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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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