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South Dakota anti-abortion group appeals ruling that dismissed its lawsuit over ballot initiative

Jul. 19, 2024 13:36 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — An anti-abortion group in South Dakota has appealed to the state's Supreme Court after a judge dismissed its lawsuit to take an abortion rights initiative off the November ballot. In a statement, Life Defense Fund Co-Chair Leslee Unruh said the group has asked...

South Dakota city to scrap code enforcement crackdown

Jul. 17, 2024 16:20 PM EDT

Applause rang out among residents at the city council meeting in Faith on Tuesday when the council voted to begin the process of rescinding a new code enforcement policy that has drawn the ire of some locals. After weeks of negative feedback over a recent property code enforcement...

Ruling keeps abortion question on ballot in South Dakota

Jul. 15, 2024 17:13 PM EDT

A state court judge's ruling Monday keeps an abortion-rights question on the November ballot in South Dakota. Judge John Pekas dismissed a lawsuit filed by an anti-abortion group, Life Defense Fund, that sought to have the question removed even though supporters turned in more than...

Referendum set for South Dakota voters on controversial carbon dioxide pipeline law

Jul. 11, 2024 15:42 PM EDT

After years spent trying to gain regulatory approval for a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline intended to snake through the Midwest, the effort could be complicated even further if South Dakota voters reject a law passed by the Legislature that pipeline opponents say is an attempt to squelch local...

Property code enforcement a sore spot in some South Dakota towns

Jul. 11, 2024 12:57 PM EDT

FAITH, S.D. (AP) — A few months ago, the city council in this ranching town in remote northwestern South Dakota decided to join dozens of other communities across the state and hire an outside contractor to enforce property codes. But in a pioneer town built on a rugged history of...

South Dakota corrections officials investigate disturbance that left 6 inmates injured

Jul. 11, 2024 11:48 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota corrections officials say they are investigating a pair of incidents at the state prison in Springfield that left six inmates injured. Department of Corrections spokesman Michael Winder said in a statement that fighting began Tuesday night at...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jul. 11, 2024 00:26 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 27 The Washington Post on how the Pentagon can avoid stumbling As disinformation and misinformation become major tools of global conflict, democracies need to decide when and how they...

Group files petitions to put recreational marijuana on North Dakota's November ballot

Jul. 08, 2024 16:52 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Organizers of a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in North Dakota submitted petition signatures on Monday, likely setting up another statewide vote on the issue that voters and state lawmakers have previously defeated. The New Economic...

South Dakota Gov. Noem's official social media accounts seem to disappear without explanation

Jul. 08, 2024 13:48 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Longstanding official social media accounts belonging to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem appear to have been deleted without explanation. The accounts on Facebook, Instagram and X, the site formerly known as Twitter, had reached hundreds of thousands of followers....

Devon Energy buys Grayson Mill Energy's Williston Basin business in $5B cash-and-stock deal

Jul. 08, 2024 11:07 AM EDT

Devon Energy is buying Grayson Mill Energy's Williston Basin business in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $5 billion as consolidation in the oil and gas sector ramps up. The transaction includes $3.25 billion in cash and $1.75 billion in stock. Grayson Mill Energy,...