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Lawmakers to consider harsher penalties for stalking

Jan. 29, 2020 9:00 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Legislators in South Dakota are considering harsher penalties for stalking if a person has been convicted of similar charges in another state. Currently, out-of-state stalking convictions cannot be considered in court, unlike assault or drunken driving convictions that occur elsewhere. ...

Amir Beaudion Jr., 19, appears in court on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Canton, S.D. Beaudion was charged on Monday with first degree murder in the death of Pasqalina Esen Badi. (Abigail Dollins/The Argus Leader via AP)

Man could face death penalty in SD woman's kidnap, killing

Jan. 28, 2020 6:58 PM EST

CANTON, S.D. (AP) — A 19-year-old man could face the death penalty if convicted in the killing of a 20-year-old woman who authorities say was abducted from a Sioux Falls Walmart parking lot, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Amir Hasan Beaudion Jr. was arraigned Tuesday on 15 counts, including first-degree...

Bill to prevent SD cities from banning plastic bags advances

Jan. 28, 2020 5:32 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A bill to prevent South Dakota cities from banning plastic bags and straws is advancing at the state Legislature. The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee approved the bill on a 4-2 vote Tuesday. The measure now goes to the full Senate. Committee members heard testimony about the impact...

House panel would jump tobacco age to 21; penalize buyers

Jan. 28, 2020 5:25 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota House committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would raise the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21, but the initiative has an unlikely opponent — the American Cancer Society. The bill follows recent federal law that raised the age for purchasing cigarettes...

Police: Man shot in Sioux Falls apartment dies; no arrests

Jan. 28, 2020 4:57 PM EST

A fight between two men earlier this month in Sioux Falls has turned deadly, police said Tuesday. Police said the fight broke out in an apartment in Sioux Falls on Jan. 17. One man pulled a handgun and shot the other man twice. That man was taken to a hospital, where police say he died of his injuries last...

South Dakota governor renews push for 'riot boosting' laws

Jan. 28, 2020 4:20 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday renewed her pitch for lawmakers to try again to pass laws against “riot boosting," despite opposition from Native American tribes who say Noem's proposal unfairly targets expected protests of the Keystone XL pipeline. Noem sent...

South Dakota's 2019 traffic deaths may be state's lowest

Jan. 28, 2020 3:47 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Public safety officials say South Dakota may have recorded its lowest number of traffic deaths in state history. So far, 102 traffic fatalities have been recorded for 2019, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety said Tuesday. Since the department began keeping records in 1947, the...

What's next for the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota

Jan. 28, 2020 2:14 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Plans for construction of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline inched forward last week with several approvals at both the federal and state levels, but opponents in South Dakota say they haven’t given up on preventing, or at least slowing, the pipeline’s construction. Plans...

No arrests, but suspect identified in Aberdeen shooting

Jan. 28, 2020 11:08 AM EST

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Prosecutors say a suspect in a fatal shooting in Aberdeen has been interviewed, but forensics and autopsy results are still needed before an arrest can be made. Brown County State's Attorney Chris White said the case is still being investigated. Police found a man who had been shot...

Oglala Sioux Tribe to vote on marijuana, casino alcohol

Jan. 28, 2020 8:08 AM EST

OGLALA, S.D. (AP) — Oglala Sioux Tribe members will vote in March on whether marijuana should be legalized on the Pine Ridge Reservation and whether alcohol should be served in its casinos. Voters will answer three separate questions on March 10. Should medical marijuana be available on the reservation...