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RAPID CITY (AP) — The Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo is underway for its 60th year in Rapid City. Only three breeds of cattle were shown at the city's first stock show in 1959. Now, the major event welcomes thousands of visitors and millions of dollars during the middle of winter, an off-season for tourism in western South Dakota.
PIERRE — A measure that would ask voters to give South Dakota lawmakers a significant pay raise cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday. The House State Affairs Committee voted 9-3 to advance the resolution to the chamber's floor. The proposal would put the change before voters this year as a constitutional amendment.
PIERRE — A South Dakota state senator this week proposed legislation aiming to ban people who are living in the U.S. illegally from enrolling at any of the state's public higher education institutions. Republican Sen. Stace Nelson's bill would also declare such people ineligible for resident tuition, scholarships or other financial aid. He said legislators' responsibilities are to South Dakotans.
(AP) — A group of lawmakers has proposed a bill to allow people who can legally carry a concealed handgun in South Dakota to do so without a permit. GOP Sen. Lance Russell, the bill's sponsor, said this week that lawmakers need to have the debate again. Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a similar measure last year, saying that the state's permit process is simple and straightforward. It's currently a misdemeanor for someone to carry a concealed pistol or to have one concealed in a vehicle without a permit.
PIERRE (AP) — A legislative panel has approved a bill that would require companies to inform South Dakota residents whose personal information was taken in a data breach. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-0 Tuesday to advance Attorney General Marty Jackley's bill. It would require residents be notified within 60 days of a breach's discovery unless the company and attorney general determine it likely wouldn't harm the affected people. The plan would also require companies to inform the attorney general if a breach affected over 250 residents.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota Republican lawmaker wants to require all state legislators to be drug-tested. Rep. Tim Goodwin's bill would mandate members of the Legislature be tested within two weeks of getting sworn into office and two weeks of legislative session's end. Goodwin said Tuesday he wants to make sure all lawmakers are "clean." The move comes after the attorney general proposed legislation to impose harsher penalties for methamphetamine dealing and manufacturing.
PIERRE (AP) — The state Legislature would have control over tuition increases at South Dakota's public universities under a bill introduced at the Capitol. Republican Rep. Lynne DiSanto said Tuesday that the state Board of Regents, which currently sets tuition and fees, needs more oversight. DiSanto's bill says the board would fix tuition only after the Legislature has approved any rate increases. She says students are getting "pinched," and officials want to encourage them to stay in South Dakota.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota state senator has proposed banning people who are living in the U.S. illegally from enrolling at any of the state's public universities. Republican Sen. Stace Nelson's bill introduced this week would also declare such people ineligible for resident tuition, scholarships or other financial aid. He says legislators' responsibilities are to South Dakotans. The South Dakota Board of Regents oversees the state's six public universities. A spokeswoman says the board hasn't met to discuss the bill.
PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a homeless man moved the dead body of a man from his remote Arizona desert campsite and put the man's head in a bucket. A Jan. 17 criminal complaint charges 52-year-old Mattew David Hall with abandonment or concealment of a dead body in his alleged handling of the remains of 72-year-old Daniel Lucas of Baltic, South Dakota. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Tuesday that Lucas killed himself last summer inside his vehicle at the site 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of Phoenix.
WINNER (AP) — A couple found the property deal of a lifetime when they snagged a century-old mansion in a small South Dakota town for $119,000. Now, homeowners David and Tessa Howard are figuring out what to do with the property. The couple has started renovating by replacing windows and painting the front of the house.