigation into then-President Laurie Nichols following accusations that she verbally abused employees. The Casper Star-Tribune and WyoFile report the documents indicate why t...
February 4, 2020

Man shot by officer after pulling a gun to face trial in June
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A trial date has been set for a man accused of being involved in an incident in Box Elder that ended with him being shot by an officer. Cruz DeLeon pleaded not guilty back in August 2017 to attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault against an officer, ...
February 4, 2020

Safety upgrades coming to dangerous railroad crossing in Sturgis
STURGIS, S.D. - In the wake of another train vs vehicle collision, the city of Sturgis says some safety upgrades are coming to the railroad crossing on Ball Park Road. The intersection has seen several accidents over the years -- the latest when a train struck a vehicle last mon...
February 4, 2020

March hearing set to possibly make decison on Jackpine Gypsies, campground annexation
STURGIS, S.D. – A March 2nd public hearing has been set for the Sturgis City Council to decide whether or not a historic piece of property finally becomes a part of Sturgis. On Monday, the council passed a Resolution of Intent to annex the Jackpine Gypsies property. The pr...
February 4, 2020

Senate bill would allow courthouse employee to carry guns
PIERRE, S.D. - A new Senate bill would allow county courthouse employees in South Dakota to carry concealed guns at work. And, opposition to the bill is already surfacing. Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom thinks it could cause some problems. Thom says there's already securi...
February 4, 2020

Murder defendant in Fall River County to represent himself
RAPID CITY, S.D. - A defendant facing a murder charge in Fall River County has decided to represent himself after dismissing two lawyers. Twenty-nine-year-old Thomas Lucero was indicted by a grand jury in September 2017 on a first-degree or alternate second-degree murder charge...
February 4, 2020

Rapid City Council approves resolution of opposition to proposed gold drilling
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Council on Monday night  voted 6-4 to approve a resolution opposing gold exploration drilling in the Silver City area. It was a packed house in council chambers as the decision was made. Thirty-one people asked to make public comment...
February 4, 2020

Man indicted on six counts related to 2017 robbery
RAPID CITY, S.D. - After a delay, a Rapid City man was indicted Monday on six counts related to a September 2017 robbery. Nicholas Perry, 31, of Rapid City is charged in the holdup of the Boyd's Drug mart. Assistant Attorney General Scott Roetzel said the delay in his indictmen...
February 3, 2020

Rapid City man sentenced to prison for possessing stolen guns
RAPID CITY, S.D. -A Rapid City man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for having a stash of stolen firearms. Cory Myers, 45, was sentenced after reaching a plea deal with the federal government over the illegal possession of firearms. Authorities say Myers was ...
February 3, 2020

UW trustees admit to investigating former school president
LARAMIE, WY - University of Wyoming officials are acknowledging for the first time that they opened an investigation of a school president before she was let go last year. The board of trustees said  in a statement Friday that an outside firm did the inquiry after the unive...
February 3, 2020

Montana lawmaker claims Constitution says it's okay to shoot socialists
HELENA, MT - The Montana Republican Party on Saturday condemned a comment made by a state GOP lawmaker who said the U.S. Constitution calls for people who identify as socialists to be jailed or shot. According to the Billings Gazette, in responding to a speech in Helena on Frida...
February 3, 2020

Serenity Dennard disappearance still a haunting mystery despite a yearlong search and investigation
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Despite a search by more than 1,200 people covering 4,500 miles of woodlands, and an investigation tracking down more than 220 leads and involving 465 interviews, Serenity Dennard remains missing and her fate remains a mystery. Serenity was 9 on Feb. 3, 2019, ...
February 2, 2020

Officials identify victims killed when car hits school bus
BILLINGS, Mont. — Officials in southeastern Montana have released the names of the two people who died when the car they were in collided with a school bus on icy roads on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation; The Rosebud County coroner’s office said the crash Th...
January 31, 2020

Multiple-vehicle crash closes Interstate 80 east of Laramie
LARAMIE, Wyo. - On January 31, 2020, a crash involving multiple vehicles occurred in the eastbound lanes near milepost 331 on Interstate 80 east of Laramie, Wyoming. Around 0745 a.m., a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper stopped to check on some motorists who had slid off the roadwa...
January 31, 2020

Senator: Illegal drug ingestion should be misdemeanor
PIERRE, S. D. — A South Dakota senator want to reduce ingesting illegal drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor. Democratic Sen. Craig Kennedy has filed a bill to change ingestion to a misdemeanor for the first two offenses. But, it would remain a felony for a third convic...
January 31, 2020

Noem proposes streamlined permitting for feedlots
RAPID CITY, S.D.  South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is pushing a streamlined permitting process for feedlots, other agriculture projects and energy development. The Republican governor announced a bill at the Black Hills Stock Show Friday that would establish statewide protoco...
January 31, 2020

Governor to unveil agriculture bill on Friday
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Kristi Noem teased a bill that she said will expand opportunities in agriculture in the state. The Republican governor said she would “unveil” the legislation at the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City but didn't go into details in a weekly pres...
January 30, 2020

AG: Rapid City police officer justified in fatal shooting
RAPID CITY, S.D. - South Dakota's attorney general says a Rapid City police officer was justified in fatally shooting a gunman who opened fire on law officers after the suspect killed a man in an apartment complex last month. Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and the state Divis...
January 29, 2020

South Dakota House OKs ban on kids' gender-change treatment
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota House has passed a bill that would ban gender-change treatment — including surgeries, puberty blockers, and hormone therapy — for children under 16. The measure would make it possible to charge physicians who do so with a misdemeanor ...
January 29, 2020

Airman from Ellsworth among those killed in Monday crash in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has released the names of the two Air Force officers killed in the crash of their electronic surveillance plane in Afghanistan on Monday. They are 46-year-old Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, of Yigo, Guam, and 30-year-old Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf, of Hudson, New H...
January 29, 2020

New Security Efforts working at State Capitol
PIERRE, S.D. - Newly adopted security measures at the State Capitol in Pierre appear to be working. State Troopers and Department of Public Safety Officers have turned away only five prohibited items in the first two weeks of operation. “We have been very pleased with how...
January 29, 2020


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