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01/19/17 05:31 PM
EDGEMONT, S.D. (AP) — BNSF Railway has released the names of two employees who were struck and killed by a train in South Dakota.

The railroad on Thursday identified the victims as 35-year-old gang foreman Richard Lessert and 58-year-old motor vehicle operator Douglas Schmitz. Lessert had 10 years of service with BNSF while Schmitz was employed by the railroad for 39 years.

BNSF says
01/19/17 10:36 AM
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A group of about two dozen North Dakota landowners is suing the developer of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline for alleged deceit and fraud in acquiring land easements.

Already, landowners in Iowa await a state judge's ruling in another easement case regarding the $3.8 billion, four-state pipeline. Other court battles are playing out in federal court
01/18/17 06:23 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House decided Wednesday to investigate a Republican representative who said he had sexual contact with interns during the past two legislative sessions.

Lawmakers voted to form a select committee on discipline and expulsion to investigate the conduct of state Rep. Mathew Wollmann. House Majority Leader Lee Qualm said on the House floor that Wollmann
01/18/17 10:43 AM
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A gas station clerk has been stabbed to death during a robbery in Rapid City. Rapid City Police Chief Karl Jegeris says in a video posted on his department's Facebook page that a suspect or suspects are now in custody, b
01/18/17 10:41 AM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials are optimistic that a 1992 Supreme Court ruling saying sales taxes can't be collected from companies not physically present in the state can be overturned.

The Argus Leader ( ) reports District Court Judge Roberto Lange ordered on Tuesday that a state-filed lawsuit requiring four out-of-state internet companies
01/17/17 02:53 PM
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company building the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a federal judge to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from launching a full environmental study of the $3.8 billion pipeline's disputed crossing of a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners asked U.S. District Judge James Boasberg on Tuesday to stop the Corps
01/17/17 10:40 AM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would move back the date that ballot initiatives take effect in South Dakota.

The bill introduced this week comes after initiatives including a victims' rights constitutional amendment and a government ethics overhaul that passed in November caused confusion for state and local officials when they took effect shortly
01/16/17 01:49 PM
SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — An 11-year-old promise by a former South Dakota official to never charge the public a fee for access to some parts of Spearfish Canyon is up for debate during discussion of a proposal to turn the canyon into a state park. For
01/14/17 07:44 AM
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Police allege in court filings that opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline made threats against officers and public officials in North Dakota last year, prompting additional security for the state's governor.

The filings are part of a lawsuit filed in November by pipeline protesters who accuse police of excessive force in a Nov. 20 clash over a blockaded
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01/12/17 07:31 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Dusty Johnson's congressional campaign says he's raised more than $100,000 since entering the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem in 2018. Johnson's campaign said Thursday that he raised the money during the fourth

Daugaard: Amazon to begin collecting taxes in South Dakota

01/10/17 05:06 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon has agreed to begin collecting state and local sales taxes on purchases in South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Tuesday in his State of the State address.
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