The Keystone Pipeline Can Reopen But At Drastically Reduced Capacity, Officials Say
Federal officials on Tuesday said that continued operation of the damaged section of the Keystone pipeline “without corrective action is or would be hazardous to life, property, or the environment." TransCanada must reduce the pipeline's pressure by 20% — meaning a whole lot less oil can be transported.
The Tribe That’s Suing The US Government To Keep Its Promises
In a landmark lawsuit, the Rosebud Sioux tribe is suing its government-run hospital for failing to provide the free health care that they say has been promised since 1868. The feds, in turn, argue that they actually have no legal obligation to provide care.
South Dakota Becomes First State To Pass Anti-Transgender Student Restroom Bill
HB 1008 seeks to ban transgender students from using school restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. The measure was passed by the state senate Tuesday after being passed by the state house last week.
How Are States Reacting To The Supreme Court's Marriage Equality Decision?
Same-sex couples are marrying in parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas. While some governors have declared the end of marriage bans in their states, other state officials decried the court's decision and left the next steps in doubt.
In One Day, Bills Allowing Anti-LGBT Discrimination Fail In Four States
Legislation that would protect those who discriminate against LGBT people based on religious beliefs either failed or faced major setbacks in South Dakota, Kansas, Idaho, and Tennessee. LGBT advocates say the failures are an "important repudiation" of the latest anti-LGBT tactics. Update: The Arizona Senate, however, approved a similar bill Wednesday.
Republican Launches Corn Dog Attack On Democratic Opponent In South Dakota
Rep. Kristi Noem also hits Matt Varilek for backing cap-and-trade legislation. "2006: Matt Varilek hosts a raucous National Corndog Day party in his swanky D.C. neighborhood, serving more than 1,000 corn dogs, 1,200 beers and a 150-pound ice luge for consuming shots of Jägermeister."