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Proposal Would Create Fund to Increase Teacher Pay

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Representatives from three South Dakota education organizations have a proposal they say would increase teacher salaries and rival its neighboring states. Wade Pogany is the executive director of the Associated School Boards of South Dakota. Pogany told the Legislative Planning Committee on Monday that the average salary in South Dakota...
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South Dakota Prison Inmate Found Dead in Cell

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – State prison officials say an inmate serving a life sentence for first-degree murder has been found dead in his cell. Authorities say 37-year-old Kent Davidson was found dead at the South Dakota State Penitentiary early Monday morning. Authorities say the death is under investigation by the Division of Criminal...
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Archambault Makes Significant Budget Cuts for FY15

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) – The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation says that the tribe is going to have to make some significant budget cuts this year if it wants to reduce a $6 million budget deficit. Chairman Dave Archambault tells the Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1CGudYc ) that his proposed budget for 2015...
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Education Groups to Propose Teacher Salary Bill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Representatives from three statewide education organizations say they have a bill that would increase funding for teacher salaries. Rob Monson is the executive director of the School Administrators of South Dakota. Monson says he and two other education officials will present a draft of the bill Monday at the Legislative...
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Lawsuit From Man Seeking to be on Ballot Dismissed

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A circuit judge was dismissed a lawsuit brought by a Watertown man seeking to be on the ballot as candidate for South Dakota’s lone U.S. House seat. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the dismissal of the lawsuit filed by Charles Haan against Secretary of State Jason Gant. Jackley...
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SD Judge OKs Blood Evidence in Fatal Crash Case

PICKSTOWN, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota judge will allow blood evidence to be part of the case against a driver who authorities say struck and killed two people in 2013. Charles Mix County Judge Bruce Anderson says blood drawn from driver Ronald Fischer Jr. at a Wagner hospital following the incident can be...
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Two New Voices Added to the DRG Airwaves!

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Dakota Radio Group would like to introduce you to our newest on-air staff members! You’ve been hearing the voice of Gary Ballinger since July 2 on KGFX and on 94 Country. Gary is a native of Indiana and has a lengthy radio career, having worked in the Florida...
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Newly Reconstructed Oahe Downstream Shooting Complex to Open to the Public Today

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Local gun enthusiasts will be happy to know that the Oahe Downstream Shooting Complex will be open to the public later on today. Pat Buscher, Oahe Downstream District Supervisor says the creation of a new shooting complex has been underway since early 2005 and work to demolish a...
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Step Forward to Prevent Suicide Walk/Run Coming to Pierre Saturday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Saturday brings the annual Step Forward to Prevent Suicide Walk/Run to the Pierre area. This will be the third year for the event, and the Honorary Chairpersons will be Rick and Twila Dockter. The Dockter’s lost their son to suicide 14 years ago. The Step Forward to Prevent Suicide...
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HCSO Called to Two Vehicle Accident North of Pierre Thursday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre man was sent to the hospital after a two vehicle accident Thursday evening north of Pierre.  Hughes County Sheriff Mike Leidholt says the accident was reported on Highway 1804 about three miles north of Pierre about 7:35 p.m. last evening.  An investigation shows a 17-year-old male driving...
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