Latest South Dakota state government News

Court: Pierre not liable for injuries caused by fire trainee

Sep. 23, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court, in an opinion released Thursday, agreed with a lower court ruling that two people on a motorcycle who were severely injured in a crash with a volunteer firefighting trainee cannot collect damages from the city of Pierre and its fire...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Sep. 22, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

Black Hills Pioneer. September 17, 2021. Editorial: CTE programs provide valuable learning Thirty years ago, if a student was enrolled in shop class or auto body class, some may have seen that as an alternative to scholastic pursuits, including...

Couple from Nebraska killed in South Dakota highway crash

Sep. 22, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say two victims who died recently in a highway crash in southeastern South Dakota were from Nebraska. The state Department of Public Safety says 75-year-old Albert Wingate and 74-year-old Marilyn Wingate, of Norfolk, died a week or...

Noem: Changes to social studies standards should be delayed

Sep. 20, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Monday she told the state Department of Education to delay changes to social studies standards up to one year to allow more people to weigh in on the recommendations. Noem’s move follows recent calls by the...

South Dakota's top lawmakers release AG impeachment petition

Sep. 17, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota legislative leaders on Friday distributed a petition to lawmakers asking them to support a special session to consider impeaching Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg for a car crash last year that killed a pedestrian. House Speaker...

South Dakota is 1 of 4 states not resettling Afghan evacuees

Sep. 16, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is one of four states, along with the District of Columbia, that won't be resettling any of the nearly 37,000 Afghan evacuees who made it to the U.S. during the final days of its chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan last month. ...

South Dakota enlists Trump attorney in abortion lawsuit

Sep. 15, 2021 18:05 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota has enlisted one of former President Donald Trump’s lead attorneys to help in its attempt to lift a decade-old injunction that nullified part of a state law requiring women to consult with a crisis pregnancy center before having an abortion, the...

Former South Dakota House majority leader dies

Sep. 15, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former South Dakota lawmaker who helped ban smoking in bars and restaurants and served as House majority leader died this week. Bob Faehn, who was 63, died from cancer on Monday, according to his family. Gov. Kristi Noem ordered that flags be...

South Dakota lawmakers reject a handful of medical pot rules

Sep. 13, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Monday rejected a handful of rules proposals governing medical marijuana from Gov. Kristi Noem's administration but approved the bulk of the program. The Legislature's Rules Review Committee, which is responsible for...

First sports bets have been wagered at Deadwood casinos

Sep. 10, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) — The first sporting bets have been wagered in Deadwood, bringing to fruition an effort that began several years ago after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that banned commercial sports gambling. Four casinos in Deadwood opened...