Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom

Victoria Wicks

One of the defendants in a lawsuit against South Dakota's newly-enacted "riot boosting" law has been dismissed. That order came out on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom was listed as a defendant along with Governor Kristi Noem and Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.

ACLU filed suit on behalf of indigenous and environmental activists who say the law squelches their right to free speech.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

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Rapid City is isolated when it comes to mental health care access and coverage. The regional hospital has just 44 beds for long term care patients.

The South Dakota House of Representatives has publicly acknowledged the need for additional services in western South Dakota.

A legislative task force is looking at access for those who have a mental health crisis.

The last year has been a real struggle for Katy Urban and her Rapid City family.

Their thirteen year old daughter was hospitalized repeatedly when she tried to take her own life.

Victoria Wicks

A program to automatically provide information to crime victims in South Dakota is coming online now in some areas. And within a year, information should be available to victims in all counties across the state. The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification System, or SAVIN, is designed to enforce existing victims' rights under state law.