Politics

Oglala Tribe issues stay-at-home order due to COVID increase

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux Tribe is asking all tribal members on the Pine Ridge Reservation to shelter in place following a spike in COVID-19 cases. The initial stay-at-home order issued earlier this week by Oglala Vice…

Spirit Lake Sioux tribe sues North Dakota over voting rules

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe on Tuesday sued the state of North Dakota over its voting identification requirements, part of a larger effort to ensure American Indians can vote in next week's election in the wake…

House OKs debt and funding plan, inviting clash with GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved legislation to fund the government, suspend its borrowing limit and provide federal disaster and refugee aid. Republicans in the Senate are expected to block the measure, however, as Congress works to avoid a…

Post-Trump, Democrats push to curb presidential powers

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats say they will vote on legislation this fall to curb the power of the president, an effort to rein in executive powers that they say President Donald Trump abused. The legislation is expected to be…

Land agency moving back to DC, reversing Trump-era decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is moving the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management, which oversees 245 million acres in Western states, back to the nation’s capital after two years in Colorado. The land management agency has…

Small agency, big job: Biden tasks OSHA with vaccine mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t make many headlines. Charged with keeping America’s workplaces safe, it sets and enforces standards for goggles, hardhats and ladders. Now the tiny Labor Department agency has been tossed into the…

South Dakota lawmakers reject a handful of medical pot rules

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers have rejected a handful of rules proposals governing medical marijuana from Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration but approved the bulk of the program. The Legislature’s Rules Review Committee, which is responsible for approving…

Fence returning to Capitol amid 'online chatter' about rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional security officials have approved the reinstallation of a temporary fence around the Capitol as they prepare for a Saturday rally in defense of the insurrectionists who stormed the building on Jan. 6. The Capitol Police said…

Congressional leaders remember 9/11 on Capitol steps

From left, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., and other Members of Congress arrive…

US will give aircraft companies $482 million for pandemic

The Biden administration says it will give $482 million to aviation manufacturers to help save jobs at companies that are still struggling because of the pandemic. The Transportation Department said Monday that companies getting the money must not lay off…

US budget deficit rises to $2.71 trillion through August

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department says the U.S. budget deficit rose to $2.71 trillion through August. The deficit remains on track to be the second largest in history due to trillions of dollars in…

Thune critical of Dems' $3.5T reconciliation package

SPEARFISH, S.D. — South Dakota Senator John Thune telling NewsCenter1 he believes the Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget bill is an unnecessary expansion of government. President Biden previously claimed his "Build Back Better" bill…

Biden: GOP governors 'cavalier' for resisting vaccine rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is calling some Republican governors “cavalier” for resisting his call for far-ranging new federal vaccine requirements he hopes will finally contain the surging delta variant. Biden visited Brookland Middle School on Friday, just a…

Trump endorses GOP challenger to Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney

FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file photo, Harriet Hageman addresses a meeting of the Wyoming Business Alliance in Casper, Wyo. Former President Donald Trump has chosen Hageman, a favored candidate in his bid to…

Noem appoints Pennington prosecutor as circuit court judge

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed a Pennington County prosecutor to the 7th Judicial Circuit that covers the western region of the state. Stacy Vinberg Wickre has been a deputy state’s attorney in Pennington…

Biden requiring federal workers to get COVID shot

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is toughening COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal workers and contractors as he aims to boost vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant that is killing thousands each week and jeopardizing the nation’s economic recovery.…

Biden moves to oust Trump military academy board appointees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has moved to oust 18 allies of Donald Trump who were named to U.S. military academy boards in the final months of the Republican president’s term in office. Cathy Russell, the director of the…

Supreme Court hanging up phone, back to in-person arguments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The justices are putting the “court” back in Supreme Court. The high court announced Wednesday that the justices plan to return to their majestic, marble courtroom for arguments beginning in October, more than a year and a…

Governor Noem orders restrictions on abortion meds

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has issued an executive order to restrict access to abortion medication and make it clear that medicine-induced abortions fall within state law requiring an in-person consultation with a physician. The…

Vatican won't say if women can vote in 2023 church meeting

ROME (AP) — Vatican officials are refusing to say whether women will have a vote when Pope Francis convenes the Catholic hierarchy and experts to the Vatican for a meeting on the Catholic church in 2023. For years, women activists…

LGBTQ rights group president fired over ties to Cuomo

NEW YORK (AP) — The board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ-rights organization, has fired its president because of developments related to the sexual harassment case…

Senator John Thune talks about infrastructure

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Providing broadband access to smaller farming and ranching communities has been a top priority for South Dakota Senator John Thune. Before becoming the number-two Republican in the Senate, Thune chaired…

WATCH: President Biden speaks on Afghanistan

Watch live coverage as President Biden delivers remarks on ending the war in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US forces in the country. President Biden remarks on the crisis in Afghanistan, Photo Date: 8/20/2021 Washington Post…

EU takes US off safe travel list; backs travel restrictions

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has recommended that its 27 nations reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronavirus infections there. The decision by the European Council to remove the U.S. from a safe list of…

Governor Noem files brief in Mount Rushmore fireworks appeal

PIERRE, S.D. — On Monday, Governor Kristi Noem filed the first brief in her appeal of the federal decision to halt July 4 fireworks at Mount Rushmore. “The Biden Administration cancelled South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration on completely arbitrary…

North Dakota Senate leader expects redistricting session

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Senate majority leader expects fellow Republican Gov. Doug Burgum to call a fall special session for legislative redistricting. Senator Rich Wardner says it will ensure  lawmakers will have as much time as they need…