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05 29, 2020

ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH CITY OF SIOUX FALLS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is pleased to announce a new partnership between his office, the Division of Criminal Investigation and the City of Sioux Falls Police Department to expand the training capacity of the South Dakota Law Enforcement Training academy.

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05 21, 2020

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG JOINS COALITION OF ATTORNEYS GENERAL URGING CONGRESS TO PASS SAFEGUARDING AMERICA’S FIRST RESPONDERS ACT

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is joining a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general urging Congress to pass S.3607, the Safeguarding America’s First Responders (SAFR) Act.

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05 12, 2020

FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL 2020 BALLOT EXPLANATION RELEASED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT B

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has today released the following Attorney General’s ballot explanation for the November 2020 general election.

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05 11, 2020

PERKINS COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY PENFIELD APPOINTED TO MENTAL ILLNESS COUNCIL

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today announced the appointment of Perkins County State’s Attorney Shane Penfield to serve on the South Dakota Council for Improving Criminal Justice Responses for Persons with Mental Illness effective immediately.

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05 07, 2020

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG JOINS WITH 52 ATTORNEYS GENERAL IN EFFORT TO EXPAND ILLEGAL ROBOCALL RESPONSE

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg recently joined a bipartisan coalition of 52 Attorneys General in calling on USTelecom – the leading organization representing telecommunications providers – and its Industry Traceback Group (ITG) to continue working with state attorneys general by bolstering technological capabilities to improve enforcement against illegal robocallers.

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05 05, 2020

RAVNSBORG JOINS WITH MIDWEST AND WESTERN ATTORNEYS GENERAL URGING FEDERAL INVESTIGATION OF MEAT PACKING INDUSTRY PRACTICES

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and the Attorneys General from ten other Midwestern and Western states are urging the Department of Justice to pursue a federal investigation into suspected national price fixing by meat packers in the cattle industry.

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04 22, 2020

SOUTH DAKOTA RECEIVES $20.8 MILLION PAYMENT FROM TOBACCO SETTLEMENT

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that South Dakota has received its annual tobacco settlement payment totaling $20,864,744.11.

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04 10, 2020

SOUTH DAKOTA LEADS 44 STATES IN FILING AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF TO JOIN US SUPREME COURT CASES DEFENDING STATE RULES REQUIRING ELECTORS TO HONOR STATE LAWS REGARDING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is pleased to announce that a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general from 44 states and the District of Columbia have joined two United States Supreme Court cases which will decide whether presidential electors must honor state laws when casting their electoral college ballots for President of the United States.

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04 09, 2020

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG WARNS OF STIMULUS SCAMS

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is urging all South Dakotan’s to be on the lookout for a surge of calls, emails, and text messages related to the federal government’s economic impact payments to citizens.

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04 07, 2020

CRIME IN SOUTH DAKOTA 2019 PUBLICATION RELEASED

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg released today the Crime in South Dakota 2019 report.

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03 31, 2020

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG ISSUES ALERT AFTER REPORTS OF CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) SCAMS TARGETING SOUTH DAKOTA RESIDENTS

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is alerting residents to a wave of COVID-19 scams occurring as a result of the global Coronavirus pandemic.

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03 30, 2020

ATTORNEY GENERAL, CONSUMER PROTECTION AND DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE URGE CAUTION WHEN DOING BUSINESS WITH TRANSIENT VENDORS

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, the Division of Consumer Protection and the South Dakota Department of Revenue warn consumers to be wary of transient vendors once again.

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03 18, 2020

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG CAUTIONS AGAINST CORONAVIRUS-RELATED SCAMS

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg reminds South Dakotans to be on the lookout for scam artists taking advantage of the current Coronavirus emergency to find new victims.

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03 06, 2020

FALKENBERG RECEIVES LIFE SENTENCE FOR KILLING YANKTON WOMAN

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today announced that Stephen R. Falkenberg, 45, Yankton, has been sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole at a hearing on Monday, March 2, 2020.

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03 06, 2020

ADVISORY WARNING REGARDING VISION TEST APP TECHNOLOGY

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg warns consumers to proceed with caution when using online and app-based vision testing technology.

