Latest South Dakota News

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jun. 30, 2022 17:57 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...

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...

South Dakota interim AG dismisses 2 of Ravnsborg's top aides

Jun. 29, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's interim attorney general on his first day in office Tuesday dismissed two of former Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg's top appointees who were involved in the aftermath of Ravnsborg's 2020 fatal car crash. Ravnsborg was removed from office...

Biden grants South Dakota disaster declaration for May storm

Jun. 29, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday granted South Dakota's request for a presidential disaster declaration to aid the recovery from May storms that included over a dozen tornadoes. Gov. Kristi Noem requested the declaration, which allows the Federal Emergency...

Realignment of veterans' healthcare facilities on hold

Jun. 29, 2022 08:37 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Proposed changes in veterans' healthcare facilities in South Dakota and elsewhere are on hold for now. Some U.S. senators, including South Dakota's Mike Rounds and John Thune, have agreed to dismantle a commission tasked by the Department of Veterans Affairs to...

Noem taps impeachment prosecutor to replace attorney general

Jun. 28, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed the lead prosecutor in the Senate impeachment trial of former Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to fill the remainder of Ravnsborg's term. Noem's interim appointment of Pennington County State’s Attorney Mark Vargo...

Third person pleads not guilty to kidnap, carjacking in SD

Jun. 28, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A third person accused of kidnapping an FBI employee and taking his car in South Dakota has pleaded not guilty to federal charges. Lourdes Bonilla, 23, made her initial appearance before federal Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann last Friday when she entered...