Politics

North Dakota Legislature passes transgender sports bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Legislature has passed a bill restricting transgender girls from participating in public elementary and secondary school sports and sent the legislation to Gov. Doug Burgum. The House passed the bill Wednesday and the…

US expels Russian diplomats, imposes new round of sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is announcing the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and sanctions against dozens of people and companies. The moves are to hold the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year’s presidential election and the hacking…

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…

WATCH LIVE: President Biden on Afghanistan

Watch live coverage as President Biden delivers remarks on the way forward in Afghanistan and is expected to announce plans for a withdrawal of American troops.

Northern Hills Elections

NORTHERN HILLS, S.D. — Several cities in the Northern Hills are holding municipal and school board elections Tuesday, April 13. Spearfish 2021 Municipal and School Board Election A Municipal and School Board Election…

US to leave troops in Afghanistan beyond May, 9/11 new goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say President Joe Biden has decided to leave American troops in Afghanistan beyond the May 1 deadline negotiated with the Taliban by the Trump administration. The officials say Biden has set the 20th anniversary of…

Gov. Noem asks President Biden to uphold Mount Rushmore fireworks agreement

PIERRE, S.D. –On the occasion of President Thomas Jefferson’s birthday Tuesday, Governor Kristi Noem sent this letter to President Biden advocating for South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration. “This year, as we mark our independence from [COVID-19], Mount Rushmore would be the…

Trump: The key to Republican success is more Trumpism

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is staking his claim to the Republican Party in a closed-door speech to donors Saturday night, casting his populist policies and attack-dog politics as the key to future Republican success. That…

Noem names Scheibe as Chief of Staff effective May 1

  PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem announced on Thursday that she will name Aaron P. Scheibe as her Chief of Staff effective May 1. Scheibe will replace Tony Venhuizen, who Noem named earlier this week to the South Dakota…

SD Supreme Court to hear recreational marijuana case this month

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court is expected to decide the fate of a voter-approved constitutional amendment legalizing recreational marijuana this spring. The justices will hear oral arguments in a challenge to the amendment on April 28…

Capitol attack raises questions of security vs public access

Police stand guard after holding off Trump supporters who tried to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of…

Biden admin lauds talks on readmitting US to Iran nuke deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is welcoming an EU announcement that participants in the Iran nuclear deal will meet this week to discuss a possible return of the United States to the 2015 accord. Friday's virtual meeting of officials…

Biden announces huge infrastructure plan to 'win the future'

PITTSBURGH (AP) — President Joe Biden has outlined a huge $2.3 trillion plan to reengineer the nation’s infrastructure over the next eight years. He's billing it as a “once in a generation investment in America” that will help the U.S.…

North Dakota Senate turns transgender bill into study

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has agreed to turn a transgender sports bill into a study. The bill aimed to prohibit a publicly funded school or entity from knowingly allowing a person under 18 to play on…

Governor Noem signs four pro-life bills into law

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has signed four pro-life bills into law, including HB 1110, which bans abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome. “The Declaration of Independence summarizes what we all know in our hearts to be…

Governor Noem signs rural broadband funding into law

PIERRE, S.D. –  Governor Kristi Noem has signed SB 34, which provides $75 million in funding for rural access to high-speed broadband, into law.   “South Dakota is Open for Business!” said Governor Noem. “We’re finishing our efforts to connect the…

WATCH: President Biden Press Conference

WASHINGTON -- Watch live coverage as President Biden holds his first press conference since taking office. President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic during a prime-time address from the East Room of the White House,…

USDA announces ‘Pandemic Assistance for Producers’ initiative

WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions. The new initiative—USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers—will…

Photos of migrant detention highlight Biden's border secrecy

This March 20, 2021, photo provided by the Office of Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, shows detainees in a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) temporary overflow facility in Donna, Texas. President Joe Biden's administration faces mounting criticism…

WATCH: Gov. Noem proposes new law from Sioux Falls

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem is scheduled to speak at 9:30 a.m. MT from Sioux Falls to propose a new law concerning youth sports. The announcement will include participation from 4-time LPGA Player of the Year Nancy Lopez, former…

House rescinds ratification of Equal Rights Amendment

BISMARK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota House has voted to rescind the state’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, declaring that it expired in 1979. The state Democratic-NPL Party blasted the action late Friday, calling it an “assault on…

Burns confirmed as CIA director as US faces diverse threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Without opposition, the Senate has confirmed veteran diplomat William Burns as CIA director. That gives Burns control of the nation’s premier spy agency as the U.S. government confronts threats from China, Russia, Iran and elsewhere. Burns is…