SD Capitol January 2014 (KGFX Photo)

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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SD Legislature OKs Bill Against Dog Breed Policies

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has passed a measure to keep local governments from setting policies targeting specific dog breeds. The body voted 41-28 on the measure. It passed the Senate in early February and goes next to the governor for final approval. Opponents to the measure say local governments should...
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SD Senate Passes Amusement Ride Regulations

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Legislature has given final approval to a measure that would further regulate amusement rides. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Al Novstrup of Aberdeen, says the bill would impose regulations similar to those in other states and is supported by industry trade groups. Novstrup is president of Thunder Road,...
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PARS Celebrates 40 Years; Kicks Off Annual Challenge for Food Pantry

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A local public assistance organization is celebrating its 40 year anniversary this year and has kicked off an annual effort to gather food and funds for the local food pantry. The food pantry portion of Pierre Area Referral Service started in the 1970′s, in a local woman’s garage-and the...
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Electrical Malfunction Causes Smoke and Sparks in Room at Pierre Motel

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A defective electrical outlet powering a wall heater caused sparks and smoke in a room at a Pierre hotel yesterday. Pierre Fire Chief Ian Paul says the Pierre Fire Department was called to the Kings Inn about 5:45 p.m. Monday where smoke and sparking was noted near a wall...
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Funeral Services Scheduled for Former Local Judge and Legal Official

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Funeral services have been scheduled for Max Gors. Gors served the area as Magistrate Judge and Circuit Judge-retiring after 15 years as judge in 2006. The 69-year-old Gors died Thursday in Sioux Falls. His career also included time working with the Attorney General’s Office, as an Acting Supreme Court...
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NWS Says Record Lows Matched in Two Locations Monday Morning

ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service says two locations in central South Dakota matched record temperatures Monday.  A low temperature of -18 degrees below zero was noted at Kennebec Monday morning.  That tied the record of -18 degrees below zero set in 1960.  The Weather Service also says Pierre matched a...
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Suspect Shot by SD Officers Pleads Not Guilty

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A man shot by law officers following a chase in South Dakota last year has pleaded not guilty to several charges. Forty-three-year-old Travis Ross is charged with aggravated assault on law officers, being a felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated eluding and second-offense driving under the influence. He...
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SD Panel OKs Bill to Address Growing Meth Problem

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota law enforcement might soon have a new tool to fight the production of methamphetamine. The illegal stimulant has been a growing problem in the state as producers learn easier ways to manufacture it. The House Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to support a measure...
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