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SD One of Fastest-Growing States in Nation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that South Dakota is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, though it lags behind its northern neighbor. The state’s population grew by 3.5 percent over the past three years, to 844,877 people. That makes South Dakota the sixth-fastest growing...
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Changes in SD Probation System

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A new state law will make big changes in the way South Dakota handles criminal offenders placed on probation. Most offenders released on probation will be able to reduce their sentences if they behave themselves. Those who violate probation will face swift consequences from penalties tied to the severity of...
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State Sen. Stan Adelstein Resigns

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – State Sen. Stan Adelstein says he’s resigning from his legislative seat due to complications from recent hip replacement surgery. The 82-year-old Republican from Rapid City says he had the surgery on Oct. 4 and should have returned to full mobility within 30 days, but continuing infection led to three additional operations....
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Public Universities Rewarded for Research Innovations

PIERRE, S.D. – (SD State News) Six university proposals geared to promote research-driven economic development, along with a major collaborative project on security and anti-counterfeiting technology, will benefit from $1 million in state research grants awarded through a competitive process. The South Dakota Board of Regents announced today the creation of a Center for...
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The Gift of Life

PIERRE, S.D. – (SD State News) New Year’s Day is an occasion to reflect back to what we have accomplished in the past year and think about the mistakes we’ve made and lessons learned. New Year’s is also about looking ahead. Making resolutions. Establishing goals. Hoping, dreaming and planning. For some Americans, though, their...
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SD Lawmakers will Deal with Money, Moral Issues

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The death penalty, health care for poor people and education reform will be among the top issues tackled by the South Dakota legislative session that opens Jan. 14, legislative leaders said. Many of those issues are intertwined in the state budget, which means final decisions will not be made until lawmakers...
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Health Insurance Deadline Extended

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -  South Dakota residents have a few more days to sign up for health insurance through Avera Health Plans.  You must go online to www.healthcare.gov until December 31st for January 1st coverage.  Avera Health Plans has received 520 new members since December 24th.   The total number of enrollees through healthcare.gov and AveraHealthPlans.com...
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Donations to Help SD Ranchers Hits $3 Million

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A fund aimed at helping western South Dakota ranchers who lost tens of thousands of cattle in an early October blizzard has collected $3 million, three times as much as had originally been expected. The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association, Cattlemen’s Association and Sheepgrowers Association set up the fund.  Stockgrowers Association President...
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Pierre Continuing Search for New Fire Chief

 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Pierre is continuing its search for a new fire chief.  A search committee still has not made a final recommendation on a replacement for Bill Alexander, who retired at the end of October.  Three finalists for the position interviewed earlier this month. Two were from the Pierre-Fort Pierre area and...
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Recap of the Top News in South Dakota in 2013

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Much of the year in state news hovered around a shuttered beef plant, which returned to the headlines with a bankruptcy filing before exploding into a saga involving the death of a former economic development official, investigations into corruption and a court auction sale.  But there were plenty...
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