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Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Clears Significant Hurdle

WASHINGTON (AP) – The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada has cleared a significant hurdle after the State Department raised no major environmental objections to its construction. The department’s report was released Friday. It says Canadian tar sands are likely to be developed regardless of U.S. action on the pipeline and other options...
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SD Committee: ‘Squaw’ is Offensive, ‘Negro’ Isn’t

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A legislative committee has approved a bill allowing use of the word “Negro” in South Dakota place names but makes it clear that the word “squaw” should be removed from all locations. The Legislature previously had passed laws requiring the renaming of any geographic features that include either term. A...
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SD Governor Seeks Medicaid Expansion Waiver

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he is once again asking federal officials to let the state expand the Medicaid program in a way that would provide medical services only to those most in need. The federal health care overhaul gives states the option of expanding Medicaid up to 138...
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Panel Proposes Extending SD Lawmakers’ Term Limits

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota legislative panel has endorsed a proposed state constitutional amendment that would lengthen term limits for members of the state Legislature. A Senate or House member currently can serve no more than eight consecutive years, or four two-year terms, in a chamber. The House State Affairs Committee voted...
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Propane Crisis Continues on Dakotas Reservation

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – The federal government has released more money for a program that helps low-income people heat their homes, and nearly $1.3 million is earmarked for American Indian tribes in the Dakotas. But the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux says the additional money might not be enough to deal with a...
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More Help Offered to Blizzard-Stricken SD Ranchers

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A state program in South Dakota that subsidizes livestock loans for ranchers with limited equity is offering a lowered interest rate to producers hit hard by an early October blizzard. Qualifying ranchers in 25 counties declared a federal disaster because of the storm that killed more than 40,000 cattle, sheep...
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Panel Debates Extending SD Lawmakers’ Term Limits

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota lawmakers are considering a proposal that would lengthen term limits for members of the state Legislature. A Senate or House member currently can serve no more than eight consecutive years, or four two-year terms, in a chamber. A proposed constitutional amendment would extend term limits to 12 consecutive...
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South Dakota House Votes Against Guns in Capitol

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota public officials will not be allowed to carry guns in the state Capitol. A bill allowing legislators to pack heat in public buildings failed to pass the House with 49 representatives voting against it and 18 in support. It would have applied to state and local elected officials...
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SD Discovery Center Hosts Elks Lodge Aviation Day Wednesday

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Discovery Center in Pierre was a busy place yesterday afternoon as it was the location for an “Aviation Day” for local youth. The event was organized by Pierre Elks Lodge #1953. Elks Project Chairman Steve Wegman says the afternoon drew a great crowd of youngsters from...
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USDA Rural Development State Director Discusses Agency’s Benefits for Rural SD

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The State Director for USDA Rural Development in South Dakota says the agency works throughout the year to improve the quality of life for rural Americans. Elsie Meeks was in Pierre earlier this month for a conference to highlight how Rural Development has assisted rural water projects in the...
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