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RAPID CITY (AP) — A trial has been canceled for a Pennington County Commissioner who has been fighting government oversight of septic systems. George Ferebee is accused of violating a county zoning ordinance. Ferebee was scheduled to go on trial Wednesday, but the Rapid City Journal ( http://bit.ly/2fGqT8V ) reports the trial was canceled at the last minute after Ferebee agreed to comply with the ordinance.
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he supports repeal or major changes to a government ethics overhaul just approved by voters this month, criticizing the campaign for the ballot measure as deceptive. Daugaard told The Associated Press that he doesn't plan to include millions of dollars of funding in his December budget proposal for a public campaign finance system established under the new law. Backers pursued the initiative even though nonpartisan South Dakota officials raised constitutional concerns, Daugaard said.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Authorities say the 7-year-old boy killed in a double homicide in Sioux Falls last weekend was the suspect's nephew. At the request of his mother, the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday identified the boy as Brayden Robert-Emil Otto. The boy was being temporarily cared for by his grandmother, 48-year-old Carol Simon, when the two were killed in a mobile home on Sunday.
PIERRE (AP) — Over two dozen Republican lawmakers and others are going to court to block a government ethics overhaul just approved by voters this month. Their lawsuit filed in state court Wednesday challenges the constitutionality of the ballot measure that took effect last week. Foes of the measure argue that provisions including an ethics commission, public campaign funding and limitations on lobbyist gifts to lawmakers run afoul of the state or federal constitutions — or both.
RAPID CITY (AP) — About 40 of the elk at Wind Cave National Park were recently fitted with radio collars so researchers can track their location as they study the effects of chronic wasting disease, while others will be killed to cull the park's elk population.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials are proposing one of the largest ever projects to remove juniper trees to protect habitat for imperiled sage grouse. The U.S. Bureau of Land...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A New York woman seriously hurt protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline faces multiple surgeries and could lose an arm, her father said Tuesday, and protesters...
PIERRE (AP) — Gov. Dennis Daugaard's office says the state's former chief financial officer has left the administration shortly after he was placed on administrative leave. The governor's office announced Tuesday that Jason Dilges departed his role as commissioner of the state Bureau of Finance and Management.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota organization helping students attend private schools under a state-backed tax credit program has given out 280 scholarships totaling nearly $210,000. A government oversight committee is set to hear testimony Tuesday about the new program. Insurance companies can get an 80 percent tax credit for contributions to a scholarship organization. The total amount of credits is capped at $2 million each budget year.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A ballot measure that would require transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding with their sex at birth may go before voters in 2018, Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday. Jackley announced that he has filed an explanation of the measure with the secretary of state's office. If supporters gather enough signatures by November 2017, it would be placed on the ballot for the 2018 election.