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Energy Secretary Rick Perry is handed a subpoena in the impeachment inquiry; and the Trump administration approves drug testing as a condition for unemployment benefits.

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Nine candidates addressed LGBTQ issues last night, including Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay top-tier presidential primary candidate.

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Most cases of elder abuse go unreported in South Dakota, and senior advocates are working with new laws to help change that. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Advocates for seniors are working to get the word out that Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law new protections for victims of elder abuse. The state has adopted several recommendations from the Elder Abuse Task Force, including criminalizing emotional abuse against South Dakota'

A gay rights group will rally this weekend in support of South Dakota's transgender community. (Black Hills Center for Equality)

RAPID CITY, S.D. - As South Dakota lawmakers consider several bills aimed at transgender issues, advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are set to rally in Rapid City this weekend. Education, not legislation - that's what the group argues will help change minds regarding transg

South Dakota lawmakers are considering several bills that civil rights advocates say unfairly target transgender people. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - Civil rights advocates say South Dakota is poised to become one of the worst states in the nation for transgender people. On Wednesday, a Senate committee approved a measure that would prohibit the state from recognizing a transgender person's stated identity. Advocates for that b

Several South Dakota lawmakers want to make drug testing mandatory for people who apply for public benefits. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota residents who apply for public assistance programs would have to pass a drug test before receiving help, such as food stamps, if new legislation passes. Republican state Rep. Lynne DiSanto introduced the bill late last week. She says the idea is to ensure that Sou

PIERRE, S.D. - Setting up the kind of battle over union rights already seen in some other states, a group of 18 South Dakota lawmakers, all Republicans, is co-sponsoring a bill to keep public employees from using collective bargaining to negotiate their contracts with state and local governments.

Washington, DC - A report out this week from the Pew Center on the States lists South Dakota as one of 16 states not providing enough time for overseas military personnel and other Americans overseas who vote absentee to ensure their vote will be counted. David Becker, director of Pew's Make Votin

Sioux Falls, SD – For the second time in as many years, an abortion ban initiative is on the November ballot in South Dakota. Proponents say Initiated Measure 11 would prevent abortions from being used as birth control, while the leading opponents say it prevents families from making their own

Sioux Falls, SD – An advocacy group that worked to defeat a South Dakota abortion ban in 2006 is speaking out in opposition to a new petition drive that would bring the issue to a vote again this fall. Campaign for Healthy Families' co-chair Jan Nicolay says claims that the ballot measure woul

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