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SD Sex-Selective Abortion Ban Bill Moves to Senate

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota panel has adjusted and passed a measure to ban sex-selective abortions. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 5-2 to advance the measure. The bill passed the House two weeks ago. The bill would make abortions based on the fetus’ gender illegal. Physicians who perform such...
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SD Senate Panel Approves Statewide Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee has approved a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving. The measure, passed earlier by the House, would make it a petty offense carrying a $25 fine to drive while using a hand-held device to write, send or read text messages. But drivers could still...
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Landowners File Lawsuit Over Missouri River Floods

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A group of farmers and business owners is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, claiming the agency mismanaged the Missouri River since 2006 and contributed to major flooding in five states. The lawsuit filed Wednesday claims some plaintiffs experienced extensive damage – particularly during the extended 2011 flooding that...
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SD Panel Kills, Will Revive Prenatal Care Measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota panel has killed a bill to provide prenatal care to noncitizens, with the intention to revive the provision as part of the general Medicaid plan. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to defeat the measure. But several committee members say they agree the issue is important...
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USDA FSA County Committee Election Results

MOBRIDGE, S.D. — (DRG News) County committee elections are over, the ballots are counted and the results are in… Esther Weisbeck, Herreid has been selected to a 1 year term to represent LAA #2.  Esther will serve as a regular member on the committee. Danne Schlomer, Glenham has been selected to a 1 year...
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Feds Reject Daugaard’s Partial Medicaid Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Federal officials have rejected a request by South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard for a partial expansion of Medicaid. The federal health overhaul gives states the option of expanding Medicaid to cover people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Daugaard and Republican lawmakers wanted to expand eligibility...
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SD Senate Panel to Consider Statewide Texting Ban

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Senate committee will be considering a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving. The measure, passed earlier by the House, would make it a petty offense carrying a $25 fine to drive while using a hand-held device to write, send or read text-based messages. But drivers could...
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2012 Visits to SD National Parks Surpass 4 Million

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – The National Parks Service says more than 4 million people visited South Dakota’s six national parks in 2012. The Rapid City Journal reports visitors spent about $236 million during their trips. The most popular spot was Mount Rushmore with 1.8 million visitors. The Badlands and Wind Cave followed Mount...
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SD Lawmakers OK Pregnancy Help Center Rules

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has approved a measure preventing pregnancy help centers from lining up adoptions. The Senate voted 26-9 to pass a measure that has already been approved by the House. It will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard. A 2011 law requires women seeking abortions to...
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Bill to Stabilize SD Bank Tax Headed to Governor

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to stabilize the state bank tax has won final approval from the South Dakota Legislature. The Senate voted 34-1 to pass the measure, which has already been approved by the House. The bill will become law if signed by the governor. The measure is designed to...
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