Latest South Dakota state government News

South Dakota governor plans revision of riot-boosting laws

Dec. 16, 2019 6:47 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is planning to have another try at so-called riot-boosting laws next year, despite previously drawing criticism for supporting such laws ahead of protests related to the Keystone XL pipeline. The Republican governor has written to lawmakers with...

South Dakota upholds death sentence in 2000 torture killing

Dec. 14, 2019 11:51 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court upheld the sentence of the state's only death row inmate, an Alaska man who pleaded guilty to taking part in a 2000 torture killing. The justices said the arguments from Briley Piper, 39, of Anchorage, were “untimely" and didn't contest his guilt,...

Street signs are covered in snow in north Flagstaff, Ariz., Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. A powerful storm making its way east from California is threatening major disruptions during the year's busiest travel weekend, as forecasters warned that intensifying snow and ice could thwart millions across the country hoping to get home after Thanksgiving. The storm has already killed at least one person and shut down highways in the western U.S., stranding drivers in California and prompting authorities in Arizona to plead with travelers to wait out the weather before attempting to travel. (Cody Bashore/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

Powerful storm interrupts nation’s busiest travel weekend

Nov. 29, 2019 11:55 PM EST

A powerful storm making its way east from California is causing major disruptions during the year’s busiest travel weekend, as forecasters warned that intensifying snow and ice could thwart millions of people across the country hoping to get home after Thanksgiving. The storm caused the death of at least...

Bicycles used in the city of Denver's Bicycle sharing program are covered in snow as a storm packing snow and high winds sweeps in over the region Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Denver. Stores, schools and government offices were closed or curtailed their hours while on another front, Thanksgiving Day travellers were forced to wrestle with snow-packed roads and flight delays or cancellations throughout the intermountain West. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Latest: Highway lanes from California to Oregon reopen

Nov. 28, 2019 8:52 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the pre-Thanksgiving wintry storm (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 have reopened heading from Redding, California, all the way to the Oregon border. California transportation officials said Wednesday the freeway was clear and no chains are...

Prosecutors want prison for South Dakota man linked to agent

Nov. 25, 2019 8:02 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking prison time for a longtime conservative operative who was linked to a Russian agent. Paul Erickson is scheduled to appear before a federal judge Tuesday to plead guilty to wire fraud and money laundering. The charges are for fraudulent investment...

South Dakota group upset Minnesota agency won meth campaign

Nov. 21, 2019 12:36 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Add South Dakota ad agencies to the chorus unhappy with a state anti-meth campaign that included the provocative tagline, “Meth: We’re on it.” The South Dakota Advertising Federation is upset that the account went to a Minnesota ad agency. In a statement...