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South Dakota executes man in '92 slaying of former co-worker

Nov. 4, 2019 11:41 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A convicted killer who fatally stabbed a former co-worker during a 1992 burglary used his last words Monday to speak directly to the parents of his victim, saying he forgave them "for your anger and hatred towards me." But the victim's parents refused to focus on the man who killed...

The Latest: Executed inmate: 'I forgive' parents of victim

Nov. 4, 2019 9:44 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on South Dakota's execution of Charles Russell Rhines in the 1992 slaying of his former co-worker (all times local): 8:43 p.m. A convicted killer executed in South Dakota used his last words to speak to the parents of his victim. Charles Rhines was executed Monday...

South Dakota Keystone XL opponents point to N. Dakota spill

Nov. 1, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota were making their case against a handful of water permits this week in a process so contentious that it is being extended to additional meetings next month. Now, those opponents are pointing to a major spill in North Dakota to bolster their case. The South...

South Dakota inmate seeks stay from US Supreme Court

Nov. 1, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota prison inmate is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution next week. Charles Rhines is sentenced to die in the 1992 slaying of a 22-year-old doughnut shop employee who interrupted him during a burglary. His execution is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday....

After 103-0 rout in SD playoff game, mercy rule considered

Nov. 1, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota high school playoff football game that ended with the undefeated Pierre Governors walloping the winless Spearfish Spartans 103-0 have some people, including a state lawmaker, calling for a mercy rule. Pierre led 42-0 after the first quarter, 75-0 at halftime and 96-0...

South Dakota inmate on death row loses 2 appeals in 1 day

Oct. 25, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A convicted killer in South Dakota who is scheduled to be executed early next month for the fatal stabbing of a young doughnut shop worker lost two appeals on Friday. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a request by Charles Russell Rhines, 63, to meet with mental health...

The Latest: Death row inmate loses 2 appeals on same day

Oct. 25, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on the appeals of a South Dakota man scheduled to be executed next month (all times local): 6:55 p.m. A convicted killer in South Dakota who is scheduled to be executed early next month for the fatal stabbing of a young doughnut shop worker has lost two appeals in one...

South Dakota, ACLU settle lawsuit over 'riot-boosting' laws

Oct. 24, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's governor said Thursday that the state has agreed not to enforce aspects of laws that critics say were meant to suppress expected protests against the Keystone XL pipeline, under a settlement with a group that challenged the laws as unconstitutional. Republican Gov....

Canadian company resumes gold drilling in South Dakota

Sep. 26, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Canadian company said it has secured the money and land holdings it needs to resume drilling for gold in what it calls a "vastly under-explored" area in South Dakota. Mineral Mountain Resources suspended exploratory drilling in the Black Hills last year. The Vancouver-based...

South Dakota marijuana backers push 2 ballot measures

Sep. 20, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

Supporters of legalizing marijuana in South Dakota have been thwarted at nearly every turn, including an effort to become the 48th state to approve industrial hemp. But backers are doubling down on this year's election. Volunteers are gathering signatures for two initiated ballot measures. One asks voters to...