Latest South Dakota state government News

Noem boosts pay for state corrections officers

Aug. 18, 2022 17:28 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Thursday announced immediate pay boosts for correctional officers at state prisons that have struggled with staffing shortages in recent months. The Republican governor has attempted for over a year to address complaints...

Noem releases social study standards burnishing U.S. history

Aug. 15, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday released a revised proposal for social studies standards in public schools that lays out a mostly shining vision of American history, after an initial draft of the standards came under heavy criticism last year from conservatives...

South Dakota ethics board pushes ahead in Noem investigation

Aug. 03, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota government ethics board on Wednesday pressed forward with its investigation of two complaints against Gov. Kristi Noem, resisting an effort from the Republican governor to see them dismissed and extending the time it has to examine the allegations. ...

Biden declares South Dakota disaster for June storms

Aug. 02, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday granted South Dakota’s request for a presidential disaster declaration to aid the recovery from June storms that included tornadoes and strong winds. Gov. Kristi Noem requested the declaration, which allows the Federal...

South Dakota AG clears Rapid City officer in May shooting

Jul. 29, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An investigation found that a Rapid City police officer was justified in shooting at a woman seven times as she backed her car into a police squad car during a May pursuit, South Dakota's attorney general said Friday. Attorney General Mark Vargo called the...

Federal court denies Noem's Mount Rushmore fireworks appeal

Jul. 27, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem in her lawsuit that attempted to overturn the National Park Service's denial of the state's application to hold a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore to celebrate 2021's...

Sanford plans to appeal over affidavits in child porn probe

Jul. 16, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Billionaire banker and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford plans to ask the South Dakota Supreme Court to bar the release of affidavits used to issue search warrants into a child pornography investigation, his lawyer said Friday. The notice came after Judge...

South Dakota Gov. Noem: No special session on abortion

Jul. 15, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Friday that she has reversed her initial plan to call a special legislative session this year after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. When the Supreme Court’s decision first leaked in May, Noem tweeted that...

Noem declines debate, claims public broadcaster slants left

Jul. 15, 2022 13:48 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem won’t participate in a debate sponsored by South Dakota Public Broadcasting because of what her campaign spokesman called its “extreme leftward swing." In a break from precedent, the Republican governor has agreed to just one debate...

GOP governors mulling 2024 run aren't rushing abortion laws

Jul. 14, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem had pledged to “immediately” call a special legislative session to “guarantee that every unborn child has a right to life in South Dakota” if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. But nearly three weeks after that ruling, the first-term...