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Former SD Governor Rounds Announces Run for US Senate

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds says he will run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Rounds made the announcement in an event held in Pierre. He planned to hold other events later Thursday in Rapid City and Sioux Falls The former Republican governor earlier formed a committee to...
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More Prairie Dog Disease Confirmed in South Dakota

  FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A disease that can devastate prairie dog colonies has been confirmed on the Fort Pierre National Grassland in South Dakota. District Ranger Ruben Leal says the bacteria that causes sylvatic plague was found in fleas collected from prairie dog colonies. Sylvatic plague was first detected in South Dakota...
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SD Panel Urges Reform of Criminal Justice System

  PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A panel appointed by state leaders from all three branches of government has recommended changes in South Dakota’s criminal justice system that could save up to $212 million in prison costs in the next decade. The group’s recommendations include keeping more drug and alcohol offenders out of prison by...
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SD Man Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota man who drove drunk and struck a pedestrian who ended up dying has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson announced Wednesday that 49-year-old Thomas Hacker, of St. Francis, pleaded guilty to the charge on Monday. Prosecutors say Hacker’s blood-alcohol content was .255...
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