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New Spider Named for Pierre Area

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A tiny spider found on the Fort Pierre National Grassland has been named after the area in central South Dakota. The Capital Journal reports Theridion pierre is its official name. Arachnologist Brian Patrick from Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell suspected it was a new species when he and several interns...
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Family Limited in Donations to Judicial Candidate

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota committee that deals with judicial elections says limits on campaign donations apply to members of a judicial candidate’s family. Campaign rules say a person or organization can donate no more than $1,000 in an election year to a judicial candidate. A candidate had asked whether that limit...
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Tribe Considers Putting Legalized Pot to Vote

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – An Oglala Sioux tribal committee has started a process that could allow a public vote on whether to legalize marijuana use on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Tribal Councilman Kevin Yellow Bird Steele tells the Rapid City Journal that the business development committee approved the measure last week, and...
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Keystone XL Foes Undaunted by State Department Report

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – With another hurdle removed for the Keystone XL pipeline, opponents are pressing lawsuits challenging the project, plus public protests and campaigns to inject the issue into the 2014 elections. Supporters and opponents are both claiming victories with the U.S. State Department report released Friday, which raised no major objections to...
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