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SD House Speaker Brian Gosch Proposes Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – In a surprise move, South Dakota House Speaker Brian Gosch has proposed a statewide ban on texting while driving. Gosch initially introduced a bill that sought to prevent local governments from imposing their own texting bans, which upset many city officials from across the state. But in the bill’s first...
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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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