Politics & Elections

Impeachment Testimony Wraps Up After 5 Hours

WASHINGTON (AP) - Testimony in the House's first public impeachment hearing has ended, with more hearings to come. State Department officials William Taylor and George Kent testified for more than five hours Wednesday about their concerns with President Donald Trump's…

Clara Hart to Announce Senate Candidacy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The race for Mike Rounds' Senate seat is heating up as another challenger has come forward. Clara Hart of Sioux Falls plans to announce her bid for the Democratic nomination. Hart has spent more than 31…

Top Democrat Assails Trump's $16B Trade Bailout for Farmers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A top Democrat says President Donald Trump's $16 billion bailout for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly picks winners and losers, pitting the South against the North and small farms against wealthy producers. Sen.…

South Dakota State-Tribal Relations Body to Meet

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota's State-Tribal Relations body is meeting in Pierre to discuss ways the state can work with Native American groups. Tuesday's meeting is the first since tension between Gov. Kristi Noem and some tribes over…

Clara Hart to Announce U.S. Senate Candidacy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The race for Mike Rounds' Senate seat appears to be picking up another challenger. Clara Hart of Sioux Falls plans to announce her bid for the Democratic nomination on Thursday. Dan Ahlers of Dell Rapids is…

Judge Dismisses Trump Lawsuit Against NY Over Tax Returns

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit from President Donald Trump against New York officials aimed at preventing the release of his tax returns. The judge ruled that the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.,…

Congress Approves Bill Expanding Animal Cruelty Law

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The bill would expand a 2010 law that made creation or distribution of so-called "animal crushing" videos illegal. The new bill would make…

White House Downplays Shutdown Chances

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is signaling it's not interested in a government shutdown when a temporary government-wide spending bill expires Nov. 21. White House congressional liaison Eric Ueland told reporters that President Donald Trump would sign another short-term…

Former South Dakota Lawmaker Gene Abdallah Passes Away at 83

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Former state lawmaker Gene Abdallah died Saturday morning. Abdallah's son, Scott Abdallah, shared the information with KSFY Saturday morning. Abdallah was 83 years old. Abdallah leaves behind a long list of accomplishments. He served the Minnehaha…

US Finalizing Rule to Allow Farmers to Legally Grow Hemp

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. agriculture officials say a rule that allows farmers to legally grow hemp will be finalized this week. It's a move that many states have awaited for months so they can begin widespread hemp production.…

State Sen. Solano Resigns; Noem Seeks Input on Replacement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota state Sen. Alan Solano of Rapid City has announced his resignation. Solano said Monday he will resign his Senate seat effective Nov. 30. The Republican has represented District 32 since 2014. Solano said he's…

DeVos Held in Contempt of Court in Loan Forgiveness Dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge has held Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt of court for violating an order to stop collecting loans from thousands of former for-profit college students. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim issued the ruling Thursday…

Facebook Defends Policy Allowing False Political Ads

Facebook is defending its policy of not fact checking political ads or politicians' comments after CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced withering criticism from Democratic legislators. In a statement to the Associated Press Thursday, Facebook says a private company shouldn't censor politicians,…

South Dakota, ACLU Settle Suit Over 'Riot-Boosting' Laws

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota has resolved a lawsuit over laws aimed at potential demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline by agreeing not to enforce much of the laws. The laws passed this year allow criminal or civil…

Pence Takes Swipe at NBA and Nike in Speech on China

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Mike Pence took a swipe at Nike and the NBA in a speech criticizing China's record on trade and human rights. Pence singled out the shoe company for removing Houston Rockets merchandise from stores in…

North Dakota Gov. Burgum Seeking Reelection

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Doug Burgum has announced his plans to seek reelection in 2020. In a video announcement posted on YouTube Thursday, Burgum highlights accomplishments since he and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford took office three years ago. Burgum…

Trump Lifts Sanctions on Turkey, Says Cease-Fire Permanent

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says Turkey has informed the U.S. it will make "permanent" a five-day cease-fire in Syria. In response, he says he's directing the lifting of economic sanctions on Turkey. Claiming success at the U.S.-brokered effort,…

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