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SD Tribes File Lawsuit Against Social Services on ICWA

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Two Native American tribes in South Dakota have filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the state’s Department of Social Services has violated the Indian Child Welfare Act. The lawsuit alleges that improper hearings are held when determining whether a child needs to be removed from a home. The Indian...
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Bankers Say Farm Income Helping Rural Economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Bankers in 10 Midwest and Plains states expect the rural economy to continue growing in the months ahead because of the strength of farm income. The overall economic index on the March Rural Mainstreet survey remained at a healthy level of 56.9 even though it was down from February’s 58.2....
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SD Board Approves Oil Drilling Permit in New Area

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state board has approved permits allowing a new company to drill two oil and gas wells in a part of western South Dakota far from existing wells. The Board of Minerals and Environment voted unanimously to let Quartz Operations drill the wells about 9,700 feet deep about two miles...
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Warm Spring, Continued Drought Predicted for US

WASHINGTON (AP) – Government forecasters say much of the United States can expect a warm spring and persistent drought. The National Weather Service said Thursday above-normal temperatures are predicted across most of the Lower 48 states and northern Alaska. The forecast also calls for little relief for the drought-stricken Midwest and Southwest. Currently, half...
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