Politics

High School Football Team Takes Field With American Flags

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – Tuesday night, NBC Sports is reporting the NFL “may consider” a rule change requiring players to stand during the national anthem. For some players kneeling is a way to protest police brutality and inequality for people of color. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to team owners saying the league respects the right of its players…

Details Scarce About Complaint To New Government Watchdog

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new government watchdog board that has the power to investigate statewide officeholders and executive branch employees has received its first complaint. A spokeswoman for the state Attorney General’s office said Tuesday that the complaint was filed July 26. But Attorney General spokeswoman Sara Rabern says details including the person who filed the complaint, whom it…

Thune Supports Trump Administration’s Withdraw Of Clean Power Plan

Plan Curbs Carbon Emission Rates For Coal Plants

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Senator John Thune showed support today for the administration’s withdraw of former President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan”. In a statement today, Thune called the policy change a “step in the right direction”. Thune said the regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency would have raised energy costs for consumers. The rule mandated that existing coal…

EPA Chief Says Administration To Roll back Climate Plan

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says the Trump administration will abandon the Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming. Speaking in Kentucky on Monday, Pruitt said he will sign a proposed rule on Tuesday “to withdraw the so-called clean power plan of the past administration.” The clean power plan aimed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions…

Newspapers Across The State Make Big Statement With Blank Front Pages

FREEMAN, S.D. – It’s a phrase we’ve all likely heard: “fake news.” It’s gained popularity since President Donald Trump took office. His administration suggests many national news outlets like The New York Times, CNN and NBC aren’t reporting the facts. But others see it as an insult that’s giving local media a bad rap. Some South Dakota newspapers came up…

Sutton Proposes Legislation To Open More Government Records

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Democratic candidate for governor has proposed legislation that would give the public access to additional government records including public officials’ correspondence. State Sen. Billie Sutton said Thursday that he’s putting forward the legislation to help ensure government has adequate oversight, transparency and accountability. One proposal would remove provisions from South Dakota public records law…

10-Year Anniversary of Billie Sutton’s Rodeo Accident

The State Senate Minority Leader is now paralyzed from the waist down

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – One decade ago, a 23-year-old man from Burke was one of the top saddle bronc riders in the world, until a rodeo accident changed everything. Life looks a lot different these days for Billie Sutton. He’s now running for South Dakota governor. Straight out of the shoot, Billie Sutton was roped into the world of riding….

Twitter To Testify To Congress In Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) – The social media giant Twitter has agreed to appear for a public hearing before one of the Senate committees probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. A person familiar with the interactions between Twitter and the Senate Intelligence committee says the company will participate in a Nov. 1 public hearing. The person spoke on condition of anonymity…

GOP Urges Voters To Study Measures Before Signing Petitions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Republican Party is urging state residents to research ballot measures first before signing petitions to put initiatives on the 2018 ballot. Chairman Dan Lederman said Wednesday that the party wants voters to understand what they’re signing. Ballot measure supporters are out collecting thousands of signatures ahead of the Nov. 6 deadline for…

Trump Budget Chiefs Says No Bailout For Puerto Rico Debt

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House’s budget director says Puerto Rico shouldn’t expect a federal bailout of its debt – even after President Donald Trump spoke of the need to “wipe out” that red ink as part of the island’s recovery after Hurricane Maria. Mick Mulvaney tells reporters that the administration plans to send Congress a disaster aid package that’ll…

City Officials Address Council Questions On Premier Center Settlement

"I believe the public trust has been violated"

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After years of staying quiet, Mayor Mike Huether’s administration is opening up about the Denny Sanford Premier Center settlement. Back in 2015, the city signed a $1 million settlement with multiple construction agencies, for the warped outdoor paneling on the west side of the building. Council members had the chance Tuesday to get some answers, but…

House GOP Proposes 5-Year Extension For Children’s Health

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans are proposing a five-year extension of financing for a popular program that provides health insurance for 8.9 million low-income children. GOP lawmakers have unveiled the measure three days after federal funding for the program expired. Though no states are expected to immediately run out of money, some are preparing to take initial steps to wind…

Senate Holds ‘Dreamers’ Hearing After Trump End To Program

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is opening its first hearing on young immigrants known as “Dreamers” since President Donald Trump announced plans to end a program protecting them – and called on Congress to come up with a solution. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa opened the hearing Tuesday saying that the program created by President Barack Obama…

Attorney General Marty Jackley Announces Governor Bid

In a press release Attorney General Marty Jackley stated that he  will officially announce he is running for governor of South Dakota with a statewide tour on Oct. 3-4th. “As your attorney general, I have fought to keep the streets of our communities safe for your children,” said Jackley. “Now I want to fight for their future.” Jackley says the…

Health Secretary Price Resigns Amid Travel Investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s health secretary has resigned, after his travel on costly charter flights triggered investigations and angered his boss. Tom Price’s partial repayment and public regrets couldn’t save his job. The Health and Human Services secretary became the first member of the president’s Cabinet to leave office in a turbulent young administration that has seen several…

New Senate GOP Budget Would Pave Way For Tax Rewrite

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republicans have unveiled a budget plan that’s the first step to overhaul the nation’s tax system. An overhaul is the top legislative priority for President Donald Trump and the GOP. House and Senate passage of the budget blueprint would allow Republicans to pass follow-on tax legislation later this year. The ambitious tax plan would lower rates…

Thune Introduces Legislation Aimed At Reforming TSA, Improving Passenger Experience

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Senator John Thune has introduced legislation aimed at reforming the TSA and improving passenger experiences. The “TSA Modernization Act” includes making it easier for passengers to enroll in the TSA pre-check program and making wait times available online. The bill would also address a shortage of trained K9 units, implement new security technology, and…

Iowa’s Proposed Medicaid Cut Could Signal New GOP Strategy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s effort to cut a key Medicaid benefit could foreshadow other state-level efforts to change the safety net program after Congress repeatedly failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Federal health officials could decide as early as this week whether to back Iowa’s proposal. It would reduce retroactive payments for poor or disabled residents eligible…

Trump Admin Defends New Refugee Cap Of 45,000 In Coming Year

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is defending its decision to dramatically curtail the number of refugees allowed into the United States to 45,000 next year, even as global humanitarian groups say it’s far too low. U.S. officials say the new cap advances national security interests and reflects the country’s capacity to properly screen and take in refugees. They say…