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State Employees Organization to Appeal to Legislators for State Worker Raises

YANKTON, SD (WNAX)- South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard is recommending no pay raises for state workers next year. That was included in his budget recommendation to the legislature. South Dakota State Employees Organization Executive Director Eric Olilla says they will appeal to the ultimate bosses, state legislators.   Olilla says no increases for the...
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Rounds, Monroe and Gosch Hope to Find Funds for State Employees

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard did not include pay raises for most state employees when he outlined his recommendations for the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget this week—something many in the private sector have had to deal with for several years. District 24 representative Tim Rounds of Pierre says state government is losing good...
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North Dakota rescinds 1 rule for use of dicamba weed killer

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota is rescinding one of its new rules for use of the controversial weed killer dicamba on soybean crops next year. The state Agriculture Department has decided not to require dicamba applicators to first notify the agency. The request came from North Dakota Farm Bureau. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring...
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Football players accused in sexual assault plead not guilty

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) – Two University of South Dakota football players accused in a sexual assault have pleaded not guilty in state court. KSFY-TV reports that Danny Rambo and Dale Williamson appeared in court Thursday to enter their pleas. Rambo is charged with felony rape and Williamson with felony attempted rape. According to police,...
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Good Relationship With Citizens is Key to Investigations

Dozens of people took the opportunity to talk to members of various law enforcement agencies this (Thurs.) morning during “Coffee With a Cop” at Burger King in Pierre. Pierre Police Sgt. Samson Boutchee says having a good relationship with the citizens they serve is crucial to doing their job well.   Pierre police officer...
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Court Orders Spill Response Plan for DAPL at Lake Oahe Crossing

(Greater Dakota News Service)- In a win for the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes, a federal judge  this week ordered greater oversight of the Dakota Access Pipeline. U-S District Judge James Boasberg ordered the U-S Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access to complete spill-response plans at its Lake Oahe crossing, select...
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Four more state historic newspapers available online

Four more South Dakota newspaper titles have been added to the growing online database of historical United States newspapers, according to the South Dakota State Historical Society. In 2016 the South Dakota State Historical Society-Archives received a two-year $240,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize historical newspapers. The project is...
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Applications for US jobless benefits drop again to 236,000

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of unemployed workers filing for jobless benefits fell by 2,000 last week to 236,000, the lowest level in five weeks and further evidence of the strength in the labor market. The Labor Department says last week’s total was the third consecutive weekly drop. The four-week average, a less volatile...
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Thune Presses Trump Administration to Prioritize Agriculture in NAFTA Negotiations

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, convened a meeting with U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to discuss the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Thune, who was joined by several colleagues, emphasized the importance of agricultural trade in South...
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Gosch, Monroe and Rounds React to State Budget Proposal

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard outlined his recommendations for the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget this week saying spending will be limited for the second year in a row because of lower tax collections. District 23 representative Spencer Gosch of Glenham wasn’t surprised the governor’s administration is projecting a shortfall for the current budget...
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