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SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls' housing market is facing what could be the lowest supply of houses in recent history, meaning potentially higher costs and lots of competition for the few houses available. Real estate agents say pending sales in the Sioux Falls metro area in January were up 50 percent from a year ago, but with so few houses for sale, they anticipate a difficult year ahead for homebuyers.
PIERRE (AP) — A Senate committee unanimously passed a bill Tuesday to outlaw the sale, manufacture or possession of powdered alcohol, commonly known as Palcohol, in South Dakota. Powdered alcohol is currently not sold in South Dakota, and is banned in nearly 30 other states. But lawmakers worry that age restrictions on buying alcohol wouldn't apply to powdered alcohol if it were available and could be sold to minors.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota legislative committee has voted down a Democrat-backed bill that would have eliminated the state sales tax on food. The House Taxation Committee voted 11-3 Tuesday to defeat the bill. It would have increased the state's 4.5 percent sales tax rate on other goods and services to remove the tax on food for home consumption.
PIERRE (AP) — A pair of bills meant to impose stricter regulations on lobbyists and public officials easily passed their first legislative tests Monday as state lawmakers weigh measures that would replace provisions of a recently repealed government ethics overhaul. A Senate bill would bar many officials from private lobbying for two years after leaving state government, while a House proposal would put in place a $100 annual limit for gifts that legislators and other public officials could accept from lobbyists.
PIERRE (AP) — A South Dakota House committee has unanimously approved a bill to make it easier to prosecute those who traffic minors between the age of 16 and 18. The bill that advanced Monday would eliminate the need to prove force, fraud or coercion when prosecuting someone for trafficking minors. Supporters say minors might not testify against their traffickers because they don't realize they've fallen victim.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Authorities are investigating an armed robbery at a casino in South Dakota. Two suspects were caught on security cameras stealing cash from a register and safe at Happy Jack's Casino in Sioux Falls early Friday morning. Casino clerks were ordered to the ground as a one of the suspects went back to an office and demanded the code to a safe. The suspects are believed to be a man and woman. Authorities say no one was injured during the robbery and did not disclose how much money was stolen.
PIERRE (AP) — A legislative committee has approved a bill that would allow people to carry concealed pistols in the state Capitol if they have an enhanced carry permit. The House State Affairs Committee voted 10-3 Monday to send the measure to the full body. In most cases, people are currently barred from carrying firearms in the South Dakota Capitol building.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are set to consider measures on abortion, lobbying restrictions and allowing concealed pistols in the Capitol this week. Here's a look at some of the proposals they plan to take up: ETHICS BILLS A Senate panel is set to consider a bill Monday that would bar some officials from private lobbying for two years after leaving government, while a House committee that day is to discuss a measure to impose an annual $100 limit on lobbyist gifts to some public officials.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The average home sale hit a record high in Sioux Falls last year, as more houses sold for more money compared to 2015.
DEADWOOD (AP) — Deadwood's new welcome center will feature more than a dozen educational displays featuring full-size animal mounts as part of an effort to better inform visitors about wildlife in the area.