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Nearly One-Third of SD Now in Exceptional Drought

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Nearly one-third of South Dakota is now in the grips of exceptional drought, up from a little more than one-fourth of the state last week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that all of South Dakota and North Dakota remain in some category of drought. Exceptional drought, the...
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South Dakota Corn Crop Estimate Lowered Slightly

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The federal Agriculture Department has slightly lowered its corn production forecast for South Dakota. Officials forecast the crop at just under 503 million bushels, down 1 percent from September and down 23 percent from last year. South Dakota’s soybean crop is now pegged at about 130 million bushels, up...
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South Dakota Sees Increase in Whooping Cough Cases

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – State health officials say whooping cough cases are on the rise in South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Health says in a news release that whooping cough cases are up 87 percent over the five-year median. Fifty-six cases have been reported as of Oct. 3. Health officials say most...
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Nebraska Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft from Tribal Casino

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A Nebraska woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling from a Native American casino. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson announced Thursday that 36-year-old Michelle Carrier of Valentine, Neb., pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and theft. Prosecutors say Carrier, who is also known as Michelle Witt-Moore, embezzled money while the...
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SD Man Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man has pleaded guilty to killing another person while driving drunk. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson announced Thursday that 23-year-old Dino Kane, of St. Francis, pleaded guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors say Kane had a blood alcohol concentration more than three times the legal...
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Distance Courses Grow in SD Public Universities

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Board of Regents reports that more than 20,000 students in the state’s public university system took at least one course last year through the Internet, two-way television or some other distance delivery method. The number of students taking so-called distance education courses last year rose 13 percent...
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SD Woman Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota woman has pleaded guilty to killing her boyfriend in a vehicle crash that authorities say happened when she fled from a police officer making a traffic stop. Twenty-year-old Leigha Koster, of Fort Thompson, has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in federal court. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says...
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PFD Contacted After Electric Smell and Light Smoke Noted in Apartment Utility Room

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department was called to check out a report of light smoke and an electrical odor at a Pierre apartment building last night. Pierre’s Deputy Fire Chief Ian Paul says firefighters were contacted just before eleven p.m. Wednesday. They were told that an electric smell and light...
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SD Gov Will Not Intervene in Death Penalty Cases

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he does not plan to intervene in the upcoming executions of two men. Fifty-year-old Eric Robert is scheduled to die by lethal injection sometime next week for the killing of prison guard Ronald Johnson. Sixty-year-old Donald Moeller is scheduled to die during the week...
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Primary Care Task Force to Meet in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Governor’s Primary Care Task Force is meeting in Sioux Falls Thursday. Gov. Dennis Daugaard created the group in May to expand the educational capacity to train more primary health care providers for rural areas of South Dakota. The task force will consider and make recommendations regarding the medical...
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