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SD high court rules against woman in same-sex benefits case
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's Supreme Court has ruled against a retired police official seeking state retirement system survivor benefits after her wife, a former police captain, died of cancer. The high court said in a Wednesday opinion that retired Rapid City officer Debra And...
February 21, 2019

Senate panel endorses bill to repeal presumptive probation
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota Senate panel favors ending presumptive probation, a priority for the state attorney general that legislative analysts predict will cost more than $53 million over the next decade. The Judiciary Committee voted 5-2 Thursday to send the cornerstone of...
February 21, 2019

One person has been found dead after a fire in northern Wyoming
SHERIDAN, Wyo. - One person has been found dead after a structure fire in northern Wyoming. KROE-AM reports that the fire occurred Wednesday night in a hotel on Main Street in Sheridan. The name of the victim was not immediately released. Firefighter Andy Lindberg says the vict...
February 21, 2019

Illegally Dumped Snow Causing Problems
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation is reminding the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.  “The state has ...
February 21, 2019

Autism bill killed in committee
PIERRE, S.D. - The House State Affairs committee Wednesday killed a bill that would mandate South Dakota health insurers include autism an spectrum disorders in their coverage. The committee took ninety minutes of often emotional testimony late Tuesday afternoon before calling a...
February 21, 2019

Noem cautions about costs of ending presumptive probation
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem is asking that lawmakers hold off on reversing South Dakota's presumptive probation policy, a top priority for the state attorney general. Noem said Wednesday she would like stakeholders to discuss the best approach forward "rather than just...
February 21, 2019

House panel passes science bill despite critics from K-12
PIERRE, S.D. — A bill that would let South Dakota teachers decide how much skepticism to inject into lessons on scientific topics such as climate change and the Big Bang passed its first legislative test on Wednesday. The House Education Committee voted 8-6 to endorse the ...
February 21, 2019

Senators endorse allowing concealed guns in SD Capitol
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota senators have advanced a bill that would allow people to bring guns into the state Capitol. The chamber voted 20-13 Wednesday to send the bill to the House. It would allow people who have an enhanced permit to bring concealed handguns into the Capitol...
February 20, 2019

Panel sends distracted driving bill to South Dakota Senate
PIERRE, S.D. - A Senate panel has approved a bill that would expand South Dakota's texting while driving ban to mostly prohibit mobile device use by people behind the wheel. The State Affairs Committee voted 6-3 Wednesday to advance the bill. Republican Rep. Doug Barthel, the sp...
February 20, 2019

Sturgis Council begins discussion on possible alcohol, fireworks changes
STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis City Council began discussions Tuesday night on possible changes to several important topics – among them, alcohol and fireworks. Because there have been several recent changes to state alcohol statutes, the city is discussing possible cha...
February 20, 2019

No injuries after vehicle destroyed by fire on I-90
STURGIS, S.D. - Law enforcement responded to a vehicle fire on Interstate 90 Wednesday morning. The incident happened at I-90's Exit 40. Units from the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department responded along with the Meade County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota Highway Patrol and Mead...
February 20, 2019

South Dakota Senate votes down campus carry legislation
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Senate has rejected a bill that would have barred public universities and technical schools from restricting people's ability to carry guns on campus. Senators voted 24-10 Tuesday against the measure. It has faced opposition from student off...
February 20, 2019

City of Sturgis proposes pay scale for campgrounds served by local fire and ambulance
STURGIS, S.D. – The city of Sturgis have given area campgrounds until March 15 to come up with a better plan or they will implement one that charges them if they receive service from Sturgis Fire or Ambulance. The plan comes after several years of lost revenue by the city&...
February 19, 2019

Noem admin projects big cost to ending presumptive probation
PIERRE, S.D. - Gov. Kristi Noem's administration is projecting a measure to reverse South Dakota's presumptive probation policy could spur an influx of prisoners, potentially costing the state millions of dollars each year and requiring at least $33.3 million for new prison facil...
February 19, 2019

Rural Meade Ambulance looking for more staff
UNION CENTER, S.D. - The Rural Meade Ambulance Service is looking for a few good men - or women. An information meeting has been set for Tuesday, February 19, where they are hoping to convince some rural residents to join the ambulance crew. District 29 Senator Gary Cammack say...
February 19, 2019
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