South Dakota passes law to discourage Keystone XL protests

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is poised to approve laws aimed at potential protests against the planned Keystone XL oil pipeline, seeking to prevent disruptive demonstrations like those against the...

Panel passes bills aimed at possible Keystone XL protests

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota legislative panel voted Wednesday to endorse bills proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem aimed at preparing for potential protests over the Keystone XL oil pipeline despite o...

South Dakota senators scrap ban on teaching gender dysphoria

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota Senate panel rejected a bill Friday to limit teaching about gender dysphoria in public schools after a transgender high school student told members that passing the ...

South Dakota House OKs limits on teaching gender dysphoria

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would prohibit public school instruction about gender dysphoria through seventh grade. The House voted 3...

Democrat: Keystone XL developer should pay into cleanup fund

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers should require the Keystone XL pipeline's developer to pay into a state oil spill cleanup fund and impose more regulations on so-called man camps, the state ...

Woman seeks state survivor benefits after wife's death

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A retired South Dakota police officer asked the state's Supreme Court Tuesday to allow her to collect state retirement system survivor benefits after her wife, a former police capt...

South Dakota citizens renew ballot battle with lawmakers

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — After watching South Dakota Republicans undo government ethics rules that voters had just imposed, Jennifer Krauel was angry enough to volunteer for a new anti-corruption ballot...

South Dakota to carry out first execution since 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man who killed a South Dakota prison guard in a failed escape seven years ago is scheduled to be executed Monday after dropping his death penalty appeal. R...

South Dakota Democrat Sutton courts cross-party support

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — With a cowboy's appeal and a carefully tailored image as a moderate, Democrat Billie Sutton is waging a surprisingly successful campaign that's put his party within striking d...

Democrat to debate with rare shot at governor's race win

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The first debate in South Dakota's race for governor comes as Republican Kristi Noem is trying to punch holes in hard-charging Democrat Billie Sutton's moderate image. ...

South Dakota board to hear first 'compassionate parole' case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man sentenced in 1999 to nearly 60 years in prison for molesting boys while working as a counselor at a juvenile correctional center will be the first person to...

Cowboy turned lawmaker hopes to be South Dakota governor

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Billie Sutton planned to be a world champion saddle bronc rider, but a rodeo accident that claimed his burgeoning career and his ability to walk led instead to a political ris...

Suspected Russian agent has ties to South Dakota businessman

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A conservative political operative who once worked on Pat Buchanan's 1992 presidential campaign and made an action movie with Jack Abramoff more recently helped arrange several spe...

South Dakota considers ban on teaching about gender identity

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers will consider banning public school teaching on gender identity in elementary and middle schools, a push that critics say targets transgender students in the...

Lawmakers, citizens split in ballot measure power struggle

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — Lawmakers in several states this year have brushed aside voter measures, with some working to hamper citizens' ability to pass future ballot questions. Legisla...