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Here is the latest South Dakota news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota voters are set to vote again on whether they want recreational marijuana legalized for adults. The secretary of state on Wednesday validated the initiated measure for the November ballot. Secretary of State Steve Barnett announced that a random sample of petition signatures showed that South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, the group campaigning to legalize pot, had easily collected enough valid signatures to surpass the roughly 17,000 needed to place the initiated measure on the November ballot. It will appear as Initiated Measure 27.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing a child and witness tampering. A federal judge this week sent 40-year-old Kimo John Little Bird to prison for life on his conviction of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. An additional 10 years in prison was imposed for committing the crime while he was required to register as a sex offender. Little Bird was sentenced to five years in prison for witness tampering, to be served concurrently with the other counts. In 2016, Little Bird sexually abused an 11-year-old girl. Prosecutors said prior to his trial, he contacted a number of potential witnesses in an effort to have them pressure the girl into recanting.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe is suing Lyman County in federal court for delaying a redistricting plan that would ensure the timely election of tribal candidates to the County Commission. The tribe says the delay prevents them from electing two commissioners in the upcoming election. Instead, the Lower Brule will have to wait until 2024 and 2026. Lyman County contains part of the Lower Brule reservation and has a Native American population of 38 percent. With the at-large elections in place, no Native American candidate has ever succeeded in winning a seat on the county commission.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Pine Ridge man, accused in a shooting that left the victim partially paralyzed, has been  found guilty of eight federal charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 30-year-old Isaac Roubideaux was convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault resulting in serious bodily injury and six other charges. Roubideaux was indicted by a federal grand jury in December. The assault and firearms charges relate to Roubideaux shooting another man in the back on Nov. 18, 2021, resulting in the victim suffering permanent paralysis below his waistline. The defendant was turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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AAA is projecting that almost more than 100,000 South Dakotans will travel a distance of 50 miles or more over the Memorial Day weekend and, as usual, the large majority will be driving to their destinations, though air travel and travel by other modes of transportation are both up significa…

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ These South Dakota lotteries were drawn Tuesday:

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe is suing Lyman County in federal court for delaying a redistricting plan that would ensure the timely election of tribal candidates to the County Commission. The tribe says the delay prevents them from electing two commissioners in the upcoming…

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ These South Dakota lotteries were drawn Monday:

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Planned Parenthood says it will offer abortion services at its clinic in Moorhead, Minnesota, if North Dakota’s only abortion clinic does not quickly relocate from Fargo should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. Planned Parenthood says it expected Red River Women…

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Pierre, SD - Today, Governor Kristi Noem announced that her campaign has raised over $15 million cycle-to-date across all committees as she heads into her re-election effort. This total includes over $3.35 million raised across all committees since the beginning of the year. Additionally, Go…

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PIERRE, S.D. – The Office of the South Dakota Chief Attorney General, the Consumer Protection Division, and South Dakota Department of Revenue Secretary Michael Houdyshell are warning consumers to be aware of fraudulent websites that have been established to mimic active South Dakota Dealers…

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s attorney general said Friday a Sioux Falls officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a man police say threatened them with a knife. Forty-one-year-old Cody Wade Kelly was killed after police conducted a welfare check at his apartment on March 31 becaus…

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ These South Dakota lotteries were drawn Saturday:

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s attorney general said Friday a Sioux Falls officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a man police say threatened them with a knife. Forty-one-year-old Cody Wade Kelly was killed after police conducted a welfare check at his apartment on March 31 becaus…

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s attorney general said Friday a Sioux Falls officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a man police say threatened them with a knife. Forty-one-year-old Cody Wade Kelly was killed after police conducted a welfare check at his apartment on March 31 becaus…

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers have unanimously approved a report finding that Gov. Kristi Noem’s daughter got preferential treatment while she was applying for a real estate appraiser license in 2020. The findings of last year’s legislative probe repudiate Noem’s insistence…

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ These South Dakota lotteries were drawn Wednesday:

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers have unanimously approved a report finding that Gov. Kristi Noem’s daughter got preferential treatment while she was applying for a real estate appraiser license in 2020. The findings of last year’s legislative probe repudiate Noem’s insistence…

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers are considering a legislative report that finds Gov. Kristi Noem’s daughter received preferential treatment while she was applying for a real estate appraiser license in 2020. The Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee last yea…

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PIERRE S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) Forest Health Team has confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Minnehaha County near Crooks, South Dakota. EAB has previously been confirmed in other areas of Minnehaha and Lincoln counties. 

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ These South Dakota lotteries were drawn Monday:

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A television report shows South Dakota Senate Republicans in a private 2020 meeting planned an already-negotiated outcome to a committee investigating a pair of lawmakers for being intoxicated during legislative proceedings even before the committee had a chance to m…

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UNDATED (AP) — A new Interior Department report underscores how closely the U.S. government collaborated with churches in operating boarding schools for Indigenous children. The federal government saw churches as useful in Christianizing Native children as part of a project to sever them fro…

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