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Rounds Surrenders Illegal Campaign Contributions

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds was among federal candidates surrendering campaign donations after learning the money was illegally contributed, The Republican senator returned $18,500 in contributions received between 2009 and 2014 from executives at the…

Jackley Tours Businesses Ahead Of Economic Forum

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota Attorney General and candidate for Governor, Marty Jackley, toured several Sioux Empire businesses today ahead of his economic forum. He met with Lloyd Companies, as well as, SAB Biotherapeutics. He also toured recent Eco…

Minnesota Legislature Considering 5 Bills Related To Guns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The deadly school shooting in Florida has revived discussion over gun control and highlighted Minnesota's pending bills on the issue. The Pioneer Press reports that there are at least five bills currently on file this…

Senate Rejects Trump Immigration Measure

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has rejected President Donald Trump's immigration bill. That means the chamber has now rejected four separate immigration proposals, suggesting that its long-awaited debate on the issue could well end in gridlock. The vote on Trump's…

Lawmakers Encourage Sentinel Programs After Florida Shooting

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota legislative leaders are encouraging school districts to allow approved employees to carry guns after a shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people. South Dakota Senate Majority Leader Blake Curd said Thursday…

Trump Pushes Senate On 'Merit-Based Immigration'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says Congress should be - in his words - "strongly considering a system of Merit Based Immigration" as the Senate works on an immigration plan to protect young "Dreamers." The president says on Twitter…

South Dakota Bid To Ban Gender Identity Teaching Shelved

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota lawmaker is dropping a plan that would have made the state the first to ban public schools from teaching about gender identity in elementary and middle schools. Republican Sen. Phil Jensen rewrote his…

House Passes Out-Of-State Money Cap For Ballot Questions

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A bill to restrict the flow of money from outside South Dakota into the state's ballot question campaigns is moving forward after faltering in the state House. The bill passed out of the chamber Wednesday with…

South Dakota Senate Panel Rejects Bathroom Sign Requirement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Senate lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have mandated public restroom doors be posted notifying bathroom users that a person of the opposite sex may be inside. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted…

South Dakota, Marsy's Law Campaign Reach Amendment Deal

PIERRE,S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers have advanced changes to a constitutional bill of rights for crime victims under an agreement with the group that campaigned to pass the measure. South Dakota would be the first state to change "Marsy's…

Iowa Governor Releases Plan To Cut $1.7B In State Taxes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has released a tax plan that her staff says would reduce individual income taxes in the state by $1.7 billion by 2023. The Republican governor released a 107-page bill Tuesday. It's…

Trump Fights Releasing Details On National Monument Decision

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The U.S. government says it doesn't have to release documents involving legal arguments for President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments because they're protected presidential communications. The Department of Justice made a more detailed request…

Panel Projects More Money Available For South Dakota Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota lawmakers are projecting they will have more money available than previously anticipated when they craft the state budget. The Legislature's Joint Committee on Appropriations set state revenue projections Tuesday that are millions of dollars…

Trump's 2019 Budget Slashes EPA Funding

WASHINGTON (AP) - Climate change research is on the Environmental Protection Agency's chopping block. Trump's proposed 2019 budget calls for slashing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by more than one third, including ending the Climate Change Research and Partnership…

Retired Generals, Vets Urge Against US Aid Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 150 retired U.S. general and admirals and more than 1,200 veterans are urging the Trump administration not to make steep cuts to the State Department, foreign aid and other overseas programs. In separate letters, the…

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