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03 02, 2020

SOUTH DAKOTA OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL CELEBRATES NATIONAL CONSUMER PROTECTION WEEK

In observance of National Consumer Protection week, March 1-7, 2020, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is releasing the Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Protection’s Top Ten Consumer Complaints received by the office in calendar year 2019.

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01 29, 2020

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE RELEASES RAPID CITY POLICE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING SUMMARY

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Patrick Alden, 29, Rapid City, SD, on December 29, 2019, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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01 21, 2020

YANKTON COUNTY JURY RETURNS GUILTY VERDICT FOR KILLER OF YANKTON WOMAN

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today announced that a Yankton County jury found Stephen R. Falkenberg, 45, Yankton, guilty of 2nd Degree Murder, a class B felony and guilty of 1st degree Manslaughter, a class C felony.

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01 17, 2020

SOUTH DAKOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL HELPS ASSEMBLE BI-PARTISAN COALTION TO ARGUE AGAINST FAITHLESS ELECTORS BEFORE US SUPREME COURT

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today announced that the Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to review a decision from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals last year.

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01 10, 2020

ATTORNEY GENERAL JASON RAVNSBORG ANNOUNCES 2020 LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announces the Attorney General’s proposed legislative package for 2020 requesting the legislature to consider.

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12 27, 2019

MELLETTE COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY PAHLKE APPOINTED TO 24/7 SOBRIETY PROGRAM ADVISORY BOARD

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced the appointment of Mellette County State’s Attorney Zach Pahlke to the 24/7 Sobriety Program Advisory Board.

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12 26, 2019

TURNER COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY HOFFMAN APPOINTED TO OPEN MEETINGS COMMISSION

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today announced the appointment of Turner County State’s Attorney Katelynn B. Hoffman to serve on the South Dakota Open Meetings Commission effective immediately.

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12 19, 2019

U.S. SENATE PASSES TRACED ACT

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today praised the United States Senate as it passed, with unanimous consent, the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act sponsored by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Ed Markey (D-MA).

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12 18, 2019

SOUTH DAKOTA JOINS ALABAMA AND LOUISIANA IN LEGAL CHALLENGE TO STOP ACTIVISTS FROM ILLEGALLY AMENDING THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that South Dakota has joined with the states of Alabama and Louisiana in a lawsuit aimed at protecting the rule of law in the United States.

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12 17, 2019

SENTENCING COMPLETE IN BROOKINGS COUNTY ABUSE CASE

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that 23-year old Allen Theodore Smith of Brookings, was sentenced to 7 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary at the Brookings County Courthouse in Brookings, South Dakota.

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12 11, 2019

SOUTH DAKOTA CHIEF DEPUTY McGUIGAN RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY

South Dakota Attorney General Chief Deputy Charles McGuigan was recognized by the National Association of Attorneys General 2019 Senior Staff of the Year Award winner at an event in Washington, D.C.

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11 26, 2019

OPEN MEETINGS COMMISSION TO CONVENE VIA TELECONFERENCE

The Open Meetings Commission will meet Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. (CST) via teleconference.

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11 05, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE RELEASES SIOUX FALLS POLICE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING SUMMARY

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of Trent Wagner, 29, Baltic, SD, on October 6, 2019, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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11 04, 2019

CHARLES RHINES

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg confirms that on November 4, 2019, at approximately 7:35 p.m., Charles Russell Rhines was given lethal injections to end his life to answer for his crimes.

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10 31, 2019

SOUTH DAKOTA SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT DENIES CHARLES RHINES’ REQUEST FOR A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AND STAY OF EXECUTION

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that the Honorable Judge Jon C. Sogn, Circuit Court Judge for the Second Judicial Circuit in South Dakota, has denied Charles Russell Rhines’ request for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction as well as his request for a stay of execution.

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10 25, 2019

SOUTH DAKOTA SUPREME COURT DENIES RHINES’ MOTION TO STAY EXECUTION AND AFFIRMS DISMISSAL OF CHALLENGE TO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS WRITTEN POLICY

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that the South Dakota Supreme Court has denied Charles Russell Rhines’ motion to stay his execution and also has affirmed the dismissal of his challenge to the written policy of the South Dakota Department of Corrections.

