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SD Lawmakers Reject Bill to Repeal Death Penalty

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has decided the state should keep the death penalty. The House State Affairs Committee voted 7-6 to reject a measure that would have repealed the death penalty. Relatives of two murder victims urged that the death penalty be kept, while the father of another victim...
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ND Leads Nation in Health, Well-Being; SD No. 2

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota leads the nation for well-being and South Dakota is second. That’s according to a survey of 178,000 Americans nationwide that takes a look at the physical and emotional health of the nation. North Dakota tops the 2013 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index with an overall score of 70.4 out of...
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SD Panel Declines Study of Common Core

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House Education Committee has killed a bill to study the economic impact of the controversial Common Core standards. Committee members voted 8-5 against the bill. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has already expressed support for the standards, which were developed by national groups of school officers and governors. The...
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SD House Passes Pledge of Allegiance Requirement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota representatives have expressed unanimous support for a provision requiring students in public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day. The state’s House approved the bill Thursday. It will go on to the Senate. The bill allows students who don’t wish to recite the pledge to do...
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