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Former mayor of South Dakota town pleads not guilty in triple homicide case

Jun. 21, 2024 16:57 PM EDT

CENTERVILLE, S.D. (AP) — A former law officer who once served as a tiny South Dakota town’s mayor pleaded not guilty Thursday in a three-person killing. Jay Ostrem, 64, pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to three counts of first-degree murder, three counts...

Prison, restitution ordered for ex-tribal leader convicted of defrauding Oglala Sioux Tribe

Jun. 21, 2024 11:48 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a former tribal leader in South Dakota to serve nearly two years in prison and pay tens of thousands in restitution after a jury convicted him earlier this year of defrauding his tribe. Former Oglala Sioux Tribal...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Jun. 19, 2024 13:58 PM EDT

Yankton Press & Dakotan. June 17, 2024. Editorial: Biofuel Emissions Study Raises More Questions A recent study by a nonprofit environmental group raises more questions about the climate benefits and impact of ethanol. According to a South Dakota...

Two more players from South Dakota baseball plead guilty to lesser charge in rape case

Jun. 18, 2024 11:13 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Three of six South Dakota players from a baseball team made up of high school-aged players who were charged as adults last summer with rape have pleaded guilty to a lesser felony charge. Two former members of the American Legion team from Mitchell pleaded...

Biofuel groups envision ethanol-powered jets. But fueling the effort has not been easy

Jun. 18, 2024 01:07 AM EDT

MENOKEN, N.D. (AP) — Some day, the passenger jets that soar 35,000 feet (10.6 kilometers) over Dan McLean’s North Dakota farm could be fueled by corn grown on his land and millions of other acres across the Midwest. It’s a vision the U.S. airline industry embraces and...

An anti-abortion group in South Dakota sues to take an abortion rights initiative off the ballot

Jun. 17, 2024 16:19 PM EDT

An anti-abortion group in South Dakota has sued to block an abortion rights measure from the November ballot. In its complaint filed Thursday, Life Defense Fund alleged various wrongdoing by the measure's supporters, as well as invalid signatures and fraud. The group seeks to...

Biden's Title IX law expanding protections for LGBTQ+ students is dealt another setback

Jun. 17, 2024 15:34 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Biden administration's effort to expand protections for LGBTQ+ students hit another roadblock Monday, when a federal judge in Kentucky temporarily blocked the new Title IX rule in six additional states. U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves referred to the...

More than 100 South Dakota primary ballots shouldn't have been rejected, elections official says

Jun. 17, 2024 14:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — More than 100 absentee ballots in one of South Dakota's least conservative counties should not have been rejected after being challenged by the leader of a group that has raised doubts about the state's voting system, an elections official said. Jessica...

The anti-abortion movement is making a big play to thwart citizen initiatives on reproductive rights

Jun. 16, 2024 14:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Reeling from a string of defeats, anti-abortion groups and their Republican allies in state governments are using an array of strategies to counter proposed ballot initiatives intended to protect reproductive rights or prevent voters from having a say in the fall elections. ...

One of several South Dakota baseball players charged in rape case pleads guilty to lesser felony

Jun. 12, 2024 10:17 AM EDT

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — One of the several former players on an American Legion baseball team in South Dakota charged last year with rape has pleaded guilty to a lesser felony. The 19-year-old former Mitchell player pleaded guilty to one count of accessory to a felony, according to...