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SD House Elects Representative Brian Gosch as Speaker

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Republican Rep. Brian Gosch of Rapid City has been elected speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives. As South Dakota’s legislative session started Tuesday, the House also elected Rep. Dean Wink of Howes as speaker pro tem, which puts him next in line to be speaker in two years....
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SD Lawmakers Like Governor’s Criminal Reform Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota legislative leaders are joining with Gov. Dennis Daugaard to propose changes in the state’s criminal justice system. Daugaard in his State of the State speech Tuesday outlined proposals to cut prison costs by treating more criminal offenders outside prison walls. He says public safety also will be improved...
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SD Governor Proposes Changes in Justice System

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has asked the South Dakota Legislature to make sweeping changes in the state’s criminal justice system to help cut prison costs. Daugaard focused on the proposal in his State of the State address to open South Dakota’s 2013 legislative session. The proposal would change state laws to...
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Monday’s South Dakota Perspective to Feature NWS Official and Senator John Thune

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Monday brings the January broadcast of the monthly Dakota News Network program “South Dakota Perspective”.  Join co-hosts Mark Swartzell and Jeri Thomas for the hour long program.  This month’s guests will be Dave Hintz, Warning Coordinator Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Aberdeen.  That segment will be followed...
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SD Supreme Court Searching for Pictures of Capitol Building Law Library

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The discovery of remnants of a stenciled pattern and faded paint colors in a previously covered area of the SD Supreme Court’s Law Library has resulted in an appeal to the public for old pictures that show that portion of the Capitol Building. A back panel on an old...
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2013 to Bring More Statues to Pierre’s Trail of Governors

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Organizers with the Trail of Governors Foundation have laid out plans for 2013, as the first three life-sized statues were completed last year-and two of those have already been placed along a designated trail in Pierre.  The first statues to be put in place in 2012 honored Governor Harlan...
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Lower Brule Man Pleads Guilty to Assault in Federal Court

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Lower Brule man pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.  U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says that 53-year-old Earl LaRoche appeared in court yesterday and entered the guilty plea to an indictment charging him with the assault count.  The charge resulted...
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Tribal Relations Secretary Says 2013 State-Tribal Relations Day Planned for January 23

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The 2013 State-Tribal Relations Day is scheduled for later this month, with several activities to take place in Pierre.  J.R. LaPlante, Secretary of the Department of Tribal Relations says his office will host State-Tribal Relations Day on Wednesday, January 23.  This year’s event will focus on tribal housing needs...
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PARS Named as Recipient of “Round Up” Funds

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre Area Referral Service was named last week as the agency that will now begin receiving funds from the City of Pierre’s Municipal Electric Utility “Round Up” program.  The program started three years ago in 2009 and since that time, funds collected have been given to the Pierre Educational...
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Hong Kong Trade Director Visiting South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco is visiting Pierre on Wednesday to meet with Gov. Dennis Daugaard and other economic leaders. Jeff Leung has directed the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco since August 2009. Leung is responsible for strengthening...
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