Latest South Dakota state government News

Vermilion woman killed in crash following deputy pursuit

Jul. 1, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Public Safety has identified the woman who died in a crash following a pursuit by law enforcement officers. Adrienne Whitefeather, 35, was behind the wheel of a car being pursued by Yankton County deputies Monday night. The vehicle had been reported...

Noem slams US Supreme Court ruling on Louisiana abortion law

Jun. 29, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics is wrong, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Monday. Justices ruled that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals violates abortion rights that were...

Noem suspends teen driving law during COVID-19

Jun. 29, 2020 9:17 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has suspended a teen driving law which was set to take effect this week. Noem said the legislative bill was suspended because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic and the impact the new law would have on licensing. The suspension of the law which was...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2002, file photo, the sun rises on Mt. Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D. as the flag is flown at half staff in honor of the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. President Donald Trump is planning to kick off Independence Day weekend in South Dakota with a show of patriotism _ fireworks popping, fighter jets thundering overhead and revelers crowding beneath a piece of classic Americana _ Mount Rushmore. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)

Wildfire near Mount Rushmore contained ahead of Trump visit

Jun. 25, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — A wildfire located near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota has been completely contained, according to Gov. Kristi Noem's office. The fire comes amid preparations for President Donald Trump's visit to the monument for Independence Day celebrations and fireworks next week. The state called...

Noem addresses coronavirus problems for schools, state fair

Jun. 24, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

HURON, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Wednesday said she will push for schools to bring students into classrooms at least part of the time during the upcoming school year but will leave it up to school districts to determine exactly what instruction looks like. The Republican governor was...

South Dakota tribe sues feds to keep COVID-19 checkpoints

Jun. 24, 2020 5:31 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe alleges in a lawsuit that the federal government has been trying to coerce and threaten the tribe ever since South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem asked for help stopping its COVID-19 checkpoints on state and federal highways. The tribe filed the lawsuit Tuesday...

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announces on Monday, June 22, 2020, that city and county governments will be able to access federal coronavirus relief funds as she speaks at the Sioux Falls city hall in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Noem announces federal COVID-19 funding for Rapid City area

Jun. 23, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem made another stop Tuesday in Rapid City on her tour of the state to announce city and county governments will be able to access $200 million in federal funding to address the coronavirus crisis. Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender said the city plans to...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks in Rapid City, S.D. Noem on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, previewed her plan to disburse the $1.25 billion the state has received from the federal government for coronavirus relief, following a push from President Donald Trump's administration to share the money with local governments. (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

Noem: $200 million in federal relief for cities and counties

Jun. 22, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced Monday that she'll be sending $200 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to city and county governments, but warned the economic impact of the pandemic could last for years. The Republican governor visited the state's largest city,...

Noem appoints GOP'er Crabtree to South Dakota Senate

Jun. 20, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem said she is appointing Madison Republican Casey Crabtree to the South Dakota Senate, representing District 8. Noem said Friday her appointment of Crabtree is effective immediately and will continue through the end of 2020. Crabtree succeeds Republican Sen. Jordan...

Supreme Court upholds termination of Avera nurse

Jun. 19, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled a Sioux Falls hospital did not wrongfully fire a nurse after finding errors in her log of medication. Avera McKennan Hospital terminated Stephanie Henning in 2016 after a routine medication log check turned up missing opioid pills. Henning...