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SD gov: Bar abortion pills, but don't punish women for them

Jun. 26, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — South Dakota’s Republican governor pledged on Sunday to bar mail-order abortion pills but said women should not face prosecution for seeking them. In apparent defiance of legal guidance by the Justice Department after the Supreme Court last week stripped away...

South Dakota GOP picks experience for AG, bumps an incumbent

Jun. 25, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

WATERTOWN, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republicans looking to regroup after the impeachment and conviction of the GOP attorney general gave their support for the job Saturday to a man with extensive experience in leading state and federal law enforcement agencies. Delegates at the...

Is abortion illegal in the U.S. now? Depends where you live

Jun. 25, 2022 15:46 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...

State GOP to decide AG, other nominees amid infighting

Jun. 24, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republicans are meeting to choose candidates for attorney general, lieutenant governor and other statewide offices with the impeachment conviction and removal of Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg hanging over their convention in Watertown. ...

Noem plans special session after abortion ban triggered

Jun. 24, 2022 15:15 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Friday announced plans for a special legislative session to bolster state law that triggered an immediate abortion ban after the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority overturned Roe v. Wade The state's trigger law...

Regents expand alcohol sales at South Dakota universities

Jun. 24, 2022 10:10 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota universities will begin to sell more alcohol at events next school year. The South Dakota Board of Regents approved an expanded alcohol sales policy Thursday to include general admission areas of performing arts and athletic events. ...

Sioux Falls police: Officer shoots at armed suspect

Jun. 23, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls police officer is on standard administrative leave after firing shots at an armed suspect, according to officials. Assistant Police Chief Nick Cook says officers were called to the parking lot of a business about 7 p.m. Wednesday on a report...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Jun. 23, 2022 02:52 AM EDT

Black Hills Pioneer. June 17, 2022. Editorial: Storm damage can’t dampen neighborly spirit Northern Hills residents watched Sunday’s storm moving east toward the Belle Fourche area before it unleashed its devastation. Butte County residents watched...

South Dakota Gov. Noem gets emphatic win with AG's removal

Jun. 22, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate's decision this week to remove Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg from office was an emphatic victory for Gov. Kristi Noem, whose hard-driving effort to oust her fellow Republican likely sealed his fate even as some GOP lawmakers backed him. ...

South Dakota AG convicted on 2 impeachment charges, removed

Jun. 22, 2022 07:02 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Senate on Tuesday convicted Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg of two impeachment charges stemming from a 2020 fatal crash, removing and barring him from future office in a stinging rebuke that showed most senators didn’t believe his account of the crash. ...