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Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit over Iowa girl's drowning

Jun. 4, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a lawsuit against the city of Sioux Falls over the drowning of a 5-year-old Iowa girl who fell into Big Sioux River at Falls Park two years ago. Attorneys representing the city asked the court last year to dismiss the lawsuit. The...

South Dakota woman arrested in death of 2-year-old girl

Jun. 4, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

CASTLEWOOD, S.D. (AP) — A 30-year-old woman from Castlewood has been arrested in the death of a 2-year-old girl, South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg said Thursday. Authorities were called Tuesday morning about an unresponsive girl at a home in Castlewood. The girl was taken to a Watertown...

Noem: Current budget will be OK, but future uncertain

Jun. 4, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The current year's South Dakota state budget will not need to be overhauled because state revenues haven't dropped as dramatically as had been feared due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Kristi Noem said Thursday. “We're in pretty good shape as of today,” Noem said....

FILE - This March 22, 2019, file photo shows Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D. Organizers have scrapped plans to mandate social distancing during President Donald Trump's appearance at a July 3, 2020, Mount Rushmore fireworks display and won't limit the crowd due to coronavirus concerns, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Thursday, June 4, 2020. The Republican governor said the National Park Service is dolling out 7,500 tickets via lottery for the event, which marks the first time in a decade that fireworks will be set off at the memorial in recognition of Independence Day. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Social distancing not required at Trump Mount Rushmore event

Jun. 4, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Organizers have scrapped plans to mandate social distancing during President Donald Trump's appearance at a July 3 Mount Rushmore fireworks display and won't limit the crowd due to coronavirus concerns, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Thursday. The Republican governor said the...

Rapid City Police Chief to leave job by end of the month

Jun. 3, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Rapid City Police Chief on Wednesday announced his plans to leave the job at the end of the month. Chief Karl Jegeris has held the post since 2014 and worked for the Rapid City Police for 24 years. The department said it expects Mayor Steve Allender to name an interim...

South Dakota reports 95 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths

Jun. 3, 2020 3:05 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota on Wednesday reported 95 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths, according to the Department of Health. The new cases bring the state's tally to 5,162 cases, but about 80% of those have fully recovered. 62 people have died in the state from COVID-19. Over the past two...

Noem floats idea of police reforms in light of Floyd death

Jun. 3, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday said she will be examining the state's policing laws in light of what she called the “gut-wrenching” death of George Floyd. The Republican governor stuck to a conservative approach to the issue and didn't have many specifics...

SD universities: No in-person class after Thanksgiving

Jun. 3, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's public universities announced Wednesday they won’t have students return to campus after the Thanksgiving break in order to mitigate coronavirus infections. The six public universities plan to bring students back to campus for classes in August, three days...

FBI investigates 2 homicides on Rosebud reservation

Jun. 3, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

ROSEBUD, S.D. (AP) — Two homicides that happened this week on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation are “totally separate” cases and are unrelated, investigators said. FBI spokesman Kevin Smith said Lloyd Walking Eagle, 48, was fatally shot near the All Stop gas station in Rosebud last Sunday...

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The Latest: Ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame loses N.M. race

Jun. 3, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on Tuesday's primary elections (all times EDT): 1:05 a.m. Former CIA operative Valerie Plame has lost her race in the Democratic primary for an open seat representing New Mexico in Congress. Attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez overcame six competitors to win her party’s nomination to succeed U.S....