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03/05/15 04:43 PM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Three Sioux Falls residents have been indicted on drug and child abuse charges following reports from social workers who said say they found a bag of meth in a child's diaper.

Alex Robinson, Naomi Redowl and McKeasha Parks were charged in a two-count indictment. Authorities allege that social workers found a small bag of methamphetamine in the diaper of the
03/05/15 09:44 AM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The University of South Dakota is becoming the first college in the state to offer gender-neutral housing.

Director of University Housing Todd Tucker says that allowing all students to live together regardless of gender will give more options to students, particularly those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

He says the option will
03/04/15 03:53 PM
Rapid City, S.D. – At around 10:30 a.m. on March 3rd, police were dispatched to Memorial Park for a report of a deceased subject that was found in the area. Police located the body in the southeast corner of Memorial Park, near the intersection of 5th Street and Omaha Street.
The deceased has been identified as 55-year-old Webster Allen Twohawk of Rapid City.
An autopsy
03/04/15 03:51 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate has failed to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The 62-37 vote Wednesday was the latest chapter in the fight between the GOP-led Congress and the White House over energy policy. It was the first of many possible veto showdowns to come in Obama's final
03/04/15 11:32 AM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A state House committee has approved a measure aimed at making child sexual abuse reporting clearer but has defeated a plan to authorize more time to study how to address the issue in South Dakota.

The House State Affairs Committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a plan that would require a mandatory reporter who first hears a child's account of
03/04/15 10:31 AM
PIERRE, S.D., -- The South Dakota Commission on Gaming announces the 2015 annual funding release from Gaming Tax Revenues in South Dakota.

“The Department of Revenue enjoys an excellent relationship with Black Hills schools and municipalities,” Andy Gerlach, Secretary of the Department of Revenue said. “We are enthusiastic to help distribute funding and help create funding
03/04/15 10:04 AM
The Civic Center held its final coffee talk session Tuesday morning, leading into next Tuesday's vote on the proposed Civic Center expansion project. While topics like financing were discussed, the session kept gravitating to debates over how the cam
03/03/15 04:11 PM
Rapid City, S.D. – At around 10:30 a.m. on March 3rd, police were dispatched to Memorial Park for a report of a deceased subject that was found in the area. Police located the body in the southeast corner of Memorial Park, near the intersection of 5th Street and Omaha Street.
The deceased is a Native American male in his mid-50s. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the man’s
03/03/15 12:54 PM
Rapid City, S.D. – At around 1:00 am on Feb. 28th, Rapid City Police responded to a report of a gunshot victim at 819 ½ Blaine Ave. Upon entry to the house, officers located the male victim who had a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was later identified as 22-year-old Colton Strangerhorse of Rapid City.
A thorough investigation was conducted by the RCPD and the
03/03/15 11:47 AM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A man accused of failing to seek medical attention for his 20-month-old son who was repeatedly abused and died as a result of the physical mistreatment inflicted by his mother is scheduled to change his plea.

Francis Swan is expected to plead guilty to a felony child abuse charge Tuesday in federal court in Pierre. The charge stems from the October death of his son
03/03/15 11:33 AM
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Senate has advanced a bill that would allow schools and local governments to set policies allowing people who hold concealed carry permits to carry guns onto school grounds or into most public buildings.

The Senate on Monday approved a substitute bill replacing one that already has cleared the Wyoming House. The House version would have allowed
03/03/15 11:26 AM
WASHINGTON | The Obama administration is considering banning a type of ammunition used in one of the most popular types of rifles because it says the bullets can pierce a police officer's protective vest when fired from a handgun.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is proposing the ban of some types of 5.56 mm rounds — or .223-caliber — used in widely
03/02/15 12:09 PM
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley says the U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal by Rodney Berget.

Berget was sentenced to die for his role in killing State Penitentiary guard Ronald Johnson during an April 2011 escape attempt. Berget is to die by lethal injection the week of May 3.

Jackley says the Supreme Court rejected Berget's request to overturn his
03/02/15 10:56 AM
A bill, HB 1186, to revise an appropriation made to the Science and Technology Authority was up for a second reading before legislators this week. In 2004, the state acquired the Homestake Mine property with the condition that the state put 10-million do
02/27/15 02:42 PM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A former Sioux Falls middle school teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual contact with a child younger than 16.

Thirty-three-year-old Tonya Drueppel was charged in a five-count indictment in February 2014. Authorities say Drueppel developed a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl between
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