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Two more players from South Dakota baseball plead guilty to lesser charge in rape case

Jun. 18, 2024 11:13 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Three of six South Dakota players from a baseball team made up of high school-aged players who were charged as adults last summer with rape have pleaded guilty to a lesser felony charge. Two former members of the American Legion team from Mitchell pleaded...

Biofuel groups envision ethanol-powered jets. But fueling the effort has not been easy

Jun. 18, 2024 01:07 AM EDT

MENOKEN, N.D. (AP) — Some day, the passenger jets that soar 35,000 feet (10.6 kilometers) over Dan McLean’s North Dakota farm could be fueled by corn grown on his land and millions of other acres across the Midwest. It’s a vision the U.S. airline industry embraces and...

An anti-abortion group in South Dakota sues to take an abortion rights initiative off the ballot

Jun. 17, 2024 16:19 PM EDT

An anti-abortion group in South Dakota has sued to block an abortion rights measure from the November ballot. In its complaint filed Thursday, Life Defense Fund alleged various wrongdoing by the measure's supporters, as well as invalid signatures and fraud. The group seeks to...

Biden's Title IX law expanding protections for LGBTQ+ students is dealt another setback

Jun. 17, 2024 15:34 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Biden administration's effort to expand protections for LGBTQ+ students hit another roadblock Monday, when a federal judge in Kentucky temporarily blocked the new Title IX rule in six additional states. U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves referred to the...

More than 100 South Dakota primary ballots shouldn't have been rejected, elections official says

Jun. 17, 2024 14:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — More than 100 absentee ballots in one of South Dakota's least conservative counties should not have been rejected after being challenged by the leader of a group that has raised doubts about the state's voting system, an elections official said. Jessica...

The anti-abortion movement is making a big play to thwart citizen initiatives on reproductive rights

Jun. 16, 2024 14:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Reeling from a string of defeats, anti-abortion groups and their Republican allies in state governments are using an array of strategies to counter proposed ballot initiatives intended to protect reproductive rights or prevent voters from having a say in the fall elections. ...

One of several South Dakota baseball players charged in rape case pleads guilty to lesser felony

Jun. 12, 2024 10:17 AM EDT

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — One of the several former players on an American Legion baseball team in South Dakota charged last year with rape has pleaded guilty to a lesser felony. The 19-year-old former Mitchell player pleaded guilty to one count of accessory to a felony, according to...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Jun. 12, 2024 07:11 AM EDT

Yankton Press & Dakotan. June 11, 2024. Editorial: A Nazi March And An Old Reminder On Thursday, June 6, we turned our attentions to Normandy in France as several world leaders honored the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of occupied Europe during World War...

Shooting leaves 3 dead and 2 injured in South Dakota

Jun. 08, 2024 15:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A shooting in a Sioux Falls neighborhood left three people dead and two others injured early Saturday, police said. Police said they have a suspect in custody. They said there does not appear to be any further danger to the community. The investigation is...

Voters defeat hand-counting measures in South Dakota, but others might come in future

Jun. 05, 2024 12:12 PM EDT

Voters in three small South Dakota counties on Tuesday rejected initiated measures to require hand-counting of ballots in future elections. The votes in Gregory, Haakon and Tripp counties were an unusual step even as other places in the U.S. have considered moving to hand-counting in...