South Dakota Capitol February 5, 2014 (KGFX Photo)

SD Panel Kills Bill to Drug Test People on Welfare

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has killed a bill that would have established drug testing of welfare recipients. The Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday voted 5-2 to defeat the measure. Supporters of the bill say it would have discouraged illegal drug use and promoted stable families. Opponents argue...
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Salazar: Build Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says he believes the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada should be built. Salazar said at an energy conference in Houston Wednesday that the pipeline could be built safely, as long as conditions are imposed. Those conditions would require the pipeline operator to meet tough environmental...
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Two Arrested This Morning in Pierre for Theft by Deception for What Police are Calling a “Quick Change” Scam

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two Iowa residents were arrested this morning in Pierre for their alleged involvement in what police are calling a “quick change” scam. Pierre Police Captain Elton Blemaster says taken into custody this morning were 37-year-old Aimee Nicholson of Des Moines, Iowa and 30-year-old Joseph Barnes of Council Bluff, Iowa....
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SD Committee: Classes to Start at End of August

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has passed a measure that would prevent public schools from starting classes before the last Monday in August. The State Affairs Committee voted 8-5 to advance the bill. Supporters say it will allow more time for students to gain additional summer work experience, attend the...
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