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PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Senate leaders are proposing new restrictions on lobbyists at the state Capitol. The proposed new rules would keep lobbyists out of the Senate chamber and adjacent hallways during work hours. Supporters of the measure say lobbyists on the Senate floor have become too much of a distraction.
PIERRE (AP) — The Yankton Sioux tribal chairman used his address to South Dakota lawmakers Thursday to encourage mutual understanding between Native American people and non-tribal members. Chairman Robert Flying Hawk gave the second State of the Tribes address, a speech from a leader from one of the nine Native American tribes in South Dakota similar to the governor's State of the State. Gov. Dennis Daugaard watched the speech from the state House gallery.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A small, remote American Indian village in the scenic base of one of the most visited places on earth is at the center of a lawsuit that seeks to dramatically reform the conditions of U.S. Bureau of Indian Education schools. The bureau failed to protect students on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon by ignoring complaints about an understaffed school, a lack of special education and a deficient curriculum, according to a complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Albert Owens scored 24 points and Kris Martin added 20 as Oral Roberts pulled away late to pick up its first Summit League win of the season, beating South Dakota State 94-88 on Thursday night in men's basketball action. Owens was 10 of 16 from the floor with nine rebounds. Martin was 3 of 7 from long range while dishing out five assists. Jalen Bradley added 16 points, Emmanuel Nzekwesi had 14 and Aaron Anderson chipped in 11. Oral Roberts (5-13, 1-3 Summit) had a 50-49 lead at the break after the teams swapped the lead 17 times in the first half.
PIERRE (AP) — A state Senate panel is set to consider a bill that would allow authorities to release criminal booking photos to the public. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up the bill Thursday. Panel Chairman Lance Russell says he supports the measure, which was proposed by Attorney General Marty Jackley. Jackley says the legislation would improve transparency. The bill would make mug shots a public record under South Dakota law. Gov. Dennis Daugaard said this week that he supports the legislation.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Friends and acquaintances of a Sioux Falls homicide victim gathered outside the apartment where she was killed to remember her life and reclaim the spot as a place of peace. Franklin Whiting was a neighbor and close friend of Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow. The 28-year-old woman was fatally stabbed in her apartment Jan. 1. Whiting was one of about 20 people who held a ceremony Wednesday night that included songs, prayer and cleansing with holy water.
HARRISBURG (AP) — More than five dozen middle school students from Harrisburg will get a firsthand civics lesson when they travel to Washington, D.C., to witness the presidential inauguration. The group secured tickets to the inauguration through Republican U.S. Sen. John Thune, Harrisburg North Middle School teacher Tamra Huffman told the Argus Leader. Huffman said her students studied the presidential election and understand the significance of having a chance to see history in the making at the inauguration.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard expressed frustration in his State of the State speech that few school districts are using a college readiness testing program that aims to help reduce the need for remedial classes. Some things to know about the problem, the program and why it matters: THE PROBLEM
PIERRE (AP) — The state Supreme Court's chief justice used his legislative address Wednesday to pitch proposals meant to improve public safety and the treatment of mentally ill people in the criminal justice system. Lawmakers should broaden the pool of people authorized to perform mental competency evaluations and expand infrastructure to offer a telehealth option for the assessments, Chief Justice David Gilbertson said in his State of the Judiciary address.
PIERRE (AP) — The city of Sioux Falls has defended to the state Supreme Court its decision not to disclose details of a $1 million settlement over faulty siding at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. The high court heard arguments Wednesday in the case filed by Argus Leader Media against the city. The city in 2015 announced the settlement with contractors over the bulging panels but didn't provide details, citing in part a confidentiality agreement.