South Dakota

SD Panel Approves Making Animal Cruelty a Felony

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has endorsed a measure that would make animal cruelty a felony in South Dakota, the only state without felony penalties for serious animal abuse. Similar bills have failed in past years. But this year’s bill was written with input from livestock producers and animal welfare...
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SD Panel Approves Child Sex Abuse Task Force

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s Senate Education Committee has unanimously approved a bill to establish a task force that would study the impact of child sexual abuse. The group would be named Jolene’s Law Task Force after Jolene Loetscher of Sioux Falls, a victim of sexual assault as a child. Members would meet...
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Deadwood Liquor Sales Bill Upsets Saloon Owners

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A bill in the South Dakota Legislature allowing Deadwood hotel bars to serve liquor 24 hours a day is drawing the ire of saloon owners who say the measure hurts them and discourages investment in the western gambling town’s downtown. The bill that passed the House on a 36-33...
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SD Lawmakers Look to Make Animal Cruelty a Felony

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A measure that would make animal cruelty a felony in South Dakota is getting its first hearing in the state Legislature. Similar bills have failed in past years. But this year’s bill was written with input from livestock producers and animal welfare groups. South Dakota law currently makes inhumane treatment...
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Dupree Man Sentenced For Child Abuse

PIERRE, S.D. — (US DOJ) United  States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Dupree, South Dakota, man convicted of Child Abuse was sentenced on February 10, 2014, by U.S. District Court Judge Roberto A. Lange. Allen White, a/k/a AJ White, age 25, was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in custody, 18...
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SD House Allows Crossbows in Firearm Hunting

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has passed a bill to allow for big game hunting with crossbows during firearm season. The measure received unanimous support and will go to the Senate next. Last week the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee passed it with no dissenting votes. Supporters of the bill...
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Attorney Says State Wants $15K for EB-5 Records

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Sioux Falls attorney says the state Board of Regents wants to charge him more than $15,000 to look for documents related to the federal EB-5 investment-for-green-cards program. Steven Sandven tells the Rapid City Journal that the state has already charged him more than $4,000 for records from the...
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SD House Advances Bill on Immigrant Prenatal Care

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – After a vigorous debate, the South Dakota House has passed a bill to provide prenatal health care for low-income women who are in the country illegally. Legislators have voted 46-22 to pass the bill. The Senate will review it next. Opponents of the bill say it will make South Dakota...
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SD Lawmakers Endorse Hearing on Development Agency

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a measure that calls for hearings to investigate the state’s economic development agency, including its involvement in issues related to the financing of a failed beef packing plant. The Senate voted 33-1 to approve a resolution urging the investigation. The House...
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Edmunds County Fatal Crash

IPSWICH, S.D. –  (SD Dept Public Safety) A Minnesota teen died in a one-vehicle crash on 125th Street about one-half mile west of S.D. Highway 45 northeast of Ipswich on Monday, Feb. 10. Vannah Decker, 15, of Gibbon, Minn., was the passenger in a 2000 GMC Jimmy driven by Janos Stahl, 17, of Ipswich. The...
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