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Lawmakers to Mull Disease Outbreaks, Elections and Overdoses

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Lawmakers are entering their second week of a 39-day legislative session in Pierre with measures on election law, disease response and drug overdose prevention before them. House Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Mickelson says the House Judiciary Committee may consider a conflict-of-interest bill spawned by South Dakota’s investment-for-visa scandal on Friday....
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State Looking for Input on Aquatic Invasive Species Rules

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – New rules are in the works to try to slow the spread of invasive species in South Dakota’s waterways. The South Dakota Game Fish and Parks Commission proposed several regulations to prevent their introduction and slow the spread of existing populations. One proposal would allow conservation officers to require the...
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Martin Teen Pleads ‘No Contest’ in Death of 48-Year-Old Man

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Martin man accused of bludgeoning a man to death in 2012 has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder charges. Bennett County State’s Attorney Ken Orrock says 19-year-old Matthew Libby has no recollection of the events that led to 48-year-old Albert Apple’s death. The Rapid City Journal reports Apple’s...
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Game Commission Adopts Buck Licenses for This Year’s Season

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Members of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission have set the number of special buck licenses for this year’s deer season. The commission decided this week at its meeting in Pierre that 500 resident buck licenses will be available for the West River season. There are also 500...
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Jackley: Dangerous Synthetic Drug Has Come to South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Attorney General Marty Jackley says a dangerous synthetic drug that’s become popular with young people is surfacing on the state’s college campuses. Jackley confirmed this week that the drug known as 25i or NBOMe is being sold in South Dakota. The drug has been used nationwide for a few years...
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New Budget Projections Predict 2018 Budget Year Deficit

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – New long-range budget forecasts from Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s administration show South Dakota could have a $12.8 million budget deficit in fiscal year 2018. The long-term budget projections released on Friday are part of Daugaard’s quest to improve South Dakota’s rating among credit rating agencies. The new tools will allow lawmakers...
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Man Charged in Standoff to Undergo Psychiatric Evaluation

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – (DRG News) A man charged with Attempted Murder and Aggravated Assault of an Officer as part of a standoff at a Kimball home last week is to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. 42-year-old Donald London was taken into custody January 8, after a standoff that lasted about 24 hours. Over 130 different...
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Man Enters Pleas of Not Guilty for Possession of Child Pornography

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A status hearing is set for next month in the case of a Chinese national charged with Possession of Child Pornography. Rengao Zhou appeared in court in Pierre last week and pleaded not guilty to ten counts of Possession of Child Pornography. The crime is a Class 4 Felony...
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South Dakota State Parks See Record Camping Numbers in 2014

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department reported that more people camped in South Dakota State Parks in 2014 than ever before. Numbers indicate that the parks hosted over 290,000 nights of camping last year. That is an increase of 3.8 percent over 2013. Doug Hofer, director of...
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Open Enrollment & Other Topics Discussed at Meeting on Elementary Boundaries

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) More than 70 people attended a meeting yesterday as the Pierre School District discussed changes to boundaries for elementary schools in town. After this school year is done, Washington and McKinley elementary schools will close. The new school year will start with three elementary schools-Buchanan, Jefferson and Kennedy-which is...
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