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SD colleges to offer American civics certificates

Jul. 05, 2022 16:01 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s six public universities plan to offer undergraduate certificates in an American civics tradition course this fall after Republican Gov. Kristi Noem called on regents to promote patriotism. The Argus Leader reported Tuesday that Noem called...

2021 Black Hills national park visitors spent $231 million

Jul. 05, 2022 12:26 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A new report shows 3.6 million visitors to Black Hills area national parks in South Dakota spent about $231 million in 2021. That had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $301 million and resulted in about 3,360 jobs. The analysis was done by...

2 dead, 1 injured after Sioux Falls robbery and standoff

Jul. 04, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two people are dead and a third is in critical but stable condition after a robbery and related standoff Saturday in the Sioux Falls area, officials said. Police said two people were shot at a business in Hartford, just outside the city, around 9:30 p.m....

Texas Supreme Court blocks order that resumed abortions

Jul. 02, 2022 01:27 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court blocked a lower court order late Friday night that said clinics could continue performing abortions, just days after some doctors had resumed seeing patients after the fall of Roe v. Wade. It was not immediately clear whether Texas...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

South Dakota's Noem applies for 2023 Rushmore fireworks

Jul. 01, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Friday said she has applied for permission to hold a fireworks show at Mount Rushmore to celebrate Independence Day 2023, persisting even though the National Park Service has denied her requests for the past two years. In...

Hundreds protest Roe decision in Sioux Falls, some arrests

Jun. 30, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Police in Sioux Falls used smoke bombs to try to disperse hundreds of people protesting the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Police Chief Jon Thum said there were a “couple of arrests” during the demonstration Wednesday night in...

Healthcare group wants abortion issue on the ballot in SD

Jun. 30, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A grassroots healthcare organization wants to put the abortion issue on the ballot in South Dakota. Dakotans for Health has developed language for a potential constitutional ballot measure, which if passed by state voters would make South Dakota's near...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Jun. 30, 2022 00:47 AM EDT

Yankton Press & Dakotan. June 27, 2022. Editorial: Abortion Ruling Won’t End Abortion Fight One sliver of consensus emerged from Friday’s momentous Supreme Court ruling on the Roe v. Wade abortion law: It was a historic day for America. After...

South Dakota Freedom Caucus to push policy further right

Jun. 29, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A contingent of South Dakota Republican lawmakers on Wednesday formally announced they were forming a group billed the “South Dakota Freedom Caucus" as they try to drive politics further to the right in a Statehouse where the GOP holds every statewide office and 90% of...