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Audit: Benda Helped Increase Beef Plant Grant

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A state audit has found that South Dakota’s former economic development director used his public position to help his future private employer get a bigger grant for a struggling beef processing plant. The audit released Thursday found that Richard Benda was working out a new job with SDRC Inc....
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Amber Alert Canceled for Two SD Children

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say two South Dakota children reported missing have been found safe at an apartment complex near where they were abducted from their mother’s home. Rapid City police say they have arrested 27-year-old Skye Burnham-Endicott who they accuse of taking the children. An Amber Alert was issued Thursday morning...
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Authorities Issue Amber Alert for Two Children in South Dakota

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities are looking for a man they say took two children from their mother after assaulting her at her Rapid City home. Police say Skye Burnham-Endicott is considered armed and dangerous. He is accused of taking 1-year-old Tayloni Skye Burnham-Endicott and 1-month-old Layla Marie Tuttle shortly after 11 p.m....
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18 Sentenced in South Dakota Wildlife Case

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say 18 people have pleaded guilty and been sentenced for wildlife violations at a commercial hunting operation in southern South Dakota’s Todd County. The state Game, Fish and Parks Department says it’s one of the largest wildlife cases in South Dakota history. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson and state...
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South Dakota House Passes Texting Ban on to Senate

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has passed a statewide texting ban. Legislators have voted 53-17 in support of the measure. It would allow law enforcement to charge texting drivers a $25 fine if they’ve been pulled over for another violation. The bill also includes funding for a public information campaign. Supporters...
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SD House Nixes Measure to Allow Guns in Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has killed a bill to allow people with conceal carry permits to bring guns into the capitol. The bill has failed to move on to the Senate by a 33-34 vote. It needed 36 votes to pass. A slim majority of the House passed an amendment...
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SD Senate Kills Proposed Pay Raise for Lawmakers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has rejected a proposal to give state lawmakers a pay raise. Senators voted 18-15 for the measure. But it needed a two-thirds majority, or 24 votes, to pass. Lawmakers get a salary of $6,000 a year now. The bill would have boosted that to $10,000, beginning...
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Budget Committee Discusses School Aid Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A plan to give extra state financial aid to school districts is getting a hearing from a South Dakota legislative panel that will consider whether the state can afford to spend the additional money. The bill would boost state aid to schools by more than Gov. Dennis Daugaard has recommended,...
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SD Health Care Sign-Ups Reach More Than 5,000

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – More than 5,000 South Dakota residents signed up for private health insurance during the first four months of the nation’s federally run online marketplace. A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Wednesday said 5,077 South Dakotans selected plans through the new marketplace from Oct....
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Demolition to Start Soon for Old K-2 Elementary Building in Fort Pierre

FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Demolition on the former Stanley County K-2 Elementary Building will officially get underway soon. Stanley County Superintendent Dan Martin says Sharpe Enterprises, which constructed the new elementary structure, has the contract to demolish the old building. School officials met with the company yesterday to go over the demolition...
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