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House votes to avert shutdown, but quick Senate OK in doubt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill that funds the government through Feb. 18 and avoids a short-term shutdown after midnight Friday. But quick passage of the measure in the Senate is in doubt because of a fight…

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…

Biden administration asks court to allow vaccine mandate

The Biden administration is asking a federal court to let it move ahead with a workplace rule that would require employees at larger companies to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or face weekly testing. The mandate is a centerpiece of the…

Official: More than 90% of fed workers got shots by deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 90% of federal workers have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Monday’s deadline set by President Joe Biden. Biden announced in September that all federal workers were required to undergo vaccination,…

Gov. Noem names new interim chief of staff

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem on Friday named Mark Miller interim chief of staff for the Governor's Office. Miller has served as general legal counsel to the Governor's Office since October 2020. He succeeds Aaron Scheibe, who…

Dems' sweeping social, climate bill passes divided House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House has approved the Democrats’ sweeping social and environment bill, a big victory for President Joe Biden. Republicans solidly opposed the measure, but Democrats prevailed after the party's progressives and moderates ended months of…

Cheyenne River Sioux chairman slams Biden's tribal summit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The chairman of a tribe in South Dakota is frustrated by President Joe Biden’s Tribal Nations Summit after he was unable to speak about the health care situation on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Tribal…

Noem's office lays out plan for $975M in federal virus funds

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration is looking to boost scores of infrastructure projects that address drinking water, sewage, broadband internet and emergency services as the state looks to spend nearly $1 billion in federal…

South Dakota Medical Cannabis Program issues first patients cards

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota's Medical Cannabis Program issued the first patient card to a resident of Day County, in accordance with SDCL 34-20G. Following its issuance on Thursday, the following statement was released:  “Today marks the culmination of months…

Primary challenger says Noem hasn't sided with conservatives

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Republican primary challenger to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Wednesday that the governor is bound to corporate interests and has repeatedly sided against conservatives. State Rep. Steve Haugaard, a Sioux Falls lawyer, told…

White House offering more aid for winter heat, utility bills

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is helping to distribute several billion dollars in aid for winter heating and utility bills. It's an unprecedented sum that comes largely from the administration's $1.9 trillion coronavirus…

Tribes welcome infusion of money in infrastructure bill

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The massive infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden signed this week includes billions of dollars to address long-standing issues with water and sanitation on tribal land. The Indian Health Service says it will consult with tribes…

Taliban urges U.S. Congress to release Afghanistan's assets

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban foreign ministry is urging the U.S. Congress to release Afghanistan's assets. The militant group's acting foreign minister said in a statement Wednesday that the sanctions are playing "havoc” with trade,…

Former House Speaker to challenge Gov. Noem in GOP primary

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmaker and former House Speaker Steve Haugaard will challenge Gov. Kristi Noem for the Republican nomination for governor next year. Haugaard, who was first elected in 2014, confirmed that he had filed paperwork…

Biden to protect Native American heritage site, boost safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says his administration will help improve public safety and justice for Native American communities. The administration will also pursue a 20-year ban on oil and gas drilling in Chaco Canyon, an ancient heritage sight…

Governor Kristi Noem announces re-election campaign

  PIERRE, S.D. -- Governor Kristi Noem formally announced her campaign to serve a second term as Governor of South Dakota on Friday. According to a release from her campaign, Governor Noem heads into…

Kremlin denies plans to invade Ukraine, alleges NATO threats

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin has rebuffed allegations that a buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine reflects Moscow’s aggressive intentions. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed Western media reports alleging that Moscow has intentions to invade Ukraine as “hollow and unfounded…

Biden bill includes boost for union-made electric vehicles

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are looking to give U.S. automakers with union employees the inside track when it comes to winning the burgeoning electric vehicle market. The $1.85 trillion spending package that Democrats are…

Biden announces plan to ID, treat vets' ills from toxic air

President Joe Biden salutes as he stands with Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough and Army Maj. Gen. Allan M. Pepin during a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate Veterans Day and mark the centennial anniversary of the…

South Dakota lawmakers pass new, shaken-up legislative map

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Legislature has approved new political boundaries that are likely to shake up the Statehouse. Moderate Senate Republicans championed the proposal. The state’s population has shifted towards urban areas in the last decade and the…

Ravnsborg impeachment referred to select committee

PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Legislature has voted to create a select committee to investigate the possible impeachment of South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. The vote was 58-10 to refer the matter…

Biden to continue FEMA virus aid for states until April 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Joe Biden is extending the federal government’s 100% reimbursement of COVID-19 emergency response costs to states, tribes and territories through April 1, 2022. On a…

Redistricting stalls in South Dakota Legislature

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Legislative redistricting was left stalled in South Dakota. The House and Senate were deadlocked on competing proposals for a new political map. The Legislature convened…

US Capitol rioter seeks asylum in Belarus, state TV reports

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…