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Rounds Speaks About First Few Days in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s new U.S. Senator Mike Rounds spoke with reporters yesterday–his first coordinated telephone conference call since being sworn into office this week.  Rounds, a Republican and former two-term governor, took the oath of office Tuesday in the nation’s capital.  Rounds will serve on the Armed Services Committee; the...
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Kimball Standoff Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder

KIMBALL, S.D. (AP) – A father and son have been formally charged in connection with a standoff near Kimball that put a trooper in the hospital. Prosecutors say 42-year-old Donald London is charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer. He’s in the Chamberlain...
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Last Day for Ticket Sales to Attend Evening Balls for 2015 Inaugural

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) There are only a few hours remaining to get tickets if you are interested in attending one or both of tomorrow evening’s formal balls in Pierre as part of the 2015 Inaugural celebration. Ticket sales close at 4:00 p.m. today for the Capitol Ball-at the State Capitol and for...
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Dakotas Lawmakers: Barrier to Keystone XL Pipeline Removed

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Members of Congress from the Dakotas say President Barack Obama has lost a reason to veto a measure authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline after Nebraska’s Supreme Court tossed a lawsuit challenging a proposed pipeline route. The decision upholds a 2012 law that allowed the governor to empower Canada-based TransCanada...
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Thune Officially Designated Senate Committee Chairman

WASHINGTON (AP) – South Dakota U.S. Sen. John Thune has been named chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The Senate chose Thune on Thursday to lead the committee, where he had previously served as the ranking Republican member when Democrats controlled the chamber. Expected to receive the post, Thune says he’s...
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South Dakota Lawmaker Wants to Give Parolees Right to Vote

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota lawmaker wants to introduce legislation that would allow felons to vote as soon as they’re released from prison. Sen. Craig Tieszen of Rapid City says he plans to push for the bill this legislative session. He says felons should have the opportunity to be good citizens by...
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Extreme Cold in the Dakotas to Linger Into Next Week

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A few schools in the Dakotas are starting classes late in the aftermath of a storm that created blizzard conditions in many areas. Residents of the two states also are once again dealing with extreme cold. The National Weather Service has posted advisories for most areas, with wind chills dropping...
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Brule County Standoff Ends with Subject Surrendering to Law Enforcement

(From the South Dakota Department of Public Safety) PIERRE, S.D –  South Dakota Highway Patrol confirms the standoff at a Brule County residence has ended and the subject has surrendered without incident. The subject, Donald London, 42, of Kimball, S.D., had barricaded himself in his residence located at 24732 360th, yesterday afternoon and continued to remain...
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Sites Give Info on State Government But Not Set in Stone

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A new website is the latest to give South Dakotans more information about the inner workings of state government. But it and others aren’t in state law, so future leaders could reverse course. Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s office announced this week a website offering information on state boards and commissions,...
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Interim State Division of Insurance Leader Named Director

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota native with a background in commercial banking and business management has been named director of the state Division of Insurance. Larry Deiter joined the division in November 2012 and has been interim director since December. He’ll be active at the national level in the National Association of...
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