Latest South Dakota state government News

As COVID-19 cases rise, health care industry sees upheaval

Sep. 22, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Tuesday reported 320 new cases of COVID-19 as the state experiences an uptick in cases in recent weeks and state lawmakers readied plans to address the crisis with federal relief money. Representatives from the state’s health care providers...

Noem calls special session to address use of stimulus funds

Sep. 21, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday called for a special session of the legislature to figure out a plan to spend more than $1 billion in federal funds the state has received to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican governor's administration has spent about $114...

As COVID-19 cases rise, South Dakota lawmakers discuss funds

Sep. 18, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — While South Dakota reported one of the highest daily tallies for new cases since the beginning of the pandemic on Friday, state lawmakers discussed the economic fallout of the pandemic and suggestions on using federal funds to mitigate it. The Department of Health reported 389...

Ex-senator pleads not guilty to making false report

Sep. 18, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A former South Dakota state senator has pleaded not guilty to making a false domestic violence report against her husband. Lyndi DiSanto appeared in court Thursday when she entered the plea after being charged by the Pennington County State’s Attorney Office. A conviction...

Supreme Court upholds conviction in sexual assault case

Sep. 18, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman with dementia, ruling that prosecutors didn’t have to prove whether he knew she couldn't consent to sex. A Pennington County jury in 2018 convicted Roger Jackson, now 73, of...

Supreme Court: Yankton police sergeants ineligible for union

Sep. 17, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that sergeants in the Yankton Police Department are ineligible for membership in a collective bargaining unit. In reversing a circuit court decision, the high court agreed with labor officials who said that because sergeants had the authority to...

South Dakota's Noem travels to Michigan for Trump campaign

Sep. 17, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem traveled to Michigan Thursday to appear at a campaign event for President Donald Trump at a time when she is overseeing an investigation into a car crash in which the state's attorney general struck and killed a pedestrian. The Republican governor has...

Native American groups sue South Dakota over voting rights

Sep. 16, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Native American voting rights group and two tribes on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against South Dakota state agencies, alleging that the state is violating federal law by failing to offer adequate voter registration services. The lawsuit alleges that the state's agencies...

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg addresses supporters Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Sioux Falls, S.D. For Ravnsborg spending Saturday driving hundreds of miles on the state’s roads was not unusual. But by Sunday, it was clear that his latest trip was anything but routine — an investigation was underway that would later reveal he struck and killed a man walking along a rural stretch of highway. (Briana Sanchez/The Argus Leader via AP)

South Dakota AG was frequent traveler before fatal crash

Sep. 15, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — For South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg spending Saturday driving hundreds of miles on the state’s roads was not unusual. But by this past Sunday, it was clear that his latest trip was anything but routine: An investigation was underway that would reveal he struck...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo Jason Ravnsborg speaks in Sioux Falls, S.D. South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg reported hitting a deer with his car on Saturday night but actually killed a pedestrian whose body was not found until the next day, state investigators said Monday Sept. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Dirk Lammers, File)

South Dakota's top attorney says found body day after crash

Sep. 15, 2020 7:20 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg said in a statement late Monday that he realized he had struck and killed a man walking along a rural stretch of highway only after returning to the scene the next day and discovering the body. The state's top law enforcement officer...