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Published: 03/22/11

South Dakota Governor Signs Tough Abortion Bill Into Law

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
South Dakota Governor Signs Tough Abortion Bill Into Law

It's not easy for a woman to get an abortion in South Dakota. There is only one abortion clinic in the state. As of Tuesday, it got even more difficult. Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill requiring women seeking an abortion to wait three days after meeting with a doctor and receive counseling before undergoing the procedure, news agencies reported. The measure brought condemnation from abortion rights groups. CBS News.com said that the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of South Dakota and Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced Tuesday they plan to file a legal chal...

Published: 03/22/11

South Dakota Governor Signs Controversial Abortion Bill

By  not in system - AOL News
South Dakota Governor Signs Controversial Abortion Bill

PIERRE, S.D. - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law Tuesday requiring women to wait three days after meeting with a doctor to have an abortion, the longest waiting period in the nation. Abortion rights groups have already said they plan to file a lawsuit challenging the measure, which also requires women to undergo counseling at pregnancy help centers that discourage abortions. Daugaard, who gave no interviews after signing the bill, said in a written statement that he has conferred with state attorneys who will defend the law in court and a sponsor who has pledged private money to...

Published: 03/2/11

South Dakota Senate Votes to Require 72-Hour Wait for Abortion

By  not in system - AOL News
South Dakota Senate Votes to Require 72-Hour Wait for Abortion

PIERRE, S.D. -- The South Dakota Senate voted Wednesday to require women to wait 72 hours before they can have abortions and to submit to counseling about why they shouldn't go through with the procedures. The state Senate voted 21-13 in favor of the legislation, sending it to Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard for approval. Daugaard, who generally opposes abortion rights, declined to tell The Associated Press if he intends to sign the bill. "I haven't looked at it," he said, adding that he had not studied the bill earlier because of the possibility it could be amended. About half the states, ...

Published: 02/15/11

State Abortion Restrictions Still a Priority for Republican Lawmakers

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
State Abortion Restrictions Still a Priority for Republican Lawmakers

Republican state legislators around the country, holding the majority in most cases, have aggressively moved in the past few weeks to enact new abortion restrictions. If any of these measures pass into law, and many are predicted to do so, they will likely generate a new wave of litigation over the contours of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 abortion decision. It has been five years now since the Supreme Court decided a major abortion case, and none are on its docket for the rest of this term. Related Stories Abortion Foes Have High Hopes for New Congress --...

Published: 02/8/11

'UFO Phil' Wants to Put a Pyramid on Pikes Peak

By  Lee Speigel - AOL News
'UFO Phil' Wants to Put a Pyramid on Pikes Peak

Phil Hill is a man with a dream -- a big dream. Maybe even an impossible dream. But this Don Quixote of the ET set is asking the U.S. government to allow him to build a giant pyramid on top of Pikes Peak in Colorado -- to be used by both humans and aliens. Lots of questions spring to mind: Who exactly is this guy? Why does he want to do this? How does he plan to achieve this monumental vision? And is this a particularly slow day for UFO and extraterrestrial news? Hill, a 39-year-old comedy songwriter and filmmaker from Colorado Springs, Colo., who also goes by the moniker "UFO Phil," claims ...

Published: 02/2/11

South Dakota Lawmakers Push Bill for Mandatory Gun Ownership

By  Eleanor Clift - Politics Daily
South Dakota Lawmakers Push Bill for Mandatory Gun Ownership

Americans feel strongly about protecting the right to own a gun, and many feel equally strongly about their right to forgo health insurance. One doesn't necessarily follow the other, but there's enough of a correlation that in South Dakota five legislators have introduced legislation that would make it mandatory for anyone who reaches the age of 21 to purchase a firearm that they would then use for their self-defense. It's known as the "Act to provide for an individual mandate to adult citizens to provide for the self-defense of themselves and others." In political terms, it's a smackdown to ...

Published: 02/2/11

Opinion: Why Not Mandate Gun Purchases, Too?

By  Bernie Goldberg - AOL News
Opinion: Why Not Mandate Gun Purchases, Too?

With everything else going on in the world, you may have missed a piece of news coming out of South Dakota. It seems that a few legislators in that state have introduced a bill that would require every one of South Dakota's citizens over 21 years of age to own a gun. Can you imagine? Lawmakers insisting that citizens own a gun or buy one if they don't already own one -- under penalty of law, no less! Government can't force people to buy something they don't want, can it? OK, you get it. So do the South Dakota lawmakers. According to State Rep. Hal Wick, one of the bill's five sponsors, "Do I...

Published: 01/21/11

USDA Acknowledges Poisoning Birds in South Dakota

By  Hugh Collins - AOL News
USDA Acknowledges Poisoning Birds in South Dakota

Authorities have solved the mystery of the death of thousands of birds in South Dakota and come up with a surprising killer: the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Inhabitants in Yankton were surprised when they found hundreds of starlings lying frozen on the streets and in the city's Riverside Park, MSNBC reported. Some people thought the birds had simply left it too late to fly south for the winter. Now, the USDA says it set out poisoned bait for the birds after a local farmer complained that they were defecating in his animal feed. "They say that they had poisoned the birds about 10 miles s...

Published: 12/31/10

Nasty Weather to Ring in the New Year

By  Paul Yeager - AOL News
Nasty Weather to Ring in the New Year

While the weather will be dry and tranquil when the ball drops in Times Square at midnight, parts of the nation will have nasty -- if not downright dangerous -- weather to ring in 2011. The combination of strong winds, snow and blowing snow will result in blizzard conditions in northern and western Minnesota, eastern North Dakota and much of South Dakota this evening through Saturday morning. Snowfall totals from this second of back-to-back storms will approach a foot in some locations, and the combination of snow and blowing snow will reduce visibility to near zero at times. Wind chill tempe...

Published: 12/30/10

100-Car Pileup in North Dakota Blizzard [VIDEO]

By  David Knowles - AOL News
100-Car Pileup in North Dakota Blizzard [VIDEO]

Fenders weren't the only things bending. A strong winter storm packing high winds and snow is being blamed for a massive crash on Interstate 94 between Mapleton and Raymond, N.D. Officials have closed I-94 and I-29 because of poor visibility and road conditions. Video courtesy of Valley News Live shows the extent of the pileup, which involved up to 100 vehicles, including several semitrucks. A blizzard warning remains in effect for parts of North and South Dakota, as well as for western Minnesota, the National Weather Service said. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has reporte...

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