South Dakota

‘Contrarian’ State Pension Plan is One of The Nation’s Best-Funded

South Dakota's retirement system for public employees has been over 90 percent funded for nearly two decades. The state's investment officer discusses how its assets are managed.

Oglala Sioux Tribe Calls for Help in South Dakota as Flooding Continues

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Lawmakers consider changes to Medicaid expansion in Idaho ... Cracking down on uninsured drivers in Oklahoma ... Oregon lawmakers ponder a pay raise.

When Does a Winter Storm Become a Bomb Cyclone?

What raises a common winter storm to the level of 'bomb cyclone'? It's all about rapid, sharp changes in atmospheric pressure— and the scientists who coined the term meant to highlight their power.

Republican Governors Want Trade War With China Over Quickly

An outcome to negotiations that lowers or ends Chinese tariffs could be critical to President Trump’s reelection hopes, Arkansas’ governor predicted.

‘Marsy’s Law’ Protections for Crime Victims Sound Great, but Could Cause Problems

Six states have approved the victims' rights constitutional amendments, with voters in six more soon expected to consider similar measures.

As High Court Weighs Online Sales Taxes, States Get Ready to Pounce

“When Americans are buying more but the tax revenue is not rebounding, that’s just a measure of where young people are shopping,” according to Max Behlke of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Gun Safety Looms Over Governors' Trump Meeting

While GOP governors plan to discuss solutions, despite disagreeing on which ones, some Democratic governors suspect the issue will become another ‘bargaining chip’ for the White House.

200,000 Gallons of Oil Spill From the Keystone Pipeline

The leak comes just four days before TransCanada faces an important vote.

A No-Drone Zone Showdown in Deadwood, South Dakota

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: IBM vs. Texas bathroom bill; the Utah Highway Patrol’s new tool to enforce texting-while-driving laws; and “spite fences” in California.

Why Doomsday Preppers Are Flocking to Igloo, South Dakota

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Gov. Scott Walker’s “hard sell” to Wisconsin Republicans; Homer, Alaska’s bitter city council recall effort; and new senior housing in Charlotte.

Use of Forced Catheterizations by Police in South Dakota Called ‘Cruel and Barbaric’

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Missouri governor calls special session; Minnesota’s REAL ID Act compliance; and a New Jersey mayor’s sexting scandal.

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Route Fifty Roadmap: Venturing Into the Heart of Sunflower Country

Harvest time nears in a desolate part of South Dakota, traditionally the nation’s most productive area for sunflowers.

Last We Checked, the U.S. Supreme Court Still Sets the Law of the Land

When it comes to collecting sales tax on remote sellers, South Dakota has picked the wrong law to challenge.

New U.S. Economic Data Underscores Trouble Energy States Face

But growth in South Dakota has been strong, increasing by 9.2 percent in the third quarter of 2015.

States Familiar With West Nile Response Are Better Prepared for Zika

Many health agencies already have protocols in place to monitor the new virus that’s been spreading in countries across the Americas.

South Dakota Town Back on the Market

Swett shows the risk and appeal of being your own mayor.