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ND Leads Nation in Health, Well-Being; SD No. 2

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota leads the nation for well-being and South Dakota is second. That’s according to a survey of 178,000 Americans nationwide that takes a look at the physical and emotional health of the nation. North Dakota tops the 2013 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index with an overall score of 70.4 out of...
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SD Panel Declines Study of Common Core

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House Education Committee has killed a bill to study the economic impact of the controversial Common Core standards. Committee members voted 8-5 against the bill. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has already expressed support for the standards, which were developed by national groups of school officers and governors. The...
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SD House Passes Pledge of Allegiance Requirement

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota representatives have expressed unanimous support for a provision requiring students in public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance every day. The state’s House approved the bill Thursday. It will go on to the Senate. The bill allows students who don’t wish to recite the pledge to do...
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SD House Votes to Keep Guns from Mentally Ill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Despite opposition from some gun advocates, the South Dakota House has passed a bill to allow the names of people with mental illness to be added to a registry keeping them from obtaining firearms. Representatives on Thursday voted 53-17 to approve the measure. It would allow people who are committed...
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