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10 25, 2019

U.S. EIGHTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS DISMISSES CHARLES RHINES’ APPEAL

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced that, for the second time today, Charles Russell Rhines has lost an appeal.

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10 24, 2019

RECKITT BENCKISER GROUP PAYS $700 MILLION TO SETTLE ALLEGATIONS OF IMPROPER MARKETING AND SALE OF SUBOXONE

Attorney General Jason R. Ravnsborg announced today that South Dakota and other states have reached an agreement with Reckitt Benckiser Group (“Reckitt”) to settle allegations that the company improperly marketed and otherwise promoted the drug Suboxone, resulting in improper expenditures of state Medicaid funds.

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10 22, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG JOINS BI-PARTISAN COALITION OF ATTORNEYS GENERAL CONCERNED ABOUT ILLEGAL ONLINE ALCOHOL SALES

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today joined a bipartisan coalition of 46 state and territory Attorneys General, led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Maine Attorney General Aaron M. Frey, in calling on Facebook, Craigslist, and eBay to take proactive measures against alcohol sales on their platforms which frequently violate state laws.

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10 18, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG ANNOUNCES $116.9 MILLION MULTISTATE SETTLEMENT WITH JOHNSON & JOHNSON, ETHICON, INC.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today announced a multistate settlement along with 41 states and the District of Columbia which will require Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon, Inc. to pay nearly $116.9 million for their deceptive marketing of transvaginal surgical mesh devices.

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10 17, 2019

SOUTH DAKOTA SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY MAINTAINS NATIONAL CERTIFICATION

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today federal authorities have certified that the South Dakota's Sex Offender Registry continues to substantially implement the provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

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10 10, 2019

CLAY COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY ALEXIS A. TRACY APPOINTED TO OPEN MEETINGS COMMISSION

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today announced the appointment of Clay County State’s Attorney Alexis A. Tracy to serve on the South Dakota Open Meetings Commission.

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10 01, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL SUPPORTED AUTISM CARES ACT SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg proudly announces today that The Smith-Doyle Autism CARES Act of 2019, (HR 1058), was signed into law by the President after being approved unanimously by the United States Senate following July passage by U.S. House of Representatives.

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09 16, 2019

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg Issues Statement on Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing of Purdue Pharma

Attorney General Ravnsborg released the following statement regarding the filing of Chapter 11 bankruptcy by Purdue Pharma.

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09 11, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG WARNS OF POTENTIAL CONTRACTOR SCAMS FOLLOWING SIOUX FALLS STORMS

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg is urging South Dakota residents to be vigilant of transient contractor scams following the severe weather seen in Sioux Falls.

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09 09, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG JOINS 50 STATES IN GOOGLE MULTISTATE BIPARTISAN ANTITRUST INVESTIGATION

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today announced that South Dakota is joining with 50 attorneys general in a multistate, bipartisan investigation of tech giant Google’s business practices in accordance with state and federal antitrust laws

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09 06, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY: Bi-Partisan, Multistate Investigation into Business Practices of Large Tech Firms

MEDIA ADVISORY: South Dakota’s Jason Ravnsborg Joins State Attorneys General to Announce Bi-Partisan, Multistate Investigation into Business Practices of Large Tech Firms

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09 03, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG EXPANDS LAWSUIT AGAINST DRUG MANUFACTURERES AND DISTRIBUTORS

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that his office has filed an amended complaint in the civil lawsuit in South Dakota State Circuit Court against prescription drug manufacturers Purdue, Endo and Janssen.

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08 29, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL EXPLANATION RELEASED FOR INITIATED MEASURE SEEKING TO REPEAL BALLOT MEASURE PETITION LEGISLATION

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.

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08 29, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL JASON RAVNSBORG JOINS BIPARTISAN COALITION SEEKING CONGRESSIONAL SUPPORT FOR AUTISM SERVICES

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today announced that he is joining a bipartisan coalition of 47 attorneys general calling upon Congress to authorize the Autism CARES Act of 2019.

