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Rapid City police conduct undercover online sex-trafficking operation
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Four people have been cited as the Rapid City Police Department continues to investigate online sex trafficking and those who respond to online advertisements soliciting sexual activity. On February 21st, four individuals were cited after responding to an unde...
February 22, 2019

Authorities distribute new flyer for missing girl
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Law enforcement agencies are now circulating a new picture and flyer of Serenity Dennard. The picture of Serenity was taken on Saturday, February 2, 2019, the day before she left the Black Hills Children’s Home in Rockerville. Authorities say since the p...
February 22, 2019

Rapid City woman charged in connection with shooting death pleads guilty
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A Rapid City woman has pleaded guilty to accessory to a crime in the October 2017 shooting death of Clinton Farlee. In court Thursday, Cierra Walks supplied the court with a written and signed factual basis statement of her involvement in the crime. Far...
February 22, 2019

Nuclear medicine semi driver killed in crash
DELL RAPIDS, S.D. - The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a semi driver has died in a crash near Dell Rapids. The health system Avera McKennan says the 34-year-old woman was one of its employees and was driving a nuclear medicine truck, a vehicle that transports radioactive mate...
February 22, 2019

South Dakota House approves bill to cut early voting window
PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota House narrowly approved a bill Thursday to cut the time allowed for early voting in the state. Representatives voted 36-33 for the bill, the minimum margin required for it to advance. The measure would reduce the absentee voting window from ...
February 22, 2019

Effort continues to find missing nine year old
RAPID CITY, S.D. - Even though the weather prohibits an effective and safe outdoors search for Serenity Dennard, the investigation remains a top priority to find the missing nine year old. Serenity ran away from the Black Hills Children’s Home on Sunday, February 3, 2019. ...
February 22, 2019

SD high court rules against woman in same-sex benefits case
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota's Supreme Court has ruled against a retired police official seeking state retirement system survivor benefits after her wife, a former police captain, died of cancer. The high court said in a Wednesday opinion that retired Rapid City officer Debra And...
February 21, 2019

Senate panel endorses bill to repeal presumptive probation
PIERRE, S.D. - A South Dakota Senate panel favors ending presumptive probation, a priority for the state attorney general that legislative analysts predict will cost more than $53 million over the next decade. The Judiciary Committee voted 5-2 Thursday to send the cornerstone of...
February 21, 2019

One person has been found dead after a fire in northern Wyoming
SHERIDAN, Wyo. - One person has been found dead after a structure fire in northern Wyoming. KROE-AM reports that the fire occurred Wednesday night in a hotel on Main Street in Sheridan. The name of the victim was not immediately released. Firefighter Andy Lindberg says the vict...
February 21, 2019

Illegally Dumped Snow Causing Problems
PIERRE, S.D. - The South Dakota Department of Transportation is reminding the public and commercial snow removal operators that it is illegal to place or dump excess snow on highway right of way, which includes driving surfaces, shoulders and ditches.  “The state has ...
February 21, 2019

Autism bill killed in committee
PIERRE, S.D. - The House State Affairs committee Wednesday killed a bill that would mandate South Dakota health insurers include autism an spectrum disorders in their coverage. The committee took ninety minutes of often emotional testimony late Tuesday afternoon before calling a...
February 21, 2019

Noem cautions about costs of ending presumptive probation
PIERRE, S.D. — Gov. Kristi Noem is asking that lawmakers hold off on reversing South Dakota's presumptive probation policy, a top priority for the state attorney general. Noem said Wednesday she would like stakeholders to discuss the best approach forward "rather than just...
February 21, 2019

House panel passes science bill despite critics from K-12
PIERRE, S.D. — A bill that would let South Dakota teachers decide how much skepticism to inject into lessons on scientific topics such as climate change and the Big Bang passed its first legislative test on Wednesday. The House Education Committee voted 8-6 to endorse the ...
February 21, 2019

Senators endorse allowing concealed guns in SD Capitol
PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota senators have advanced a bill that would allow people to bring guns into the state Capitol. The chamber voted 20-13 Wednesday to send the bill to the House. It would allow people who have an enhanced permit to bring concealed handguns into the Capitol...
February 20, 2019

Panel sends distracted driving bill to South Dakota Senate
PIERRE, S.D. - A Senate panel has approved a bill that would expand South Dakota's texting while driving ban to mostly prohibit mobile device use by people behind the wheel. The State Affairs Committee voted 6-3 Wednesday to advance the bill. Republican Rep. Doug Barthel, the sp...
February 20, 2019

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