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SD Panel Passes One Human Trafficking Bill, Kills Two

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House Judiciary Committee has reviewed three bills on human trafficking in an emotional hearing Friday. A trafficking victim drew the sympathy of many in the room, including legislators and opponents to the bills. The panel gave unanimous support for one bill to allow victims to seek financial...
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4G LTE Network to Cover Crow Creek Reservation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A new wireless broadband service will soon cover the Crow Creek reservation. The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe on Friday announced that Native American Telecom will operate a 4G LTE service in the reservation in central South Dakota. Crow Creek Chairman Brandon Sazue says the move is a “historic” step...
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SD Lawmakers Reject Bill to Repeal Death Penalty

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has decided the state should keep the death penalty. The House State Affairs Committee voted 7-6 to reject a measure that would have repealed the death penalty. Relatives of two murder victims urged that the death penalty be kept, while the father of another victim...
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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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SD Lawmakers Consider Bill to Repeal Death Penalty

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel is considering whether the death penalty should be repealed in the state. The measure would ban the death penalty in all future criminal cases, but it would leave in place the death sentences of three convicted murders currently on South Dakota’s death row. Supporters of...
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Office of Highway Safety Noting Concerning Trend with Traffic Related Fatalities So Far This Year

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota public safety officials are keeping an eye on traffic accident statistics as the number of deaths from traffic crashes logged in the early weeks of this year are starting off a little stronger than normal. South Dakota’s Office of Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl says his agency...
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Sully Buttes Class of 2015 Holding Service Auction Friday

ONIDA, S.D. – (DRG News) The Sully Buttes Class of 2015 will be having a Service Auction tomorrow after the girls/boys doubleheader against Faulkton.  Organizers say that each student will be auctioned off for a minimum bid of $75 for eight hours of work.  The work must be completed by May 31 of this...
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