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In November 1996, Paul Dean Jensen was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. That sentence was mandatory at the time, even though Jensen was only 14 when he committed premeditated murder. Now, almost 20 years later, he's getting a chance at someday walking free. Because of two U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Jensen's sentence is up for reconsideration at a hearing in Fort Pierre this week.

Grand Jury Indicts Trio In Murder For Hire Case

May 27, 2016

A Pennington County grand jury has indicted three men accused in the contract killing of a Rapid City woman.

Jonathon Klinetobe, of Sturgis, Richard Hirth, of Rapid City, and David Schneider, also from Rapid City, face a number of charges, including first degree murder. 

Last week, the three were arrested for the killing of Jessica Rehfeld. Police officials allege Klinetobe hired Hirth and Schneider to kill Rehfeld in May 2015. First degree murder carries a minimum sentence of life in prison and a maximum of the death penalty.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Energy want to know if some types of nuclear waste can be stored deep underground. First they have to find out if it’s possible to drill the right kind of hole. Researchers want conduct the experiment in Spink County.  But not everyone is happy with the idea.


Photo by Victoria Wicks

A federal judge has set a hearing date to reach a resolution in a lawsuit alleging violations of the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA. Judge Jeffrey Viken ruled more than a year ago that practices in Pennington County violate statutes and the U.S. Constitution. But he told parties at a status hearing on May 26 that recent transcripts show those practices have not changed. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has followed this case since it was filed more than three years ago.

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A Pierre man is alive because first responders used a medication to reverse the effects of a drug overdose. Officials credit the drug Narcan for saving the man’s life.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says emergency crews responded to a call in Pierre Monday night for a man who needed medical attention.

The South Dakota State Historical Society is releasing a new book next year on the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder. It builds on “Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography,” published in 2014.

The Director of the Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls wants people to know it’s important to leave wild animals alone. A new social media campaign is helping spread the word.

Vietnam Vets Honored At 50th Anniv Ceremony

May 23, 2016
Courtesy Department of Defense

The VA Black Hills Health Care System is hosting a Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration in Rapid City today. Its purpose is to welcome home Vietnam veterans and to recognize their service and sacrifice. 

As part of the nation’s continuing effort to recognize those who served in Vietnam, veterans of that conflict will receive a lapel pin during an honoring ceremony in Rapid City.

VA Black Hills Health Care spokesperson Teresa Forbes explains.

Officials with the South Dakota Highway Patrol are trying to recruit more women. Currently in the state there are five female troopers and two in training. Seminars are planned in June for women to learn about the agency. Trooper Deanna  Johnson says the goal is to show that women can be successful in the Highway Patrol.