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FILE - In this file image from Feb. 4, 2020, video, Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., speaks on the Senate floor about the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Poll workers will attempt to space voters apart Tuesday, June 1, during South Dakota's primary election, although there's a good chance most ballots will have already been submitted ahead of in-person voting. (Senate Television via AP, File)

Rounds seeks 2nd term in virus-altered South Dakota primary

Jun. 1, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Poll workers will attempt to space voters apart Tuesday during South Dakota's primary election, although there's a good chance most ballots will have already been submitted ahead of in-person voting. The secretary of state’s office reports that more than 82,000 absentee...

A protester wipes away milk used to counteract tear gas, during protests Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Sioux Falls, S.D., over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Abigail Dollins/The Argus Leader via AP)

Noem: National Guard still deployed for violent protests

Jun. 1, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Monday said she is keeping the National Guard deployed and ready to step in if demonstrations over the death of George Floyd turn violent. The Republican governor deployed National Guard troops to the scene of a violent protest in Sioux Falls on...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Rapid City, S.D. Noem on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, previewed her plan to disburse the $1.25 billion the state has received from the federal government for coronavirus relief, following a push from President Donald Trump's administration to share the money with local governments. (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

South Dakota testing hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19

May. 28, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is going forward with plans to test using a controversial anti-malaria drug in small doses to prevent COVID-19, Gov. Kristi Noem announced Thursday. The drug hydroxychloroquine has attracted controversy after President Donald Trump promoted it as an antidote to...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Rapid City, S.D. Noem on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, previewed her plan to disburse the $1.25 billion the state has received from the federal government for coronavirus relief, following a push from President Donald Trump's administration to share the money with local governments. (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Noem considers using coronavirus funds for employee salaries

May. 27, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is developing a plan to use some of the $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay state employees’ March salaries and balance the budget, in case the Trump administration doesn't allow her to use the money to plug revenue...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Rapid City, S.D. Noem on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, previewed her plan to disburse the $1.25 billion the state has received from the federal government for coronavirus relief, following a push from President Donald Trump's administration to share the money with local governments. (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Noem previews plan to spend $1.25 billion coronavirus relief

May. 26, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday previewed her plan to disburse the $1.25 billion the state has received from the federal government for coronavirus relief following a push from President Donald Trump's administration to share the money with local governments. The...

Patrons enter the Empire Mall, Friday, May 8, 2020, in Sioux Falls, S.D., as it reopens during the coronavirus pandemic. (Erin Bormett/The Argus Leader via AP)

South Dakota reports 23 new coronavirus cases; no new deaths

May. 25, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Health reported 23 new coronavirus infections on Monday but no new deaths from COVID-19. The department said 3,274 of the state’s 4,586 coronavirus cases have been reported in Minnehaha County, the most populous county in South Dakota and the...

The Care19 app is seen on a cell phone screen, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Care19, a contact tracing app is being pushed by the governors of North Dakota and South Dakota as a tool to trace exposure to the coronavirus. But tech firm Jumbo Privacy points out the app violated its own privacy policy by sharing location and identification information with third-party companies like Foursquare, BugFender and Google. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Tech privacy firm warns contact tracing app violates policy

May. 22, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A contact tracing app pushed by the governors of North Dakota and South Dakota as a tool to trace exposure to the coronavirus violated its own privacy policy by sharing location and user identification information with third-party businesses, according to a report from a tech...

High court upholds sentence in fatal Sioux Falls shooting

May. 22, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of a man who pleaded guilty to killing a Sioux Falls teen during an attempted drug robbery in 2017. Dylan Holler, 20, was sentenced to 80 years in prison with 40 years suspended in February 2019. Holler argued the sentence...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, left, updates media on the COVID-19 pandemic during a news conference at Monument Health in Rapid City, S.D. While many other governor’s have broken from President Donald Trump on stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of coronavirus or when to restart economic activity, Noem has tracked close to the president.  (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Noem: Tribes' checkpoints dispute not just about coronavirus

May. 21, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said on Thursday that her stance against Native American tribes operating coronavirus checkpoints on federal and state highways isn't just about the response to the coronavirus pandemic, but about setting “precedent” on tribes' ability to...

FILE - In this April 13, 2020, file photo, Gov. Kristi Noem speaks at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. Noem appeared headed Monday, May 11, 2020, for a legal confrontation with two Native American Indian tribes over highway checkpoints intended to keep the coronavirus away from their reservations. The issue pits a governor who has taken a mostly hands-off approach to restrictions during the pandemic against tribes who say her actions are inadequate to prevent infections. (Abigail Dollins/Argus Leader via AP, File)

South Dakota gov. takes tribe checkpoint flap to White House

May. 20, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Wednesday she is appealing to President Donald Trump's administration in her standoff with two American Indian tribes over coronavirus checkpoints they set up on federal and state highways. Noem said at her daily briefing that she has sent...