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SD Share of Drug Settlement Exceeds $2.5 Million

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota’s share of a multi-state settlement with a drug company will exceed $2.5 million. Officials have not yet determined what South Dakota will do with the money. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and parent company Johnson and Johnson announced a $181 million settlement with...
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SD Labor Day Travel Expected to be Up 3 Percent

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers are out in force as the Labor Day holiday weekend arrives. The agency is conducting a “saturation patrol” involving nearly all officers to encourage safe driving. It’s the end of a summer-long campaign aimed at cracking down on drunken driving, speeding and seatbelt violations....
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Fatal Accident Occurs on I-90 in Jackson County Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A California woman and her unborn child died in a one vehicle accident that occurred about two miles east of Kadoka on Interstate 90 during the noon hour Wednesday. A news release from the South Dakota Department of Public Safety says 34-year-old Ashley Greywoode of Pasadena was a passenger...
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Taton Pleads Guilty to Four of Seven Charges from Fatal Crash in April

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Faith man appeared in a Pierre courtroom today and changed his plea to charges from an April vehicle accident that killed a Pierre woman. 63-year-old Walt Lee Taton entered a guilty plea to charges of Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Battery, DUI and Driving on the Wrong Side of the...
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Riggs Homecoming Week Coming Up in September-Homecoming Candidates Named

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Preparations continue for this year’s Homecoming Celebration for Riggs High School. On Monday, candidates for Homecoming royalty were announced. Seniors who were selected by classmates are Anna Bondy, Megan Feller, Rachel Hartmann, Taylor Hyde, Kristi Livermont, Carson Eisenbeisz, Zach Hanson, Matt Monfore, Kyle Sarringar and Austin Wagner. Coronation is...
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Noem and Other Upper Basin House Members Request Hearing on Corps’ Surplus Water Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) Three U.S. Representatives from upper Missouri River states are requesting a federal hearing to review the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to charge fees for stored water in the Missouri River upper basin state reservoirs. Representatives Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Rick Berg of North Dakota and Denny...
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Pierre P.D. Adds New Officer to Staff

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Police Department has added another officer to its staff. Todd Johnson, who worked as a Deputy with the Hughes County Sheriff’s Department, was sworn in as the newest patrol officer on Monday afternoon. Johnson is a Pierre native and his background includes a career in the military,...
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Drought Conditions Change Little in the Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The severity of drought in the Dakotas has changed little over the past week. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor Map shows that about 61 percent of South Dakota is in severe or extreme drought, compared to about 59 percent last week. None of North Dakota has yet slipped into...
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Good Weather in Store for South Dakota State Fair

HURON, S.D. (AP) – People taking in the South Dakota State Fair over the Labor Day weekend can expect hot weather but generally fair skies. The fair began its five-day run in Huron on Thursday. Officials are hoping to see attendance hit 200,000, after 191,000 people took in last year’s fair. Kyle Weisser with...
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Airport Manager Discusses Response to Plane Crash/Runway Condition

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Although the airport remained open after Tuesday’s fatal plane crash at the Pierre Regional Airport, the runway on which the accident happened was closed for a time. Airport Manager Mike Isaacs says that stretch-which is the airport’s main runway-was reopened yesterday afternoon. Isaacs says there was some minor damage...
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