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A group of LGBTQ advocates gathered outside the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, to protest a bill that would have banned people from updating the sex on their birth certificates. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

South Dakota lawmakers revive bill decried by LGBTQ groups

Jan. 26, 2021 5:18 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republican lawmakers on Tuesday revived a proposed law that would ban people from changing the sex designation on their birth certificates, even after a House committee rejected the bill that LGBTQ advocates decried as an attack on transgender people. Republicans in the...

FILE - In this July 3, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump stands at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, near Keystone, S.D. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem says she gave former president Donald Trump a $1,100 bust depicting the president on Mount Rushmore last year because she knew it was something he wanted to receive. The gift was presented to Trump when he visited South Dakota on Friday, July 3, 2020 for an Independence Day fireworks celebration. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

SD governor gave Trump bust with face on Mount Rushmore

Jan. 21, 2021 5:20 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Thursday said she gave former president Donald Trump a $1,100 bust depicting the president on Mount Rushmore last year because she knew it was something he wanted to receive. The gift was presented to Trump when he visited South Dakota on July 3 for an...

FILE- In this Oct. 13, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Sioux Falls, S.D. Noem criticized a Texas school's food pantry to take a shot at fellow Republican Nikki Haley, a move that political strategists saw as an early tussle between a pair of potential 2024 presidential hopefuls. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP, File)

Noem's tweet about student food pantry seen as dig at Haley

Jan. 19, 2021 3:06 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took a shot at a Texas school's food pantry in a move that political strategists said was really aimed at former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who is seen as a potential rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Noem used her...

In this image from video, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the third night of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020.(Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via AP)

Noem blames Capitol insurrection on lack of civics education

Jan. 15, 2021 4:31 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Friday blamed an inadequate education in American civics as “the root cause” of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, while making no mention of President Donald Trump's role in the attack that sent Congress into hiding. The Republican...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo Jason Ravnsborg speaks in Sioux Falls, S.D. Ravnsborg said he's confident he didn't commit a crime when he struck and killed a man as he drove along a dark highway in September 2020. It's the first time Ravnsborg has talked publicly about the crash that killed 55-year-old Joseph Boever along Highway 14 near Highmore. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)

Prosecutors waiting on debris testing in AG crash

Dec. 28, 2020 5:37 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A team of prosecutors is waiting for testing results on a piece of debris that may indicate where the South Dakota attorney general's car was when he struck and killed a man over three months ago, a prosecutor said Monday. A decision on whether to charge Attorney General Jason...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo Jason Ravnsborg speaks in Sioux Falls, S.D. Ravnsborg said he's confident he didn't commit a crime when he struck and killed a man as he drove along a dark highway in September 2020. It's the first time Ravnsborg has talked publicly about the crash that killed 55-year-old Joseph Boever along Highway 14 near Highmore. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)

Attorney general speaks publicly about fatal crash

Dec. 16, 2020 12:01 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg said he's confident he didn't commit a crime when he struck and killed a man as he drove along a dark highway in September. It's the first time Ravnsborg has talked publicly about the crash that killed 55-year-old Joseph Boever along...

FILE - In this March 17, 2020 file photo California Health and Human Services Agency Director Dr. Mark Ghal, right, looks on as California Gov. Gavin Newsom talks at a news conference at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova Calif. On Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 Newsom said California is distributing 5,000 body bags mostly to the hard-hit Los Angeles and San Diego areas and has 60 refrigerated 53-foot trailers standing by as makeshift morgues in anticipation of a surge of coronavirus deaths from hospitalizations that now are double the summertime peak and threaten to soon overwhelm the hospital system. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

The Latest: Kansas mayor resigns over mask mandate threats

Dec. 15, 2020 8:18 PM EST

KANSAS — A western Kansas mayor announced Tuesday that she is resigning, effective immediately, because of threats she has received after she publicly supported a mask mandate. Dodge City Mayor Joyce Warshaw said she was concerned about her safety after being met with aggression, including threats via...

FILE- In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem speaks in Sioux Falls, S.D. The largest group representing South Dakota doctors has come out in support of a statewide mask mandate as several cities have moved to require masks in public settings. Gov. Noem has opposed government-imposed mask mandates, arguing they have not been proven to halt the spread of infections. She plans to give an update on the state's coronavirus situation later Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

Noem's travel builds profile as virus surges in South Dakota

Dec. 7, 2020 10:31 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem spent the weekend traveling out of state to appearances in Texas and Georgia, as she continued to build a national profile among Republicans even as her state deals with one of the nation's worst outbreak of the coronavirus. The governor has risen to...