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Commuters wait for a bus at the corner of 6th St. and 2nd Ave. as a powdery dusting of snow falls ahead of a large expected snowstorm Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in downtown Minneapolis, Minn. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Winter storm pounds parts of Upper Midwest with heavy snow

Jan. 17, 2020 7:08 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A winter storm was pounding parts of the Upper Midwest with heavy snow and making travel treacherous Friday. Blowing and drifting snow and whiteout conditions were expected to move in overnight Friday in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa. In South Dakota and Minnesota, dozens of...

Lawmakers weigh ban on many flavors of vaping products

Jan. 17, 2020 4:28 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are considering banning many flavors of vaping products in order to curb usage among teens. Rep. Carl Perry, an Aberdeen Republican, filed a bill in the House on Thursday that would make it illegal to sell or possess vaping flavors other than mint, menthol...

Crow Creek Sioux Chairman Lester Thompson delivers the State of the Tribes address Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Tribe official calls for better communication from lawmakers

Jan. 16, 2020 6:18 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe on Thursday called on South Dakota lawmakers to improve communication with Native American communities, singling out bills passed last year that were aimed at expected protests of the Keystone XL pipeline. “When relationships collapse,...

Trump talks about Mount Rushmore fireworks at trade ceremony

Jan. 16, 2020 9:41 AM EST

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he might attend a fireworks show that's returning to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota's Black Hills on July 4th. Trump mentioned the fireworks display during a signing ceremony for the U.S.-China trade deal in Washington Wednesday. Fireworks shows have not...

Longest-serving South Dakota chief justice bids farewell

Jan. 15, 2020 5:42 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson delivered his final State of the Judiciary address in Pierre on Wednesday, using the speech to push for a justice system that helps people address drug addiction and stay out of prison. The longest-serving chief justice in state...

Lawmakers consider banning transgender operations for minors

Jan. 14, 2020 9:51 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Lawmakers in South Dakota are considering whether to ban doctors from performing gender-transition operations and treatment on minors. A bill introduced Tuesday in the Republican-dominated Legislature would make it a felony for medical providers to perform operations or administer...

Judge: South Dakota to pay lawyer fees after fundraising ban

Jan. 14, 2020 6:06 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota taxpayers will pay nearly $115,000 in lawyer fees to plaintiffs who challenged an initiated measure that prohibited ballot question committees from accepting out-of-state money. The measure, passed by voters in 2018, was pushed by legislators unhappy with what they...

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem delivers the annual State of the State address in the House Chamber at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Pierre, S.D. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

Noem pushes for economic development in State of the State

Jan. 14, 2020 4:44 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem used her second State of the State speech to lay out her vision for growing the state’s economy, touting the potential of a home-grown cybersecurity force and a continued focus on programs to broaden the state’s agriculture industry. As lawmakers mull a...

This year, lawmakers at South Dakota Capitol may be packing

Jan. 14, 2020 12:57 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Members of South Dakota's Legislature this year may be carrying concealed weapons at the Statehouse for the first time. The session that began Tuesday is the first since a law was passed last year to allow concealed-carry at the Statehouse for people who have an advanced permit and who...

Lawmakers already at work in Capitol ahead of 2020 session

Jan. 13, 2020 6:06 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The 2020 legislative session doesn't officially start until Tuesday, but the halls of the Statehouse were already buzzing with activity on Monday. Many lawmakers were holding meetings to review session rules, examine the budget, and gain support for prospective bills. The session kicks...