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08 26, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL EXPLANATION RELEASED FOR PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO FORM LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING COMMISSION

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed constitutional amendment has been filed with the Secretary of State.

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08 22, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG JOINS 51 AG’S AND 11 COMPANIES IN FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL ROBOCALLS

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today announced that as a result of a bipartisan, public/private coalition of 51 attorneys general and 11 phone companies the phone companies have agreed to adopt eight principles to fight illegal robocalls.

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08 16, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL EXPLANATION RELEASED FOR PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA AND PASS LAWS REGARDING HEMP AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed constitutional amendment has been filed with the Secretary of State.

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08 14, 2019

TRENT WOMAN SENTENCED FOR ELDER EXPLOITATION

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that Jennifer Ahrendt, 46, of Trent, SD, has been sentenced following a guilty plea entered on May 21, 2019 before 2nd Circuit Court Judge Bradley G. Zell, for the crime of Theft by Exploitation of an Elder or Adult with a Disability, a Class 4 Felony.

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08 13, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG APPOINTED TO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has been appointed as the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) representative to the Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) executive council.

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08 12, 2019

SOUTH DAKOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL AND SOUTH DAKOTA RETAILERS ASSOCIATION ALERT BUSINESSES OF CREDIT CARD SCAM

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, along with the South Dakota Retailers Association, is alerting businesses to be on the lookout for a credit card scam which is impacting the state.

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08 05, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL JASON RAVNSBORG JOINS 39 STATE COALITION URGING CONGRESS TO REMOVE FEDERAL BARRIERS TO TREAT OPIOID USE DISORDER

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg has sent a letter to Congressional leadership in both chambers, asking for the removal of federal barriers that are currently preventing health care providers from offering treatment for opioid use disorder.

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08 05, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL EXPLANATION RELEASED FOR INITIATED MEASURE TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.

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07 26, 2019

SENTENCING COMPLETE IN YANKTON COUNTY KIDNAPPING CASE

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that 54 year old Ervin Morris Cook, Jr., was sentenced to 60 years in the South Dakota State Penitentiary at the Yankton County Courthouse in Yankton, South Dakota.

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07 26, 2019

SOUTH DAKOTA JOINS WITH 4 OTHER STATES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IN AN AGREEMENT TO ALLOW WIRELESS MERGER

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that South Dakota has joined with the states of Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio, and Oklahoma in approving an agreement between the United States Department of Justice, Sprint, T-Mobile and Dish Network.

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07 26, 2019

PIERRE MAN INDICTED ON CHARGES CONNECTED WITH INFANT DEATH

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that Derek M. Berman, 29, Pierre, South Dakota, has been indicted by a Hughes County Grand jury

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07 22, 2019

SOUTH DAKOTA PART OF LARGEST DATA BREACH SETTLEMENT IN HISTORY

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today announced that a coalition of 50 Attorneys General, comprising 48 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has reached a settlement with Equifax as the result of an investigation into a massive 2017 data breach.

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06 26, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL EXPLANATION RELEASED FOR INITIATED MEASURE TO EXPAND ALCOHOL SERVICE HOURS

South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.

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06 25, 2019

SOUTH DAKOTA ATTORNEY GENERAL RAVNSBORG OBTAINS WARRANT OF EXECUTION FOR CHARLES RUSSELL RHINES

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced today that a Warrant of Execution for Charles Russell Rhines has been issued by Seventh Circuit Court Judge Robert A. Mandel.

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06 21, 2019

FREE GOVERNMENT GRANT SCAMS AND FACEBOOK MESSENGER IMPERSONATORS TARGETING SOUTH DAKOTA CONSUMERS

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today advises all South Dakota consumers to be on the lookout for online messages offering free grants.

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06 21, 2019

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT RULES WITH SOUTH DAKOTA TO STOP UNDUE TAXATION OF TRUSTS

Today the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in North Carolina Department of Revenue v. Kaestner 1992 Family Trust.

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06 20, 2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE RELEASES MINNEHAHA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY INVOLVED SHOOTING SUMMARY

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and the Division of Criminal Investigation today released the summary into the shooting of George Lee Rinzy, Jr., 44, Sioux Falls, on May 21, 2019, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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