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Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

Jun. 18, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday. That shifted the battle to the states, where the holiday faces a far less enthusiastic response. Nearly all states recognize...

DOJ: 2 states' transgender restrictions unconstitutional

Jun. 17, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday challenged bans involving transgender people that target athletes in West Virginia and children in Arkansas, slamming them as violations of federal law. The department filed statements of interest in...

Noem OKs holiday for state workers in honor of Juneteenth

Jun. 17, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has declared Friday a holiday for state workers in honor of Juneteenth. Noem said her decision is in response to legislation signed Thursday by President Joe Biden establishing a new federal holiday...

Prioritizing infrastructure spending taking shape in SD

Jun. 16, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) — Infrastructure spending in the next year was a priority in this year's South Dakota legislative session. Now months later, Gov. Kristi Noem along with Schools and Public Lands Commissioner Ryan Brunner and a number of local officials on Tuesday...

Noem says she will try again for Mount Rushmore fireworks

Jun. 15, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem indicated Tuesday she will try again to hold a fireworks display over Mount Rushmore to celebrate Independence Day on the heels of President Joe Biden's announcement that the White House will be hosting its own “independence from the...

Federal judge charges US marshals in vaccination dispute

Jun. 14, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge in South Dakota on Monday criminally charged three members of the U.S. Marshals Service with contempt of court and obstructing justice after a dispute with a marshal who refused to disclose her COVID-19 vaccination status and removed prisoners from a...

Noem: State-inspected meat processors can sell out of state

Jun. 10, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem announced Wednesday that small state-licensed meat processors will be able to ship meat over state lines under a state agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. South Dakota and the USDA's Food Safety and...

Noem gets new rifle at GOP gathering in Arkansas

Jun. 10, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem traveled to Arkansas for a Republican gathering and came home with a new rifle. KELO radio reported Wednesday that Noem traveled to Arkansas on Friday to give the keynote address at the annual...

South Dakota lawmakers reject school rules for medical pot

Jun. 07, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers on Monday rejected rules proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem's administration that would have set parameters for students who need to use medical marijuana at school. A legislative committee sent the rules back to the Department...

Trump speaking at NC GOP meeting; Dems plan "Day of Action"

Jun. 05, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Donald Trump is coming to the Republican Party's annual convention in North Carolina, a state whose electoral votes he won in 2016 and 2020. The former president was scheduled to address convention-goers Saturday in Greenville. The speech to...