Politics

Trump Administration Appeals Ruling On Young Immigrants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Trump administration is appealing a judge’s ruling temporarily blocking its decision to end protections for nearly 800,000 young immigrants. Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice said in a court filing Tuesday that they were appealing to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The DOJ in a separate news release said it…

Lawmakers Delay Action On Data Breach Legislation

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative panel has delayed action on a bill that would require companies to inform South Dakota residents whose personal information was acquired in a data breach. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to take up the proposal again Thursday. Attorney General Marty Jackley’s bill would require affected South Dakotans be notified within 60 days. The plan…

Lawmakers May Take Up Campus Speech, Ballot Question Bills

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers will attend sexual harassment training this week and could consider bills on ballot questions and free speech on campus. Legislators return Tuesday to the Capitol. Thirty lawmakers are backing a bill that supporters say would promote the free expression of ideas on college campuses. The plan says people can freely engage in “expressive…

Representative Kristi Noem Speaks to Walleyes Unlimited

Sioux Falls, S.D.- A South Dakota representative was in Sioux Falls today to speak to a South Dakota organization. Representative Kristi Noem spoke at the Scheels conference room to people from South Dakota Walleyes Unlimited. Many topics Noem discussed with members in a question and answer included the tax reform bill, lead tackle for fishing and meandered versus non-meandered waters in…

Trump Convenes Experts On Overhaul Of Nation’s Prison System

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is convening a group of governors, criminal justice experts and faith-based leaders to discuss ways of overhauling the nation’s prison system with an eye toward reducing the rate of recidivism. While Trump has put forward a tough-on-crime message his first year in office, the White House views changes to the prison system as an…

State Lawmakers To Re-Examine Harassment Rules, Get Training

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers this session will attend sexual harassment training and plan to re-examine anti-harassment rules. The moves come after news reports about women who experienced sexism and harassment around the statehouse. The training for lawmakers and their staff – it’s only required for staff – will happen in January. Senate President Pro Tempore Brock Greenfield…

Justice: Meth, Prescription Drugs A ‘New Wave Of Evil’

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Supreme Court’s chief justice says an explosion of meth and prescription drugs is a “new wave of evil” that has descended upon state residents. Chief Justice David Gilbertson said Wednesday in his State of the Judiciary message that addiction to meth and prescription drugs continues despite efforts by law enforcement and the court…

How Governor’s Proposals Could Spark Growth of South Dakota Breweries

YANKTON, S.D. – Less than two minutes of the Governor’s State of the State address Tuesday addressed micro-breweries in South Dakota. The Governor says he plans to “peel back red tape” in the industry to allow home-grown breweries to expand. Now some area beer makers say those two minutes could dramatically change their businesses for years to come. “Our most…

Medicaid, Workforce Development, Non-Meandering Waters Among Governor’s 2018 Issues

PIERRE, S.D. – Lawmakers convened in Pierre Tuesday to kick off the 2018 Legislative Session. Governor Dennis Daugaard addressed lawmakers in the house and senate for his final State of the State speech. “Before us comes so many issues. Deferred maintenance, highways, criminal justice, teacher pay that can’t be solved in one year, but a start must be made,” said…

Gov. Daugaard Stresses Workforce Development, Bipartisanship In Final State of the State Address

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Dennis Daugaard delivered his final State of the State Address today as the legislative session kicked off in Pierre. The Governor outlined some of the things he would like to see this session, like further developing the state’s workforce. Daugaard says there is a shortage of workers in the state and a low number of those…

Gov. Daugaard Seeking Medicaid Work Requirement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says South Dakota is asking the Trump administration to allow the state to require some Medicaid health coverage recipients to work to obtain the benefits. Daugaard announced the proposal Tuesday during his State of the State address. He says the change would apply to about 4,500 low-income, able-bodied parents who aren’t caring for…

State Senate Democrat Proposes Anti-Harassment Rules Change

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s top Senate Democrat has proposed new legislative rules that would have the nonpartisan legislative staff agency conduct investigations into allegations of harassment. Senate Minority Leader Billie Sutton outlined the change Tuesday to the Joint Legislative Procedure Committee. The panel didn’t immediately vote on the proposal. The new rules would apply to the harassment of…

Trump Suggests 2-Phase Immigration Deal For ‘Dreamers’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is suggesting that an immigration deal could be tackled in two phases – first by taking care of the so-called Dreamers and border security, then by making comprehensive reforms to the immigration system. Trump on Tuesday held a lengthy meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on immigration. The president says he would need…

Governor To Give Annual State Of The State Address

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to give his annual State of the State address to lawmakers in Pierre. The speech in the state House chamber will be held Tuesday, when lawmakers gather for the 2018 legislative session. It’s the Republican governor’s final session in office. It runs until lawmakers adjourn in late March. Daugaard tells the…

GOP Lawmaker Starting Group On Immigration, Refugee Programs

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State Sen. Neal Tapio says he will form a legislative work group to examine state immigration and refugee resettlement programs in South Dakota. The Republican from Watertown said Monday the group would analyze the programs’ “financial and societal” effects on state and local governments. Tapio says the group will be made up of lawmakers, but won’t…

Warrants Issued for “Persons of Interest” in Double Fatal Shooting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Warrants have been issued for Manuel Jesus Frias, 34 years old, and Maria Shantel LeClaire, 27 years old. Frias and LeClaire were initially names persons of interest in Friday’s double fatal shooting. Frias’ warrant is $1 million cash for 1st degree Murder. LeClaire’s warrant is $500,000 cash for accessory to 1st degree Robbery. Police ask if…

Mayor Mike Huether to Announce Future Plans on Monday

Huether was elected to the office of mayor in 2010 and reelected in 2014. His term will expire this may.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether is expected to announce Monday his future plans. Huether will hold a press conference at the City Hall Commission Room at 11 a.m. Monday to announce what’s next for his career. Huether was elected to the office of mayor in 2010 and reelected in 2014. His term will expire this may….

Jackley’s Gubernatorial Campaign Raises $1M In 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today his campaign has reached a record fundraising level in the governor’s race. His campaign office says they raised over $1M in 2017, which breaks the single-year record for money raised by a gubernatorial campaign in a primary. The second highest was fundraised by current Governor Dennis Daugaard in 2013,…