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Two New Communications Officers Hired for Pierre Police Department

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two new Communications Officers have been added to the Pierre Police Department’s Central South Dakota Communications Center.  Pierre Police Chief Bob Grandpre says Communications Officer Maggie Murphy began training on February 20 and Jamie Pesicka started training on Monday.  They will both complete three weeks of initial in-house training...
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First Lady Linda Daugaard to Speak Tonight at Cen-Kota Republican Women Event

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Cen-Kota Republican Women will meet tonight in Fort Pierre and the gathering will feature special guest speaker First Lady Linda Daugaard.  The First Lady will speak about the work done by the South Dakota Infant Mortality Task Force.  Club President Teresa Bray says the group comes together...
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Two to be Sentenced in May for Theft of Money from BankWest

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Sentencing will be held in May for two people accused of Bank Larceny in federal court.  Ismael Espinoza Ortiz, also known is Misael Sereseres Ortega and Alejandra Corral Madrid appeared separately in federal court in Pierre Wednesday to change their pleas.  Ortiz and Madrid both pleaded guilty to Bank...
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$7M Tag, Safety Valve Added by Legislative Committee to SD Development Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A comprehensive bipartisan economic development plan headed to floors of the South Dakota House and Senate now contains a $7 million appropriation and a safety valve to halt spending if times are tough. A negotiating committee made the changes Thursday during the penultimate day of South Dakota’s main legislative session....
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Legislative Panel Tackles Economic Development

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A negotiating committee plans to hammer out proposed changes to a comprehensive bipartisan economic development plan on the penultimate day of South Dakota’s main legislative session. Building South Dakota would be funded on an ongoing basis by a portion of the contractors’ excise tax collected on large projects and some...
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SD Lawmakers Prepare to Pass New State Budget

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature is working to pass a state budget before the main run of this year’s legislative session ends Friday. The Joint Appropriations Committee has delayed making amendments to the $4.1 billion budget until the panel can determine how much is available to spend for the operation of...
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ATF Head in Upper Midwest Takes Targeted Approach

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The new head of a U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives division covering four states in the Upper Midwest is taking a targeted approach to fighting gun violence. Scott Sweetow has been special agent in charge of the ATF’s St. Paul Field Division for about a month....
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SD Legislature Bans Cellphone Use by Young Drivers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature has passed a measure banning beginning drivers from using cellphones behind the wheel. The Senate voted 23-10 Wednesday to accept a change in the bill made by the House. The measure will become law if signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard. The measure would ban young drivers...
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SD Eligibility Change for Prenatal Care Rejected

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Legislature has rejected a plan to provide government-funded prenatal care to more pregnant women. Prenatal care is now provided to women earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. The Senate had passed a bill that would have changed the Medicaid program to cover women...
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Man Convicted on Assault and Firearm Charges Pleads Guilty to Separate Charge of Attempted Possession of a Controlled Substance

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A man who was found guilty in December by a jury of three charges-including Aggravated Assault-Domestic Violence, Discharge of a Firearm at an Occupied Vehicle and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person-entered a guilty plea Tuesday to a separate charge of Attempted Possession of a Controlled Substance....
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