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Boy Scouts Pave Way For Transgender Members

Membership Will Be Based On Gender Identification Rather Than Birth Cerfiticate

The Boy Scouts of America announced this week that it will make a change to its century-old policy. A new practice will pave the way for transgender children to enroll in its boys-only programs. Enrollment in the boys-only programs will be based on the gender that’s put on the child’s scout application. The organization previously relied on the gender listed…

South Dakota’s Transgender Locker Room Bill Withdrawn

PIERRE, S.D. (AP)– A bill that would have restricted the locker rooms that transgender students in South Dakota could use has been withdrawn. Senate Education Committee Chairman Jim Bolin said Tuesday at the bill’s first hearing that its author wanted it withdrawn. The sponsor, Sen. Lance Russell, didn’t immediately respond to a telephone message. The bill would require public school…

Dress For Success Worldwide CEO To Speak At EmBe’s “In Her Shoes” Event

EmBe is once again holding its annual women’s empowerment breakfast In Her Shoes on Thursday, February 9 where you can hear from other women who are leaders in their communities. The event is open to all– women and men– to attend the 4th annual gathering. Erin Bosch with Dress for Success Sioux Falls says this year is especially exciting for…

LifeScape’s Mall Walk Takes Over The Empire Mall This Saturday

LifeScape’s 23rd annual Mall Walk is coming up again this Saturday, February 4. You can help raise money to purchase items for the kids and adults LifeScape supports. Kathy Hammond, the Mall Walk co-chair, says while the walk will be the main event, there will be many other activities for everyone to take part in, like facepaiting, balloon animals, live…

Dozens Gather At SD Airport To Protest Immigration Orders

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP)– Dozens of people have gathered at the Rapid City Regional Airport to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration order. KNBN-TV reports the demonstrators prayed for refugees and sang songs during Sunday’s rally. Speakers also talked about why they were there to support refugees, after Trump’s order that temporarily bans entry to the U.S. for people from certain…

SD Agriculture Leaders Respond To Trump’s TPP Decision

President Donald Trump Signed An Executive Order, Removing U.S. From Trans Pacific Partnership

One of the several executive orders President Donald Trump signed this week pulled the United States out of the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP Questions surround what’s next for trade agreements in the U.S., particularly with agriculture. The Trans Pacific Partnership was a twelve nation trade agreement including the United States, Mexico and Australia. Experts say the goal of the…

The Daily Scoop 1-26-2017

The Daily Scoop is our morning segment that highlights all things trending on social media. Train Plows Semi Truck on Tracks Police dashcam video shows the exact moment a train slammed into a Fed-Ex truck in Utah. A North Salt Lake police officer’s dashcam shows the train just missed the truck’s cab. The accident happened Saturday morning. As you can…

Health Trends To Know In 2017: Fit Chic LA

Annie Mello, the Fit Chic from CPMFITness, shares health trends

It’s a new year, and that means new health trends that could be great options to incorporate into your diet. Annie Mello, the Fit Chic from CPMFITness, says there a few things to look out for this year that’s going to be popular. Green Vegetables Cleansing Soups Seaweed Golden Lattes Coconut Watch the video above to see how Annie uses…

Senate Panel To Debate Repeal Of Government Ethics Overhaul

PIERRE, S.D. (AP)– A Senate panel is set to consider a Republican-backed bill that would repeal a sweeping government ethics overhaul approved by South Dakota voters in November. The Senate State Affairs Committee will hear the bill Wednesday. It would dismantle the ballot initiative that created an ethics commission, public campaign funding and limitations on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers. The…

What’s Next For The Dakota Access, Keystone XL Pipelines?

Evan Vucci – Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)– President Donald Trump’s executive actions on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are aimed at turning the disputed projects into reality, but it’s not clear how quickly that might happen. Dakota Access is to carry North Dakota oil to Illinois. It’s nearly complete but stalled while the developer and the Army…

Sioux Empire Farm Show Kicks Off

Sioux Falls Chamber Of Commerce Expects Around 30,000 People To Visit

Sioux Falls is once again welcoming the 64th annual Sioux Empire Farm Show this week. The Sioux Falls Fairgrounds will host the livestock portion of the show The Denny Sanford Premier Center, Sioux Falls Convention Center and Sioux Falls Arena will focus on crop farming. Show Manager Cindy Christensen said the show is projected to generate $2.5 million for the…

Trump To Take Executive Action On Oil Pipelines

WASHINGTON (AP)– President Donald Trump is expected to take executive action Tuesday to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the action. The president is scheduled to sign orders at the White House late Tuesday morning. Former President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in late…

Panel To Discuss Legislator’s Conduct Despite Resignation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP)– A special legislative panel is set to discuss the conduct of a state representative who has resigned after admitting to sexual contact with two interns. House Select Committee on Discipline and Expulsion Vice Chairman Spencer Hawley said the panel will meet Tuesday even though Rep. Mathew Wollmann resigned from the Legislature the day before. Wollmann said last…

Gov. Dayton Collapses During State of the State Address

Son says he is now doing fine

ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton collapsed while delivering his state of the state address Monday night. At the podium, Dayton had just taken a drink of water and appeared to be trying to compose himself.  He then began collapsing and those around him rushed to break his fall.  The 69-year-old Democratic governor came to a short time…

Former Badlands House Band Member Announces New Band

Ron Keel announces "Ron Keel Band"

Former Badlands House Band frontman Ron Keel has formed a new band under a new name– but featuring the same musicians. Keel posted on his Facebook page Monday that he, along with guitarist DC Cothern, bassist “El Diablo,” Dakota Scott on keyboard and Jeff “The Rev” Koller on drums, will play under the new name, Ron Keel Band. The musicians…