While the number of reported hate crimes dipped slightly in 2018, violence against individuals rose to a 16-year high, according to numbers released Tuesday by the FBI. Continue reading “FBI Reports Dip In Hate Crimes, But Rise In Violence”
Teens are less likely to carry a gun if they live in a state requiring universal background checks in addition to federal requirements, according to a new study. Continue reading “Study shows background checks reduce teen gun carrying”
The bipartisan bill, Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, criminalizes certain acts of animal cruelty. The bill was passed in the Senate by unanimous decision on Nov. 5 after being approved in the House in late October. Continue reading “Bill making animal cruelty a federal felony has been signed”
For all the ridicule South Dakota is receiving for its new antidrug slogan — “Meth. We’re On It.” — experts in substance abuse say the most important story is being missed. Continue reading “Critics say South Dakota policies doom any hope of change in meth crisis”
Capital punishment has been used sparingly since then, with a total of 20 men being put to death for “wantonly vile or heinous” crimes. After a string of nine in the late 1800s, decades would pass between executions, the Argus Leader reported.
New federal rules open the door to industrial hemp growing in the United States and even develops a plan for individuals to apply for a permit to farm in states without regulations. Continue reading “Hemp still illegal in SD, despite new federal laws”
A legislative committee tasked with spending the summer studying the state’s drug laws plans to recommend more funding for probation, parole and treatment services, but not to adjust the state’s ingestion law. Continue reading “More funding recommended for addiction treatment, no change to ingestion law”
The sense of infighting between the criminal law enforcement agencies—from local, to state and federal—is not lost. Yet, as someone who deals with every level of investigation on a daily basis, I couldn’t help but keep my focus on their differing approaches and degrees of success.
Governor Kristi Noem reiterated her opposition Tuesday to legalizing industrial hemp in South Dakota, even in the face of new federal rules allowing the cash crop. Continue reading “Noem says no again to growing hemp in South Dakota”
South Dakota is one of 38 states with fetal homicide laws. KELOLAND News has been taking a closer look at the history of that law and other cases it applied to. Continue reading “SD one of 38 states with fetal homicide laws”