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South Dakota Men Charged with Baiting Mountain Lions

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Two men in western South Dakota have been charged with illegally baiting mountain lions with deer carcasses. Twenty-year-old Mason Hamm and 38-year-old William Colson VI, both of Rapid City, are facing eight misdemeanor charges, including aiding and abetting prohibited hunting, after allegedly placing several road-killed deer in Spring Creek...
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South Dakota Department of Revenue Hosting Agriculture Tax Seminars in March

PIERRE, S.D.—The South Dakota Department of Revenue will introduce its agriculture tax seminars this spring. The first of the seminars will take place March 14 at the Gettysburg City Fire Hall, while DOR will host the  second March 15 in Winner at the Holiday Inn Express. Seminars on both dates are free of charge....
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Highway Patrol to Host 3rd Annual Women’s Recruiting Seminars

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is again hosting what has become a successful effort in recruiting more female troopers. Four Women’s Recruiting Seminars are scheduled statewide in the next few weeks. The seminars, now in their third year, are designed to provide more information for women who are interested in joining the...
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Bill Could Hamper SD Same-Sex Couples Looking to Adopt

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Same-sex couples and single parents in South Dakota could face obstacles if they want to adopt from religious child placement agencies under a bill that passed the state Senate. The Senate on Wednesday voted 22-12 to approve a bill that would protect religious or faith-based adoption and foster care groups...
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Herseth Sandlin to Serve as Augustana University President

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Augustana University says former U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin will serve as its 24th president. The Sioux Falls private liberal arts college is set to introduce her Thursday as its first female president. Herseth Sandlin will succeed President Rob Oliver, who is retiring. The 46-year-old Herseth Sandlin is coming...
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South Dakota Panel Votes to Reject Alternative Science Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have allowed science teachers to discuss strengths and weaknesses of evolutionary and climate change theories. The House Education Committee Wednesday defeated a do pass vote and approved sending the bill to the 41st day, effectively killing the proposal. The hearing lasted...
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Fish Houses Must be removed by March 1

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) reminds ice anglers that all fish houses, shelters and other structures must be removed from the ice by midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. Fish houses, shelters and other structures may be used after Feb. 28, 2017, but must be removed from the...
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South Dakota Bill Leaves Evolution Skepticism Up To Teachers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change. A House committee on Wednesday is set to consider the measure. It would give legal protection to teachers who want to discuss “in...
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SD Lawmakers Advance Concealed Carry Bills to Both Chambers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Two nearly identical bills aiming to eliminate penalties for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in South Dakota are moving forward in both the House and Senate. The Senate bill cleared a panel hearing Tuesday 5-2 after its companion passed through a House committee last week. Lawmakers have to...
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South Dakota House Panel Votes to Table Abortion Measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A House panel has tabled a bill that would have banned a type of second-trimester abortion in the state. The House Judiciary Committee voted 7-6 to shelve the bill, which had an amendment pending that would have changed it substantially. As introduced, the measure would have banned a procedure known...
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