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Feds Reject Daugaard’s Partial Medicaid Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Federal officials have rejected a request by South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard for a partial expansion of Medicaid. The federal health overhaul gives states the option of expanding Medicaid to cover people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Daugaard and Republican lawmakers wanted to expand eligibility...
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SD Senate Panel to Consider Statewide Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee will be considering a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving. The measure, passed earlier by the House, would make it a petty offense carrying a $25 fine to drive while using a hand-held device to write, send or read text-based messages. But drivers could...
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2012 Visits to SD National Parks Surpass 4 Million

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The National Parks Service says more than 4 million people visited South Dakota’s six national parks in 2012. The Rapid City Journal reports visitors spent about $236 million during their trips. The most popular spot was Mount Rushmore with 1.8 million visitors. The Badlands and Wind Cave followed Mount...
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SD Lawmakers OK Pregnancy Help Center Rules

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has approved a measure preventing pregnancy help centers from lining up adoptions. The Senate voted 26-9 to pass a measure that has already been approved by the House. It will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. A 2011 law requires women seeking abortions to...
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