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Deceased SD Lawmakers Remembered in Ceremony

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has honored 11 former state lawmakers who died in the past year. Members of the House and Senate on Thursday held a memorial service for their deceased colleagues. The Legislature holds the service each year. Those honored and their chamber and years of service: Elmer Diedtrich...
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Economic Impact of SD Tourism Up 2.8 Percent

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the tourism industry’s impact on South Dakota’s economy increased by 2.8 percent last year despite spring and fall blizzards and a federal government shutdown that closed Mount Rushmore for about two weeks. Daugaard says tourism’s overall economic impact in 2013 was nearly $2 billion. He says...
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Backers: Report on Rail Risks Boosts Keystone XL

WASHINGTON (AP) – A government warning about the dangers of increased use of trains to transport crude oil is giving a boost to supporters of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules on so-called oil trains, warning that a “major loss of...
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SD Senate Rejects Plan to Study Common Core

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has rejected a plan to conduct a study aimed at settling the dispute between supporters and opponents of the Common Core standards now used for math and English in the state’s school districts. Senators voted 18-16 for the bill. But it required a two-thirds majority, or...
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