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PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota voters will not be seeing ballot question advertisements with the disclaimer: "Paid for in-part with out-of-state money." The state Senate voted 27-6 Monday to reject a bill that would have required ballot measure campaigns that accepted a donation that exceeded $10,000 from outside South Dakota to put the disclaimer on communications such as brochures, billboards and broadcast advertisements.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota House panel has approved a bill that would ease a state production limit and other regulations on microbreweries. The House Commerce and Energy Committee voted 11-1 Monday to send the measure to the chamber's floor. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has pushed for the brewing overhaul, saying state regulations are stifling the industry.
PIERRE (AP) — A bill that would give South Dakota legislators a pay raise and tie their salaries to the state's median household income is headed to the Senate floor. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 5-3 Monday to approve the measure. Republican Sen. Jeffrey Partridge says the bill aims to fairly compensate future lawmakers to encourage a wider range of qualified candidates to run for office.
PIERRE (AP) — A measure that would ask South Dakota voters to mandate that constitutional amendments encompass only one subject is headed to the full Senate. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 6-3 Monday to approve the resolution, which would put the constitutional change on the November ballot. It has passed through the state House. House Speaker Mark Mickelson, the sponsor, says supporters want to make sure voters understand what they're voting for.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gun store owners called it the "Trump slump." Sales of firearms slowed dramatically after the election of Donald Trump as president in 2016 allayed fears of a Democratic crackdown on gun owners. That trend has continued in recent weeks even with talk of gun control in Congress and among business leaders following the Feb. 14 massacre of 17 people at a Florida high school.
BROOKINGS (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol has been seeking to recruit more women to join the state troopers for several years. Brynn Rist is one of only 13 female troopers that work for the state Highway Patrol. Rist told KSFY News that the job has its challenges, but can be rewarding as well.
RAPID CITY (AP) — An increased prevalence of meth at South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation led to an unusual number of homicides in 2016, according to the FBI. The reservation had 14 homicides in 2016 — a number that's much higher than the yearly average in Pine Ridge, said FBI Assistant Special in Charge Robert Perry. The Rapid City Journal reports that Perry said a bureau analysis of homicides at the reservation over the past decade found that the yearly average is five.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Headliners including Garth Brooks and the Foo Fighters helped Sioux Falls' $117 million events center sell more than 700,000 tickets last year. It was the first time the Denny Sanford Premier Center had attendance that topped 700,000, the Argus Leader reported. The three-year-old facility also saw a net operating income of more than $2 million for the second straight year.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A business conditions index for nine Midwestern and Plains states rose over the past month, pointing to continued improvement in regional economic conditions, according to a report issued Thursday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit 59.7 in February, compared with 57.3 in January, the report said. The December figure was 59.0. Good news abounded in several economic sectors, including manufacturing, the report said.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota House lawmakers have shelved a bill that would have barred government officials from negotiating confidential settlements. The House Judiciary Committee voted 10-3 Wednesday to reject the measure. It had cleared the Senate. The Argus Leader reports that state law currently allows state and local officials to negotiate confidential settlements, which lets them hide payouts and misconduct such as sexual harassment.