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Keeping Watch for Storms in Stanley and Hughes Counties

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Dakota. Hughes and Stanley County emergency management director Rob Fines says storms tend to behave strangely when they reach Fort Pierre and Pierre.   Fines says weather spotters help emergency officials keep track of where storms are and how severe they are.   Fines says if...
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April 30 Deadline for First Half Property and Mobile Home Tax Payments

Property owners in South Dakota must have the first half of their Property and Mobile Home taxes paid by Monday, April 30. Payments may be dropped off or mailed to your County Treasurer’s Office. If mailing your payment, it must be postmarked by April 30 to avoid penalty. If you have questions, contact your...
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Pierre/Hughes County Partnership Eliminates Nuisance Property in Pierre

The City of Pierre has taken possession of a piece of property to clean it up and make it available for development. At last night’s (Tues.) City Commission meeting, the city signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hughes County Commission to accept a piece of property located at 412 S. Brule Street in...
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Wieczorek Joins SD Congressional Race

A Davison County rancher has thrown his hat into the ring for South Dakota’s only seat in the US House of Representatives. Ron Wieczorek filed petitions to run as an Independent candidate yesterday (Tues.) at the Secretary of State’s Office. He gathered over four-thousand signatures and says he’s confident more than enough will be...
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EPA Administrator Signs Document to Increase Agency Transparency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) Tuesday issued the following statement on steps that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking to increase transparency at the agency. Today, Rounds and House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith joined EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as he signed a proposed rule that would make certain the regulatory...
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Secretary Perdue Commemorates First Year at USDA

WASHINGTON, DC- US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue commemorated his first year at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today by releasing a new interactive website and video. In his first year, Secretary Perdue and the USDA team made breakthroughs in agricultural trade, moved to reduce burdensome regulations, responded to natural disasters and battled...
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Oklahoma governor vetoes bill lifting ban on ballot selfies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation that would have allowed voters to take and share cellphone photos of their ballots. The Republican governor announced her veto of the measure Tuesday. In a letter explaining the veto, Fallin said she was concerned that permitting ballot selfies could lead to voter...
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AP reports loss on one-time accounting charges

NEW YORK (AP) – The Associated Press lost $74 million in 2017, mostly due to one-time accounting charges related to the federal tax overhaul passed late last year, the news organization said Wednesday. Revenue fell 8 percent to $510.1 million from $556.3 million in 2016, when the company benefited from additional revenue related to...
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South Dakota Moves Out of Last Place for Average Teacher Salary

For the first time in over 30 years, South Dakota’s average teacher salary no longer ranks last in the nation according to a recently released report by the National Education Association (NEA).  The NEA’s 2018 Rankings & Estimates publication shows South Dakota’s average teacher salary increased by 11.8 percent during the 2016-2017 school year....
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Poll: Younger Americans less apt to use unique passwords

(AP) Americans appear to be heeding some expert advice for keeping their passwords and online accounts safe. A new poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 41 percent of Americans use unique passwords for most or all online services. Only a third of adults under age...
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