Politics

South Dakota lawmakers, cities warm to marijuana plans

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is waiting for a state Supreme Court decision on whether recreational marijuana will become legal in July. But state lawmakers and city governments are moving forward with their own pot plans. Officials statewide…

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…

Pennington County Republican Women host Home Rule debate

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Pennington County Republican Women holding a debate on Home Rule Thursday at the Alex Johnson. Those in favor and against Home Rule attended, all in hopes of bringing the issue in full scope to the…

House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House has passed legislation to repeal the 2002 authorization for use of military force in Iraq. Supporters say the repeal is necessary for Congress to reassert its constitutional duty to weigh in on matters of…

Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Obama health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has dismissed a challenge to the Obama era health care law, preserving insurance coverage for millions of Americans. The justices left the entire law intact Thursday in ruling that Texas, other Republican-led states and…

Rounds' RESPECT Act passes out of Senate with unanimous vote

WASHINGTON — Senator Mike Rounds' bill that would repeal outdated or discriminatory laws targeting Native Americans is one step closer to becoming law. The RESPECT Act - or Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging…

US closes Trump-era office for victims of immigrant crime

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Biden administration says it has dismantled a Trump-era government office that was created to help victims of crimes committed by immigrants. The move is symbolic of President Joe Biden’s rejection of former President Donald Trump’s…

New federal COVID-19 safety rules exempt most employers

NEW YORK (AP) — The Biden administration has exempted most employers from long-awaited rules for protecting workers from the coronavirus. The move has angered labor advocates who had spent more than a year lobbying for the protections. The Labor Department…

Governor Noem announces new opportunities for South Dakota meat

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced Thursday that certain South Dakota state-inspected meat processors will have the opportunity to ship their meat across state lines. South Dakota and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)…

US increasingly unlikely to meet Biden's July 4 vax goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, President Joe Biden has laid out goal after goal for taming the coronavirus pandemic and then exceeded his own benchmarks. Now, though, the U.S. is on pace to fall short of his aim to have…

Larry Larson secures next term as Box Elder Mayor

BOX ELDER, S.D. -- According to the City of Box Elder Facebook page, incumbent Larry Larson has secured his next term as Mayor. Larson received 290 out of 470 total votes. Scott Allen received 180 votes.

Rapid City Area School Board elections

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City School board elections are finally here, and over the past week, candidates have been seen increasingly over the past week campaigning. Official election day is Tuesday, June 8th,…

South Dakota lawmakers reject school rules for medical pot

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers have rejected rules proposed by Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration that would have set parameters students who need to use medical marijuana at school. A legislative committee on Monday sent the rules back…

Supreme Court rules against immigrants with temporary status

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court has ruled that thousands of people living in the U.S. for humanitarian reasons are ineligible to apply to become permanent residents. Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court Monday that federal immigration law…

Governor Noem announces $5 Million for South Dakota meat processors

PIERRE S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announced Thursday that a $5 million grant for small South Dakota meat processors would be made available through the state’s Coronavirus Relief Meat Processing Grant program. The Meat Processing Grant program provides eligible processors…

Meet the Candidates for Rapid City Area School Board

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Area School Board election is now less than a week away. Residents in Area 1, 2, 3, and 7 will cast their ballots on June 8, 2021. NewsCenter1 reached out to all 10…

Medical marijuana one month away from legalization

RAPID CITY, S.D. —  South Dakota is a month out from legalizing medical marijuana, but legislators still have questions they want answered. "As we dig into Initiated Measure 26, we see more…

Redistricting meetings begin in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Every 10 years, after the U.S. census data is released, South Dakota lawmakers meet to redraw legislative districts. The Senate Redistricting Committee held its first meeting Tuesday afternoon to begin the process. The 2020 Federal Census…

RCAS School Board Meet-and-Greet held Monday afternoon

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Four candidates for the Rapid City School Board came out for a meet-and-greet with voters Monday afternoon. Much of the conversation centered around history and civics. Deb Baker, Gabe…

GOP blocks bipartisan probe of Jan. 6 Capital riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have blocked the creation of a bipartisan panel to study the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The Senate fell sort of the 60 votes needed to consider a House-passed bill that would have formed…

Democrats push bill allowing college athletes to organize

College athletes would have the right to organize and collectively bargain with schools and conferences under a bill introduced Thursday by Democrats in the House and Senate. Senators Chris Murphy and Bernie Sanders announced the College Athletes Right to Organize…

Noem campaign takes fundraising to federal level

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s campaign has formed a federal political action committee, indicating her growing fundraising prowess and national ambitions. The Republican insists she is focused on getting reelected as governor next year, but…

Meet the Candidates for Box Elder Mayor

BOX ELDER, S.D. — Residents in Box Elder will head to the polls on June 8 to cast their vote for either incumbent Mayor Larry Larson, or his challenger, Scott Allen. NewsCenter1 reached out to Larson and Allen with a…

House narrowly approves $1.9B to fortify Capitol after riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has narrowly approved $1.9 billion to fortify the Capitol after the January 6 riot. Democrats pushed past opposition from Republicans to provide emergency funding to harden the complex with retractable fencing, a quick-response force and…

McConnell says he'll oppose Jan. 6 commission to probe riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he will oppose legislation to create 9/11-style commission on the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. That's a blow to Democrats who say an independent, bipartisan investigation of the…

In one-on-one interview, Thune talks business, tourism

RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota's senior senator, John Thune, recently spent time in the Black Hills area, meeting with local businesses and speaking with area stockgrowers. While in Rapid City, the second-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate sat…

Biden cancels Trump's planned 'Garden of American Heroes'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has put the kibosh on his predecessor’s planned “National Garden of American Heroes." He also revoked former President Donald Trump’s executive orders aimed at social media companies’ moderation policies and branding American foreign aid.…

Flags at half-staff for former SD legislator Charles Welke

PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem has ordered that flags at the State Capitol be flown at half-staff on Sunday, May 16 in honor of former South Dakota state legislator Charles "Chuck" Welke, who served as state senator from 2013…