School boards in South Dakota will be permitted to let school employees, hired security personnel or volunteers carry guns in schools under a law signed Friday by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
The law, set to go into effect July 1, will let school boards establish "school sentinel" programs.
Under these programs, the school boards can arm people "to secure or enhance the deterrence of physical threat and defense of the school, its students, its staff, and members of the public on the school premises against violent attack," according to the legislation.
Six inches of snow in Chicago. A foot or so plastering the Upper Midwest. And up 20 inches expected just west of Washington D.C.
Surely, there's a silver lining to these snow clouds though, right? Don't they bring much-neeed moisture to parched states?
Snow is very fluffy, and it takes up to a foot of it to squeeze out an inch of rain, meteorologists say.FULL STORY
George McGovern accomplished more than most could ever dream in his lifetime: as a war hero, a congressman and presidential nominee.
But he was so much more than all that, his family and friends said at the late senator's memorial service Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Thousands turned out for the service at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, reflecting solemnly and at other times laughing at tales from McGovern's remarkable life while lauding his inherent decency, compassion and conviction. The staunch liberal died Sunday at age 90.
Funeral services for George McGovern will be held Friday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, his family said.
McGovern, a staunch liberal who served South Dakota in the U.S. Senate and House for more than two decades and who ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1972, died Sunday. He was 90.
Friday services will take place at the Mary Sommervold Hall at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science. A public viewing will be held Thursday at the First United Methodist Church, also in Sioux Falls.
McGovern will be buried at a later date in Washington at the Rock Creek Cemetery.FULL STORY
George Stanley McGovern, a staunch liberal who served South Dakota in the U.S. Senate and House for more than two decades and who ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1972, died Sunday at the age of 90, his family said.
"Our wonderful father, George McGovern, passed away peacefully at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by our family and life-long friends," his family said in a statement.
The son of a Wesley Methodist minister, McGovern was born in Avon, South Dakota, on July 19, 1922.FULL STORY
[Updated at 4:34 p.m. ET] Former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern was on life support and "no longer responsive" on Wednesday, two days after he was admitted to a hospice, his family said.
The 90-year-old former U.S. senator from South Dakota was admitted to hospice in Sioux Falls on Monday "with a combination of medical conditions, due to age, that have worsened over recent months," according to a statement from his family.
McGovern is known in part for his unsuccessful 1972 campaign for president as the Democratic nominee against incumbent Republican Richard Nixon.
The first wild mountain lion confirmed in Connecticut in 100 years traveled to the northeastern state from the Black Hills of South Dakota, Connecticut officials say.
The mountain lion was killed when a car struck it in Milford, Connecticut, on June 11. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said genetic tests proved the animal's origin. Connecticut has no native population of mountain lions.
"This mountain lion traveled a distance of more than 1,500 miles from its original home in South Dakota - representing one of the longest movements ever recorded for a land mammal and nearly double the distance ever recorded for a dispersing mountain lion," agency Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said in a news release.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service Wildlife Genetic Laboratory in Missoula, Montana, matched DNA taken from droppings, blood and hair found at the location of mountain lion sightings in Minnesota and Wisconsin in 2009 and 2010 with DNA taken from the Milford animal, Connecticut authorities reported. Other mountain lion sightings in Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as Michigan are believed to be of the same animal, authorities said.
Oklahoma Republican Rep. Mary Fallin has defeated Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins in the race for governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. Brad Henry is term-limited.
Georgia Republican incumbent Sen. Johnny Isakson has won re-election to a second term as senator, CNN projects, beating out Democratic nominee Michael Thurmond. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data:
Wisconsin Republican businessman Ron Johnson has won the Senate race,
CNN projects, ending Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold's bid for a fourth term.
Oregon Democratic incumbent Sen. Ron Wyden has won his bid for re-election to his Senate seat, CNN projects, beating out Republican nominee Jim Huffman.
South Carolina Republican Nikki Haley has defeated Democrat Vincent Sheheen in the race for governor, CNN projects. Republican Gov. Mark Sanford is term-limited.
Idaho Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Crapo has won his bid for re-election to his Senate seat, CNN projects, beating out Democrat Tom Sullivan.
Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker has defeated Democrat Tom Barrett in the race for governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. Jim Boyle is retiring.
A hailstone that fell from a severe thunderstorm in South Dakota has been officially declared the largest ever recorded in the United States, in terms of both diameter and weight, according to the NOAA National Climate Extremes Committee.
The stone was 8.0 inches in diameter, 18.62 inches in circumference, and weighed one pound, 15 ounces.
This is just short of the size of a soccer ball.
A series of tornadoes swept through northwest South Dakota on Monday, causing some damage but no injuries, according to police.