Latest South Dakota state government News

Governor debate: Noem for abortion ban, Smith wants changes

Oct. 01, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem indicated Friday during her reelection campaign's lone debate with her Democratic challenger, state lawmaker Jamie Smith, that if reelected she will uphold the state's abortion ban that provides no exceptions for rape or incest. ...

Noem speaks out on grocery tax, promises to repeal it

Sep. 28, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem made a campaign promise Wednesday to repeal the state's tax on groceries, changing course to lend outspoken support to a bipartisan proposal she did not publicly endorse in March. The Republican governor made the announcement...

South Dakota investigation weighs Noem's use of state plane

Sep. 24, 2022 07:56 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem was returning from an official appearance in Rapid City in 2019 when she faced a decision: Overnight in the capital of Pierre, where another trip would start the next day, or head home and see her son attend his high school prom? ...

South Dakota AG plans to hire missing Indigenous coordinator

Sep. 21, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo on Tuesday prepared to hire a law enforcement officer to coordinate investigations into the disappearance and murder of Indigenous people. Vargo's office said in a statement he met with Indigenous leaders after a...

S. Dakota social studies hearings pit teachers against Noem

Sep. 21, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota teachers and school administrators overwhelmingly voiced opposition on Monday to Gov. Kristi Noem's proposed standards for social studies in public schools, saying the proposal saddles them with expanding and unwieldy criteria to cover in classrooms but fails...

Gov. Kristi Noem sued over release of travel expense records

Sep. 21, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is facing a lawsuit after her office refused to release expense records on five out-of-state trips this year to a liberal watchdog group. American Oversight, an organization that files open records requests and litigation...

Gov. Kristi Noem silent on possible appeal to ethics board

Sep. 16, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem faced a Friday deadline to appeal a state ethics board's finding that there was evidence she improperly intervened in her daughter's application for a real estate appraiser license. The Government Accountability Board voted...

South Dakota Highway Patrol struggles with trooper shortages

Sep. 15, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol is struggling with a shortage of officers after over two dozen left the agency this year, the head of the department told state lawmakers Thursday. The departures leave the highway patrol's force short 22 troopers, which is...

Conservative college's curriculum gets foothold in S. Dakota

Sep. 12, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A few days before middle school teacher Shaun Nielsen joined a work group to develop South Dakota's social studies standards, he got a thick package in the mail. Sent from Hillsdale, Michigan, home to a conservative private college enjoying outsize...

Gov. Kristi Noem's activity to be limited after back surgery

Sep. 12, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem disclosed Monday that she recently underwent back surgery to treat an injury impacting her spine and that her activity would be limited during several months of recovery. The 50-year-old Republican governor said she traveled to...